During his time with The Doors, and beyond, Robby Krieger proved himself one of the most inventive guitarists in rock. His lithe, flamenco- and jazz-influenced licks and solos took the electric guitar... Click To Read More About This Product
During his time with The Doors, and beyond, Robby Krieger proved himself one of the most inventive guitarists in rock. His lithe, flamenco- and jazz-influenced licks and solos took the electric guitar in directions that no other popular rock artist was exploring, and constituted one of the main ingredients in a band that stood out as totally unique not only in its own time, but for all time. And throughout his career, Krieger chose a Gibson SG Standard to launch his sonic explorations. In joint celebration of this ground-breaking guitarists vast achievements and the 50th Anniversary of the Gibson SG, Gibson USA presents the 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG, an instrument painstakingly crafted in the image of the great ˜60s SGs that Krieger made his own. With all the classic ingredients of the model, a pair of humbucking pickups with phase switching, and a Maestro Vibrola with vintage-style œLyre tailpiece, this guitar is primed to help you break on through to your own creative revolution.
To give the 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG the best possible tonal foundation, Gibson USA uses all Grade-A tonewoods, and crafts the instrument in the image of the finest SGs to emerge 50 years ago. Its solid mahogany has the asymmetrical œdouble-horned deep double-cutaway design, which exudes tonal richness and depth, with plenty of clarity and sustain. Coupled with the SGs characteristic beveled edge”a big part of this model's distinctive styling”the mahoganys light weight also enhances playing comfort, and the fine grain of the Grade-A timbers used beneath the transparent Heritage Cherry nitrocellulose finish looks superb, too. The guitars quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved in a slim but rounded profile that measures .800 at the 1st fret and .895 at the 12th. It is glued into the body with Gibsons acclaimed deep set-neck joint, and topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and vintage cream binding. And to give this SG the special treatment it deserves, the back plate covering the controls is adorned in Robby Kriegers own musically themed artwork, while a 50th Anniversary graphic on the headstock declares the guitars pedigree.
To give this instrument all the tone of the originals, Gibson USA gives the 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG a pair of the most accurate PAF-styled humbuckers available today. The 57 Classics in the neck and bridge position are made with genuine Alnico II magnets, and wound with 42-AWG enamel-coated wire just like the originals, but are wax potted to combat microphonic squeal for high-volume playing. And for added versatility, a push-pull pot on the rhythm pickups tone control provides funky phase-reverse switching. A Maestro Vibrola tailpiece gives this SG supreme performance versatility, while a traditional Lyre plate tops off its accurately retro look. A Tune-o-matic bridge with allen-key height adjustment keeps your intonation true, aided by a set of Kluson-style tulip-button tuners installed at the other side of the PLEK-cut Corian nut. Add it up, and the 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG is a stunning trip back in time to the age of the original SG Standards, and a fitting tribute to one of the most inventive guitarists of the ˜60s. Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case and owners manual, and is covered by Gibsons Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
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First off, this is by far the best sounding SG I have ever played. The finish is glossy, the Maestro Vibrola is hot, and the Alnico 57 Classics are very high out put and very hot. Being Gibson's lower end pickups, Alnico really proved me wrong about the pickups they make. They are great from playing anything from super distorted Randy Rhoads playing, to light Led Zeppelin distortion. The Clean sound is AMAZING. It is great for playing Hendrix, Dire Straights, or even acoustic sounding songs. The bridge is sturdy and won't break like Epiphone ones. The neck is somewhat thick, but is very easy to glide on. I love the pearl fret board inlays. The neck pickup is very warm and gives you the easy going sound, and the bridge pickup gives you that telecaster trebly twang. The headstock has a very nice design on it, saying "50th Anniversary." The Phase Inverter Tone Pot is great for funky rhythm playing. It only makes a difference when the selector is in middle position, which is no issue. This SG, like every other, is very comfortable and light. unlike most SG's, it is not neck heavy, which seemed to be an issue for most SG's back in the 60's and 70's. The glossy finish is amazing and won't fade away easily. Every time I see it sitting on it's stand in my room, I plug it in to my Hot Rod Deluxe and it roars. The Neck is very smooth, also. This is a very loud guitar, which is very good. the pickguard is nice and sturdy. I am in love with Robby Krieger's design on the back of the guitar. One think I recommend is to get strap locks because your strap will fall off easily because of where the strap knobs are on SG's. All in All this is the best guitar I have played in a while and because of this very guitar, I switched from Fender to Gibson. This is the most versatile guitar on the planet! INVEST!
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