Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar  

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Way back in 1961 when the SG Standard temporarily replaced the Les Paul Standard in the Gibson lineup, few players were aware that a future icon of rock guitar was being introduced to the scene. The S... Read More

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Way back in 1961 when the SG Standard temporarily replaced the Les Paul Standard in the Gibson lineup, few players were aware that a future icon of rock guitar was being introduced to the scene. The SG took root fast with players looking for a sharp and powerful alternative, however, and remained a heavy rock icon in particular, even long after the LP returned to the catalog in the late 60s. The SG Diablo Tremolo from Gibson USA realizes the full potential of the furious SG design for the 21st century, retaining the classic cut of this iconic electric guitar, but adding a few contemporary twists that make it one of the most powerful and versatile rock weapons available today. With a genuine œdouble-locking Floyd Rose vibrato bridge, 24 frets for extended soloing range, two of Gibsons most popular humbucking pickups, and a simplified no-nonsense control layout, the SG Diablo Tremolo hits all the sonic bases you need it to cover, and does so in grand style in a genuine hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish in gloss Ebony Black.

Like the best SGs of the past, the SG Diablo Tremolo starts with a solid mahogany body and glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck, a pairing that ensures ringing sustain, superb tonal depth, and plenty of clarity and richness. The bodys thin dimensions make this a pleasurably light guitar to play, while its classically beveled edges also make it comfortable on the forearm. To update the format for the 21st century, however, Gibson USA gives the SG Diablo Tremolo a fingerboard crafted from North American rosewood with 24 frets for a full two octaves on every string, yielding new creative territory in the SG format. The necks slim profile measures .818 at the 1st fret and .963 at the 12th, making it superbly fast and comfortable. Cream fingerboard binding not only lends a classic look, but keeps the ride smooth for the entire journey, while the guitar comes without a pickguard to get in the way of the menace of its gloss-black finish.

Two of Gibsons popular PAF-style humbucking pickups”a 490R at the neck and 498T at the bridge, made with Alnico II and Alnico V magnets, respectively”translate the SG Diablo Tremolos sonic goodness to your amp of choice, yielding anything from deep, warm tones in the neck position to endless growl and roar in the bridge, to round and snappy tones in between. To kick this guitars unbridled versatility into overdrive, of course, theres the Floyd Rose vibrato unit that helps to give the SG Diablo Tremolo its name. The most highly acclaimed high-performance trem available to the modern rocker, this Floyd excels at everything from dramatic divebombs to subtle evocative warbles, and stays in tune astoundingly well, thanks in no small part to its locking nut. A set of high-quality Grover tuners grace the headstock, while a simple control array of single master volume, single master tone, and three-way toggle switch leave nothing to get in the way of your fast and furious licks.

Features
  • Mahogany body with carved top
  • Mahogany set-in slim-taper neck
  • North American rosewood fretboard
  • 24 Medium jumbo frets
  • Gibson 490R humbucking neck pickup
  • Gibson 498T humbucking bridge pickup
  • Floyd Rose vibrato tailpiece bridge
  • Floyd Rose locking nut
  • Grover kidney tuners
  • Chrome hardware
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GibsonLimited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

Super Great SG Diablo

By Clive Goodwin III

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

Finally received my SG Diablo in July. It's absolutely first class in quality workmanship. Terrific action and the factory settings were perfect, including the Floyd Rose unit. I have been playing rock and blues since I was 13 and bought my first SG (cherry finish) in 1962. Traded it for my currently owned ES-335 in 1963 and always regretted giving up my SG, although I still love my ES-335. There really isn't anything that I would want different on this anniversary edition. Money well spent in my opinion and a great tribute in quality and workmanship to the original '62 SG. Particularly pleased with the 24 fret neck, which so many of the solid bodies do not have. I especially like the weight. Much lighter than the Les Paul's. I won't make the mistake of letting this guitar leave my possession.

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5.0

Awesome guitar

By Edward Bell

from NJ

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

This guitar is a thing of rare bueaty! The contures of the new body style bring this SG into the twenty first century. The neck has an awesome feel I had to remind myself that this wasn't a Les Paul. The tones are top notch from quite prestine cleans to rip your face off leads. Goes from blues to metal and jazz to fusion without missing a trick. Through a Mesa triple rec this thing wants to take you for the ride of your life whatever your style. The Floyd is a Floyd you either like or hate them, it doesn't bother me. Not for people who can't tell a binding from paint on on the neck or muddy with lots of tone.

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2.0

I sincerely apologize

By James Herring

from Midland, MI

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

I wrote in prior review that the binding on the Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremelo was painted on. It has been brought to my attention by my brother-in-law to be untrue. That this is a true binding and the way the binding appears to go over the frets is the way a good binding is supposed to be. That the fret should go slightly under the binding. As for the missed paint in the recess for the FloydRose he thought was cheesy and should have been noticed and corrected before assembly and shipping. I have been in contact with Gibson back and forth about this and they offered to have the guitar picked up for warranty evaluation. I do not want to risk the possible damage in over shipping this guitar over something that my brother-in-law agrees that can be covered up with a black felt marker. Sick I know but it's only cosmetic. He agrees though with offering this in a faded version that he also prefers the nature wood grain look and sound. Paint messes with resonance and if you're not going to paint it right don't paint it at all....put some stain on it and call it good. In ending always thought it would be cool, neat, awesome to have a SG with a FloydRose......I'm not going to part with it right now. Again I sincerely apologize about the incorrect statement in prior review about the binding.

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2.0

A Disappointment!

By James Herring

from Midland, MI

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

In 2007 I purchased a Gibson SG Faded Brown with the 490R and 490T pickups from Guitar Center. Thank You Thank You! I love the sound! It can be clean rich and full, then dry crisp and raspy or full on Metal sound but felt it could use a little more output in that department, just my opinion. I do like a wammy bar though. Then I seen this Gibson Sg Diablo with a FloydRose! Wow, I had to get one. Before I get into picking this apart let me add I have purchased in excess of 50 plus guitars finding comfort for my short fingers......I love the PRS SE Santana 24 1/2 inch neck and sounds good real good and the new Brian May with the ebony fret board 24 inch neck feels outstanding but don't like those Trisonic pickups. The Gibson SG Diablo with the FloydRose sounds nothing like my SG Faded. Is it the paint? Is it the thicker body? Is it the covers over the pickups? Whatever it is the guitar sounds muffled but with lots of tone.....howling tone. That started the dissapointment because I was looking for that dry raspy screaming sound but I'm not putting down its character. The put down is when I got the guitar under better light I noticed that under the FloydRose in the recess area there is bare mahogony showing missed in the painting but appears to be covered with clear coat. Also on closer inspection the white cream colored binding on the sides of the neck is painted on.......rite over the frets even. I own lots of guitars made in Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia and this guitar is.......I can't say it.......I am saddened. In ending it is a nice guitar but the finished producted is not is not is not of USA quality.......more like epiphone.....my opinion.....

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5.0

Awesome!

By Edward Bell

from Edison, NJ

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG Diablo with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

I just got mine, pre-ordered 2 months ago and couldn't wait. WOW! This guitar is beautiful! I've has several friends give it the once over and the common theme was "The mercedes benz of SG's. From first look and touch you just know this is something special. The clean tones are sweet and pure, exactly what you would expect from a Les Paul. Great blues tones, has the perfect neck pick-up and bridge pick-up tones. Had to constant remind myself that this is not a Les Paul but an SG. It really wants to scream! Played through a Mesa triple rec and on channel 3 this thing wanted to take off and leave my hands, scarry. Not as neck heavy as other SG's but is a hair, not a problem though. A Floyd is a Floyd so if that turns you off... A real piece of art, as fun to play as just stare at, don't tell my wife.

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