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Gibson SG-3 Electric Guitar

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The SG-3 guitar pushes the power, sustain, and tonal range of Gibson's legendary SG into new sonic dimensions. Equipped with a revolutionary 6-way pickup switch and three gold-plated Gibson humbuckers... Click To Read More About This Product

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The SG-3 guitar pushes the power, sustain, and tonal range of Gibson's legendary SG into new sonic dimensions. Equipped with a revolutionary 6-way pickup switch and three gold-plated Gibson humbuckers--a pair of '57 Classics in the neck and middle positions, and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge position--the SG-3 goes where no SG has gone before. Sporting a chicken-head knob, Gibson's exclusive rotary selector offers six pickup settings: bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, neck, and bridge/neck. Combining unrivaled playability with an extraordinary spectrum of sweet, yet scorching humbucker tones, the SG-3 is the perfect guitar for rock, heavy metal, and blues guitarists.

Manufactured in Nashville, TN.

A Little SG History

In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns that making the upper frets more accessible while lowering production costs. The new guitar was popular, but Les Paul the guitarist did not like it and asked to have his name removed. Gibson renamed the model the "SG" which was short for "solid guitar". Though Les Paul's name was officially removed from the model in 1961, the plastic Les Paul nameplates (positioned between the rhythm pickup and fingerboard) were in abundance in the Gibson factory and SG models having these nameplates were built and sold by Gibson up to end of 1963. SGs have been the choice of world-class artists such as Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.


Body Species: Mahogany

Species: Mahogany
Profile: SG
Neck Joint Location: 19

Species: Rosewood
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1.695"
Inlays: Trapezoid
Fingerboard Binding: Antique

Plating Finish: Gold
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Bridge: Tune-o-matic
Knobs: Black Top Hat with gold inserts
Tuners: Green key

Neck Pickups: '57 Classic Gold Humbuckers
Middle Pickups: '57 Classic Gold Humbuckers
Bridge Pickups: '57 Classic Plus Gold Humbuckers
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 6-way chicken head

Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046

Case Interior: plush
Case Exterior: Hardshell with black reptile pattern
Case Silkscreen: Silver Gibson USA logo
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(28 of 31 customers found this review helpful)



By Jamie Garner

from Maple Grove, MN

i thought there must be a mistake when i saw the price, or perhaps it was a 'b' stock. there's no corners cut here- '57 pups in mid/neck, and '57+ in bridge, full neck binding, lush finish, custom shop hard case. the action is so easy to make perfect- it almost plays itself! the specs are wrong regarding the electronics tho- there is only a single set of vol/tone (obviously, but i thought there might be a push-pull set up to give the stated four controls). the six position switch is far more useful on a three-pup gibson than the usual toggle- the only pup combo missing is 'all on'. oh, i have to mention the neck- it's pretty stocky compared to the '61 model, but on an sg, i think that's a good thing, considering how easily they can break. amazingly, even with the chunky neck, the axe balances nicely- unlike every other sg i've owned, it's not neck heavy. i have to say, this is a stunning deal. the previous poster must've played a bad one, because this guitar is every bit a world-class gibson, and the wealth of tones and neck access, combined with the finish and gold plating, make it a steal for the price.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


SG3 speed and tone

By Bob L.

from Boston

An incredible SG. Having played Gibsons for over 40 years and owning just about anything from my original 64 Melody Maker to my current 1960 Custom Shop Reissue, and more than one SG, I put this in the must have catagory. Great fit and finish, very fast playable neck and the ability to grab just about any tone you might want makes this guitar a joy to listen to and play. The price is right for this pro players guitar that even a beginner can afford. Another quality Gibson!!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


This Is the One

By Bradsure

from Summerville, SC

I just got my Gibson SG-3 in cherry yesterday. The cherry with the gold hardware is beautiful. And I hate to use the clich? ?It plays like butter? but it DOES!!! I own 3 Les Pauls, 1 PRS, 1 57 Strat, 1other SG Standard and a 52 Tele. I have just about every sound covered. With the 3 57 classic pickups, the guitar is very versatile! The SG-3 plays smoother than any other and is also lightweight. A les Paul that weighs like a Strat!!! Another plus is that it?s only a few more dollars than the SG standard. I can?t imagine needing another guitar. They were reading my mine when they built this one. If you would get your collection down to one guitar, get this one. If you still want more guitars, buy two of these!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


This one has become my new favorite...

By Aragorn

from Temse, Flanders, BE

I've always had an interest in 3 pickup Gibsons, and while my prizebeast to date was a Les Paul Std. Mahogany with 3 Duncans - a guitar I still love very much - the SG-3 has now become my main axe. The 6-way rotary switch dials in all the sounds you need, the playability is simply posh - it came set up from the factory with low action and a ruler-straight neck - and the '57 Classics chime with rich PAF sounds and great sustain. Impeccable craftsmanship worthy of the Gibson name, and a highly usable and versatile version of this Gibson classic. Anyone contemplating a Custom Shop '61 SG/Les Paul Custom reissue should check this baby out (and take it home... ;-))

(8 of 283 customers found this review helpful)


it's ok

By Gibson SG kind of guy

from Denver, CO

The SG-3 is an ok guitar for a beginner. But I don't there's anyone, unless incredibly stupid, who would buy their first guitar for $1500. I personally don't like this guitar, I'm would rather stick with my Ebony Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul SG Custom Maestro. It has more features for me to work with.


Great Looks, Greater Versatility

By AL E. Bai

from Oklahoma

I was always blown away by gibsons superior sound and looks, and recently I ourchased my first one after a series of unsatisafactory guitars. The Gibson SG-3 is an amazing guitar, and although the action needs a little adjusting, its 3 pickups give it superior tone to any other SG i have played. You can play anything from metal to pop on it (i would never disgrace it by doing that) and looks as good as it plays. It souns almsot as good as a custom shop, if you have a decent amp, without the price tag. Dont get this guitar if your amp isnt up to it, but if it is, you will be gretaly rewarded.

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