Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry 886830422973

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The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpted, double-cutaway, mahogany body, exclusive Gibson ... Read More

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The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpted, double-cutaway, mahogany body, exclusive Gibson '57 classic humbucking pickups at the neck and bridge, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. Relive some of the greatest moments of rock 'n' roll with a one-piece bound mahogany neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

'60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile
The '60s neck profile”found on the SG '61 Reissue”is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest”including the final sanding”is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

'57 Classic Pickups
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their production”1955 to 1961”Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone, desirable to players who wanted to mix and match and explore a complete spectrum of tonal possibilities. The '57 Classic pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this renowned characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. These are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring. Instead of enamel-coated wiring, Gibson added poly-coated wiring”which improves consistency by eliminating thin or thick spots on the wire”and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

A Little SG History
In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns 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 Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.

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Features
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • NItrocellulose finish
  • Gibson Classic '57 humbuckers at the neck and bridge
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Corian nut
  • 1.695" nut width ±.050"
  • 22 frets
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Grover Kluson-style green tuning keys
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • 2 volume, 2 tone control, 3-way pickup switch
  • Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
  • Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly headstock inlay
  • Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
  • Antique cream fingerboard binding
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4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

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A Gibson Masterpiece

I played this guitar at a local store last week, and after the first 10 seconds I was awestuck. At the moment I own a Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, and a Gibson...Read complete review

I played this guitar at a local store last week, and after the first 10 seconds I was awestuck. At the moment I own a Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, and a Gibson es 345 and this one blows them all away. The '61 Reissue is the ultimate instrument as far as tone, weight, shape, and playabillity. It has the fastest and most comfortable neck I've ever played, and this guitar is durable. The tone is amazing and with the four nobs you create allmost any sound with them you would like. Don't settle for a Standard, Special, or Les Paul if you want a guitar that will last and that you can take on the road.

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Gibson SG 61 Reissue

Alright, let me preface this by saying that AC/DC is not even close to my favorite band. I prefer the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin and stuff like that so you know the...Read complete review

Alright, let me preface this by saying that AC/DC is not even close to my favorite band. I prefer the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin and stuff like that so you know the kind of tone I like. I say this only because I bought this Gibson SG 61 Reissue so I would have a guitar that could play the heavier stuff like AC/DC and Black Sabbath that my telecasters don't sound right doing. All in all, I wasn't really that impressed with this SG, certainly not for the price. As for feel, the neck is sleek and is great shredding through solos and flying up and down the fretboard but this guitar is so light in weight which I think directly affects the guitar's sustain. This guitar has no sustain, even running it thru a compressor pedal. The notes die almost immediately. Unless you're playing shred solos the whole time, this guitar will leave alot of holes in your sound. If you're gonna spend $2,000 then get a Gibson Les Paul, unless you're so hung up on Angus Young that no other guitar will suffice. I just think for the money, you deserve something alittle better than this.

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5.0

Classic work horse. Sound is unbeatable. Build quality is impeccable.

By Mike Dale

from Raleigh, NC

I am a professional musician who has played for over 30 years. I have owned a few "real" vintage guitars in the past as well as a various collection of very nice Strats, LP's, 335's, Tele's, Explorer's, etc. I bought the 61 reissue SG from GC as my Christmas to me this year. I was BLOWN AWAY. I cannot believe that I have never owned an SG before now. The feel, the finish, the playability and the sound are nothing short of amazing. I have played with several different groups over the years covering classic rock, southern rock, adult alt and metal. This guitar covers the entire spectrum. No need to change pickups, the 57 classics scream through my Marshall. The clean tones are also surprising smooth, bright or warm to your choosing. I thank Gibson for this masterpiece and apologize to them for waiting so long to buy one!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most Excellent!

By Captain Ginger

from Benicia, CA

Wanted one for years and finally got it. It did not disappoint. Plays like a champ and looks to kill. Play it through a Hiwatt Custom 50 and the tones are amazingly versatile. It is a real center piece to the old collection. A must have for any tone chasers out there.

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5.0

Addictive guitar

By John B

from Federal Way, WA

This review by saying this is a fantastic guitar, both in terms of playability and its beautiful appearance. It really is a sexy guitar and I've been loving it since I got it, a little more every day. BUT, the first one I received (brand new in its factory box), had several issues. There was writing under the finish on the lower bout (hard to believe, but true), the sanding on the bezels between the horns was poorly done, resulting in a kind of wavy surface. I wrestled with keeping the guitar or sending it back, because it played and sounded great. Finally, I came to the conclusion that those flaws would always bug me, so I exchanged it. All this to say that QC on Gibsons, and also Fenders, can be spotty, so examine your guitar when you get it. You likely won't get the chance to see it first, because most stores don't have the '61 RI's in stock. The second SG was near perfect, and I'm happy. The good: -Fast, playable neck -Lightweight and comfortable body -Fabulous sounding '57 Classic pups -Easy access to the "dusty end" of the neck. Easy as pie -That growly, chunky sound you can only get from a Gibson -Absolutely stunning Heritage Cherry finish covering a beautiful mahogany grain pattern -Beautiful vintage look with its small pickguard and deep beveling The not-so-good -There is some neck flex to this guitar, and it can cause the axe to go sharp or flat depending on how you move it. It's not a big deal as long as you are aware of it -Both copies I got had trouble staying in tune, usually going out to the sharp side. Meaning to say, you may need to get the nut worked to get it to stay in tune properly. The machine heads are fine. I highly recommend this guitar. It's pricey, but it's worth it, and I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with it just as I have.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I wish I still had mine

By DT in VA

from Norton, VA

A few years ago I was shopping for a les paul and just kept coming back to the '61 reissue sg because of the fantastic neck. In my opinion there is no other neck like what is on the '61 sg. Because of the difference in where it is joined as compared to a modern sg, you are able access all of your frets (not like it's that hard on a modern sg but there is a difference). And the profile of the neck was just perfect for my hands as well. I bought her and took her home, and like an idiot I traded her off for a '57 reissue les paul standard. I am still kicking myself for that. Nothing wrong with the LP but I still to this day miss my '61 reissue and cannot afford another one. The pickups in the '61 sg were great for what I play (contemporary Christian and gospel and a little blues). These are great guitars. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years now and have owned every just about every brand and model out there. High end, low end, in between, you name it. If you are thinking of buying a Gibson '61 reissue SG, Go for It! you will be happy with it.

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5.0

Very enjoyable guitar

By Austin

from San Diego

I originally bought a Les Paul Traditional plus. It was a beautiful guitar with an ice tea sunburst finish. But it had issues. Even after a set up, it didn't play that well. The bridge pickup lacked uummph, and the upper frets are not easily reached. I returned Les Paul back and was gonna cut my losses. Then I plugged in this guitar and things picked up considerably. In the isolation room there were several Les Pauls, PRS, American Strats and other high end guitars. I must played 20-30 guitars that day, all through the same amp with the same settings (Egnater Tweakwer 15 watt, awesome little tube amp btw). I kept coming back to this SG. The Les Pauls had the same issues, the PRS's were a little too dark. The strats felt cheap in my hands. So I traded my Les Paul for this 61 reissue. Truth is I didn't wanna like this guitar, but I wound up in my collection and is my favorite guitar right now. It's playability, ballsy tone, and fast neck leaves me always wanting more!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tone to die for

By JASON

from Syracuse, NY

I bought this guitar two years ago and I've been meaning to write a review for awhile but I've been too busy playing it. I cannot put it down. Someone said they cannot get sustain out of this guitar. WHAT?! You need a new amp or a pedal if you cant get sustain. I play everything, but mostly blues and experimental original stuff. Influenced by The Doors and TOOL. I play drop D alot and this guitar is made for it. Thick tone baby. Make sure you have it set up properly. I LOVE the neck pickup sound on this guitar, so clear, and awesome for slow melodic leads. The bridge pickup sound is not my favorite, but is good for traditional rock and blues. The neck on the guitar is lightning fast and is soooo comfortable to play. I play through a 6505+ and a Blues JR hot rod and the sounds I can make with this guitar are insane. SUSTAIN? yes my friend. all day. squeelie? yes. chug a lug? yes. yes,yes,yes

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5.0

Gibson SG 61 Reissue Electric Guitar

By Aaron

from Conway PA

I've played the Gipson SG 61 many times and this guitar is one of the best guitars out there. It plays extremely nice, and feels easy to play with its strings nice and close to the frets. Playing it with a nice clear sound to it is amazing. I've played it with a clear sound many times and you barely have to strum the strings to get a nice loud clear sound to it. The only thing I dislike about this guitar is the price, but at the same time it's well worth the price it's worth. I'd recommend buying a nice Vox amp along with it because I play it with a Vox amp and I'm telling you it makes this guitar sound amazing.

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(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Gibson SG 61 Reissue

By Darren

from Pittsburgh, PA

Alright, let me preface this by saying that AC/DC is not even close to my favorite band. I prefer the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin and stuff like that so you know the kind of tone I like. I say this only because I bought this Gibson SG 61 Reissue so I would have a guitar that could play the heavier stuff like AC/DC and Black Sabbath that my telecasters don't sound right doing. All in all, I wasn't really that impressed with this SG, certainly not for the price. As for feel, the neck is sleek and is great shredding through solos and flying up and down the fretboard but this guitar is so light in weight which I think directly affects the guitar's sustain. This guitar has no sustain, even running it thru a compressor pedal. The notes die almost immediately. Unless you're playing shred solos the whole time, this guitar will leave alot of holes in your sound. If you're gonna spend $2,000 then get a Gibson Les Paul, unless you're so hung up on Angus Young that no other guitar will suffice. I just think for the money, you deserve something alittle better than this.

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(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Definately worth the upgrade

By DWLong

from Tulsa Ok.

I bought an SG standard a while back and thought it set up well and played great. But after I found my '61 reissue at Tulsa GC the comparision between 'em is almost impossible to describe! '57 buckers, 60's neck, old style witchhat knobs...the list of major and minor improvements is well worth the extra $800. After playin' 'em both in an A-B test for 10 minutes I remembered why so many great axemasters have had or still have a '61 SG as their weapon of choice.

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5.0

Why haven't I gotten it earlier!

By Jan

from United Kingdom

This is an amazing guitar! I'm usually a fender man but after seing AC/DC live last year I got obsessed with SG's. Tried a SG standard but didnt like the sound of the pick ups, tried some les pauls but didn't like the limited access to the upper frets. This is an amazingly easy played guitar for my short chubby fingers, the 57 pick ups sound incredible! Try it, like it, get it! 5 stars!

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