Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry 889406632516

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 36 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(53 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Gibson Masterpiece

By David

from Ocala, FL

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.

(28 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OMG God dropped his guitar to Earth

By GibSG61

from Undisclosed

I usually don't give a 5.0 best on the overall of a review of an instrument. But if I gave anything lower for this instrument, I would be lying. This thing is God's personal guitar. He dropped it down from heaven. But seriously, I've went many times to my local guitar center and have seen and played this guitar. Each time I play it, I get awestrucked. The store had a SG custom, but this thing beat it with a hard punch. At first I was thinking that probably the Les Paul Studio was a bit better, but today I finally compared the 2 side by side, and the SG reissue blew the Les Paul away. And it's also a very light guitar, great for long gigs, etc. I have played various Gibsons, but this one beats it all. Maybe not a Les Paul custom, but who has the money for that? Whoever out there who are serious guitarists, stop wasting your money on Fenders, or other guitars, and start saving up for this baby. It won't do you no wrong. Except, the only thing I wish it had was a tremolo system, like that SG/Les Paul model that was discontinued a few years ago. Oh well, you can't have everything. GET THIS.

(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Awesome SG

By Jacob

from kent,wa

This is my first SG and I just can't put it down.It is now, my main guitar.I fits perfectly for my small hand.I've always wanted and SG in the past but could'nt choose wich one to buy.And GC got SG'61 reissue,I had to have it.I love it.Thanks GC for making it happpen.SG 4ever.

(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.

(16 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another great Gibson

By MetalGuitarist14

from Murfreesboro, TN

The guitarist from System of a Down uses this guitar, and it sounds amazing. I'm thinking about putting the same pickups that this guitar has ('57 Classic humbuckers) into my Gibson SG Special just to get that great metal sound.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It remains unique

By Steve Tracy

from Tachikawa, Japan.

After all these years, this is one guitar that still stands out from the crowd, both in design and tone. It literally begs to be matched to a Marshall amp. I know, because my 2001 version doesn't sound the same through anything else. It's a marriage made in Heaven. One thing that I've noticed about SG owners is that they never tire of just staring at the guitar standing or hanging in a corner. It's a timeless design, and with these particular pickups, a timeless tone also. Although I've a few other decent guitars to choose from, this is my personal favorite, and it's almost impossible to put it down. Surprisingly, it has a superb clean tone as well, and at least one famous jazz guitarist that I know of uses this particular model only. Personally, all I want to do is jump into a pair of short pants, stick on a tie, and "Hells Bells", that says it all! Angus may have turned the SG into an icon, but it's a fantastic instrument in its own right. One word of warning, however. Quality control seems a bit dodgy at the moment, and I've noticed a few new ones over here in Japan that have poorly fitted bridges which do not look quite the same as my 7 year-old model! Imported parts I wonder? Anyway, find yourself a good one and you won't be sorry. All you need then is the Marshall! The P-90 version is great, but this is better. A true gem.

(14 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good

By sgrulez

from Iliinois in orland park

I recently have owned a mexican fender strat and all I can say is this beats it in every single aspect. When I went to go buy a new guitar I kept coming back to this one. The feel is vre good its lightweigth and commfortable. The quality of this thing is unspoked for. The build is jsut so nice I feel like I could throw it off the the sears tower and then just pick it up and it would still work. Also the red one looks very hot a nice change from all the les pauls. Now the pickups on these things rock to no matter what you play it sounds good on this. This is good in rythm and lead but personally I think it's the best lead guitar there is les pauls are just to heavy. so If you want a good reliable giotar that will last you forever then pick this baby up the price is worth it.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar!

By Jan from Norway

from Hampshire, UK

Bought mine 3 weeks ago at GC in San Francisco. Tested it on a Egnater tourmaster and I fell instantly in love. The 57s humbuckers humms gently every time you strum, and when you turn the gain up they really kick out quality sound. A thick, deep and rich sound which can't be mistaken for anything else but from Gibsons 57s. I've always been a fender player, but this is a guitar is a complete different league! I just love the easy access to the 22nd fret, volume and tone control for each humbucker. Mine came perfect intonated and with perfect action from GC. A dream guitar!

(5 of 13 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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing!!!

By Garrison Brown

from mustang,oklahoma

I just bought this guitar from my friends dad and it is one of the nicest guitars I've ever played. the only problem is the tuning. I have problems mainly on the b and g strings. Overall, its an amazing guitar. I've played some nice guitars, but this is one of my favorites. It has great action and I can shred better on it than any guitar I've played. its sounds good clean. that is a big thing i look at guitars for. It sounds great with every effect I've put with it, but just straight into the amp it sounds good. Very nice guitar. Way ahead of its time.

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