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Inspired by the 1960s SG Special, the Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups re-creates the look and sound of the most influential guitar in both Britain and the U.S. during the psychedel... Read More

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Inspired by the 1960s SG Special, the Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups re-creates the look and sound of the most influential guitar in both Britain and the U.S. during the psychedelic era. It has the original all-mahogany body, dual P-90 pickups, and a bound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays.

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.

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  • P-90 pickups re-create '60s sound and look
  • All-mahogany body
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Most versatile axe in the collection!

I�ۡ���ve been considering a lighter electric for some time since the weight on both my Les Paul and...Read complete review

I�ۡ���ve been considering a lighter electric for some time since the weight on both my Les Paul and �ۡ���74 Strat was killing me at rehearsals and gigs. I�ۡ���d pretty much narrowed it down to an SG Classic or SG Special Faded. But I�ۡ���m based in Asia and even if you can find those models (very unlikely) prices will be high. So while in Las Vegas for a family wedding a couple of weeks ago I checked out the Guitar Center in Summerlin. I was really most interested in the SG Classic, but I�ۡ���d heard they were fairly limited in terms of availability, so I wasn�ۡ���t sure they�ۡ���d have one. They didn�ۡ���t. They had three! My salesman Tony was great and helped me out with all three, with no pressure at all. I was wary of the SG�ۡ���s fat neck because I�ۡ���ve got small hands, but I�ۡ���d read reviews that said there is actually a fair bit of variation because the necks are hand-finished, and sure enough, the third one I tried was perfect. I�ۡ���ve since had the thing out at rehearsals with a couple of different bands, and the guys in both bands have noticed several things: A) It does �ۡ����early Santana�ۡ��� perfectly as you�ۡ���d expect with the P 90s. B) It�ۡ���s super versatile, and does a pretty good imitation of lots of models, for lots of different styles�ۡ��_ everything from heavy rock to early Allmans to quite jazzy. C) It doesn�ۡ���t get muddy like my Les Paul when I turn down the volume. Which I do a lot of because I do the �ۡ����set and forget�ۡ��� thing with my tube amps �ۡ���� turn them all the way up, and control everything from the guitar. (I use the old Rory Gallagher trick of using very small amps cranked wide open - so depending on the room, it's either a Fender Blues Junior or the Blackstar HT5 which in spite of being only 5 watts RMS will actually tear your face off. The SG Clasic sounds awesome with both,) D) The overdriven solo sounds are really mouthwatering, either front or back pickup. For my part it�ۡ���s great for slide which I do a lot of, my back didn�ۡ���t hurt after three hours of playing and the thing was perfectly finished and set up right out of the box. When I got back to Singapore, I got my tools out to do the intonation, fix the action and the usual stuff I do with any new axe. Five minutes later the tools were back in the pantry �ۡ���� no work required at all. A really beautiful guitar for a reasonable price. Nothing else to say. Hats off to Gibson and Guitar Center!

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Not worth the cash

I played this guitar at the store for about an hour last week at GC. I switched amplifiers several times to see exactly what kind of a sound I could get out of it....Read complete review

I played this guitar at the store for about an hour last week at GC. I switched amplifiers several times to see exactly what kind of a sound I could get out of it. After going through a couple different marshall models, a mesa, line 6, and a fender, i still had no luck getting a really nice sound out of it. I'll admit it's decent for blues but that is just about it. This definitily is not worth the price. I recommend buying a Epiphone LP custom with some duncans, or maybe some EMGs. If you really want a SG go with an epiphone and put some nice pickups on it.

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5.0

A Real Gibson SG makes all the difference!

By Hans-Juergen Adler

from Germany

I write a little bit of background, so you see why I bought this guitar and why I rate it a fantastic instrument at a favourable price. I have quite a few electric guitars, Fender Strat`s, Tele's, Gretsch and a lot of tuned Epiphones (LP, SG, Ltd.) and a Gibson ES-335. Amongst my Epiphones I have a few very good ones, but the SG-models I have (SG-custom shop similar to SG-310 and SG Prophecy with Dirty fingers) were not really satisfying. Problem on the SG-310 was the slim tapered neck could not hold 10er strings. It bend, went out of tune all the time and there was not enough room to move the saddles for correct intonation. Although the sound was good with the 490R and 498T I put in, but adjusting the truss rod, moving the saddles for intonation, I could not work with 10er strings, had to go back to 09's. The SG prophecy is too head heavy! It really falls to the left all the time and hangs down wearing it on a strap. Soundwise interesting, but not quite the thing. As I had an Epiphone LP 1956Gold Top and I changed the Epihone P90's to Gibson P90's, I really got hooked on that sound. So I was looking for a Gibson with P90 and had to choose between the LP Junior Special with P90's and that SG classic. The Gibson SG classic is a fantastic axe. Getting hands on it you realize imediatley the high resonance (unplugged) of a well balanced intrument. Fretboard, Frets, neck and body are well crafted and aligned. Plug it in and the direct response of the P90's will surprise you. Play with the tone poties and you get quite a lot of different tones. This guitar revives the 60's sound and is a pleasure to play with. Lightweighted, direct response, phantastic sounds, easy to play it is a pleasure. It stays in tune with 10er strings. No need to say it outplays all my Epiphone SG's in playability and sound. Only thing I did not like so much is the chunky neck, but then again, that's part of the nice sound. This guitar is brilliant for Rock, Blues and you can do some country with it too. Definitley I would buy it again.

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5.0

Gibson SG Classic - Heritage Cherry- 2012

By Cliff Hughes

from Miami, OK

03/22/12 I did some checking, and it seems Guitar Center did not have these in stock at any of their stores anymore. I was worried maybe they were going to discontinue these. I had played one in the past at Guitar Center back in 2009, and really liked it alot. I originally ordered one, then midstream, decided to get the SG Standard for a few more dollars and get the case with it free. I have enjoyed the Standard, but I was missing that cool P-90 sound I first heard. So, I decided to get on the stick and order one of these SG Classics. I had to have my Guitar Center Salesman friend at Tulsa, order this guitar through Guitar Center.com. It arrived 3 days later, and I was very happy to find mine came with the Keystone style Kluson tuning machines instead of the button style which I did not care for and would have had to change. The guitar was just beautiful in every way. The grain of the mahogany was very nice. Fit & finish were all top notch. I could not find a flaw anywhere. The guitar is a pleasure to play, and for the money, (I got a great discount), you can't go wrong! It comes with a nice durable Gibson gig bag, but I'm going to order the Gibson hard shell case for it. I found out from Gibson, the strings they install at the factory are Gibson Brite Wires. I found the 10-46 gauge strings on this guitar are perfect for it. I usually play 9-42, but this sounded so much better on the high E & B strings with 10-46 gauge. The sound was really apparent with this gauge. You can get some very nice blues riffs out of the P-90's. They're like single coils on steroids. Good and powerful, but yet very clean. I can see why Pete Townshend liked this style of SG so much. So there you have it, a great looking & sounding guitar for a very good price! Get one while you can. This is a keeper for me. Kudo's to Gibson for such good quality on this guitar. I even called then to tell them so! I also found out that Gibson is using rosewood out of Oregon and California now. It looked & felt great on mine! And I was very pleased that my guitar was made the first week of January, 2012, a new year model. I have bought 3 other top of the line Gibson guitars from Guitar Center since 2008, and every one has been perfect! Go for it before they're gone!

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5.0

Great Guitar!

By Jay Fillion

from Somewhere CT

Do yourself a favor and try one of these out. In my opinon I like the simplified look of the SG Classic. I got mine in Heritage Cherry and it is beautiful, you just have to see it in person. I bought mine used and it came terribly set-up, my luthier actually laughed at the job when he saw it. Guitar Center made up for it though by crediting me for the cost of the set-up. It sounds amazing, and it's a unique sound you can't help but like. The neck pickup is my favorite position. I set my neck P90 low and the bridge pickup somewhere in the middle, that's where I felt like I was getting the best tone. Yes! Like others have said it sounds great through a Fender Blues Junior, not so much through the Vox amps I have.

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5.0

:D

By Dylan Withers

from Keene, NH

I went to the Guitar Center in Boston for my birthday a couple days ago. It's a routine trip, and I don't get things that day. So, I went in and tried out some Fender Blacktop Strats and Mustangs, and a Godin 5th Avenue Archtop, all through a Mesa/Boogie combo. The strat was low priced, and had intonation issues. The Mustang was better, and had some nice White Stripes and punk-style sounds in it. The Godin was great. So then I looked at the SG section. Skipping over the Epiphones, I looked at the Gibsons. I had seen 'the Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Circus' a few days before, and loved the Who's performance. So, the SG Classic caught my eye. I grabbed it and played it through a Marshall MG series amp (digital). I was very pleased with the sounds that came out. I played that for an hour straight. No problems whatsoever. The clean channel sounded great with this, as well as the blues and overdrive sections. Great finish and neck, everything. The tuners were pretty sensitive, so I only had to move them a tiny bit. But, because of the small pegs, it may be hard to restring it (because of the string winder). And, bonus points to those who care, it looks exactly like Pete Townshends guitar. I never know what people mean when they say that a guitar sounds 'fat', but you can actually play anything with this guitar. And I mean ANYTHING. Maybe not Korn, or like drop c or b, because of the light guage strings. But still, drop D is fine. PERFECT!

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5.0

wow

By will grifenhagen

from columbus, ga

I came into guitar center thinking "i have a studio les paul, and im going to keep it and by another guitar of equal value with a different sound" i played some tele's, some strats, and an sg standard and a faded sg. then i noticed this on the top shelf, and asked the guy to get it down for me. this guitar is so good looking, it attracts attention. after i plugged it in, the amp was on the clean channel. i cant describe how good these p90's sound! its ridiculous! no guitar can ever produce the sound a p90 produces. then i cranked the distortion up, and holy mother of god. it sounded unbelievable. it is crazy how good these things sound. on my studio les paul, there is no binding on the neck, inbetween the neck and the fretboard. on this there is, what a world of difference. its unbelievable that you can get this for this price. if there wasn't a price tag on it i would have played it and put it down before i fell in love because i would've thought it was a 3000 dollar guitar. this is such a higher end guitar, for such a good price. the sounds in can produce are so versatile, and this is for sure the only guitar i need. so i ended up trading in my les paul so i could save a few bucks. i couldn't be happier with my purchase, except for the fact it doesn't come with a hardcase. only a gigbag, although the gig bag is pretty nice�ۡ��_.

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5.0

Best ever?

By Johnny

from Indianapolis, Indiana

This guitar is simply amazing.The P90s are full of warm crisp tone.I got mine used, and it is my favorite of my seven guitars.For someone who is'nt ready for a three thousand dollar gibson I reccomendthis guitar.

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5.0

True Gibson Condition, without the huge pricetag

By Alex

from Middletown, NJ

I picked up this beauty at a guitar showcase in my town and was immediately blown away. The sound was so clean, and it had a true Gibson feel to it. It's by no means a weak guitar. I've gotten some awesome distortion out of this with the right tones and pedal. The Treble setting gives lead parts an awesome, high sound, and the rhythm setting puts out a really full one. I have made some changes to make this guitar my own. I replaced the standard Gibson machine heads, and I played around with the bridge height a bit. No complaints about this guitar. I've played U2, Journey, Beatles, Weezer, and everything in between, and I've always found the right sound.

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5.0

Awesome

By Charlie Lederberg

from Maryland

This is the sickest guitar ever! The p90 pickups have a very 1980's sound that is awesome. I would totally recommend this guitar to anybody!

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5.0

Best Gibson for the Value!!!

By Keith Simonelli

from New York

Well last week I went to guitar center, thinking I was going to buy some more strings. When I saw this baby out of the corner out of my eye. I also so an epiphone les paul standard with the plus-top sunburst. So, like most people would do, I took both guitars off the wall,brought some cables an plugged them in. First I plugged in the epiphone les paul standard. Of course it had humbuckers so I thought it sounded awesome. So after playing a few stp songs I put it down to play the same songs on the sg. First of all the neck felt better, the guitar felt better made and, it just felt right.Not to mention the knobs on the epiphone were almost completely stuck on the epiphone. When I plugged that thing in it absolutely blew my mind.It simply was a burst of exitement. it made the les paul sound like a piece of cardboard,and the sustain and pure amount of bite coming out of it was amazing. Ive never experienced a guitar with p-90's that sounds or plays this good. I have had the opportunity to play an original 1959 les paul sunburst,and I think that if you let this sg sit in a closet for 50 years it would be in the ballbark with the burst in terms of sound. This guitar is just incredible for the money!! I can not put this guitar down ever since I got It and it has become one of the best guitars I have ever owned. Guitar center should consider lowering prices on these gibsons but this one is just fantastic!!

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5.0

Most versatile axe in the collection!

By Kelly Olafson

from Singapore

I�ۡ���ve been considering a lighter electric for some time since the weight on both my Les Paul and �ۡ���74 Strat was killing me at rehearsals and gigs. I�ۡ���d pretty much narrowed it down to an SG Classic or SG Special Faded. But I�ۡ���m based in Asia and even if you can find those models (very unlikely) prices will be high. So while in Las Vegas for a family wedding a couple of weeks ago I checked out the Guitar Center in Summerlin. I was really most interested in the SG Classic, but I�ۡ���d heard they were fairly limited in terms of availability, so I wasn�ۡ���t sure they�ۡ���d have one. They didn�ۡ���t. They had three! My salesman Tony was great and helped me out with all three, with no pressure at all. I was wary of the SG�ۡ���s fat neck because I�ۡ���ve got small hands, but I�ۡ���d read reviews that said there is actually a fair bit of variation because the necks are hand-finished, and sure enough, the third one I tried was perfect. I�ۡ���ve since had the thing out at rehearsals with a couple of different bands, and the guys in both bands have noticed several things: A) It does �ۡ����early Santana�ۡ��� perfectly as you�ۡ���d expect with the P 90s. B) It�ۡ���s super versatile, and does a pretty good imitation of lots of models, for lots of different styles�ۡ��_ everything from heavy rock to early Allmans to quite jazzy. C) It doesn�ۡ���t get muddy like my Les Paul when I turn down the volume. Which I do a lot of because I do the �ۡ����set and forget�ۡ��� thing with my tube amps �ۡ���� turn them all the way up, and control everything from the guitar. (I use the old Rory Gallagher trick of using very small amps cranked wide open - so depending on the room, it's either a Fender Blues Junior or the Blackstar HT5 which in spite of being only 5 watts RMS will actually tear your face off. The SG Clasic sounds awesome with both,) D) The overdriven solo sounds are really mouthwatering, either front or back pickup. For my part it�ۡ���s great for slide which I do a lot of, my back didn�ۡ���t hurt after three hours of playing and the thing was perfectly finished and set up right out of the box. When I got back to Singapore, I got my tools out to do the intonation, fix the action and the usual stuff I do with any new axe. Five minutes later the tools were back in the pantry �ۡ���� no work required at all. A really beautiful guitar for a reasonable price. Nothing else to say. Hats off to Gibson and Guitar Center!

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