SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups Heritage Cherry 886830083686

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 fretboard with dot inlays.

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  • P-90 pickups re-create '60s sound and look
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GibsonSG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups
 
4.9

(based on 201 reviews)

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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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Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickup

Well I just received, and then returned this unit. Unfortunately I did not get a lucky as the prior folks. There was a gap where the fretboard meets the body at the end...Read complete review

Well I just received, and then returned this unit. Unfortunately I did not get a lucky as the prior folks. There was a gap where the fretboard meets the body at the end of the neck joint, could have been just the way the binding was cut, but with the deliberate overspay of the finish on the rest of it over that joint, as the neck joined the body along the fretboard, I didn't want to take a chance. (The overspray did not bother me, fyi, the gap at the end did. Though the overspray looked like it could be hiding additional gap, instead of a clean binding job???). The nut was cut so it favored the Bass side, slightly, but I hate that, especially when my finger slides off the edge of the playing surface. Minor, yes but for the current price, heck, it's not an import. And, those have always been good to me, anyway, so am not knocking imports. And, I understood this to be a one piece body. The lower bout below the control knobs on mine was laminated to complete the body; minor but, not what I expected. Also, the tuners, the tiny white knobs, look very lite duty, though the gears looked like the regular tuner. I'd be afraid of the knob twisting off, or cracking some day. Though am sure if properly strung would stay in tune.Anyway, on the positive side, the Soapbars sound fantastic. I compared side by side with 490's and Alnico 5 BurstBucker Pros, they hold their own in tone; to my ear a cross between the two, the 490's to me were a bit briter, but same performance and sound otherwise, if not noticably similar output levels. I didn't get any hum in my playing environment on single selection.The finish itself, was flawless, and, none of the typical ding's and handeling marks I see with great dissapointment. The neck, on this one was beefy and substantial, more so than some other fat 50's necks I've played... they're all a little different I guess. Very nice neck on this one.A final negative, on this unit, did not resonate quite as much, unpluged, as some of the all mahogany units I've played from Gibson. Could be the 9's that were on it. Kind of dead as far as that went, which means the sympathic tones, string vibrations wouldn't be there if one looks for that.Oh well, I'm dissapointed, and not interested in getting into a back and forth shipping struggle, for me anyway. Regards.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By Joe Barbeau

from North Bay, Ontario

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Pros

  • Looks great

Cons

  • No hard case

Best Uses

  • Alternative Rock
  • Blues Rock
  • Punk

Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

I'm definitely an SG guy, with a collection that ranges from a 2006 SG classic (the least expensive) to a 2002 Gibson SG Custom, and I must say the classic is the best sounding guitar of them all. The P90 pickups are hot and clear, with excellent growly tones even at relatively low volumes. I would definitely recommend this guitar to anybody, especially anybody who plays alternative/punk rock. A great buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SG Classic - Hello Rock and Roll

By DamnYankee

from Maryland

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • NONE AT THIS TIME

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

Nice Dirty Sound. Great bite. Always wanted to have one and I am not disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By cjsinla

from Los Angeles

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I've been playing Fenders for years but had recently brought an old Les Paul Junior to a rehearsal. It sounded so good, I gigged with it but took some heat for bringing such a valuable guitar to the club. I decided that I needed a substitute. So, I went to my local Guitar Center. I played a bunch of guitars with P90's, custom shop Juniors to faded SG's. the best sounding one was the Junior in TV yellow. But, it only had one pickup and I wanted two pickups for extra versatility. The SG Classic was very close in sound to the LP Junior, in fact, all the SG's sounded great but I couldn't hang with the worn and faded finishes. I took it home and compared it side by side with my 59 LP Junior and they sounded almost identical. But, I don't have to worry about losing or damaging my 59 at a gig or rehearsal. I really like the neck as well, not as thin as the old 68? SG with P90's that I had back in the '80's and not as thick as the 50's necks. It is light and balanced and has gotten more comments about the sound than any other guitar I have ever played. The only problem was when I was using a guitar with a fatter neck and then switched to this guitar after an hour of rehearsal, I found the thinner neck of this SG to be more fatiguing. This was never a problem on long rehearsals before, though. All in all, a great guitar for the money and it is cheaper now.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Supersimitry

    from Western NY

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    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    This guitar is great! I play in a bar band and the reviews are true- the P 90s can sound clean or growly. You can sound like dickie betts or jack white. They're my favorite pickups. The neck is nice, a little wide but that just makes it more adaptable to slide guitar play. I do agree that the guitar needed to be tweaked from the factory. I had to adjust the truss rod which was something I hadn't ever done before. The tuning machines weren't great. I ended up replacing them ( because my 3 y/o broke one) with kluson deluxe ones, and now I feel like the guitar is perfect. I used to want a les Paul, but this is the guitar for me.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Real Gibson SG makes all the difference!

    By Hans-Juergen Adler

    from Germany

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson SG Classic

    By Never Blue25

    from everywhere U.S

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Actaully, a 9.5. I would buy it again if it were stolen. I actually may get another one in the future as a backup I like it so much.
    I gave this a 10 for features, because it is light weight, and fancy enough. I don't like the block inlays on the Standard. This one has the easier to read pearl moon inlays. Tuners are ok, they hold tune good enough, I really can't complain. The P-90's are IMHO the best pickups on a Gibson. The clean sounds are amazing, and just crank the guitar volume for some breakup.
    I couldn't find a singal flaw in this guitar, and I looked hard.
    Only an 8 here, I feel this guitar is still a bit overpriced for what it is.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson SG Classic - Heritage Cherry- 2012

    By Cliff Hughes

    from Miami, OK

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    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!

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Jay Fillion

    from Somewhere CT

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar With A Super Sound

    By raymond anselmo

    from north carolina

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    If you like the P-90 sound than buy this guitar..,,,,It's easy to pay....the neck feels really nice an smooth, frets are smooth also asxnd you can get the action real low on this neck with no fret buzz!

    also the binding on the neck is really nice touch.....just a great all around guitar at a nice low price.....it will be the best money you ever spent on a gibson.
    I have a 2004 model and all I can say is that tge guitar is incredible! The workmanship is top notch which lately is becoming rare with Gibson. The P-90's pickups soynd fantastic as expected.

    The guitar stays in tunes after playing hard and with a whole lot of string bending. Everything about the guitar is great. The guitar now comes with a gibson hard shell case.
    Guitar was perfect when i purchased it in 2004 and still looks and sounds and performs like the day i got it!
    The sg classic is worth more than what it sells for.......

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar

    By Jim Gansner

    from STL

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I will mention upfront that I'm a Fender guy. I have a USA Tele Deluxe and a USA Strat. I play through a Fender Supersonic. I have a Fender Jazz bass. You get the picture. I've tried the Gibson Les Paul but just never jived with it and went back to Fender. And then I tried the Gibson SG Classic and it now falls between my tele (#1) and strat (#3) as my favorite guitar to play.

    I love the P-90s. They are hot and thick, so the guitar offers both chime and growl at the same time. I also really like how light and thin the body is. I always expected this to feel more like a Les Paul but with an extra cutaway on top. That couldn't be further from the truth. It is extremely comfortable. The neck profile is a bit too large for me, but by no means uncomfortable. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
    The neck binding is a nice touch that looks really great with the white outline of the pickguard.
    An upgrade in the tuning pegs would earn this a 10 rating.

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