The Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar is one of the most popular incarnations of the renowned Gibson SG. It takes the best of the '62 original and adds the longer and sturdier neck joint of the late ... Click To Read More About This Product
The Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar is one of the most popular incarnations of the renowned Gibson SG. It takes the best of the '62 original and adds the longer and sturdier neck joint of the late '60s models. All the classic features you'd expect from a historic guitar. Hot humbuckers go from rich, sweet lightning to warm, tingling waves of sustain. A silky-fast rosewood fretboard plays like a dream. The original-style beveled mahogany body looks like a million bucks. Plus, Tune-O-Matic bridge and chrome hardware. Limited lifetime warranty. Includes hardshell case.
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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yes, it is a 5 star guitar!!
This is my first review ever. I have been playing for about 15 years. I haven't owned many guitars so far though. In the last 5 years I owned two epiphones: standard and...Read complete review
This is my first review ever. I have been playing for about 15 years. I haven't owned many guitars so far though. In the last 5 years I owned two epiphones: standard and SG400 (I bought both new). These are great instruments. But as many people, I always wanted a Gibson. I never had enough money to buy one. Now the time came and I'm the happy owner of a Gibson SG standard, 2010. Also as many people, I spent several hours (and years!) on the internet reading reviews and watching videos before buying my first Gibson. I can tell without hesitating that the difference between an epiphone SG400 and a Gisbon SG standard (both new) is huge in all aspects; from the sound to the craftmanship of the instrument the Gibson SG is superior, more than you can imagine. I have to admit that I was afraid before I bought it, because some people have claim that Gibson hasn't been paying to much attention to quality on their instruments. Well, I don't know what those people were talking about. The intonation of the guitar (out of the box) is flawless; there's no buzz in any section of the neck; the nitrocelulous finish is perfect; and more important than anything, the strings stay in tune even after doing several 2X bendings and playing for about 2 hours. I have always had tune problems with other guitars (including the two epi); I usually hit the strings very hard and do a lot of bendings. The G string was always a problem, but not in this one, not at all. The tone, the tone, the tone... This guitar was made to rock, that's it. This is pure rock tone. I'm using the same amp I used with my previous two epi (a marshall AVT) and the difference in tone is just hard to believe. The Gibson SG has much better sustain and punch. I think that most bad reviews that people make sometimes is because they try the guitars that are in the show room of the guitar store, which of course have a bad intonation, buzz, and don't feel pretty well. But what could you ask for a guitar that had been played by many people every week, and much of them are kids with no sense of care for an instrument. I will recommend this guitar to anyone, but buy it new, you will see :)
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Quality Control Issues A Problem With Gibson.
Having owned numerous Gibson guitars from Les Pauls, SG's and ES-335's during the sixties, seventies, eighties and currently owning a 2010 Gibson SG Standard (and 1994 Gibson Les Paul) which...Read complete review
Having owned numerous Gibson guitars from Les Pauls, SG's and ES-335's during the sixties, seventies, eighties and currently owning a 2010 Gibson SG Standard (and 1994 Gibson Les Paul) which I ordered, I've found this guitar the worst of the bunch. My ebony SG had numerous defects in the wood on the reverse of the guitar's body, the frets needed to be filed down badly and the bridge needed adjusting. This guitar was just not setup properly from the factory. The SG also can't stay in tune even with 10 gauge strings installed. Soundwise it's your typical SG with that chunky thick sound the guitar is known for. Played thru a Peavy Vyper amp it sounds nice but lacks the sustain of my 1994 Gibson Les Paul (non-chambered). Needless to say I play the Les Paul far more these days. Gibson quality has been going down for years and it appears it's reached a peak. There are far better guitars for less money than any Gibson. My advice syat clear of the SG and the chambered Les Pauls.
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My first new guitar was an SG purchased somewhere around 1964. I sold it in 1971 when I started college and the rest of the band members did the same.
It has taken until now to replace my beloved Gibson SG, and I've done it in Grand Style. I bought two SG Standards, one with Humbuckers and one with P90s.
These are GREAT guitars! They play well and they sound good. They're the perfect "Live Performance" instrument.
Only downfall . . . I'm not playing my Martin Acoustics as much.
I had an SG standard that I purchased 25 years ago and some one broke in my house and stole it. I found I couldn't live without it so I bought another one exactly like it. Gibson quality is still exceptional. I love this guitar.
OK, several years ago when looking to purchase my first american made guitar I read review after review written largely by proud owners of guitars they have owned for only a few days or a few months at best... Well I have owned my SG standard since December of 09 & have had TONS of hours playing time. I have to say it sounds great, the SG standard 490-498 pickup combo really sounds great on clean and even better w/ a little overdrive. It is an incredibly versatile guitar however very under rated, I swear you would think Strats & Les Pauls were the only two guitars on the planet. This guitar is not just for playing AC/DC you can get a ton of different tones out of it and it plays most types of music exceptionally well. I play everything from AC/DC, the doors, cream & black sabboth, to pop music like duran duran & inxs, to modern rock like the black keys, and even some funky james brown or raggae bob mareley & the SG covers them all very well. Before I bought it I tryed out Les Paul studios & traditional plus, Fender standards, deluxes & even the Eric Clapton model (I really came close to buying that one), basically most american made guitars within the $900-1800 price range, but I really found the SG to be the best guitar for me. Really that is what it all amounts to, what really fits your music tastes, playing style & esthetic requirements. I REALLY love the way the heritage cherry SG looks, sounds & plays. I love the fat neck that many complain about, it is very fast very comforatable to play on a guitar that has the fret ends finished (unlike a fender). I am certainly not baggin on fenders, matter of fact I plan on adding an american standard to compliment my SG... I do however have a few not so complimentary comments to make... The SG is inherantly flawed in two ways. one is the way the set neck is attached to the body in between the double cutouts. It looks cool as hell & the high frets are easily accessible, BUT the neck has little wood to wood connection making the neck in need of adjustment every so often. wood being a natural material moves & changes as temperature & humidity change. Flaw number two, the flat body of the guitar with an angled neck creats an angle between the strings and the pickups. Ideally the pickups would be parallel to the strings, LPs & strats don't have that problem due to their design. Neither of these two flaws are deal breakers & many people might not consider them flaws at all, but unique characteristics of the guitar. All that said, I love my SG & play it daily. I love the way it looks hanging on my wall, I love they way if feels in my hands, I love the way it plays & I am proud to own a beautifully crafted piece of rock n roll history. test one out (or five) cause gibson sometimes does have some quality controll issues, but definitely don't just rely on someone else's opinon
Very disappointed, the guitar would not stay in tune for longer than 10 seconds while playing. I have been writing and performing music for 25 yrs, this was the biggest let down ever. Gibson could have taken the time to put in decent tuning pegs for such an expensive guitar. How pathetic, I have install better quality tuning pegs.
The Gibson Sg Standard has been a favorite of many Iconic players, so in June I decided to take the step to finally have a Gibson and this SG did not disappoint at all. I was primarily a strat player so it took a little while getting use to the 50's rounded neck but once we clicked which was about an hour after opening the box, this will be a friend for a lifetime.
The pick ups are great, I can get pretty much any rock tones from them and some solid clean tones. I'd say the cleans would be great for blues and jazz and with the right amp and settings it could be used for country as well. In short this guitar does not disappoint and as far as quality goes I've had no issues with mine and I've been playing it everyday since June 7 so its held up thus far and I'm sure it will last a long time if properly taken care of.
i pick up one at my local guitar store and i fell in love with it. i pluged it in to a blackstar amp and played it for a good hour. it had an amazing sound and no buzzing of any kind. i went through 70's rock to modern pop and it could take it just fine especially with how hard i play a guitar. i would recomened this guitar to anyone i fell in love with it and i'd be amazed if you didn't love it too.
Marked on the website as "gently used," this looked like maybe at the worst it had been a store demo. There's not a mark on it, and this one is a rare one-piece body!
Shipping was quick and inexpensive, the guy who took my order couldn't have been nicer, and the quality of this SG Standard blew me away.
You really can't beat Musician's Friend. They go out of their way to make sure every little thing is taken care of, and their so-called "used" gear is in better shape than a lot of the new stuff you see in other stores.
The Gibson SG is an absolute "must" in my stable of guitars. I play mainly Rock and Blues, but also some Steely Dan-type jazz stuff and even some Country. The versatility of the SG is great, and it's SO light! Gibson's scale length makes it fun to play, the neck is just the right thickness and taper, and it has that Signature sound. Plus, in the studio, it really lends itself well to whatever effects you want to use. Just a great guitar, at a great price.
I was a Les Paul man since I was 16, however as I got older, it wasn't so much fun hauling around such a heavy axe for hours a night. I had always related the SG to Angus Young and never considered it as a viable instrument for me, however 10 seconds after plugging this in to my amp I was hooked. ALL the balls of the Les Paul, for literally half the weight. For the last 5yrs, my Les Paul is the backup and my SG is my #1 gal. I would never hesitate recommending this to a friend and I would buy this guitar over and again. Every inch a true Gibson!
Lovely guitar. I just keep seeing Angus Young every time it is strapped on. Rips through Marshalls. Lovely lovely lovely....
Typical SG guitar. The neck set is much improved on a VOS. Stay away from those unless you want a broken neck heel... The 50's neck profile to me is perfect. Lots of meat there, but very playable. LIGHT!!! Balanced, unlike some cheaper SG models. Why is that???
Well, I got a really good one. I got it used and the owner had the fret ends rolled and the nut recut. A must for any new 'standard' Gibson product. If you are spending this kind of money on a guitar either know a luthier you can trust to set it up right or do it yourself. If you want an 'off the shelf' player buy a PRS. Enough said. Once it is 'right' it's a Rock and Roll machine. Might change the pups to Burstbucker pros. We'll see. I love this guitar. Doesn't break your back like a LP does. I'm 50 and that's a big deal. I have lots of guitars, but this is one that I will be picking up alot.
Depends. Better know what you're after and what you're doing. Gibson doesn't set up standard models very well. Some of the wood is questionable as well. The one I got I will play until it falls apart, it's that good. Stays in tune great. Retiring/selling my Gothic SG. That was a goodie as well but a bit neck heavy. The Standard is NOT. I don't get that... But as far as 'worth the money', yes. The finish, fit and overall quality on this one is just perfect. To me a guitar that stays in tune and plays in tune and effortlessly even with heavier strings is worth the extra cash. Gibson did this one right.
What can I say? AWSOME!! This guitar is a masterpiece. Awsome pickups, the neck is great, blah, blah, when you play it you will know it is awsome, if not it was probably thrown down some stairs and even then it would probably sound better than most. GET ONE!!! The black finish shows alot of scratches beware of how hard you handle it.