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 ... Read More
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 and with coil-splitting for single-coil tones that cut through the mix. 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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This Gem right out of the box is ready to go. And, If like holding a badger by it's nuts, you are going to Rock Heaven with this guitar. It is hard to put down once you start playing it, because it has so many heavy to sweet tones just by switching the pick-up to the split coil configuration. Whether, you like to Fret-Tap or play solid Rock classics I found this one to give all those sweet harmonics. Really has a heavier tone, like a Les Paul but without the weight, so you can play this baby for a long time. Then, I used some effects pedals, because I forgot about hitting em. But, when I did , it was just so good. I'm knocked out by this guitar. Hope this helps you make up your mind. :-)
The first time I played this guitar I was amazed at the action and just the way it felt, at that time I hadn't even played it through an amp yet! When I plugged it in I played it through a couple of Fender amps, and I could get just about any sound I wanted out of it. I play in my school jazz band and I can get great jazz sounds out of it as well as blues and rock. The thinner 60's style neck on this guitar made it faster and easier to play than any other guitar I picked up. This guitar wants to be played. I really like the color too, it's a little darker than the standard SG cherry red and it's beautiful. This is my first Gibson and I've always heard how bad the tuners were, but mine stays in tune a lot better than I expected it to. The only problem was that the one in the store was a few years old and had been heavily played, so the third string was sunk into the nut, so the string rattled against the frets, so I had to order mine. The new one was set up great out of the box, but I had it set up at my local guitar shop anyways. Mine has never had a problem and still looks and plays great after almost a year.
I love this guitar,I play rhythm and sing and this gibson rules.I had purchased a faded black s.g. and returned it after a couple days because I had owned a 1973 s.g. before and the faded black did not compare to it.Vincent,my salesman, hooked me up with this beautiful cream s.g.and I also bought a roland 40 watt cube amp. that sounds great.I will recommend guitar center,and Vincent to all my musician friends and I will be purchasing a accoustic soon from Vincent.One more thing,this guitar can be shredded very well.I have a musician friend who can shred with the best of them and I thought he was going to catch it on fire so there you have it.
One of the nicest guitars I've played. Checked out several other guitars, some more expensive and some cheaper, and this one had by far the best sound and the fastest action of the bunch. Love the coil splitting that gives greater flexibility to find just the right sound for each song. Can't say enough about this axe! I'm in love with it :) I've been playing Strats for the past 25 years or so, and love my strat too, but this little SG is such a pleasure to play I'm thinking my Strat may sit unused for awhile.
If you want an SG so bad that you are willing to give up some tone (VERY LITTLE) and not have the Les Paul, then you can get this guitar. One single problem I found is that the neck just doesn't feel VERY smooth like I thought it would being a Gibson. The higher frets frets have GREAT access, and wont have a problem getting to the 22nd fret like on my LP.MY LP is hard to get to those higher frets. The coil split isn't worth it unless you play clean because only thing it does when your in any gain is lowers your volume(very little) and gets rid of very little tone. I like it but I got it 7 months ago and am already interested in a good LP because you don't get that GIBSON tone from this without a nice stack. Some of us cant afford that though.
I was looking for a new guitar because all I have at the moment is a Mexican Custom Stratocaster and it can't handle what I want it to. I went to my local Guitar Center and went straight to the SGs. I played the Standard, the Special Faded, and a couple more and they were all great but they didn't quite do it for me, then I saw this, expecting it to be up with the '61 reissue price-wise I hesitated to play it, then I saw the price, it's only $100 more than the standard. I played it and it is single handedly the best most versatile SG I've ever put my hands on, the tone was unbeatable. I got Strat tones out of it (thanks to the coil-tapping), I got standard SG sounds, and I even got Les Paul sounds out of it. You need this guitar.
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