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Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar

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The SG Standard is an iconic design that is so good, so right, so rock-n-roll that it (temporarily) obsoleted the Les Paul model- 50 years ago. The SG Standard Limited is a classically appointed SG wi... Click To Read More About This Product

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The SG Standard is an iconic design that is so good, so right, so rock-n-roll that it (temporarily) obsoleted the Les Paul model- 50 years ago. The SG Standard Limited is a classically appointed SG with all of the tone, features and playability of the original vintage model, but dressed in four stunning new finish options”Antique Cherry, Natural Burst, Cream and Vintage Sunburst”all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

The Gibson USA SG Standard Limited has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical "double-horned" deep double-cutaway design (Grade-A mahogany under the translucent 'burst and Cherry finishes). A light and supremely resonant wood, mahogany gives this guitar outstanding tonal richness and depth, with plenty of clarity and sustain. Coupled with the SG's characteristic beveled body edge”a big part of this model's distinctive styling”the mahogany's light weight also enhances playing comfort. The guitar's quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a rounded profile that feels superb in the hand. It is glued into the body with Gibson's acclaimed deep-set neck joint, and topped with a fingerboard of baked maple, a heat-treated wood with a dark, rich appearance, great durability and a clear tone. Acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, a mother-of-pearl headstock logo and holly inlay, and a traditional pickguard round out this eye-catching package.

To equip this guitar with equally legendary tone, Gibson USA loads the SG Standard Limited with a pair of its most popular humbucking pickups. The 490R in the neck position is made with an Alnico II magnet and wound to vintage specs for plenty of warm vocal tones with impressive clarity. The 498T in the bridge position has an Alnico V magnet for more punch, and a few more turns of coil wire for a hotter performance overall, giving you everything from meaty crunch to searing leads. Your tone is anchored by the classic pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, with a set of vintage-style TonePros„¢ tuners installed at the other side of the PLEK-cut Corian nut. Add it up, and the SG Standard Limited is one cooking slab of mammoth vintage mojo.

Baked Maple:
Aging maple through a œbaking process called torrefaction. The wood is kept at 200-300º F for a period of time until the wood knows it' no longer a tree; Moisture is restored under pressure. This makes the wood very hard, sonically œlive and extremely stable. The snappy sound of ebony, with the look of medium-brown pau ferro. Many boutique manufacturers are now using this because it improves the wood with no chemical treatment, it' environmentally friendly and is great for making better sounding and playing guitars!


  • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
  • Body: Genuine mahogany
  • Pickguard: Full-size SG
  • Neck: Genuine Mahogany (SG Taper)
  • Fingerboard: Baked Maple/Trapezoid Inlays
  • Hardware: Chrome ; Vintage tuners
  • Electronics: Gibson 490R/498T
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
  • Case: Gibson Hardshell Case
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Fell in Love by accident

By Josh Neaves

from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I recently bought a used Marshall 1960b cab and after buying I asked if I could try it out. I ended up plugging the cab into a JVM410H which I plan on buying soon. I grabbed a Cream Sg standard limited off the wall in the amp room at my favorite guitar center in OKC. I didn't expect to fall in love with the guitar I was just trying out my cabinet. The guitar has some of the best sustain I have ever heard and the playability was Fantastic. I was able to get that beautiful note ringing into feedback thing at will which to me is just magical. I ended up putting that exact same guitar on layaway and this is my first high end guitar and I can't believe that soon I will own it. Everything on this guitar is perfect from the finish to the pickups. I play metal and this thing sounds warm when I need it and has plenty of pickup output to deliver crushing tone but does not help create buzzy/fizzy distortion which is a huge plus since I like a organic warm overdrive. This guitar is Killer and is soon to become an instant classic. Go Gibson and GC OKC!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


SG Limited - Natural Burst


from Louisville, KY

All I can say is WOW!!! What a beautiful guitar. The finish is flawless and the mahogany wood is A++++. The baked maple neck is very solid, easy to bend strings plays like butter. I would not hesitate to buy another Gibson with the baked maple neck! Beautiful guitar at a reasonable price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Faith restored w/ Gibson

By Art Eytchison

from Eastern Oregon

Quality: I have recently bought a couple of Gibson Les Pauls and returned, not at all happy with build quality compared to my Gibsons from the 60's and 70's (Gibson QC missing in action). The overall build on this SG Standard Limited speaks of great craftsmanship... Fretboard, finish, hardware and electrical are flawless. Again finish and craftsmanship top notch, "bravo". These limited run SG's may be sleepers, don't know but I will be on the lookout for current and future limited runs, I think the quality is better. Bang for the buck is very good, plus I have the Gibson headstock to keep my other Gibsons in good company and very happy (what can I say, their snobs). String action >> right out of the box action was good. I set the action very low, no string buzz, no dead spots no unleveled frets. Playing this neck is so buttery smooth. BTW, sustain on this SG really surprised me. Look & Feel: Great, I really like the baked maple fretboard, makes fretting and bends very fluid. I got the Natural Burst, I was reluctant about the finish choice when I ordered the SG, but the natural burst is a stunner. This SG is very playable. I'm partial to the 57 PAF, I may swap out the PU's someday for some 57's that I have laying around. But this SG has great tone coming out of my tube amps. Reliability: It's a new member of the family, time will tell. I don't think there will be any issues unless the maple fretboard turns to mush at the stroke of midnight in the year 2025. All kidding aside, I really do like the maple fretboard, much better look and feel than the Gibson rosewood fretboards of late. The fretboard has a somewhat light colored tone due to the baked maple, but to me it complements the natural burst quite well. All in all: I give this Gibon SG Standard Limited two thumbs up, 5 stars and a couple of planets thrown in. I also need to mention that GC in Medford was great to work with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Michael Bero

from Syracuse

Been playing for 17 years and have had almost every style and model. My first okay electric guitar was was an epiphone sg. Bought this guitar on valentines day 2012 with a vintage burst finish, it's easily the best guitar I've ever owned. It's perfect. The sg with p-90s is a little cheaper and still nice but to get the genuine gibson sg experience it starts with the standard. And NO epiphone sgs are not comparable they are a pale facsimile of a Gibson SG. I digress, this guitar is perfection. Finish is up to preference of course but these options on the limited standard are really classy and a nice break from ebony or cherry. The cream is a little ugly I have to say and make the guitar look a little cheaper than it should. The maple fretboard is still classy looking and sounds real warm complimenting the mahogany body. I've seen some posts that complain about thick necks or the classic SG argument of being neck heavy. I think its well balanced, light, w a fast smooth neck. I don't have banana hands at all and I find the neck very comfy. If you want a thinner neck grab a Fender or Hagstrom or a knock-off of the two. But stop making unwarranted complaints on Gibson products. This guitar model is perfect and a nice investment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


SG Standard limited

By brandon griffin

from Pensacola FL

Let me start by saying, this is the best sounding Gibson that I have ever played. I am typically a high end Fender guy, and usually find most Gibson's to be a little on the muddy side for my taste. I had been wanting a SG for some time, I wanted to round out my sound with some hum-buckers. I spent about an hour playing this guitar and a standard SG side by side. I played them straight into an AC15. The standard limited blew the normal standard out of the water. It sounds amazing through my 66 Fender Vibrolux, my AC30 and my Marshall tube combo. The sound and feel of the guitar is inspirational. I would give it top marks across the board except, I have had some issues with the quality. Nothing major, but when you take home a Gibson you expect it to be pretty much perfect. One of the tone knobs fell off almost immediately, the plastic teeth are completely stripped. The finish around the neck joint is cracked, not a huge deal because it is very small and its only the finish, but again, for $1,200 its not what I would expect. Its completely possible that these problems developed by being played in the store and werent a result of poor quality control. All in all, I love the guitar and I will never get rid of it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


My Lucky SG

By Jim Franklin

from Tacoma, WA

I have never owned an SG..always liked them but never got around to owning one. I have Strats, a Tele, and a Gibson Les Paul. So The Local GC has having a Grand re opening and the Top Prize give away (Random Drawing) was a SG Standard Limited in Cream. Long story short, they pulled my name and I took it Home. After a few mins. of playing was "Why did I wait so Long". This Guitar is Awesome. Much Lighter Then a Les Paul but is every bit as Nasty if not more..On the a clean channel it handles chords and Blues Scales Like a Dream. Great Great all around Guitar...scored in a Random Draw...really is my Lucky SG!


Solid SG...


from nj

I bought this guitar because I like my old SG so much I wanted another. Ive had my other sg 13 years with no regrets. The finish on the guitar is beautiful, i got the vintage burst. Plays extremely well alot better than my old one, nice low action. The binding on the neck is a cream color and fits nicely on the guitars color scheme. It has a bit of a different tone than my older sg, more bright but still handles distortions very nicely. My es339 and other sg have ebony fretboards which i perfer, but the baked maple doesnt bother me. It actually looks better with the guitars finish.


Not Like the The Other SG's On The Playground

By Michael Roberts

from Los Angeles CA

This Gibson SG Limited with the Baked Maple Fretboard is a special guitar. I am more of a Fender guy. I own American Vintage Tele's and Strats and Jazzmasters. This is the answer to a Fender Player because of the baked maple neck for that balanced and crisp tone. What's great about this SG Limited model is the baked maple. Most Gibson's have redwood necks, along wtih the Humbuckers you get more of a warm sound. On these you have more a clear and crisp sound. This Gibson SG is the perfect answer for the maple fretboard loving Fender players. This is also a great price for such a unique Gibson SG. Tone: You can get snappy poppy James Burton country, to Deep sounding Blues. When it comes to punk rock this SG has "The Sound" for distortion. It really does it all. Quality/Look: Very well made. Feels like an expensive guitar. The quality is there. Very light, I have the aged cherry. So beautiful and made to age like wine. I own high end Rickenbackers, Fenders and a lot in between. If I could choose one guitar it would be this one. It's fun to play and light, I can do anything on this guitar. Anything. For the price, you are getting something special. If you have never owned an SG, start with this one while they are still available.


So Nice..

By john raffaghello

from south nj

I love and play this guitar so much, My only beef with gibson is that the wiring on these guitars are on a circut board. Gibson please wire your guitars with real wire. Stop getting cheap.. Still a beautiful sounding guitar....

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