The Gibson SG Standard electric guitar has a slim, lightweight mahogany body with the unmistakable twin cutaways, pointed horns, and beveled edges; the fastest neck in the business;and a pair of Gibso... Read More
The Gibson SG Standard electric guitar has a slim, lightweight mahogany body with the unmistakable twin cutaways, pointed horns, and beveled edges; the fastest neck in the business;and a pair of Gibson's screamin' BurstBucker pickups with coil-splitting for single-coil tones. This beauty also features trapezoid inlays along its elegantly bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard while a fine mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly inlay decorate the guitar's headstock.
Solid Mahogany Body
Probably the most central of all Gibson SG features is its solid mahogany body. The mahogany goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson's woods, and is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factories. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This ensures all woods are dried to a level of equilibrium, where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods' machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that the Gibson SG will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.
Like all classic Gibson guitars, the necks on SGs are distinguished by one of the more traditional features that have always set them apart ” a glued neck joint. Gluing the neck to the body of the guitar ensures a "wood-to-wood" contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and body, allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks. The '61 thin flat "speed neck" profile gives you effortless playing speed and comfort.
The BurstBuckerline of pickups represents Gibson's drive to recapture the magic of the original "Patent Applied For" humbuckers. First introduced in the early 1990s, the Gibson BurstBucker ” Types 1, 2, and 3 ” successfully captured the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone with historically "unmatched" bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. They produce an airy, full tone, and when overdriven they achieve a magical distortion with the slightly enhanced highs that made the originals famous. This SG model is loaded with a BurstBuckerType 1 pickup, which features a lower output, and is excellent for the neck position, and a BurstBuckerType 3 pickup that is overwound and hot, and is typically ideal for the bridge position. None of the BurstBuckers are wax potted, and all feature vintage braided two-conductor wiring. Push/pull tone pots activate pickup coil-splitting making this one of the most sonically versatile Gibson SG guitars ever!
The Tune-O-Matic bridge was the brainchild of acclaimed Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954. At the time, it was a true revelation in intonation, and set a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. This pioneering piece of hardware provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain. It is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge. To this day, the Tune-O-Matic remains the industry standard. It is the epitome of form and function in electric guitar bridge design, and is one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed.
Instantly recognizable. The backbone of rock and roll. Gibson's best-selling SG Standard shatters all perceptions of what an electric guitar can ” and should ” be. Various SG models have been played on-stage by the likes of Pete Townshend, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Robby Krieger, Chris Robinson, Alex Lifeson, Derek Trucks, Elliot Easton, Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Moby, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Rocco DeLuca. The list is unbelievable. When will you add your name to the list?
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Most Liked Positive Review
Spectular guitar for the $$$$
I normally don't write reviews, however, I am so very pleased with this guitar that I felt compelled to write. I have owned several SG's over the years, and this guitar is by...Read complete review
I normally don't write reviews, however, I am so very pleased with this guitar that I felt compelled to write. I have owned several SG's over the years, and this guitar is by far all I could ever want in my arsenal. The guitar is fairly light when compared to my other SG's, however, this may be luck of the draw, or grade of wood - either way, a nice surprise. This guitar out of the box plays better than some of my custom shop stuff. The coil taps over a wide array of tones, and the BB1 and BB3 are very responsive to volume adjustments, and clean up quite nicely. Coil taps - NO - this guitar will not give you that single coil Fender tone - if that's what you're after - buy one. This guitar will however, provide you with many different tones that you can pull off just about anything you want to do without having to switch axes. Action, set up and finish are spectacular. You can't go wrong with this model.
Most Liked Negative Review
Warmed over SG
When I ordered this guitar I had high hopes of getting some new sounds with the coil taps feature. In a side by side comparison with my SG Standard, there was almost no difference...Read complete review
When I ordered this guitar I had high hopes of getting some new sounds with the coil taps feature. In a side by side comparison with my SG Standard, there was almost no difference in tone between the Burstbuster and standard SG pickups, both excellent. However with the coil taps on, the volume dropped with just a bit of different tonality. I guess I was expecting some radical stuff like I saw on You Tube's coil tapping demos (Schecter guitars). As an SG, this guitar would get 5 stars, however the lackluster coil tapping feature drops the rating to 3 stars. After 1 hour out of the box, I returned it for a refund.
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This guitar is too cool for school. The coil splitting feature gives this guitar that creamy, Stephen Malkmus, kinda vibe. I was worried this guitar was going to sound to "Metal" and lack tone. This is not the case. I play through a Fender Super-Sonic Tube amp and really have enjoyed the sound and feel of this little peach. I called GC on the phone (on 02/07/2013) instead of ordering online and I'm glad that I did. I paid $1,143.00 after asking if they would budge on the listed price of $1300. These are made in Nashville and the one I bought was made on 06/07/2012. That said, you should get it set up by a pro luthier. In my opinion, it is not out of the box ready to play. Also I sprang for a nut made of whale bone ($50) instead of whatever material it is stocked with. This may seem subjective but the classic white is the only color I would consider. The silver burst looks to glam-rock for my taste. MADE IN USA.
recently purchased this white sg with coil splitting pick-ups,and it sounds great.,i have gone over every inch of this guitar with fine tooth comb and it is flawless in workmanship and quality.,i believe gibsons quality control is getting better now.,i would refer this guitar to anyone who likes gibson sg.,plays easy,smooth,sounds unbelievable,first class quality. Joe.
I had an Epi G400 that i bought from GC and quality out of the box are great. Do not need to really setup the guitar to start playing with it. Recently, I bought this coil splitting SG from GC, love the sounds of the burstbucker pickups, weight and build balance of this guitar. This differentiate the Gibson to and Epi to me, but I notice that there's a buzz on the 6th string when unplug to an amp. I do not have this issue with all my Epi on from a box and need to sent this Gibson for a setup to get it right. Looking on this situation, most of us thinks that Gibson will be a better in quality and QC product to the Epi. This is not the case here, the Gibson are for sure a better quality product but epi will have a better QC for me.
This guitar is absoltuley frikin awsome this is my first Gibson and i could not be happier with this Axe the sec i picked it up i fell in love i would recomend this guitar to anyone who wants a great quality guitar buy it.
first off i got the guitar in silverburst witch looks amazing and i own a SG standard but the burst buckers make this one sound more punchy and give it a more rock sound and the coil splitting is nice to have makes solos sound way better i love being able to pop it in and out so easily. its a great sounding very diverse sounding well built beautiful guitar. i would recommend this to anyone thinking of getting a SG or who loves theirs so much they are thinking about this one
If youre a fan SG's do not even think to get another guitar, have been playing for about 2 years and i also have a Fender strat. I got this guitar. And it plays like none other, when it has clean on it has a nice sound and same with the distortion on. and definitely out plays my Fender. But beware, I have a belt on almost all the time especially when i'm playing standing up. so one time i was playing and when I went to put it on its stand. I noticed that there were scratches on the back of the body. So if you do get this guitar make sure to get a scratch guard. Because the back and front scratches very easily, but all in all this guitar is great for experienced players and great for the money. and another thing its very,very,very light. But when your running around on a stage, while your playing at a concert it comes in handy. so yes i totally recommend this guitar for anybody.
As I always expect from Gibson quality and tonality are always at the top of the list. I had an SG many years ago and sold it off and regretted it from day one. The sound, feel, and value of this piece made me feel like I never missed a day of playing it. Also a shout out to the patience, and professionalism of the sales associate at the Canton, Mi. store (Eric)I had to play several SG'S more then once until I felt I found the one that needed to go home with me.
I owned a standard a few years ago but did not really like the 50's style neck and sold it. I still missed the tone that guitar had and decided to give this one a try. I checked it out and loved it. I'm not sure how much I will use the coil taps but the neck is great, burstbuckers sound awesome, and it's in white!!! Great guitar for the money.
Found a new 2010 SG Standard "Vintage Cherry" one with Zebra open coils last night at GC and bought it. After MANY YEARS of being in music stores and doing a lot of looking and testing, I finally found one that really looks and sounds like a true 60's SG Standard at an affordable price! The neck is super thin, the Cherry finsih is very dark, deep and rich like a true late 60's one, and it plays and sounds like a dream. Having once had a couple of 60's SG Stds. that I let go of in the past, not realizing they would skyrocket in price, I was very happy to finally find this one for 1300 with OHSC. Very balanced, super light, doesn't head dive or swing out to your left standing up, a great guitar for gigging. Getting ready to sell a bunch of other electrics now to pay for it and exercise the KISS principle. The coil taps nicely bridge the gap between the Fender and Gibson canyon of tones for my tastes, and give you 8 nice tones in conjunction with the two taps and the three way pickup selector. Only wish they put some good locking tuners on it, I just like those for convenience, and the taps in the tone vice the volume controls, but otherwise, I am very happy with this guitar.
I wanted a guitar that was perfect and what do you know I actually found it this thing can keep it's deep rooted rock tone but can also bite with out a doubt! The color is new age and it also can easily apply itself to any genre of music! The is as smooth as butter and makes punk playing super easy. The taps also open up it's tonal capability to new levels and can achieve a fairly similiar fender tone! If your looking for a solid electric that is bright, calm, biting, and beautiful get this one or you can get an overated Les Paul which can give you scoliosis.
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