SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar  

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The word zoot is jazz slang meaning extravagant style”certainly an apt description for the Gibson USA SG Zoot Suit electric guitar. The radical design starts with a body built with multiple birch wood... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The word zoot is jazz slang meaning extravagant style”certainly an apt description for the Gibson USA SG Zoot Suit electric guitar. The radical design starts with a body built with multiple birch wood laminate pieces (each one approximately .075" thick), each dyed with a different color then compressed and bonded together to form one solid block of wood. No paint is used. Each body is given two coats of satin nitrocellulose lacquer. The average weight of a Zoot Suit body is 5.7 lb., which is slightly heavier than normal but actually creates more balance, a solid feel, and brighter tones that prove compatible with the pickup configuration.

Maximum sustain
The Gibson SG guitar's solid body yields maximum sustain and enhanced resonance. Gibson's traditional rounded profile is hand-carved into the neck, delivering a comfortable, super-fast feel to one of the quickest necks in the industry. The headstock is carefully angled at 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.

Ceramic humbuckers
The Zoot SG is loaded with Gibson's eminent 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbucking pickups, which feature clear coil forms and mounting rings to display the copper wire and ceramic magnets. The magnets in both the 496R and 500T pickups are Ceramic Five magnets manufactured at just the right temperature to ensure high intrinsic coercive force. The 496R produces incredible sustain and cutting power, adding more highs with increased definition and no muddiness at all. The 500T is one of Gibson's most powerful pickups, and contains a three ceramic magnet structure, which enables a no-holds-barred rock and roll crunch that never loses its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.

Each Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar comes with a deluxe gig bag that features the classic Gibson logo silkscreened on the front, and plush lining on the inside to protect the guitar.

Features
  • Style: Double Cutaway SG
  • Body: Laminated layers of dyed birch
  • Neck: Set Mahogany
  • Neck joint angle: 3
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Profile: Traditional rounded
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • No. Of Frets: 22
  • Fingerboard Inlays: None
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Neck Pickup: 496R Hot Ceramic humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: 500T Super Ceramic humbucker
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
  • Knobs: Clear top hat
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatic
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Case: Gig bag
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GibsonSG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 28 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Cool

I just played this at my local GC, and I have to admit that it was more than I expected. Pros: this is a rock machine. The humbuckers are perfect for clean and...Read complete review

I just played this at my local GC, and I have to admit that it was more than I expected. Pros: this is a rock machine. The humbuckers are perfect for clean and distortion/overdrive - they are the same ones in Gibson's higher end V's. The body is contoured, which is very cool and very different from the standard SG's. The neck is a bit thicker, and is surprisingly comfortable. Most importantly, the look of this guitar is STUNNING. I played the black and white, and I can't even begin to tell you how cool the finish is. Cons: It is VERY heavy for an SG. In fact, it is at least as heavy any of my Les Pauls and significantly heavier than my SG standard. Also, the 496R/500T pickup pairing is limiting. While the pickups are great for heavy rock and shredding, they are not as flexible as the old 490R/498T combo or even the BurstBucker sets. In other words, this probably isn't going to be your first choice for Jazz, Blues, Country, etc. Overall, this is a very cool guitar and will no doubt be collectible. Bottom line, I want one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Glue Suit

This is not a good value. As opposed to just simply finishing the different colours which would be quite easy, they put together differently finished pieces of wood... with glue. The glue...Read complete review

This is not a good value. As opposed to just simply finishing the different colours which would be quite easy, they put together differently finished pieces of wood... with glue. The glue makes this thing weigh so much and lose sustain. It's heavy and not a good value. If you want a cool finish like that I'd just recommend finishing an SG yourself.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By thedogsmusic.com

from LA

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I've had the grey and blonde version for 2 years. Always turns heads,the neck feels great and has an excellent clean tone with volume at 9 on the guitar,which dirtys up at 10. I usually back off the treble as well,it's pretty bright. I have 5 Gibsons,this is my main guitar now. I would have liked seperate vol/tone controls for more versatility of tone,but I can deal with it. This sucker is a fun cheap little unexpected pleasure!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Thedogsmusic.com-oJMj8

from so cal

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for about 2 years. Always a stunner at gigs. Great tone and attack response. Leans to the high end tonally, very clean to about 9 and then dirty at 10. This is the 5th gibson in my collection and has replaced the rest with it's versatility. I have the black and white version and it is beginning to yellow a bit...very cool. This guitar covers Grateful dead to Steely Dan with ease. Love it to death!

 
5.0

credit where credit is due

By doug

from tampa, florida

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I've been a professional musician for years. I appreciate good quality, regardless of style and provenance. When I picked up my first Zoot suit I enjoyed it thoroughly. I bought it and use it daily. For all you purests out there who Boo-hoo it- How much did you make last year as a pro guitarist last year?

 
4.0

obnoxiously cool

By tonemachine

from moline, il

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar last fall and have had it my normal rotation ever since. For a SG it is quite heavy but thats birch for you and lets to the heavy tone of this guitar... pure rock n roll. The pickups are warm and snarly and lend quite well to controlable feedback if that's your thing. It is limited on controls but alot of players I know like simplicity (i'm not one of them though). The finish seems a bit rushed you'll see spots that haven't taken the dye completely and unfortunately the idea behind the Zoot Suit prohibits the silk finish you can get from solid birch but that being said it's dyed wood meaning no paint chips no cracking or checking and it's solid and will take alot of abuse without many problems.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just a Great Guitar!

By Frankdog

from so cal

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I,ve had one of these since 11/09 and it just keeps suprising me with what it can do. I have 5 Gibsons and this is now my main guitar. The tone is a bit thinner than the Les Paul, but so versital. Dirty at full throttle but roll it off a bit and strat clean only fatter. The body is a stunner with pedestrians and players and though heavier, not as heavy as the LP. It doesn't roar like the Lp but it covers many styles. Steely Dan to Allmans.Simple,clean, sexy! Been playing 40 years! It's a keeper and very affordable!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Giving credit when credit is due

By Stratmaster

from St Louis Missouri

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I will first say i am a Strat player..In my younger days i was a true diehard SG fan but as age caught up to me and my music style changed the humbuckers took a back seat to single coils.. As i'm sure with many what first caught my eye was the looks of this guitar.Although i mostly play strats i like strange and unique looking guitars and the coloring of this guitar fits in that category. Then one day i had a chance to play a rainbow Zoot suit..I first played it threw a Mesa triple rec..Then a Fender re issue bassman finally a Marshall JCM 800..The first thing you notice is that the guitar is heavy compared to most SG's.I don't mind the weight so to me it was no big deal..I pushed this guitar threw the three earlier mentioned amps and was truly impressed.It played wonderful sound brilliant and was memorable threw all three amps..I also thought its build quality was fantastic..I have not been a fan of Gibson for sometime now thinking that there build quality and price point are not equal..This guitar is the exception..I soon hope to have one in my collection..

 
4.0

tone...

By Edward St.Antoine

from Westland Michigan

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I saw this guitar first time at the maker's website and thought to myself its about time there was a 24 fret gibby with an ebony fretboard. I went to my local GC just to see if they had one and low and behold they did. My son and I both played it and it had tone! I mean I am a huge Les Paul Explorer fan and this had the best of both worlds. It had the nasty edge of a paul and the breath of an good explorer at a steal of a price (relatively). The setup was bad from the factory so I didnt buy it at that time. Went into GC at least 4 times after that and they had fixed it. The guitar was beyond playable.Finaaly after quite a bit of debate my wife insisted I buy it and I did. I am very happy with the tone and playability. Now for the negatives... No Gibson U.S.A. made guitar should come from the factory with the ridiculous setup mine had. No U.S.A. should come with a "gig bag". But other than an inspector who did not do his job and Gibby tryin to save a few bucks overall this thing is one of the best I have owned (I bought my first in 1975 and have owned 'em all. btw in a perfect world Gibson would build a les paul with this wood for a top (made out of maple) with the mahogny back and the same neck and fretwire and the 24 frest to boot. hint hint

 
5.0

One hot SG

By Ed

from Riverside, Ca

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I saw the SG zoot suit in an ad and had to see it for myself. the first time I picked it up, I was surprised at the weight. It is not a detraction to the instrument. The resonance is incredible. Although its not really suited for all types of music. It is without a doubt the hottest rock guitar in my collection. I love the color combination of my red and black. I really like the clear coil covers and the clear knobs. The long ebony neck and the comfort of the thick neck. Thicker than any other guitars I own. It has a very quick action and it gets a work out every time I play it. My son is in a metal band and loves to play it too. Overall, one of the best I have ever laid my hands on. I am proud to own one.

 
5.0

Gibson Zoot Suit SG

By Flynn

from Orlando Fl

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

My first real guitar was a 1976 sg. and it had a tone that I never really heard in any other sg till I tried the Zoot Suit. The neck is just superb and comparable to my Ibanez Jem, the only thing was that I found the pots were a little too stiff, but other than that it's an excellent guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy for your buck

By guitarman12301

from new york

Comments about Gibson SG Zoot Suit Electric Guitar:

I have played this guitar severall times and forced myself later to buy it. It is and extremely inexspensive guitar and is less money compared to the other gibson guitars. It comes in many different colors but as a phyco man i prefer the red and purpple one the best. The only downfall on this amazing guitar is the 2 volume 2 tone switches. Other than that it is a great buy for your buck!! :D

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