Learning the roots of the venerable Gibson SG Standard guitar means going all the way back to the cradle of rock and roll: the late 1950s and early '60s. Although the genre was built partly on the back of the Gibson Les Paul introduced in 1952, that guitar's sales had dropped by the time 1960 rolled around. Gibson decided to recapture the interest of guitarists with a fresh design, so in 1961, they released a new Les Paul with a slimmer neck and body, flat top and double cutaway. The result was a guitar that was lighter, more comfortable and easier to play. For his part, Les Paul wasn't involved with the redesign - so he asked that Gibson take his name off the guitar, and it became the Gibson SG ("solid guitar").
To put the popularity of the Gibson SG Standard into perspective, consider this: it's Gibson's all-time best-selling model. Yes, even more than the original Les Paul. And who can blame thousands of artists for trusting their tone to the SG when they can get their hands on instruments like the Gibson SG Standard 120th Anniversary Electric Guitar? This limited-edition SG is like a time machine to the 1960s, with a genuine mahogany body and neck topped by Gibson 490R and 490T Alnico magnet humbuckers. And it's just one example from all the SG Standard guitars you can choose from.
You don't have to be a guitarist to appreciate the SG series, either. At the same time Gibson was redesigning the original Les Paul, they also overhauled the EB0 bass and created the ancestor to the Gibson SG Standard 2014 Electric Bass Guitar. This iconic 4-string comes with dual pickups, true to the original model from the 1960s. Mahogany from end to end with a rosewood fingerboard, the SG Standard 2014 bass is a beauty in 30" scale.
So which Gibson SG Standard is the right one for you? Whether you play guitar or bass, there's an answer to that question waiting here. You'll even find a left-handed SG in this section, so if you're a southpaw, you can own a piece of guitar history without having to turn it upside-down to play. That may be the best thing of all about the Gibson SG Standard series: no matter what your style is, the number of options available and the versatility of each one make it a guarantee that you'll have the guitar you need to satisfy it.