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Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar

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Hands down, the Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony electric guitar is the best combination of features and value in Gibson's iconic SG line-up. You still get the dynamic, slim mahogany body and hair-trigger quick neck that have made the SG a workhorse guitar, yet without all the non-essentials. The ultra-affordable price tag on this electric guitar is o...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Hands down, the Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony electric guitar is the best combination of features and value in Gibson's iconic SG line-up. You still get the dynamic, slim mahogany body and hair-trigger quick neck that have made the SG a workhorse guitar, yet without all the non-essentials. The ultra-affordable price tag on this electric guitar is owed to fewer coats of finish than can be found on the traditional SG Standard and SG Special. This stripped-down finishing process means that not only will you enjoy more resonance, but you'll be the proud owner of an SG that looks straight out of the '60s. The Gibson SG Special is uncivilized. It's fierce. And it's got to hang in your guitar rack.

Solid Mahogany Body
Probably the most central of all the SG Special's features is its solid mahogany body”lightweight, strong, with a thick, warm tone. 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 Gibson 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, in addition to reducing the weight. It also helps with improving the woods' machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that a Gibson guitar will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.

'50s Rounded Neck Profile
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The guitar's more traditional '50s neck profile on the SG Special is the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shapes found on the iconic 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest”including the final sanding”is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while the Gibson SG Special guitar still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Dot Inlays
Over the years, the classic dot inlay has been one of the more traditional features of many Gibson guitars, including the SG. A figured, swirl acrylic gives these inlays that distinguished pearl look. They are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers.

Gibson's 490 (R) Rhythm and (T) Treble Pickup
The mid to late 1960s saw the emergence of a very different type of music coming from the clubs of England. It was an interpretation of the blues that hadn't been heard before, and it was much harder, more rocking, and definitely louder than anything else before it. As such, this new genre's players were demanding more powerful amplifiers with increased volume output to satisfy their sonic explorations. Gibson answered this call with the introduction of the revolutionary 490T and 490R pickups ("T" for treble, and "R" for rhythm). The 490R is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The guitar's 490T bridge pickup is calibrated to match the 490R, with pole pieces aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which has different string spacing at the neck.


  • Body style: SG
  • Body species: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24 - 3/4"
  • Finish: Lacquer “ satin ebony
  • Neck joint: Set
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: '50s
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" ± .050"
  • Silkscreen: Gibson logo
  • Truss rod: Gibson adjustable truss rod
  • Truss rod cover: Bell-shaped cover, stamped "SG"
  • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Acrylic dot
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson stopbar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-o-matic
  • Tuners: Keystone
  • Neck pickup: 490R
  • Bridge pickup: 490T
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, and 3-way toggle
  • Control knobs: Black top hats with silver inserts
  • Control pocket cover: Black molded
  • Includes Gibson hardshell case
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(32 of 35 customers found this review helpful)



By Ananiah McCarrell

from Everett, WA

In all fairness, I am more of a classical player than anything and I have a studio band, so we don't do any live gigging. My previous electric was a Peavey Predator, so I don't have much to compare to. I was unhappy with the tone and the quality of the Predator, so I went down to GC and played a lot of different guitars: a PRS Santana model, many Epiphone and Gibson Les Paul's, some Epiphpne SG's and such. I was unhappy with pretty much everything I played until I picked this up. Within seconds I knew it was the right guitar. The tone is incredible, it will play anything with a nice beefy tone to it. I was afraid I'd lose some expressiveness with an electic, but this is a very expressive guitar, while creating a big sound at the same time. It's comfortable, the neck is similar to a German classical guitar. It is incredible. BUY IT!!!

(23 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Simply Incredible

By Lebanon Road

from Frisco, Texas

Im just going to cut it short, and state the pros and cons. Pros: great pickups, durable body, smooth and fast neck, great look, playable neck, amazing price, quality of a multi thousand dollar guitar. Cons: Bad Tuners (they dont hold tuning well, they were only made for a vintage look), high raised bridge pickup (gets in the way if you like low bridges) and thats all the cons i could find. Simply amazing guitar. If you want more reviews, all this is is a Gibson SG Faded Special. extra $ is for the case that comes with it, which by the way was worth it, very nice Gibson case!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


nothing short of epic.

By matt

from morrisville, pa

i own two gibson's this sg and a les paul studio. the sg is by far the best guitar ive ever had the privilege to play its smooth comfortable and thin. the pickups are very active and engaging for any type of tone you need from them. the only problem i had was the tuners, they are absolutely terrible not only are they bad at staying in tune but an eye sore i switched them out with sperzels and haven't had a problem since! other then that this guitar is a very good purchase and i thank the gc staff members that pointed me in its direction i plan on holding this puppy forever.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


well worth it

By dave

from kouts indiana

this guitar is for the bigginer or mid level player,you can`t go wrong with this guitar. i bought mine because i got a hell of a deal on it and after three months with it i like it better than any guitar i own.the neck is comfortable and the finish is smooth so you have freedom of movement. the pickups are a real surprise, the bridge, roll the tone up and ac/dc and black sabbath fans will love it. the neck pickup, roll the tone down, and you get the most creamy buttery tones some old 60`s vibe. the only problem was staying in tune. a set of klusson locking tuners fixed that and were a drop in replacement and no drilling. they look better than the originals. the best part it`s a gibson without the high dollar price tag. this guitar will not dissapoint you

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Give it time...

By anonymous

from orange,connecticut

i bought this guitar in january,after playing it in the orange store. when i first got it home, i was in love. it sounded great for clean sounds, and held its ground when i added some dirt. unfortunately, for the first few months the massive 50's style neck was hurting my hand. but after awhile i got used to the feel of it, and now i can't put the thing down! i would advise getting a set up(or doing it yourself) as the guitar comes stock with a pretty high action. also, don't be turned off by those terrible gibson strings. a few minor changes can make this a perfect axe.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Flat Black... Not grey like the picture

By coatesycobra

from willingboro, NJ

The fact that the color is kinda misrepresented in the picture is my only complaint. I already have an SG Standard in glossy black and didn't necessarily want another black one. But, it sounds EXCELLENT, is very well made. I am a big fan of the Les Paul. Gotta give credit where credit is due... it is the Daddy of rock guitar design and tone. But the SG is my new love. It is light, very well crafted and sounds delicious. Now I see a new guitar to covet on the GC web-site... the new Pete Townshend 50th Anniversay model with the P90's. It will be mine.... oh, yes... it will be mine. Anyway... either get this SG or the 60's tribute model in the worn natural (honey-wood color.) That is a bad jam too and pretty much the same price. Excellent choices both.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great axe

By Kyle Noha

from The Bronx

This is a fine instrument. I've wanted an SG for a while now(SG's are amazing if that's what's holding you up) and when I saw this one I knew she was the one - this is one pretty shade. The description mentions a throwback neck and how it is a little bigger than Gibson necks post 50's- the only thing that worried me about this guitar. After I played this one though, I didn't even think about it. I mean, the factory settings were still on and this neck flew. This is a great guitar and for a great price for sure.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great guitar for the price


from Everett, WA

This guitar is great. Solidly built, great sound. The finish is nice, you can see and feel the woodgrain nicely (though it is a solid color, not like the faded). Electronics-wise this is the same as the faded, the only real difference is the finish. I see way more of the faded sg's out there than satin ebony, so I think these are considerably less common. Good workhorse guitar, this thang aint gonna fall apart on you. Good setup out of the box as well, just did a little fine tuning to my preference and it was ready to rock.

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