The Gibson SG is itself a rock star.
Graced by the touch of Tony Iommi's tipless fingers, Derek Trucks' southern slide and Angus Young's spastic gesticulations, the axe is as legendary as the players who lifted it to its iconic status.
Your dad had the best gear back in the day. Some of it is still around,
and it's still awesome. Flash back!When the ebony-finished Gibson SG Special arrived, my initial reactions were irreconcilable. I was unsure whether I should sit down, plug it in, and finger-pick a light and airy tune, or head into my garage, slip into my velvet trousers, and blast my neighbor's tympanic membrane into oblivion before smashing the thing to pieces. The guitar's renowned versatility had my sonic sensibilities all stirred up, but with a street price of around $800, pulverizing it wasn't really an option.
In terms of design and fit, the SG's famous "devil's horns" shape gives off a mean vibe, but it's actually a sweetheart when it comes to playability. The double-cutaway, beveled-edge body allows comfortable access to the upper frets. It's also slender and lightweight – about five and half pounds. You can play it for hours without wearing out your shoulder, and it's an incomparable joy to jump around with. The neck, which uses Gibson's thicker '50s profile instead of the '60s shape found on the SG Standard, is made of solid mahogany and is topped with a fast rosewood fingerboard.
If the SG's tone were served in a restaurant, it'd come with a side of A1 sauce and a big glass of ice water. With Gibson's stock 490R humbucker pickup in the neck position and a thinner-sounding 490T in the bridge, the SG spits out a tone hot enough to boil your morning tea water, while maintaining a deliciously meaty low end. And it's all adjusted with dual volume and tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. The 'buckers are hot – I was able to get some seriously muscular power, whether I was wailing on a solo or strumming out power chords.
When this guitar was first introduced as a new and improved version of Gibson's Les Paul in 1961, it was considered radical and edgy. Fifty years later, Gibson has barley changed the design – a larger pick guard, a different neck shape and a few tweaks to the pickups set today's SG apart from the original '61. But the build quality still seems to be there. If you're looking for a versatile, comfortable and handsome git-fiddle with thick, hot tone, this guy is a sure bet.
WIRED Lightweight, compared to other mahogany guitars. Slender body and beveled edges make for a super comfortable, well-balanced axe. Tone as hot as a grilled habanero.
TIRED Neck feels slightly thick. Low-end is not quite as full and present as its big brother Les Paul. Only comes with a gig bag – invest in a hard-shell case or put your repair guy on speed dial.
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There's nothing unusual about folk piling on the beef a bit when they reach their fifties, but this is the first time we've seen it happen to a guitar.
Let us explain. Just about all the SGs you'll find on your travels will have what the expert chisellers at Gibson describe as a 60s 'slim-taper' neck profile. While most of you will cope brilliantly with this neck shape, no matter how big or small your digits are, it would be nice to have an alternative. Get this. Not all original 60s SGs have slim necks.
Some vintage SG Standard, Special and Junior models possess necks that couldn't be more beefy if you dressed 'em up with a slice of cheese and a gherkin.
That's what separates the new SG Standard Limited from the rest of the twin-horned pack. The guitar's mahogany neck, described as 'rounded' by Gibson, starts out chunky at the top nut end then bloats ever more magnificently until you reach the 12th fret.
The increased girth gives this SG a more robust vibe than its slimmer necked brethren. Natural sustain is excellent, too, another benefit of that extra wood.
Aside from the neck profile the only departure from the classic 51-year-old mahogany-based SG template is the fingerboard material. In place of the usual rosewood under your fingertips, Gibson has laid on a bed of something called 'baked maple'.
It's not just a clever name. This is basically maple that is exposed to heat until it turns brown and looks a bit like rosewood. Some Gibson geeks are annoyed that their favoured brand has messed with the tried-and-tested SG formula.
We say, don't be so hasty. The baked maple has properties that make the SG Standard Limited a bit of a tone monster.
Plugging in unleashes a textbook bright and punchy humbucker-fuelled sound that you'd expect from a great SG. We like the fact that the tough maple 'board adds some harmonic zing to sustain notes.
All the classic SG tones are on tap from Angus Young to Paul Weller. Don't be afraid of the beefy neck. Like an early 50s baseball bat-necked Tele, a fat-necked SG is much easier and faster to play than you'd think.
The SG Standard Limited is a fantastic piece of kit. The build quality and finish prove Gibson can still cut the mustard when it wants to. The guitar is available in four classic finishes, including Cream, and comes supplied with a proper shaped hard case and an asking price that's actually lower than we expected.
The 'limited' tag suggests that this model might not be around for long, although Gibson was no more specific than that. You should probably get a wriggle on, then, especially if you're intrigued by the prospect of a bigger neck profile.
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SG Standard Limited
Unleashed on an unsuspecting guitar scene 50 years ago, the SG Standard was an overnight success. This sleek, double-cutaway rocker had a slim, light body but no shortage of power, and the kind of fast playability that the guitar world had not previously experienced. Although the single-cutaway Les Paul that it had replaced would be back in play later in the '60s, the SG was here to stay, a new rock icon in its own right. Now Gibson USA presents 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. Crafted from traditional tonewoods and loaded with the finest electronics and hardware, the SG Standard Limited offers the kind of timeless tone and power that have made this guitar's presence felt for five decades.
Like the original SGs of the '60s and all of the classic variations since, 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.
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The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 as a complete replacement for the Les Paul. The new design was thought to be a more modern solidbody guitar, with sleek beveled edges and two sharp cutaways. By late 1963, the Les Paul moniker was dropped, and the SG (or Solid Guitar) became an entirely separate model. The SG has remained in steady production ever since earning a place as one of the truly classic solidbody guitars.
Years of Production: 1961 - present (with some changes in name)
Body Style: Dual cutaway solidbody
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Dual humbucker pickups, two volume and two control knobs, stopbar tailpiece with large tune-o-matic bridge, 24.75-inch scale length, set neck, tune-o-matic bridge
Notable Players: Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Derek Trucks, Jeff Tweedy
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