The Gibson SG Standard is just that -- it's the standard SG that everybody thinks of when they think of SGs. It features a uniquely shaped mahogany body, mahogany set neck, a bound rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, special inlays, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, a pickguard, two volume knobs, two tone knobs and a three way switch.
The SGs are really cool guitars that tend to stand out from the crowd. Whenever I think of SGs, I tend to think of either Frank Zappa or Angus Young, personally. However, the guitar has a few issues. For one, it's extremely neck heavy. This causes it to neck dive any time you play the guitar as the body is very lightweight. You'll be supporting the neck and playing it at the same time, so it can be a bit difficult to work. The upper fret access is also a bit dependent on how you play as the joint can get in the way.
Gibson SGs are tonally somewhere between a Flying V and an Explorer. They have the thickness that you'd expect from something like the Explorer, but they also have that aggression and punchy sound that the Flying V delivers. This is mainly due to its smaller, light body. I'm not a huge fan of the stock humbuckers in this, so I tend to replace them with something else. Once replaced, however, this thing totally comes to life, and it's extremely versatile thanks to the control layout.
If you're looking for an SG, I highly recommend picking this one up over the other models. It looks great, sounds great and feels pretty nice too. Pay particular attention to the fretwork as Gibsons can be very hit or miss when it comes to fretwork. Also make sure it stays in tune as Gibsons tend to have issues with improperly cut nuts.
This guitar was made in the U.S.A. by one of the best in the business, Gibson USA. It has 22 frets, with the beautiful but not too flashy trapezoid fret inlays. It comes equipped with the stock 490R and 498T pickups for the neck and bridge respectively. The stock bridge and tailpiece are the standard Stopbar and Tunomatic bridge in chrome. It also comes with 4 black "witch hat" knobs, 1 volume and 1 tone for each pickup. Right next to those is the 3 way selector switch that comes with a cream tip. They come with a set neck which means that the neck was glued to the body which is harder to repair but reaps greater benefits for tone and sustain. Overall beautiful guitar that comes with everything you need to rock (Except for the talent and an amp.)
The neck is the reason I bought this guitar. It is so smooth and easy to play on, a baby could out-shred Eddie Van Halen on it. The neck is supposed to be a "thick 50's style" but I find the neck on mine to be more middle of the road. It is nice and wide like Gibson's necks in the 50's models. The frets are very well fitted. On some necks (especially the Gibson Faded Special line) you will find that the frets stick out and scratch your hand. On this guitar there are no such problems, you can slide your hand up and down the neck all day without even noticing. The access to the higher frets is another great feature to this guitar. Even the highest note rings loud and clear on this baby. The frets are also spaced well enough that you can hit that high note without any trouble either. Overall the finest neck I've ever played.
The size and shape of the SG Standard are extremely user friendly. When I wear on it onstage, it feels like an extension of my body. I'd say mine weighs only a few pounds which is nice because you get all that tone without it breaking your back like a Les Paul. The "devil horned" shape is a rock classic that most guitarists would be proud to own. Like I said earlier, the access to the higher frets is a big bonus on this guitar and it is due to the double cutaway.
In terms of acquiring a good sound, the SG excels. Every tone you get out of one of these is a rock classic. Just plug it right into the amp and you can dial in any riff or solo.
The SG's pickups are very meaty and powerful. You will have no problem rocking hard with one. Through a clean channel you can get awesome jazz tones. They are very smooth and buttery. You just have to roll the volume and tone knobs back a little while using the neck pickup. You can also overdrive a clean channel with awesome results. With distortion this guitar really shines. You can do AC/DC riffs just like Angus Young on the bridge, or you can crank it up and roll the tone back a little bit for a buttery Eric Clapton tone.
I run it through a Fender Blues Deluxe for practicing at home and the humbuckers overdrive the amp perfectly. The distortion on the amp is nice but it shines when overdriving the clean channel. You can a great Rolling Stones type of overdrive. For band practice I run it through an old Marshall JCM head I have and it really rocks. Playing it clean is a little muddy but Marshall's specialize in distortion. A Gibson through a marshall is match made in rock heaven so I suggest you try it out.
For pedals I use a Earthbound Supercollider fuzz which allows me to get real heavy sludge rock types of sounds. I mainly use it for leads and when paired with regular distortion I get a cool Brian May flavored tone. I also use a Dunlop Cry Baby and while it doesn't cover Hendrix stuff the best, it can nail the solo in Thin Lizzy's "The Warrior" perfectly.
My favorite sounds are the Eric Clapton "woman tone" which can be attained by putting the pickup selector in the middle position and rolling both tone knobs back almost all the way. It's very thick and juicy. It is also very authentic. The other main sound I use is the George Harrison Revolver tone. To get this just put your pickup selector in the bridge position and roll the volume knob back a little bit and add some distortion. You will have the perfect "Rain" and "She Said She Said" guitar tone.
I've been playing this guitar for a year now exclusively and I love it more everyday. The neck is amazing, the tone is unmatched, and the craftsmanship is awe-inspiring. From the minute I picked up this guitar I knew I had a winner. I love everything about it except that the G tuning peg became slightly loose but I got it replaced at the store I bought it for free. I was going to buy a Les Paul Standard before I bought this. I had the money all ready and I was just waiting for the line in the store to die down. In the meantime I picked up the SG Standard I own now and immediately fell in love. It sounded just as good as the Les Paul except the neck was faster and the guitar didn't weigh anything. The Les Paul was 1400 used and the SG was 900 used but it amazing condition. I bought it without even playing the Les Paul again. I wish I could find another SG for 900, that was an amazing deal. I think they run at 1600 new now which isn't the worst.
If I were to lose this guitar, I would immediately buy another one. I've played other SG Standards and they all felt great. Another thing I love about them is that there aren't any cut corners. If you were to buy one of the nicer Gibson Models the only extra features would be that it looks vintage. Not only that, but there are a billion different replacement parts you can install to make this guitar everything you ever wanted. Enjoy!
I have been a fan of Gibson guitars since I first learned how to play the guitar. They have continued to be one of the best sounding guitar builders in the world. I am particular to the Les Paul guitar but even the SG finds a special place in my heart. The tone of SG so takes a lot from the gives Les Paul it's still has its own thing going on. It is a classic reach warm tone that sits very well in the music. If you've ever listen any AC/DC album and you've heard this guitar.
This is a great looking guitar and a fantastic sounding guitar as well. You can get a lot of musical miles with this guitar. Sometimes a Gibson guitar can be hit or miss, so I would recommend this guitar to anyone who can try it out first.
Double-cutaway beveled mahogany body
Set mahogany neck with rounded '50s profile
Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
490R humbucker in the neck position
498T humbucker in the bridge position
2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch
I would like the heritage cherry look. It really blends well with the nature and character of this guitar. If I had to pick one color to match the 60 sound of the Gibson SG it wouldn't be red but rather can vintage white. I love sound of this guitar was a high gain very loud Marshall style amplifier. The mix with this amplifier in this guitar is exactly what Pete Townsend was looking for when he first grabbed the Gibson SG. Put an Ibanez tube screamer in front of this amp this guitar and you will get a great classic rock sound.
This is an easy guitar to get the good to feel from. It doesn't take a long time for someone to really connect with the feeling and sound of this guitar. One of the best things that I like about this particular guitar is the white paint coat on the body. It really looks like you vintage guitar from the 60s. Since this is a 60s tribute guitar from Gibson.
You can find these guitars for right around $1199. This is a steal of the price for what you get out of this guitar. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone is looking for the 60's sound and the vintage five of course with the vintage look with white vintage paint job. I have all of the guitar is the Gibson has put out an recent years this is one of the best looking and best sounding guitars I have come across.
I have been eyeing a Gibson SG Standard for quite a while now. I picked this one off the wall at GC in Texas and I fell in love. The coil-tap is sweet but it isn't perfect and to be honest if you are truly looking for that single-coil tone then just buy a Stratocaster. What it does provide is the ability to gig with one guitar and get darn close to that true single-coil sound when you need it.
The finish is beautiful, I have the Vintage Sunburst and I love it. The sounds are bold, cutting and pristine. They shine on solos they just have that ability to cut through the band. Many of my band members thought I spent much more than the retail price. The neck is amazing smooth and comfortable. The binding is beautiful and adds to the authentic look and feel of the Les Paul. Just in genereal the feel of this guitar is great and it has a really nice color to it as well. I think this version comes in a few different colors.
The guitar is heavy don't discount that if you play long sets. I am used to a relatively heavy guitar. This LP isn't chambered. which is something that I enjoy. I feel that chambering, although reduces weight, calms down sustain. This baby will hold a note while you grab a sandwich and when you get back it will still be humming.
The overall sound of the guitar is everything you would expect from a Les Paul. Every note shines through out of this instrument. I play it through a Mesa/Boogie Mark V and it basically sounds as perfect as I had imagined it would in my head. You can never go wrong with a Gibson, I definitely recommend getting this one. The SG Gibson Standard is at the top of its class.