Celebrating 50 Years of a Classic! The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit faithfully turns back the clock and gives you an affordable iconic instrument that sounds and plays like you’ve stepped back in time. The original SG not only rivaled guitars of its own era for sonic variety, but also proved to be a sign of things to come.
Hard rock, metal, and scores of rockers embraced the original SG. Today, it’s a part of every guitar player’s arsenal and The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit gives you classic styling and vintage sound with our famous Epiphone production quality that today’s guitar collectors seldom find in vintage instruments.
The Gibson SG Story
When the SG or Solid Guitar was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for the Les Paul, it was called the “fretless wonder” for its low frets and fast action. The twin horn cutaway design was like nothing on the market and its light but balanced weight and P90 pickups made it the perfect guitar for stage and studio. Not only was it lighter than a Les Paul but the SG’s P90 pickups had more tone and clarity than single coil pickups yet still had all the bite and overtones of a humbucker.
Some of the SG’s biggest fans include The Who’s Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Paul Weller, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Frank Zappa, Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, and Les Paul himself.
Classic Vintage Styling and Unique Features
Like the original, the Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit features a Mahogany body and Mahogany neck with a SlimTaperTM 1960’s D-Profile. And like vintage SGs, the Epiphone 1961 SG Special Outfit has a handset 24.75 inch neck with a 12 inch radius, a Rosewood fingerboard, a 1.68 inch nut width for tuning stability during bends, Wilkinson Vintage 14:1 Ivory Button machine heads, and a classic 60’s era Epiphone logo on the headstock.
Original Premium Electronics
No detail of the Epiphone 1961 SG Special Outfit has been missed. The Alnico P90R Soapbar neck pickup and the Alnico P90T Soapbar bridge pickup are perfect for players who want elements of both single and double coil sounds in one pickup. P90s were preferred by early electric jazz guitarists for their horn-like tone on archtop guitars.
But P90s really shine in solidbody guitars and the mix of mahogany and Alnico P90s gives the Epiphone 1961 SG Special Outfit a unique sound that is both modern and classic. The vintage style black controls with metal inserts include Neck Volume and Tone and Bridge Volume and Tone, allowing for an infinite variety of tone combinations.
The all metal 3-way toggle switch is designed by Epiphone, and the Wrap-Around Lightning Bar Combination Stopbar Adjustable bridge provides tuning and intonation stability.