The Gibson SG Diablo captures the essence of a classic design, and takes it one step further.
Like the SG Standard in 1961, the new SG Diablo - Gibson USA’s first Guitar of the Month for 2008 - sets a precedent for style, function, and design.
The top and back of the Diablo’s mahogany body are carved to accent the contour of the SG’s distinct lines, giving the guitar a three-dimensional appearance from afar.
The Diablo’s controls have been streamlined to one volume and one tone, in addition to the standard three-way switch. The volume control has also been moved closer to the bridge pickup for easy access and volume swells. Gibson’s Burstbucker pickups - a No. 1 in the neck, and a No. 2 in the bridge - give the SG Diablo the subtle variations of true, vintage humbucker tone with historically unmatched bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets, just like the original PAFs in the Gibsons of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The new SG Diablo also takes the SG’s 24.75-inch scale length mahogany neck and adds two additional frets - for a total of 24 - allowing an even higher register of notes from a guitar already known for its searing lead-playing capacity.
Gibson’s traditional round neck profile and rosewood fingerboard enhance the guitar’s resonance and sustain, and secures its reputation as the fastest guitar neck in the world. It is available only in a Red Metallic finish, with matching headstock.
Like all Guitars of the Month, production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.
’50s Rounded Neck Profile
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The more traditional ’50s neck profile - found on the SG Diablo - is the thicker, rounder, more time-honored profile, emulating the neck shapes of the iconic late ’50s Gibson models. 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 it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.
Gibson’s Original Burstbucker Pickups
Gibson’s drive to recapture the magic of the original “Patent Applied For” humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the original Burstbucker line in the early 1990s. Using the windings on the ’57 Classic pickups as a median, Gibson engineers successfully captured the subtle variations of true, classic Gibson humbucker tone with historically unmatched bobbin windings, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and non-potted asymmetrical coils. The Diablo’s Burstbucker 1 (neck position) has two slightly underwound coils, and the Burstbucker 2 (bridge position) has one underwound and one overwound coil. Together, they supply a more open sound and slightly higher output, which allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. As with all Gibson pickups, every part is precisely manufactured at Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee, insuring tight, seamless fittings, and superior workmanship.
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