Pure power designed for the modern guitarist! What do Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, and Tony Iommi all have in common? Back in the '60s, each of these legendary guitarists played a Gibson SG Special with P-90 pickups and made music history in the process. To bring this beloved rocker back to guitarists in the 21st century, Gibson USA introduces the SG Special '60s Tribute, a guitar that honors the beloved SG Specials of nearly 50 years ago, in an instrument primed with the tone, versatility, and playability demanded by modern musicians.
Gibson SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar Features
- Solid Mahogany body with Rosewood fingerboard for loads of sustain and beefy tone
- Slim, fast '60s style neck profile
- Available in four classic worn finishes
- Two Gibson USA P-90 Pickups for that classic hot single coil tone
- Vintage Kluson-Style tuners with perloid buttons
- Limited run production, get one while they're still available
Since its arrival on the scene in 1961 (originally as the Les Paul/SG Special), Gibson's dual-horned, double-cutaway SG has been an iconic rock axe, and has become known for solid performance and tonal versatility that is unparalleled in the guitar world. The SG Special '60s Tribute is based around the same revered tonewoods, glued-in neck, and Alnico-magnet P-90 pickups that made its predecessor legendary, with the same SlimTaper '60s neck profile that is behind some of the fastest-playing guitars in history. Stripped-down and ready for business in your choice of Worn Cherry, Worn Natural, Worn Ebony or Worn White, the SG Special '60s Tribute has the look and feel of a well-played friend right out of the gigbag, and comes in at a price that any hard-working player can afford.
It's more than just a coincidence that mahogany is one of the most prized woods for electric guitar design, and the Gibson USA SG Special '60s Tribute is a classic example of the use of this fine tonewood in an instrument that's both subtle and aggressive. The thin solid-mahogany body offers a considerable reduction on weight when compared to many other solidbody electrics, while presenting a warm, rich resonance with lots of harmonic depth and sparkle.
The SG Special '60s Trubute's solid mahogany neck is carved to a fast SlimTaper profile similar to SGs from the '60s, for superb in-the-hand comfort and outstanding playability, while it's glued in deep-set, long-tenon neck/body joint and 17-degree back angled headstock team up to provide a transference of neck resonance into the body that's far superior to other neck designs.
Two Gibson P-90 single-coil pickups with genuine Alnico V magnets—some of the finest reproductions of vintage P-90s currently available—yield everything from warm, vocal neck tones to plenty of bark and snarl from the bridge position, with round and funky tones in between, all at the flip of a three-way toggle switch. To enhance all this tonal splendor, a stopbar tailpiece provides a rock-solid anchor behind Gibson's legendary Tune-o-matic tailpiece, prized for its ability to enhance singing sustain while remaining highly adjustable to perfect your instrument's intonation.
At the other end of the neck, a PLEK-cut Corian nut ensures superior resonance and sustain. Wrap it all in a thin nitrocellulose finish in Worn Cherry, Worn Natural, Worn White or Worn Ebony, with the smaller early '60s pickguard and pearloid dot fingerboard inlays, and it's a guitar that looks as raw and meaty as it sounds.
Body and Finish
A solid mahogany body with beveled edges for added comfort and that distinctive dual-horned
double-cutaway design are hallmarks of the legendary SG Special '60s Tribute. The guitar's select mahogany rings with all the depth and richness you'd expect from a classic tonewood.
Neck and Headstock
The SG Special '60s Tribute is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its SlimTaper '60s profile and 1 11/16 inch wide Corian nut help to make it supremely playable.
Pickups and Electronics
Two Gibson P-90 single-coil pickups with genuine Alnico V magnets, just like on the original SG Special, yield everything from warm, vocal neck tones to plenty of bark and snarl from the bridge position, with round and funky tones in between. They are routed through the classic Gibson four-knob and three-way switch control section.
The hardware set on the SG Special '60s Tribute echoes that worn by several classic SGs since the 1960s, and includes Gibson's hallowed Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and vintage-style tuners. A classic of 20th century guitar design, the Tune-o-matic provides excellent resonant coupling, while offering efficient independent adjustment of each saddle for precise intonation.