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Gibson SG Special Limited Electric Guitar with Gigbag

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Product Description

The Gibson SG Special Limited Electric Guitar is a no-nonsense guitar that’s heavy on tone but easy on the budget. All of the real-deal tonewoods, construction, and playability are here, along with the classic hardware complement and an upgraded set of high-output Gibson Dirty Fingers humbucking pickups. What’s more, the SG Special Limited looks great in its genuine high-gloss nitrocellulose finish.

Gibson SG Special Limited Electric Guitar Features

  • Genuine Mahogany body available in three nitro finishes
  • Mahogany neck with SG SlimTaper profile
  • Obeche fingerboard with white dot inlays
  • Gibson Dirty Fingers pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Vintage style tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
Tonewood
Just like all great SGs of the past five decades, the SG Special Limited has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical ‘double-horned’ deep double-cutaway design. 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 edge, a big part of this model's distinctive styling, the mahogany’s light weight also enhancing playing comfort.

A solid mahogany neck is carved in a rounded ’60s profile that measures .818 inches at the 1st fret and .963 inches at the 12th. It is glued into the body with Gibson’s acclaimed deep set-neck joint, and topped with an unbound fingerboard made from dark Obeche, with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a Corian nut cut on the PLEK for optimum precision. The SG Special Limited is further distinguished by its simpler gold silkscreened headstock logo, the businesslike dot inlays on the fingerboard, and the large black pickguard that is characteristic of post-1967 SGs.

Hardware
In the hardware and electronics departments, the Gibson SG Special Limited is locked and loaded in legendary style. A pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece offer the solidity and sustain partnered with precision intonation adjustment that have made this equipment the industry standard since Gibson president Ted McCarty conceived them in the mid ’50s. At the headstock end, a set of vintage-style Tone Pros tuners with white plastic buttons offer efficient performance while following through on the ’60s styling.

Pickups
To ram all this tonal goodness home, the SG Special Limited guitar carries a pair of classic high-output Dirty Fingers humbuckers. One of Gibson’s two hottest pickups, the Dirty Fingers, was a popular hard-rockin’ upgrade back in the ’80s, and returned to the fold initially as the choice of Blink-182 guitars Tom DeLonge for his first Signature model guitar.

Noted for its huge, bold sound and incredible power, this ceramic-magnet pickup nevertheless offers surprising clarity for a design of its type, and provides a fast track to big-rock distortion tones for wailing leads and crunching, thumping rhythm work. Unlike most Gibson humbuckers, the Dirty Fingers features adjustable steel pole pieces on both coils, rather than just on one, for perfect string balance.

SG
The iconic SG has been a classic ever since its arrival on the scene in 1961. In the hands of players like Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Carlos Santana, Robby Krieger, Derek Trucks and countless others, the SG has not only retained its legendary status for five full decades, but has also proved itself one of the most versatile electric guitars on the planet.

Product Specifications
Gibson SG Special Limited Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Profile: SG SlimTaper
    • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    • Joint Angle: 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Mortise and Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 inches
  • Fingerboard
    • Species: Obeche
    • Frets: 22
    • Radius: 12 inches
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260 inches
    • Scale Length: 24.75 inches
    • Inlays: Acrylic Dot
  • Nut
    • Material: Corian
    • Width: 1.695
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
    • Logo: Mother of Pearl ‘Gibson’ Logo with Holly Veneer
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell
  • Tuners
    • Model: TonePros Vintage-Style Green Key
    • Plating: Nickel
    • Tuning Ratio: 14:1
  • Bridge
    • Type: Tune-O-Matic
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Tailpiece
    • Type: Stop Bar
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Hardware
    • Knobs: Black Top Hat with Chrome Inserts
    • Pickguard: Black 5-ply '67 Style
    • Toggle Switch Washer: Black with Gold Silkscreen
    • Control Plate Cover: Black Acrylic
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
  • Pickups
    • Neck Position: Dirty Fingers (Ceramic)
    • Bridge Position: Dirty Fingers (Ceramic)
  • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    • Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    • Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Back Plastic Tip
    • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4 inch
  • Finish
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
    • Process: 1-1.5 mils
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
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Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Guitar is well made as it should be carrying the Gibson name. Only issue i have found is the fret wires are a little sharp at the edges of the fingerboard but this was easily solved with a small file and a little time.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
This is an excellent entry level Gibson SG. The only negative is that I would have preferred a hard shell case versus the padded gig bag but I understand that's a part of the reduced cost of the guitar.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The dirty fingers pickups are pretty hot. The differnce in tones between the bridge and neck pickups was quite remarkable considering they are the same pickup.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish was outstanding. Could not find a flaw on it and this was a dent and scratch special. This is the third dent and scratch guitar I bought from American Musical and I have yet to find the flaw on any of them.
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