Commemorating 50 years of the Gibson 'Solid Guitar' with more jangle than every before! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the SG, Gibson USA decided it was the perfect time to produce the Gibson 50th Anniversary SG 12 String Electric Guitar. A classic looking Heritage Cherry finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer is complemented by traditional trapezoid inlays, a mother-of-pearl Gibson logo, and a 50th SG silkscreen on the headstock. The SG 12 String combines top-flight renditions of the classic woods and components that helped to make the SG a new standard in performance and playability right from the start.
Gibson 50th Anniversary SG 12 String Electric Guitar Features
- Grade-A Mahogany body with high-gloss heritage cherry finish
- Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
- Smooth but powerful 490R pickup in the neck with a punchy 498T pickup in the bridge
- New redesigned 12-string Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
- High-quality Mini-Grover tuners
A time-tested tonewood, mahogany is beloved of luthiers as perhaps the single most versatile timber for use in electric guitars. It has always formed the basis of the Gibson SG guitar, and it returns in fine form here in the 50th Anniversary SG 12 String. Grade-A mahogany body, carved in the traditional asymmetrical double-cutaway style with beveled edges for improved playing comfort is used for the SG 12 String.
The Gibson SG 12 String features a glued-in ultra hard maple neck which has plenty of strength to maintain stability against the added string tension posed by a 12-string design, while also offering outstanding tonal clarity. It is topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard and, in a clever piece of design work, carries a Corian nut with a traditional 1 11/16 inch width, so this rounded, comfortable neck is as easy to play as that of a standard 6-string.
The familiarity of the SG 12 String extends to the Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, renditions of the classic components that have been redesigned for the 12-string electric, as well as the 12 high-quality Mini-Grover tuners that adorn the headstock.
To pump all this shimmer and chime to your amp of choice with a warmth and breadth rarely heard in a 12-string electric, Gibson USA equips the 50th Anniversary SG 12 String with a pair of pickups from its popular Modern Classics series. The 490R in the neck position is made with an Alnico II magnet and wound to the specs of original PAF humbuckers for smooth tones with outstanding note definition.
The 498T in the bridge position carries an Alnico V magnet for added punch and lightly overwound coils for more bight and bluster from the lead setting. Together, governed by the traditional independent volume and tone controls and a three-way toggle switch, they provide all the sonic versatility that players have come to expect from the SG range.
Fifty years ago the new SG arrived to temporarily replace the Gibson Les Paul—as such, it was originally called the 'Les Paul/SG'—but rather than taking the place of the legendary single-cut electric, this sleek, double-horned guitar established an iconic new design that would earn a lasting reputation for a look, voice and feel that was all its own.
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