The Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar is a true American icon with tone and feel that makes it a player's guitar. It's more than just a coincidence that mahogany is one of the most prized woods for electric guitar design, and the Gibson SG Standard is arguably the most classic example of the use of this fine tonewood in an instrument that's both nuanced and powerful. Unlike thicker mahogany/maple designs, the SG Standard’s thinner solid-mahogany body offers a considerable reduction on weight, while presenting a warm, rich resonance with lots of harmonic depth and sparkle.
Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar Features
- Gibson's traditional '50s rounded neck profile
- Solid Mahogany body with nitrocellulose finish
- Hot chrome Gibson 490R and 498T pickups
- 22 Fret Rosewood fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid Inlays
- Includes a Gibson hardshell case
The SG Standard guitars's solid mahogany neck is carved to a rounded profile similar to SG's from the mid '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. Of course, a pair of Alnico-loaded humbuckers was always a big part of the SG's magic, and today's SG Standard brings it on in spades. With Gibson’s popular 490R in the neck position and the slightly hotter 498T in the bridge, the SG Standard gives you everything from bluesy vocal warmth to snarling, wailing aggression, all at the flip of a three-way toggle switch. A stopbar tailpiece provides a rock-solid anchor behind Gibson’s legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, prized for its ability to enhance singing sustain while remaining highly adjustable to perfect your instrument’s intonation.
Sum it all up, and it's a guitar of unrivaled versatility and stunning looks – and a rock beast to be reckoned with. All this, and your SG Standard comes protected in a formfitting Gibson hardshell case, and is covered by Gibson's famous Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service. It could just be the bargain of the decade… or the past four.
Body and Finish
A solid mahogany body with beveled edges for added comfort and that distinctive and dangerous dual-horned
double-cutaway design are hallmarks of the legendary Gibson SG Standard guitar. The SG Standard's select mahogany components ring with all the depth and richness you’d expect from a classic tonewood, and look great in a nitrocellulose finish.
Neck, Headstock and Fingerboard
The SG Standard is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in long-tenon neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded mid-'60s profile and 1-11/16 inch wide Corian nut help to make is supremely playable.
Pickups and Electronics
The SG Standard carries two of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups, a 498T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck. Both are designed as updated renditions of Gibson's famous PAF humbucker of the late '50s and early '60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through the classic Gibson four-knob and three-way switch control section.
The hardware set on the Gibson SG Standard echoes that worn by SG Standards 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.
When it first hit the scene back in 1961, the Gibson SG (short for Solid Guitar) was the most radical design the electric guitar world had witnessed so far, and it still makes a bold statement today. The diverse list of guitar stars that have taken variations of the SG to heart includes Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Robbie Krieger, Earl Hooker, George Harrison, John Cipollina, Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, Tony Iommi, Pete Ham, Mick Taylor, Peter Frampton, Terry Kath, Jerry Garcia, Duane Allman, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin, Mick Box, Buck Dharma, Gary Rossington, Todd Rundgren, Johnny Guitar
Watson, Frank Marino, Link Wray, Angus Young, Rod Price, Barry Goudreau, Don Felder, David St. Hubbins, Johnny Marr, Derek Trucks, Jeff Tweedy, The Edge, Gary Louris, Deryck Whibley, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew Stockdale and Kirk Douglas.
Originally conceived as a modern replacement for the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard (the name it still carried for the first couple years of its existence), the SG had several features that made it perfect for cutting-edge guitarists – all of which remain present in the Gibson USA SG Standard – and it became an iconic rock guitar almost immediately. With its light yet resonant solid-mahogany body and neck, a radical looking double-cutaway design that also yields unprecedented upper-fret access, a rock-solid Tune-o-matic bridge and stoptail pairing, and two meaty humbucking pickups, today's SG Standard guitar is just as sweet a player and as monstrous a tone machine as the guitars that made the name legendary nearly 50 years ago.
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