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Obviously if you are a guitarist in any shape or form, you are probably aware of the Gibson brand of guitars. Along with Fender, Gibson makes up the big two in the world of guitars and even if you're not aware of it, it's possible that your favorite guitar brand is owned by them both as they make up a large portion of the market. Well through the years Gibson has been quite the polarizing figure in the world of guitars mainly because of their pricing as well as the sometimes shoddy quality control. That all seemed to come to a head in 2015 with Gibson making a lot of changes to their guitars that players didn't exactly want, that caused quite a price increase for the guitar line. Well, the company has seemingly heard the cries of the public, as in 2016 they are keeping their changes in a line called HP (High Performance) and they are keeping things just the way most of us wanted them to in their T (Traditional) line. With this being said I was personally happy to see this as I've always been partial to the Gibson designed guitars. Then one day I was in a local guitar shop and to my supersede they had the 2016 line in stock and ready to rock! So I tried out a few, such as the new Les Paul Traditionals (played great), the SG Faded T (also really liked the way it played) and the new SG Standard T (fell in LOVE on the spot). So in a frenzy I knew I just had to have one. It took me about a week or so to get the money together, went back and bought the Gibson SG Standard T and took it home. I cannot tell you not only how surprised I was by the guitar the first time I played it, but how much I still love it after having it for almost a month. This guitar plays FANTASTIC!!!!!
First and foremost this guitar comes with period correct knobs, it's has a solid mahogany body, which was hand sprayed in gloss nitrocellulose providing a great looking finish. The mahogany neck is bound with dot markers as well. This neck features the standard classic width that the company reverted away from in 2015 and features a Graph-Tech self lubricating nut. It has trapezoid inlays and is thicker than 2015 as well. The SG Standard T features the 490R pickup in the neck and the 498T pickup in the bridge, with chrome hardware with a tune-o-matic bridge with a stopbar tailpiece, as well as the traditional tuners without the automatic tuner that Gibson got so much flack for last year. The SG Standard T also comes with a deluxe padded gig bag. I'm not the biggest fan of gig bags, but this is probably the nicest ones I've ever seen.
Overall, if you've been apprehensive of Gibson for some of their mistakes in 2015, make no mistake, they've really gotten it all together for their 2016 T line. These are fantastic guitars! Gibson is back!