Johnny Marr says, "The 1963 Gibson SG that was my main guitar until it was stolen from the Healers show at the Scala, London in 2000. Amazingly this guitar was retrieved from the person who stole it in 2010," about his Gibson SG on [this page](http://www.johnny-marr.com/guitarchestra-2/1968-gibson-345-stereo-converted-to-mono) of his official website. It is unsure whether is this a 1963 or 1964 Gibson SG, because this [Gibson](http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/The-Gibson-SG-50-Essential-Facts.aspx) article lists this story under fact number 33. "A theme is developing here. Ex-Smith Johnny Marr had his favorite red Gibson SG Standard (a ’64) stolen in 2000. The thief eventually confessed to police, returned it, and was sentenced to 200 hours community service. Watch a rarity: Johnny Marr singing and playing his ’64 SG on The Late Show with David Letterman". Apparently, [this is the video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Qrnhb4HEI) Gibson talks about. He can be seen playing that guitar at 1:33 minute mark for song "The Last Ride" with The Healers.more
This old Gibson SG Original with the vibrola and full pickguard can be seen in many live apparences of The Jayhawks and in music videos like Waiting for the Sun, giving this harsh rock sound in all Louris' records. It seems that the "witch-hat" bridge pickup volume knobs is broken since 2009 and probably before that, according to the wikipedia's illustration of the Jayhawks.more
So, in the past I've always been a Gibson guy and I've owned 3 prior to this one. All of which I kind of regret letting go. I've always loved the SG. It is a guitar that has history in the hands of a couple of my biggest influences (Pete Townsend, Tony Iomi and even Hendrix to name a few). So when I finally had the cash to spend on a nice guitar this was my choice. It has it's pros and cons but I will say that I like using it in the studio. I play it with the band but when it comes to live shows I always go back to my Strat, If nothing else for the Strat's dependability in to tone and tuning stability. Don't let the name of this guitar fool you. This is an Standard with a Vibrola and Lyre tail piece.... and it was over priced. I have considered letting it go but when I think of the amount I paid for it I just can't bare to let it go for $800.
Conclusion: I own it, I like the history, I've used it in multiple recordings but I get more out of my MIM Strat.
I tried about 3 SGs and this particular version is my favorite. It's insanely expensive but I bought a 2012 model to save cash. The vibrato is almost useless but the tailpiece makes the guitar sound different, somehow. The neck is slim and comfortable (I don't have big hands). The neck and fretboard feel super comfy and luxurious. Most importantly, the guitar sounds so beautiful. Very big sound with distortion, can get any variety of rock tones. The clean tone is really underrated - I love it the most of almost all guitars I've ever played. I use it mostly for dream-poppy tones and atmosphere.