Itching to rock with no superfluous frills to get in the way? The SG Special is ready to take you there. When the SG replaced the single-cutaway Les Paul in the Gibson catalog in 1961, the change ushered in a new rock icon—even if the world didn't...
Dweezil Zappa [explains](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Dweezil_Zappa_Teases_Gibson_Frank_Zappa_Signature_SG_Prototype) that Frank's most famous Roxy-era Gibson SG was a Gisbon SG Special that was customized quite a bit before being effectively destroyed, as described in this [article from Gibson](http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/frank-zappa-0902-2011.aspx).more
"One day I may type out the whole, strange, extremely unlikely story of how my little band [Mr. T Experience] wound up jamming, sort of, with Johnny Thunders in a New York cafe on one weird night in 1989. He had played my guitar (an old, junky SG) while I played Jon Von's. Afterwards, I removed the strings, coiled them, and put them in a string packet. Then I labelled the packet so I wouldn't accidentally re-use the strings. (Yes, I used to re-use old strings back then.) Then I put the packet in my guitar case. So yeah, Johnny Thunders played my guitar. And his sweat, and who knows what other "gear", in trace elements, are probably in the strings. I've never been able to identify it precisely. The body is an SG shape, with a dark brown finish where you can just make out the wood grain, but it doesn't look much like the Standard SG. For what it's worth, the neck feels 60's to me, and the decal on the headstock looks like the one on my late 50's and early 60's Les Paul Juniors, but unlike them it has uncovered humbuckers and Tune-O-Matic bridge as you can see. It could well be from the 70's. I really have no idea what it is or whence it came. No serial number. Not the easiest guitar to play, but it sounds pretty good."more
She can be seen using her Gibson SG Special live numerous times, esp with LA-based band Marriages. She talks about her SG in Musicradar's interview with her: "I might have to save my acoustic Blueridge OM as I have written the most music on it other than my Gibson SG (which is maybe the most 'replaceable' guitar). Hard to choose."more
Itching to rock with no superfluous frills to get in the way? The SG Special is ready to take you there. When the SG replaced the single-cutaway Les Paul in the Gibson catalog in 1961, the change ushered in a new rock icon—even if the world didn't quite know it yet. Through the course of the coming decade the SG would become a favorite of rock, blues, and fusion players. By the time the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard returned to the fold later in the ’60s to reclaim its own hold on the guitar world, the SG had established itself as an iconic axe for straight-ahead rockers, making a major noise in the hands of Pete Townshend, Robby Krieger, Eric Clapton, and several others. As the stripped-down sibling of the SG Standard, the SG Special has always been a favorite of non-nonsense rock'n'rollers.
Right from the introduction of the SG family in 1961, the Special has shared several of the seminal design and construction traits of the Standard—including its lightweight solid-mahogany body, iconic asymmetrical double-cutaway design, superfast neck profile, and dual-pickup sonic assault—although the contemporary Gibson USA SG Special has also been hot-rodded for today's demanding player. Unlike the single coils of the ’60s, the SG Special now carries a pair of hard-rockin' humbucking pickups, along with the legendary pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. In short, it has everything you need to rock with the best of 'em, and nothing to get in the way, while retaining the great styling that lets you know it's a part of one of the most legendary guitar families in the history of rock.
I just picked this up... its in a rare silver 'pewter' lacquer that matches my LP platinum, has a fat neck like my standard... haven't spent a lot of time with her yet, but I am pleased to have another silver Gibson. I am sure a 70s t-top at the bridge will have her making 'jim' sounds. I will get to her when I have a sec....
UPDATE: good guitar, needs pickup surgery... not playing her much yet, but I am sure I will
Got this one pretty cheap. Lot of road wear but no broken headstock. Yay! Smooth player with amazing upper fret access. Stock 490 pups that do the job for now (will be replaced in the near future). My only gripe is the slight neck dive. Thinking of adding a Bigsby which might help with that