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 u... read more
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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.
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Workhorse Gibson SG & Modding Platform
If you want the beef of a solidbody Gibson but have never got on with the weight of the average Les Paul, then an SG should be part of your arsenal. It's got the grunt and the looks and putting it through any decent valve amp and hitting an open G chord will remind you of why you started playing electric guitar in the first place. The two humbucker special came fitted with the hot 498T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck, but the big batwing pickguard means that a conversion to the soapbar P-90's for period correct late-60's spec can be done easily. (Just buy a pickguard ready cut for those pickups and you're away).
edited over 4 years ago
rare silver finish
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
Awesome sounding! Very comfortable to play!
Sounds very nice, just like a standard SG! Love the feel of the guitar, the very thin finish makes it much easier to move about the neck and just gives the whole guitar a very nice feel, which I personally prefer to the finish on the standards. The thin finish also looks awesome, and wears very nicely, giving it a cool aged look. Also love the slightly beefier, but still easy to play, rounded 50's neck profile. Such a shame they discontinued this model, as I really cannot fault it, although I wasn't too sure about the baked maple fret board (as opposed to rosewood), before purchasing it, but it feels really nice. Really hope Gibson bring the SG Special Faded back, as it represented outstanding value (I picked one up for £599), for what is an amazing guitar.
edited about 2 months ago
Great playing and sounding guitar
I own a black SG Special. Fat mahogany neck with unbound rosewood fretboard, dot markers, two piece mahogany body, 490R/490T pickups. This is an amazing guitar, it is highly resonant, sounds warm and throaty on the neck pickup position, has an awesome rhythm sound on the middle position and a clear and aggressive bridge pickup sound. All pickup positions are very well balanced. Although the neck is chunky, it is very easy to play. My impression is that the fat neck improves both the stability and sound of this SG compared to slim taper neck SGs. This guitar is very versatile and can be used in every possible style of music.
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A great lightweight but large profile guitar.
I have a modified Gibson SG I bought secondhand. There are custom crescent moon inlays on the fretboard, and the insides had been ripped out and cut to fit a third pickup, which was an AMG. I then sanded down the cherry red and dyed it a dark brown. I couldn't refit the AMG and it was missing the bridge pickup already so now it's just one single coil. Great for slide.
Versatile and an amazing value.
I have had this guitar for about 5 years, and this thing is by far my number one. The neck finish feels excellent. I love the fatter neck, it's nice for people with bigger hands. The sound exceeds the price by far. This may be a "cheaper" Gibson, but the guitar is easy to use in almost any application. This thing can play nice full jazz tones and can scream with metal tones. Definitely worth every penny.
No way inferior to the standard.
Someone thinks that non-standard Gibson guitars are less valuable than the standard. Apart of the lack of binding, and the cheaper pickups, they are the same guitar. Great Gibson sound, classic bass voice and also rich of middle tone. I put Seymour Duncan III Pro Slash signature replacing pick-ups and it works divinely. Guns n Roses and AC/DC come easely out from them.