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Best SG I've ever played.
I fell in love with this SG from the first note and had to own it. It has a big chunky neck and the body really resonates when its set-up with a rod straight neck and the action on the high side. The stock 490r neck pickup is warm and sparkly, however I was underwhelmed by the 498t at the bridge. It didn't jive with my favored amplifier, the Vox AC30. At a guitar show I swapped a pedal for an ld Gibson T-top Humbucker with pretty low DCR and installed it at the bridge. It completed the package making my SG into my favorite rock axe.
I have named this guitar El Superbeasto, but she will answer Beasto for short.
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Great guitar with a fast neck, good clean and really rocks through a tube amp.
My first electric guitar recommended to me by my first guitar teacher. At the time I wasn't convinced and was considering a strat but this one really came through. Fast neck, great tone, sounds great clean and really rocks through a tube amps. Tuning stability not as good as my PRS, strat or Duesenberg even without a whammy bar on the SG. Ages beautifully.
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My Number 1!
It's by no means the perfect guitar, but it is my #1, the first choice in the bands that I write music for. Plays beautifully and was a natural fit for me the first time I picked it up. Not as warm as most LP's I've played, a little more on the aggressive side, just the way I like it. Mine is a 2012 limited edition in Honeyburst. Originally equipped with Burstbuckers, the bridge pickup has been replaced with a Wolfetone Marshallhead. Currently strung up with Dean Markley 13's, tuned to D standard, pots and caps replaced with CTS and Orange Drops respectively, and rewired to a 50's wiring scheme.
Gibson SG Standard
2013 was the year Gibson finally got it right? Overall it's a really nice guitar to play and sounds good especially with the 57 classic PUPS however the balance of the guitar is not the best.
Compared to the 92 SG Standard I had this guitar doesn't come close to being as good. Action is great, the neck is fast and it's a really fun guitar to play. It's a light guitar which makes it comfortable however I find myself constantly adjusting how it sits while playing, minor detail but annoying. Everything else about the guitar I like.
If it was a girl, it will never break my heart.
This thing is my baby, makes me sound better than I actually am. Favourite feature is that you can choose to use double or single coil for both of the pickups. This gives me freedom in the sounds I choose. The shape of the guitar gives a classic look, as well as reachability on all frets. The tuning pegs are definitely the best I've used so far, they're pretty smooth and it holds the tune for a long time. Overall, it's a sexy guitar that is super versatile and does exactly what you want it to do.
First love you never get over it
I'm a proud and happy owner of a cherry red SG standard since 2003. First of all let's just say I am not the kind of musician that keeps his gear like rare precious jewels, always cleaning every tiny spot and almost scared of taking it out of home... This guitar has been played a lot live, I've been sweating and sometimes literally bleeding on it, it has more than a few scratches and tiny dips on it, and I made different tuning experiments with it. Despite all of this, when few months ago I brought it to the luthier for a checkup (just the second time in 15 years...) he basically told me he had nothing to do. Neck, bridge, board, frets, pickups and electronics... everything was almost in perfect shape. I guess when you buy a Gibson or any guitar worth more than 1000€ this should be normal, but still I think I’ve been lucky. So frequently I hear people complaining about small or big different problems with their expensive guitars. I have two friends that bought exactly the same model in the same period, and their guitars sound really different but most of all they go out of tune easily... Sometimes i take my SG out of the case after a week and it doesn’t even need to be tuned. I play for an hour or two and after that I usually need to tune the G and B string… that’s all. So again, I guess I've been lucky. To be honest, looking back at the period I bought it I think I wasn’t really conscious of the tone I was looking for, so if I could go back maybe I would buy a different guitar, probably a fender because getting a tele I recently discovered I am more a coil guy than a humbucker guy… At the same time I am conscious that for me, after trying out many other guitars, the SG is still the most comfortable guitar out there!
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Best playing guitar I own
My Gibson SG standard is the 120th-anniversary edition, which is why I have both this one and the 120th-anniversary one saved. My 120th anniversary was with the regular standard pickguard rather than full size one.
Now to my review This guitar has my favourite neck feel to date. I love the thinner neck to my strats and teles and even like it a little more than my les paul's neck. I am able to have the lowest action on this SG without buzz compared to the others and it is the one I play most solos or fills with. Playing this thing clean through a Fender tube is just amazing.
I bought my first guitar around 1997, and it was Heritage Cherry Gibson SG. Very well balanced tone, small fingerboard and the only thing that wears fast is the finishing/bodypaint colours. I've changed the tuning machines to a grover type because i smashed it on stage by accident and surprisingly it still worked well and only left some small scratch.
classic guitar tone
I've owned my sg standard for a little over ten years now and this guitar has never disappointed me in any way what so ever. It great for styles from classic rock, doom metal, to ambient, and jazz. I've kept mine completely stock simply because it just does everything its supposed to. theres too many positive things to say about this guitar so if you interested in one of these, i highly suggest going to a local music store that has one in stock and play it. See how it feels for you.
Not the most versatile guitar around, but unrivaled at it's own game!
SG was my second guitar ever and has been my number one choice ever since. It's gorgeous looks, light weight and easy playability always make it my first choice for shows and studio leads. SG may not be my ideal choice for clean sounds or solid state amps, but a right amount of distortion and a good tube amp make it unbeatable! The SG is especially great for shredding, Rock, Metal and Blues.
Of almighty prowess ..... never underestimate the power of the SG
Blues, Soul, Rock, Gospel and everything in between, the SG can do it. Mine is a 2005 model with 498R and 498T hum buckers, I have no complaints, this guitar really sings, quite possibly the best guitar I have ever played.
My first real standard guitar
Its awesome. I like the feel of the guitar swell as the tone of it. I think its from 1997 an d I bought it brand new. it got some dings and a nasty scratch omg the neck fro me dropping it on the guitar case . I have used this on all my recordings in some way.
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