Another of Gibson’s most popular guitars is the Gibson SG Standard. It has a lightweight solid mahogany neck and body, along with an attractive cut away design. This design isn’t just for show, however, as it allows easy access to higher frets. It also comes with a Tune O Matic bridge and two humbucker pickups. In this Gibson SG Standard review I’ll talk a bit about the history of the guitar – including which famous guitarists use it – before moving onto its features and specifications in more detail.
The Gibson SG Standard electric guitar was first made available back in 1961. The SG, which stands for Solid Guitar, was completely different to any other electric guitar that the world had seen. This led to it being used by a number of famous guitarists such as Buddy Holly and Eric Clapton. Other guitarists to play the Gibson SG Standard include Rod Price, The Edge and Gary Rossington.
The Gibson SG Standard is available with two different finishes. If you want the classic look then the Gibson SG Standard heritage cherry is the best option. For a modern design go for the Gibson SG Standard Ebony Black. There is also a left handed version of the SG.
Gibson SG Standard Features
- The body of the Gibson SG Standard guitar is made with beveled edges. This helps to make the guitar more comfortable to play, and also gives the SG Standard its distinctive look. Ebony Black and Heritage Cherry finishes are available.
- The Gibson SG Standard comes with two humbucking pickups – specifically the 490R and 498T. Both are updated versions of the PAF humbucker made famous in the 50s. The guitar comes with a four knob, three way switch controls system.
- The neck of the Gibson SG Standard is made using solid mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard.
- Other features include the Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge, vintage style tuners and angled headstock to improve resonance.
The Gibson SG Standard is an attractive guitar with a great sound, making it a popular model amongst many guitarists. Second hand Gibson SG Standard guitars often provide the best deals, as long as you make sure you know the exact condition of the instrument before you buy.