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Gibson SGJ Guitar Rubbed Vintage Burst Satin

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SGJ Series

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SGJ

The Fastest Road Yet to a Real Gibson SG

As part of the 2013 Year of Les Paul celebrations, Gibson USA brings you a new SG model that's available at an entry-level price to suit any budget. When it took over briefly from the Les Paul Standard in 1961, the SG was very much a part of Les Paul's vision, and the SG remained an iconic Gibson electric even after the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard returned later in the decade.

The SGJ offers all the ingredients that made the most desirable Les Paul Standards legendary--classic tonewoods, innovative hardware, two genuine humbucking pickups, and of course Gibson's acclaimed build quality and playability--all wrapped up in a stripped-down, no-nonsense package that makes this guitar a flat-out performer. Simpler esthetics and a cool worn-look finish technique add up to big savings for the player, and the SGJ still looks great in your choice of Cherry, Chocolate, Hand-Rubbed Vintage Burst, or Hand-Rubbed Transparent White, all in grain-textured nitrocellulose lacquer.

Gibson SGJ
Genuine Mahogany crafted in the iconic offset-double-cutaway style. View larger

Gibson SGJ
Maple neck with comfortable, rounded '50s profile
Genuine Mahogany Body

Genuine Mahogany is one of the most revered tonewoods in the history of guitar making, with a rich, deep sound and a long tradition at Gibson USA, and it remains the cornerstone of the SGJ. The guitar's body is crafted from solid Genuine Mahogany in the iconic thin, lightweight offset-double-cutaway style, with distinctive "horns" and beveled edges for improved playing comfort. A neck made from hard-wearing maple is glued into the body and carved to a '50s rounded profile that measures .818" at the 1st fret and .963" at the 12th. It is topped with a genuine rosewood fingerboard that carries 24 medium-jumbo frets to extend your playing reach, and elegant pearloid dot inlays. There's no pickguard or fingerboard binding to clutter the straight-on, stripped-down look of the SGJ, while quality touches continue with a PLEK-cut nut made from black Corian to subtly echo the black top-hat knobs and black pickup rings and covers. The traditional back-angled headstock is silkscreened with a gold Gibson logo that stands out clear and proud.

Modern Classics Humbuckers

A pair of Gibson's popular Modern Classics humbucking pickups fire up the SGJ. The 490R in the neck position and 490T in the bridge are made to emulate PAF humbucker and modified to suit the needs of the contemporary guitarist, with Alnico II magnets and standard-wound coils for plenty of warmth and clarity and scorch and sizzle in your lead playing.

Good-Looking, Reliable Hardware

An independent volume and tone control per pickup plus a three-way toggle selector switch allows a broad range of sonic variations, while Gibson USA's legendary Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensure solid sustain and outstanding intonation. A set of vintage-style tuners with black keys provides an impressive 16:1 gear ratio for precise and efficient tuning. Put it all together, and the new SGJ is the fastest road to a genuine Les Paul, sparing none of the tone, while putting the legend in your hands with far less load on your wallet.

What's in the Box?

Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar, black Gibson gigbag, owner's manual, and truss-rod wrench.

Gibson USA
SGJ at a Glance
  • Solid Genuine Mahogany body in four worn-look finishes
  • Maple neck with comfortable, rounded '50s profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with perloid dot inlays
  • 490R and 490T humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Vintage-style tuners with 16:1 gear ratio
Gibson SGJ

Product Information

Item Weight 12.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 44 x 7 x 17 inches
Shipping Weight 12.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00AANLUPQ
Item model number SGJHVCH1
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4.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #111,151 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#2,364 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body
Date first available at Amazon.com November 21, 2012

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Style Name: Right HandedColor: Chocolate Satin
After seeing these negative reviews, and after having mine for a couple of months now, I decided to post my experiences with my 2013 Gibson SGJ.

First off, let me start off by saying that I'm very critical on any guitar I buy. I scour the instrument top to bottom looking for blemishes or defects.

The tuners:
It stays in tune well -- every bit as well as my other Gibsons. I can pick it up and start playing without worrying that it's fallen out of tune from one session to the next. I don't see a reason to replace them unless they stop working or if I just want to get rid of the black tuner heads (but that's purely cosmetic).

The electronics:
I haven't had any problems with them. The knobs work as expected with no noise while turning. The switch works as expected. The jack works as, you got it, expected with no popping when switching. I have no noise or grounding issues from it at all. I will say I do not dig the black pickups so one day they'll likely be replaced. But, I may be forced to replace the electronics if I do decide to replace the pickups because there's a board inside the cavity that every thing plugs into. (Although, I may be able to install some of those quick-connect Gibson pickups and plug them directly into the board (must research).) I think a set of zebras would look killer in it. But, the pickups in it work fine and they have great sound in my opinion (which surprised me, because I'm very partial to '57 Classics and Burstbucker 3's).

The neck:
The neck is advertised as a 50's neck. I was expecting a baseball bat, and I was worried about that. I have a Godin Redline 3 and the neck on this Gibson 2013 SGJ feels much much thinner than the Redline's neck. It definitely is not like any 50's neck I've held before.
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Style Name: Right HandedColor: Chocolate Satin Verified Purchase
My husband loves it, got it for him as a present. It's been a while and still sounds just as new. He plays almost every day and never gets any major issues with strings etc. Finally, a present I got for him that didn't end up in the corner somewhere.
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Style Name: Left HandedColor: Cherry Satin Verified Purchase
I am left-handed, which makes buying a decent guitar a challenge. I bought this SGJ. Man what a pleasant surprise. I have a 1987 Les Paul Standard. This SGJ SMOKES that LP. It's light, reactive, very lively guitar. Extreme access to all frets. I love this guitar. The finish is matte, I just love it. No frills here, very basic. A work horse. I have been playing semi-professionally for over 45 years. I own a LOT of guitars, both American and foreign. If you would like American craftsmanship, do not hesitate. This is one of the best deals available.
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Style Name: Right HandedColor: Vintage Burst Satin Verified Purchase
I love this guitar! Probably wont touch my mexi strat again. Low action, awesome sound, and it even sounded good on my cheap practice amp. I got mine for 399 on a sale but would of payed over 500 for this guitar.
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Style Name: Right HandedColor: Cherry Satin
I love bending notes on this thing because the whole guitar just moves. The tone is Gibson hot. Good for rock and roll, Duh. The action is great -- really speedy, but the frets way high on the neck are teeny weeny, so people with big fingers have to be nimble. Still, I pulled off quite a few good runs with it. Quality? No trouble at all. Great deal for the money. Neck is really easy and the guitar is light. The bridge is sturdy. Thing's built like a tank. Finish is nice enough. I like looking at the wood grain but the red stain on the back of the neck's a little distracting. Who cares? For under 5 bills this thing is a wonder. I love playing it. I love watching that neck shake and feeling my spine curl when I bend the D-string on the fifth fret. And speaking of the frets, they weren't rough at all. This guitar is much easier to get around on than other Gibsons I've played. I'm glad I bought this for my son. I hope he doesn't ask for it back.
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Style Name: Right HandedColor: Rubbed White Satin Verified Purchase
This Guitar smokes, I love it great pickups and with no paint to muffle the sound you get a nice woody tone. That's why most guitars with the finish rubbed off sound better.(vintage because of the finish being virtually gone i.e. Stevie Ray's no.1) It has faded in a few areas that get contact, to be expected.I would guess in a year it will look fairly used, the setup was fantastic right out of the box, to be expected. for less than half a grand you can't beat it.(well actually you can, it is pretty solid and can take a little abuse) I've installed a roller bridge for less than 20 bucks. well worth it. The SG has become my go to guitar in the stable as of last Month when this showed up.
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Style Name: Left HandedColor: Rubbed White Satin Verified Purchase
Plays and sounds great .. what a great deal ... If other dealers would give the price break to us leftys Like Sam Ash did here .. I would be buying others for sure .. so freakin cool to say ( Its a Great deal) but if you are right handed and want to buy it , you have to pay an extra 100 bucks for the same guitar .. How does that make you feel ?? .... ahhhh !! that's to bad !! .. so sorry you were born right handed !! ..
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Style Name: Right HandedColor: Rubbed White Satin Verified Purchase
I just love the white hand-rubbed finish. This guitar sounds great and plays great with very low action (no buzz). My guitarist friend has tried it and he shares my opinion. After using it for more than a month, it has become my favorite guitar among the more expensive ones that I own. I was actually planning to make this a project guitar and do some upgrades on it (including replacing the pickups). However, it sounds so good and plays well with excellent set up that I decided not to change the pickups anymore.
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