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Gibson 2016 SG Standard T Heritage Cherry

3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Features -
  • Double-cutaway beveled mahogany body Set mahogany neck with rounded '50s profile Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece Chrome hardware 490R humbucker in the neck position 498T humbucker in the bridge position 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch 24-3/4 scale
  • Includes -
  • Hardshell case
  • Manufacturers limited lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

When the original Les Paul evolved into the Les Paul/SG Standard in 1961, the evolution embodied Les Paul's vision for a sleek, powerful, contemporary, solid body electric guitar. The distinctive new double-cutaway guitar-now simply known as the SG-was an overnight success, and became a major rock and blues icon by the late '60s. The new 2016 SG Standard T embodies all the tone, feel and look of the original rendition of this legendary guitar, all wrapped into a design that remains one of the most versatile guitars available today. The thin, lightweight mahogany body has the classic beveled edge for playin comfort, and delivers superb resonance and sustain through 490R and 498T humbuckers.


Gibson's best-selling SG Standard shatters all perceptions of what an electric guitar can--and should--be. The slim, lightweight mahogany body; unmistakable twin cutaways, pointed horns and beveled edges; the fastest neck in the business; a pair of Gibson's screamin' humbucker pickups--all irresistible features coveted by some of the greatest guitar players of all-time. Various SG models have been played on-stage by the likes of Pete Townshend, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Robby Krieger, Chris Robinson, Alex Lifeson, Derek Trucks, Elliot Easton, Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Moby, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Rocco DeLuca. When will you add your name?

A New Classic for Rocking Through the Twenty-First Century

Available Finishes

A thicker, rounder, time-honored neck profile emulates the neck shapes of the iconic late '50s Gibson models.

Set-neck construction for better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.

Gibson's 490R AND 498T pickups for screaming tone.

Take your pick between two gorgeous, time-honored finishes--Heritage Cherry or Ebony--both of which are applied by hand in a process that demands several coats and many hours. Unlike a lot of of our competitors, who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time. That way your guitar's wood can breathe and age beautifully.

Exquisite Mother-of Pearl and Acrylic Inlays
Among other key distinctions, the SG Standard stands out from its no-frills kid sister, the SG Special, because of the fine mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly inlays that decorate its headstock. The SG Standard also boasts figured acrylic trapezoid inlays along its rosewood fingerboard.

'50s Rounded Neck Profile
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The more traditional '50s neck profile--found on the SG Standard--is the thicker, rounder, more time-honored profile, emulating the neck shapes of the iconic late '50s Gibson models. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest--including the final sanding--is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Set-Neck Construction
Like all classic Gibson guitars, the necks on Les Pauls and SGs are distinguished by one of the more traditional features that have always set them apart--a glued neck joint. Gluing the neck to the body of the guitar ensures a "wood-to-wood" contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and body, allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.

Gibson's 490R AND 498T Pickups
The mid to late 1960s saw the emergence of a very different type of music coming from the clubs of England. This new genre's players were demanding more powerful amplifiers with increased volume outputs to satisfy their sonic explorations. This led to a call for a more versatile pickup, and Gibson answered the call with the 490T and 490R pickups ("T" for treble, and "R" for rhythm), humbuckers with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, but with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The Gibson 498T bridge pickup is the 490's ideal complement. Taking the 490 one step further, the 498 swaps the Alnico II magnet to an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs. The pole pieces on the 498T are also aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which is different than the spacing of the strings at the neck.

Solid Mahogany Body
Probably the most central of all SG features is its solid mahogany body. The mahogany goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson's woods, and is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factories. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This ensures all woods are dried to a level of "equilibrium," where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods' machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that the SG will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.

Product Information

Item Weight 18.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 43.3 x 20.5 x 5.9 inches
Shipping Weight 18.1 pounds
Item model number SG
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #144,538 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#3,772 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body
Date first available at Amazon.com July 30, 2004

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By Louis Vigo on January 3, 2006
A lot of guitar players buy guitar after guitar working their way up to the upper line models. Why not save money and buy one from the start. I had a low end Gibson Epiphone for about 10 years. I've been saving my money for a while and then finally I decided to get something nice. My reasoning for picking the SG over the Les Paul, or even a nice Strat or Ibanez, was that some of my favorite bands play with SG's. I dont know if it's the best or not, I'll probably never know because I'll never buy another guitar again(except a rickenbacker 330 oneday:) ).

The guitar itself seems a masterpiece to me. I'm no Guitar Tech but I've been told that since Gibson and many other companies moved away from handcrafted to maching made instruments that the quality just isnt the same. In spite of that the guitar seems flawless to me. I've been told by a Tech that there is a slight bend on my fretboard on the low E side and on the hight E side it is perfectly straight, and that would keep me from attaining perfect toneality and action in the neck and strings. Another Tech told me it didnt matter that much... I dunno. It seems gr8 to me.

Besides that my skills have really increased since buying this Guitar, just the excitment of owning such a fine piece of equipment had cause me to spend more time playing and practicing a lot. Also it is so easy to play, everything from the action to the sound, the fretboard is extremely accessable esp at the bottom of the neck. This guitar is a joy to play. If you want an SG go for the Standard or higher. Dont go for the lower models.
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This guitar is the best playing, best sounding guitar I have ever owned, and I have been playing for 30 years! I grew up on Fenders and through the years have never found a Gibson that really "felt right." Now my Strat is feeling neglected! I think Gibson went through a period of poor quality control but looks like they have really got it together now. Fretwork, tuners, control knobs, everything is top notch! And the humbuckers can do it all musically. Plays like a dream!
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Man oh man it doesnt get any better than this!!! The greatest guitar ever made hands down. Want to rock like Angus Young of AC/DC and many other rock acts? Then this is your guitar, not only does it look like Rock N Roll itself but it sounds as good as it looks....that full, dark, glorious Gibson sound. Major investment but hey if your a musican your bound to be poor anyway...whats another $1500 bucks? Remember its a long way to the top if you wanta rock n roll.
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I love my SG. A lot. I've loved it since the moment I first laid eyes on it and began strumming. I've had it for just under a year now.

It sounds great, but just as importantly, it feels great to play. The body is light and thin, unlike the molded body of my Strat, and as a result it feels a lot nicer sitting on my leg and hugged close to my body as I play.

The SG is great for carrying melodies and strumming rhythm -- but I feel my Strat (American Standard) is better suited to melodic pieces because of the clearer treble. The SG's treble isn't "muddy" or any nonsense like that, just that the Strat pickups result in a positively crystal sound that just feels excellent. David Gilmour played a lot of stuff on a custom Stratocaster, and I can completely understand why.

The SG's sound is... heavier. This isn't a bad thing by any means -- in fact, I absolutely love it. It's this heavier sound that causes me to sometimes go nuts, to the point where I start playing more heavy-metal style with ridiculous violence and emotion and at far more BPM than is healthy for my already calloused fingers. For whatever reason, I haven't ever been motivated to play my Strat quite as crazy as I play my SG, and I think it has something to do with the different sorts of sounds each guitar produces.

In comparison to my Strat, my SG also has a thinner neck. Between the two, I no longer have any preference -- I like both equally -- but I originally preferred the SG's thinner neck.

This is because I used to get most of the strength for fingering many chords by wrapping the whole length of my thumb around the back of the guitar neck. Given the size of my thumb (average) this is much more comfortable to do on my SG's thinner neck than on my Strat's neck.
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As a kid I remember seeing my fave rockstars playing Les Pauls. It was several years before I could afford one. Then after seeing my idol, Glenn Tipton with an SG I knew I had to have one. I still love my Paul, but this SG has become a fifth limb for me. It's light, thin and just looks like heavy metal. The neck is very comfortable and feels "right" in my hands. I own four guitars, but this is the one I have truly bonded with. I have this in black but wouldn't hesitate to get it in the Heritage Cherry. This guitar feels so great in my hands and sounds so great to my ears, that the color doesn't matter.
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