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The SG Standard
Classic Features on a Legendary Double-Cut
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 solidbody electric guitar. The single-cut Standard returned to the fold later in the decade, but the distinctive double-cutaway guitar--now simply known as the SG--stayed in the lineup too, and became a major rock and blues icon.
The new SG Standard embodies all the tone, feel, and look of the original rendition of this legendary guitar, with features such as a slim '60s profile neck with a smaller early '60s headstock, the original early '60s pickguard, dual '57 Classic humbucking pickups, and Gibson's innovative hardware, all wrapped into a design that remains one of the most versatile guitars available today. To top it off, the SG Standard displays classic looks in your choice of Heritage Cherry, Ebony, Classic White, or Natural Burst finish, all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.
Body and Finish
A solid Genuine Mahogany body with beveled edges for added comfort and that distinctive and dangerous "dual-horned" double-cutaway design are hallmarks of the legendary SG Standard. Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good midrange presence. The guitar's select Genuine Mahogany components ring with all the depth and richness you'd expect from a classic tonewood, and look great in your choice of nitrocellulose finish.
The SG Standard follows the classic lines of the SG of the early and mid-1960s. It has a beveled body edge for increased comfort, and slightly asymmetrical dual horns on its double-cutaway body, that not only look distinctive but also provide outstanding access to the upper frets.
Pickups and Electronics
The SG Standard carries the Gibson 57 Classic humbucker, among Gibson's most popular Gibson PAF humbucker pickup recreations of all time. Both are designed as an updated rendition of Gibson's famous PAF humbucker of the late '50s and early '60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through the classic Gibson two volume and two tone controls.
Used together, the Gibson 57 Classic make one of the most versatile humbucking pickup sets available. In the neck position, the 57 Classic yields juicy, warm vocal tones with outstanding clarity, while the 57 Classic in the bridge position excels at everything from bright jangle through a clean amp to wailing overdrive with near-infinite sustain through a high-gain amp. Selected together, the pair gives you everything from funky to greasy, depending upon amp and effects settings.
Neck, Headstock and Fingerboard
The SG Standard is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in long-tenon neck made from solid quarter-sawn Genuine Mahogany and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded mid-'60s profile and 1-11/16"-wide Corian nut help to make is supremely playable.
The hardware set on the SG Standard echoes that worn by SG Standards since the 1960s, and includes Gibson's hallowed Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and vintage-style tuners. A classic of 20th century guitar design, the Tune-o-matic provides excellent resonant coupling, while offering efficient independent adjustment of each saddle for precise intonation.
What's in the Box?
Gibson SG Standard Guitar, plush-lined hardshell case with black exterior, truss-rod wrench, owner's manual.
The SG Standard at a Glance
- Genuine Mahogany body with nitrocellulose finish
- '60s slim profile neck
- Bound 22 Fret Rosewood fingerboard with traditional trapezoid inlays
- Pair of Gibson '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
- Genuine TonePros vintage-style tuners
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as they do not travel well thru temperature and
terrain changes. However, GearNuts thankfully
managed to get my new SG to me in just 2 days
for FREE! The Factory box was padded and packed
inside another box, so everything was pristine when
it arrived. Why go to guitar center and pay full price
and taxes for a guitar that has been sitting on a wall
with who knows who getting their booger stained
fingers all over it? The Gibson SG I purchased came
in the factory sealed box untouched, undamaged
and pristine from the factory.
The Gibson SG standard for 2013 is incredible. I’ve
played the Epiphone version for years, but there really
is no comparison. The ‘57 PAF pickups for this year are
initially what drew me to this model. That classic sound
thru a marshal stack makes me wet with adrenaline.
The effortless fretboard, the balance and ease of the
SG body and the natural unpainted mahogany set this
guitar far above any other in my collection. When I die
I will be buried with this guitar.
Good job Gibson. Thanks to GearNuts.
Amazon even calculates the customs duty for you - so we paid that upfront when we placed our order - that was convenient.
We were pretty worried about shipping and temperatures (we live on the very top of Australia!.. it is hot!) But it travelled well, no damage, the box seemed to have the right pieces of cardboard inside to keep the case from moving. So all good there.
Now the guitar itself is beautiful, my husband is deliriously happy, and I am happy with the price I paid. Aussies get so ripped off living here. Even with shipping, and customs duties, I saved almost 1000 bucks.
2 thumbs up, very happy!
All in all this is a great guitar and a great investment.
I replaced the pick-up, and miraculously it found ground. It has worked fine since. November I spot a white left handed SG Standard on Amazon. Last one on the net... even MF didn't have any. I buy it. Arrives Nov. 15th. Looks awesome. More of a cream white than a bright white. Tune it up and plug it in. A stange static sound eminates from the amp, and subsequently I realise that when my forearm rubs against the body of the guitar it causes audible static over my amp. I checked a few other amps to make sure it wasn't the amp. It wasn't. I can't believe it. Two out of two Gibsons I buy have electrical problems. Thats insane. The preeminent American made electric guitar. I check the Gibson sight for repair shops. The one repair shop in the area is where this stoner tech. that screwed up one of my guitars works. No dice. Upon putting it back in its case for returning, I notice that the side of the guitar feels a little rough. On closer inspection there is a finish flaw... rough and bumpy for about two inches. Maybe its because the case is on the tight side... when putting it in its case, it sort of pops past some cushioning for a more secure fit. Just a guess. Maybe just a coincidence. It saddens me that this happened. I've always held Gibson guitars to be superior high quality guitars. Now I'm not so sure. Back it goes.