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Gibson SG Guitar

The great and famous Gibson SG Guitar would have to take second place to the Gibson Les Paul models in popularity. That’s the modern Les Paul’s, as the original SG’s were also Les Paul’s. Although I personally have both, the SG is my favourite.

The Gibson SG guitar comes in a variety models such as the SG Special, Standard, Robot, Custom, Reissue models and Artist Series.
The prices for the Gibson SG guitars start around $1,000 and go up to around $5,000. Of course there are always some very special models from the Gibson Custom Shop that go higher in price.

The SG is more at home with the rock and heavy rock bands. These bands include Cream, Black Sabbath, The Who and AC/DC to name a few. There are also some other great guitarists of the SG including Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The SG (Solid Guitar) is very happy at home with the big rock guitarists. There are not too many examples of SG’s being popular in country music or pop music.

The Gibson SG guitar was originally known as a Les Paul. It’s solid body and double cut-away design are pretty unique. It has the traditional “soap bar” pickups which include Humbuckers, Burstbuckers, P90’s or Alnicos.

Some of the variations are the scratch plate, which the original SG’s had a wing scratch plate under the pickups. Whereas the later models had both the wing or a full scratch plate that sat above and below the pickups.

A couple of unique features of the SG are the Maestro and the Vibriola. The Vibriola is also known as the tremolo arm or whammy bar. The Maestro is large metal tailpiece with a very fancy letter “g” for Gibson engraved on it. This was first introduced in the early 60’s and progressed throughout the 60’s, but then faded out.

The Maestro and Vibriola were reintroduced in the Angus Young AC/DC model around 5+ years ago. This was basically a reissue of the 67/68 SG, except the big engraved “g” on the Maestro became an “A” for Angus. Gibson also replaced the “Crown” on the headstock with an Angus “Devil Schoolboy” emblem.

Just to finish off, who are some of the famous guitarists that have played the Gibson SG. Eric Clapton (Cream), Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Carlos Santana (Santana), Pete Townsend (The Who), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Angus Young (AC/DC), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Gerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Frank Zappa, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Elliott Easton (Cars) and Mick Box (Uriah Heep).

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