Gibson SG Guitars
The Gibson SG is the younger sibling of the iconic Les Paul, offering a thinner & lighter body, alluring curves and a punchy tone that remains as popular as ever.
Originally introduced in 1961 as the Les Paul SG (Solid Guitar), the SG aimed to offer a different playing experience. A double cutaway meant easier fretboard access, and the thin contoured body meant a wholly comfortable playability. A familiar mahogany body and dual humbucker configuration meant that you were still able to attain that full-fat Gibson tone, which helped secure the SG's huge popularity in the years that followed.
Famous players include Angus Young (AC/DC), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Derek Trucks, to name a few - these guitarists have all become somewhat synonymous with the image of the SG. The iconic Cherry Red and black pickguard combination is truly poster-worthy!
As with many of the Gibson's solid-body instruments, there are a number of varieties on offer. Many are surprised to hear that the SG Standard is Gibson's best-selling model of all time. A mahogany body and neck double-bill with classic Gibson humbuckers produces a timeless warmth with plenty of attack thanks to the thin body and neck design.
The SG Standard HP builds on this classic formula, streamlining it for the modern player with push-pull pots and Flamed Maple tops for heaps of added tonal versatility. The SG Special comes equipped with mini Gibson humbuckers, a teardrop scratchplate and an unbound Rosewood fretboard for a unique twist on the classic formula. Then there's the SG Junior, an offset reflection of the Les Paul Junior, with a single P90 pickup, a solid mahogany body and the uniquely curvy pickguard - the no frills approach never looked so good!
If you've got any questions about our Gibson SG range, please don't hesitate to get in touch - you'll also find information on the Gibson 2019 range here. In the meantime, check out the full selection below!
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Gibson SG FAQs
What does SG stand for?
SG' stands for Solid Guitar. The SG was originally also called a Les Paul, but Gibson changed the name after Les Paul distanced himself from the design in the early 1963.
Should I get a Les Paul or SG?
Both guitars usually have dual humbucker pickups, which gives you a rich, dynamic sound. SG bodies are normally quite a bit smaller/lighter with less mahogany in them - this often means a brighter sound with more midrange emphasis. By contrast, a Les Paul tends to have a denser, heavy body, which means more low-end and sustain. The SG also has better upper-fret access, with a 22nd fret neck join compared to the Les Paul's 16th fret.
Why is an SG cheaper than a Les Paul?
While this isn't always the case, an SG will sometimes cost less because of the wood that's used. They have smaller bodies with a flat design, meaning less mahogany and carving time. Les Pauls usually have dense bodies and necks with carved tops, which cost significantly more to produce.
What kind of wood is an SG made of?
As mentioned above, most SG guitars feature a mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fretboard. Some Epiphone models will feature laurel or pau ferro fretboards.
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