The Gibson SG Standard HP is everything you could possibly want out of an SG! This guitar has been around solidly in one form or another since 1961 and to this day is still one of the most popular guitars Gibson has ever made. Now in 2016 it is back with a blend of modern ideas and 60's specs with the same feel, fit and finish that the SG has been known for.
Back To Basics
The SG standard was a revolutionary new guitar when it launched in 1961 as it was miles thinner than any Gibson guitar that came before and focused more on raw playability rather than sleek looks. Gibson wanted to capture the same attitude and feel this guitar had when it was introduced but in 2016.
So the body still used the same slim all mahogany design with a just as thin mahogany neck topped with rosewood for the fretboard. Normally this wood combination would make the guitar extremely heavy but due to just how thin the neck and body are on this guitar it feels lighter than a lot of other guitars available today.
It has a bit more of a bite when compared to a Les Paul with brighter overall sound but this has always been the classic SG sound. The sound that let amps rock harder and musicians have more freedom on stage.
While the original SG did use PAF pickups nowadays they lack the level of attitude we would expect. That is why this guitar now uses a set of the versatile 490R and 498T humbucking pickups. These take the classic PAF style that we all love with its luscious smooth and mid gain tone and turns them up to 11.
These are much hotter than your traditional humbucker but don't let that fool you. By playing with the volume and tone control you can dial these guys back into a more vintage tone when you need. Then when you want to rock out with some harder gain turn everything up to max for some great high gain response.
Professional Set Up
As part of the 2016 line this guitar has received a premium set up even before it has gone through our QC checks. This means that you can take this guitar out of the box on day one, go straight to your gig and rock up without any issues with the guitar at all.
No longer do you need to wait for a few days while you get your guitar. We all know that you want to get using a new guitar as soon as possible so Gibson have made sure you can do just that.
Next Generation G-Force
G-Force is an incredibly interesting technology that simply wants to save you time. We have all played gigs where your guitar goes out of tune halfway through. Just like we have all played gigs where we need to quickly change between tunings.
Gibson's G-Force system makes those previous tasks a second thought. Just set it up with the tunings you want. Select what you want using the unit on the back of the headstock and you are in tune within seconds.
And don't worry just because it has the ability to tune itself does not mean that you can't tune manually. The machine heads are actually very accurate 40:1 ratio tuners so you can get pitch perfect in no time at all.
New Titanium Nut
The 2015 version of the Zero Fret Nut was made out of brass. Unfortunately that meant is was very soft for a nut and could be damaged from heavier gauge strings. To make sure this does not happen again Gibson have changed the brass for much stronger Titanium.
If you don't know what the Zero Fret Nut is let me fill you in. It is a Gibson USA exclusive nut that has two main benefits over a standard nut. Firstly you can adjust the action at the nut very easily now making setting up quick and easy no matter how high or low you like your action.
Secondly this nut has essentially a fret at the end of it (hence the name, Zero Fret). By having a fret in the zero position your strings in open positions ring out like fretted notes. This sounds amazing with open chords as you get a much more even tone across all of your strings.
Sweet Smooth Neck
One thing that we have heard a few times before about Gibson guitars is that the neck heel can get in the way. They originally remedied this with their Custom Shop Axcess model that had a smoothed transition. This meant greater access to the higher frets so lead players can dig in and let loose.
The neck on all of the 2016 USA models is based off of this Custom Shop model offering the same incredible feel that previously was only available on some of Gibson's most expensive guitars.
But they did not end it there with the neck. No this guitars neck width is slightly wider than you might be used to compared to other Gibson guitars. By increasing the nut width by just 0.05"and keeping string spacing the same you get more area to play with.
Here's what Gibson say about the SG Standard
Paralleling its evolution from the original Les Paul, the SG Standard 2016 HP has evolved from the traditional SG Standard to the embodiment of modernity and performance.
- Tuners: Next-Generation Gibson G FORCE™
- Neck width: Soloist neck width
- Nut: Titanium adjustable zero-fret nut
- Body: Solid mahogany body
- Carrying case: HP Case
- Inlays: Mother of pearl inlays
- Pickups: 490R and 498T humbuckers
- Fingerboard: Thicker rosewood fingerboard
- Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
- Finish: High-gloss nitro finish