Gibson USA 2019 SG High Performance In Blueberry Fade

Ultra modern looks with a powerful tone

Written by

Cian Hodge

Gibson’s High Performance 2019 range are the most advanced guitars they’ve ever created. The Nashville-based company have found a perfect balance between new high-tech features and faith in the iconic SG design.

They’ve made some big changes to the HP line from last year that Gibson fanatics will love.


’57 Classic humbuckers have been switched out for the hotter Burstbucker Pro set of pickups. They contain alnico V magnets and uneven winding which produce more attack and less low end. But they still have a vintage level output which makes them extremely versatile.

All four clear top hat volume and tone knobs have push/pull capability. Your sonic landscape is massively broadened. Now you can achieve single-coil tones, top-end plucking or a fat bass sound. 

Body and neck

The HP now sports a dark, smooth Richlite fretboard, which replaces the classic Rosewood appointment from 2018. Richlite is a great material to use for building guitars because it’s not sensitive to climate or temperature like wood. Intonation or string action will never be a problem again.

A slim taper Mahogany neck offers lightning fast playability which the SG was designed for. It retains the matching resonant Mahogany body that adds huge sustain. A stunning flamed Maple top is carried over from last year’s beautiful guitars.


Gone are the G-Force tuners. In their stead are top-of-the-line Grover locking tuners that no guitar should go without, traditional or modern. They are unbeatable for keeping your guitar in tune.

Titanium saddles and nut hold even more ultra-stable tuning, so you can go wild with bends, vibrato and aggressive playing.

Gibson have equipped the HP with an all-aluminium Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar. No rusting, easy to clean and extreme comfort for the resting picking hand.

Comes with a futuristic carbon fibre hardcase.


  • Body Style: SG
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Top: AA Figured Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Slim Taper
  • Nut width: 1.745”
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Nut Titanium: (Adjustable)
  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl Trapezoids
  • Binding: White
  • Binding Style: Fret Over Binding
  • Bridge: Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic with Titanium Saddles
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar
  • Knobs: Clear Top Hats
  • Tuners: Grover Locking Rotomatics with Keystone Buttons
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Neck pickup: Burstbucker Pro Rhythm
  • Bridge pickup: Burstbucker Pro Lead +
  • Controls: HP-4 High Performance Circuit Featuring: 2 Push/Pull Volumes, 2 Push/Pull Tones, 3-Way Aviation Grade Toggle Switch, and Internal 5-Position DIP Switch
  • Case: Premium Composite Hardshell
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