Gibson USA SG Special HP 2017 Satin Cherry

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

The SG Special HP is like your favourite old car with a completely new engine and paint job. It looks ultra-modern witht he chrome knobs, pickup covers and machine heads the guitar itself is covered witha  thin nitro finish and thats it. No heavy gloss to bog down the natural resonance and tone of the wood.

It's the kind of guitar you'd want to gig with because the titanium zero nut makes it a breeze to set up for optimum playing action and with the g-force tuning system and amazing pickups, you'd be covered for any style!

Slim taper neck

The Slim taper neck is comfortable in the hand without being too flat or too round either. The fret edges are rolled on all of the new Gibson 2017 models which makes them feel played in, straight out of the box and this is something normally found on Gibson Custom shop models.


The pickups are 61R and 61T which are high-output modern pickups. They still give you that classic Les Paul tone but with a bit more clarity in the upper-mid and treble frequency range. They'll easily handle styles as diverse as blues and hard rock or even metal.


The G-Force system is an automatic tuning system that sits behind the headstock. It runs on a battery that holds charge for up to 100 hours but only loses charge when used.

It makes life incredibly easy when changing tunings between songs on stage or in studio, or even to tweak or adjust your tuning in between songs. It's as easy as hitting the on button, then hitting the tune button and letting it do it's thing. And if you don't want to use the automatic tuning system, then you can use the tuners as you would on a traditional guitar, as long as the system isn't turned on.

Here's what Gibson say about the SG Special HP

"Vintage looks, ultra-modern performance.
Based on the same vintage architecture as its more traditional counterpart, the SG Special 2017 HP starts from classic Gibson origins and dives straight into our latest innovations.
The SG Special 2017 HP combines what Gibson does best: tradition and Innovation, It gives you the best of both worlds in one superb looking instrument with supercharged premium features such as a slim-taper neck with soloist's width and 24 polished frets, a fast-access neck heel, 490R and 490T humbuckers, titanium bridge saddles and steel studs, G FORCE™ auto-tuning system, upgraded electronics and wiring, and much more.
Delivered in a HP padded gigbag, accompanied by a strap and a polishing cloth."
Body and Neck
Mahogany body. Mahogany neck with soloist neck width, slim-taper profile, and rosewood fingerboard with 24 polished frets.
Pickups and Electronics
490R and 490T humbuckers. 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 aviation grade toggle switch. Gold plated multi-contact jack
Chrome aluminum Tune-O-Matic bridge with titanium saddles and locking steel studs. Chrome aluminum stop bar with locking steel studs. Chrome knurled UFO knobs. G FORCE™ auto-tuning system
Protective Case
HP padded gigbag
Additional Specs
Strap and polishing cloth


  • Series: Core HP
  • Body Style: SG
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Top: N/A
  • Weight relief: N/A
  • Binding: N/A
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Slim taper
  • Neck width: 1.745"
  • Heel: Fast-access
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24.75
  • Number of frets: 24 polished frets
  • Nut: Titanium zero-fret adjustable nut
  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl small blocks
  • Binding: N/A
  • Binding Style: N/A
  • Bridge: Aluminum TOM with titanium saddles and steel locking thumbwheels
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar with steel locking studs
  • Knobs: Chrome knurled UFO
  • Tuners G FORCE™e with improved gears
  • Plating Chrome
  • Neck pickup 490R
  • Bridge pickup 498T
  • Other pickup N/A
  • Controls 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 aviation grade toggle switch
  • Finishes available Satin Vintage Sunburst, Satin Cherry
  • Case HP padded gigbag
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