The SG Special is the type of guitar you'd take on the road with you, and even call it your friend. It's a no-nonsense tone machine with everything you'd need from a guitar on the road.
It's got the same look and feel as a normal SG without the gloss finish. The Special has a satin finish on the body and rolled fret edges on the neck so that the guitar feels like it's been played in. This is something that's normally only found on much more expensive guitars.
The 490R and 490T pickups are modern sounding, medium to high output pickups. They aren't made to give you brutal metal tones but will easily handle high-gain or low-gain amps making them versatile enough to be used for anything from blues to metal. They have a bit more bite and mid-range sizzle than your normal PAF-style pickup.
Made in the USA
If it says Gibson on the headstock then it's made in the USA. All Gibson guitars have got a nitrocellulose finish which allows the wood to breathe and isn't a thick gloss that can bog down the natural tone of the wood. Also, it'll age really well, so after a few years of you gigging it, you're sure to leave the guitar with some marks of character.
Here's what Gibson say about the SG Special
"Vintage looks with tremendous tones
The SG Special 2017 T is the perfect guitar for the player who desires vintage looks and authentic Gibson tones, but also wants to get the best that our modern construction methods have to offer.
A satin finish, nickel-plated hardware, and vintage-style keystone tuners give this SG Special the traditional vibe that we all love. Its slim-taper neck, modern pickups, and small-block inlays suit it to today's most demanding players—and it all comes at an incredible value for a genuine American-made Gibson guitar.
Delivered in a padded gigbag with a strap and polishing cloth."
Body and Neck
Mahogany body and neck. Slim-taper neck profile. 24 polished frets. Rosewood fingerboard. Small-block inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
490R and 490T. 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch
Nickel-plated aluminum Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece. Vintage-style keystone tuners. Golt top hat knobs with silver inserts.
Strap and polishing cloth.
- Series Core T
- Body Style SG Special
- Back Mahogany
- Top N/A
- Weight relief N/A
- Binding N/A
- Neck Mahogany
- Neck profile Slim taper
- Neck width 1.695"
- Heel Traditional
- Fingerboard Rosewood
- Scale length 24.75
- Number of frets 24 polished frets
- Nut Tektoid
- Inlay Acrylic small blocks
- Binding N/A
- Binding Style N/A
- Bridge Aluminum Tune-o-Matic with steel thumbwheels
- Tailpiece Aluminum Stop Bar with steel posts
- Knobs Gold top hats with silver inserts
- Tuners Vintage style keystone tuners
- Plating Nickel
- Neck pickup 490R
- Bridge pickup 490T
- Other pickup N/A
- Controls 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch
- Finishes available Satin Vintage Sunburst, Satin Cherry
- Case Padded gigbag