This week’s featured piece of gear is the Gibson SG! A solid-body electric guitar model introduced by Gibson in 1961 as the “Gibson Les Paul SG”, it remains in production today in many variations of the initial design. The SG Standard is Gibson’s best-selling model of all time!
In 1960, Gibson Les Paul sales were significantly lower than in previous years. The following year, the Les Paul was given a thinner, lighter, flat-topped mahogany body, a double cutaway which made the upper frets more accessible, and a contoured body. However, the redesign was done without the knowledge of Les Paul himself, who had nothing to do with it, and who strongly disliked it. Gibson honored Les Paul’s request to remove his name from the guitar, and the new model was renamed “SG”, which stood for “Solid Guitar”.
At the launch of the SG in 1961, Gibson offered four variants; the SG Junior, the SG Special, the SG Standard, and the top-of-the-line SG Custom. Gibson’s current core variants as of 2010 are the SG Standard and the SG Special.
A few famous users are Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Jerry Garcia, Pete Townsend and Frank Zappa.
Check below for a quick demo of the SG Standard!
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