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GIBSON SG STANDARD

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The Original Double-Cutaway Rocker, Loaded for Tone and Ready for Action! Go for the classic look of Heritage Cherry, or opt for more contemporary Ebony Black and the Gibson USA SG Standard not only looks great, but it gives you all the goods to get the job done. Both finishes are also available in left-handed models.

Originally conceived as a modern replacement for the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard (the name it still carried for the first couple years of its existence), the SG had several features that made it perfect for cutting-edge guitarists – all of which remain present in the Gibson USA SG Standard – and it became an iconic rock guitar almost immediately. With its light yet resonant solid-mahogany body and neck, a radical looking double-cutaway design that also yields unprecedented upper-fret access, a rock-solid Tune-o-matic bridge and stoptail pairing, and two meaty humbucking pickups, today’s SG Standard is just as sweet a player and as monstrous a tone machine as the guitars that made the name legendary nearly 50 years ago.

It’s more than just a coincidence that mahogany is one of the most prized woods for electric guitar design, and the Gibson USA SG Standard is arguably the most classic example of the use of this fine tonewood in an instrument that’s both nuanced and powerful. Unlike thicker mahogany/maple designs, the SG Standard’s thinner solid-mahogany body offers a considerable reduction on weight, while presenting a warm, rich resonance with lots of harmonic depth and sparkle.

The guitar’s solid mahogany neck is carved to a rounded profile similar to SGs from the mid ’60s, for superb in-the-hand comfort and outstanding playability, while it’s glued in deep-set, long-tenon neck/body joint and 17-degree back angled headstock team up to provide a transference of neck resonance into the body that’s far superior to other neck designs. Of course, a pair of Alnico-loaded humbuckers was always a big part of the SG’s magic, and today’s SG Standard brings it on in spades. With Gibson’s popular 490R in the neck position and the slightly hotter 498T in the bridge, the SG Standard gives you everything from bluesy vocal warmth to snarling, wailing aggression, all at the flip of a three-way toggle switch. A stopbar tailpiece provides a rock-solid anchor behind Gibson’s legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, prized for its ability to enhance singing sustain while remaining highly adjustable to perfect your instrument’s intonation.

Body and Finish

A solid mahogany body with beveled edges for added comfort and that distinctive and dangerous “dual-horned” double-cutaway design are hallmarks of the legendary SG Standard. The guitar’s select mahogany components ring with all the depth and richness you’d expect from a classic tonewood, and look great in your choice of nitrocellulose finish in Heritage Cherry or Ebony Black.

Pickups and Electronics

The SG Standard carries two of Gibson’s most popular humbucking pickups, a 498T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck. Both are designed as updated renditions of Gibson’s famous PAF humbucker of the late ’50s and early ’60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through the classic Gibson four-knob and three-way switch control section.

Neck, Headstock and Fingerboard

The SG Standard is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in long-tenon neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded mid-’60s profile and 1-11/16” wide Corian nut help to make is supremely playable.

Hardware

The hardware set on the SG Standard echoes that worn by SG Standards since the 1960s, and includes Gibson’s hallowed Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and vintage-style tuners. A classic of 20th century guitar design, the Tune-o-matic provides excellent resonant coupling, while offering efficient independent adjustment of each saddle for precise intonation.

Features

Body

  • Top Mahogany
  • Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50

Neck

  • Species Mahogany
  • Profile SG Rounded
  • Truss Rod Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle 4.25° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50

Fingerboard

  • Species Rosewood
  • Frets 22
  • Radius 12"
  • Nut/E.O.B 1.695"/2.260"

Nut

  • Material Corian
  • Width 1.695
  • Slots Gibson PLEK System
  • Binding White Single-ply
  • Inlays Acrylic Trapezoids

Headstock

  • Logo Mother of Pearl "Gibson" Logo with "Flower Pot" Inlay
  • Truss Rod Cover Black and White Antique Bell with "SG" Imprint

Tuners

  • Model Vintage Tuners with Perloid Buttons
  • Plating Nickel
  • Tuning Ratio 14:1

Bridge

  • Type Nashville Tune-O-Matic
  • Material Zamak
  • Plating Chrome

Tailpiece

  • Type Stop Bar
  • Material Zamak
  • Plating Chrome

Hardware

  • Knobs Black Top Hats with Silver Metal Inserts
  • Toggle Switch Washer Black with Gold Imprint
  • Control Plate Cover Black Acrylic
  • Strap Buttons Aluminum
  • Strings .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings

Pickups

  • Neck Position 490R
  • Bridge Position 498T
  • Magnet Material Alnico II and Alnico V
  • Covers Chrome

Electronics

  • Potentiometers 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Coil Wiring Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch Three-way Switchcraft with Cream Plastic Tip
  • Output Jack Traditional 1/4"

Finish

  • Color Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Ebony
  • Sealer Nitrocellulose
  • Process 1-1.5 mils
  • Case
  • Type Gibson Hardshell
  • Case Exterior Black
  • Case Interior Plush Lining

Accessories

  • Additional Materials Each SG Standard comes with adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, along with Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service.

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