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SG-Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the SG series

Public price: $3,749 incl. VAT

Gibson USA recreated the SG Special "Roxy" used by Frank Zappa during shows at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood in December 1973.

The guitar, that can be seen and heard in the Roxy & Elsewhere video documentary, is an highly modified early 60's model. It features two mini-switches for humbucker coil split and phase reverse and a Maestro-style vibrola with Lyre tailpiece replaces the traditional bridge.


  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck with Slim 60's shape
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and pearl Dot inlays
  • White headstock
  • Grover tuners, 16:1 ratio
  • 2 '57 Classic Humbucker pickups, no cover
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
  • 3-way pickup switch
  • 2 mini-toggles mounted on the pickguard for coil split and phase reverse
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with vibrola and engraved Lyre tailpiece
  • Early 60's-style 5-ply black pickguard
  • Nitrocellulose Heritage Cherry finish
  • Hardshell and a CD of Zappa included

MSRP: $3749

More info on www.gibson.com and in the following video presentation by Dweezil Zappa:

  • capmaster 1 post
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    Posted on 06/10/2013 at 13:32:03

    Glad to own one. Plays great, each and every note responds perfectly. The inverse polarity sounds are unique and useful over the entire fretboard due to the sophisticated neck pickup positioning. However, the Maestro vibrato allows for slightly shimmering effects only, or severe detuning will be caused. In this respect I am rather spoiled by my Floyd Rose system equipped guitars... Wanted to buy it as an investment, but it clearly is too fine to just leave it on the shelf, and so I will play it like all my other guitars, too.

  • Banshee in Avalon 144 posts
    Banshee in Avalon
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    Posted on 06/11/2013 at 15:13:06
    Thanks for the feedback capmaster, we invite you to post your full opinion about this guitar so all the community can see it. Here's the link :

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