Gibson SG '61 Reissue
Gibson SG '61 Reissue

SG '61 Reissue, SG-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the SG series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 16 reviews )
 11 reviews69 %
 4 reviews25 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money : Poor

ericthegreat's review

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
I finally got my hands on one of these for an unbelievable price, ( even though I wish I could have got it many years ago when I first started looking) and I am completely satisfied. Before I picked this up, I was playing with an American Deluxe strat for everything but metal, which I used my Jackson Kelly for. That strat could pull out any tone imaginable, except that Gibson "honk" that comes from that solid, Mahogany body and Gibson pickups. I've always wanted a Les Paul, but didn't want to pay the ridiculous price for one, not too mention the chiropractor bills after a night on stage due to the LPs weight. You can get one of these for around 2 thousand online, or you can do your research and you may see one locally somewhere if you live in a decent sized city or a town that is big on music. But there are music lovers and collectors everywhere!


I decided to try an SG and fell completely in love with them. The '61 reissue covers that classic rock n roll sound perfectly. The pickups are, surprisingly, not muddy. The neck pickups has tons of clarity and brightness, unlike the often dark and undefined tones of most Les Pauls on the neck pickups. When playing both pickups, this guitar's "wood" sound stands out as a nice contrast to both pickups on their own, especially as you adjust volume on one of the pickups to pull one out in front of the other. The warmness of the 57 Classics is instantly noticeable. The double cutaway allows for immediate access to the upper registers. The guitar's intonation was also spot on, and the strings weren't sticking in the nut, surprisingly.


I love how the distorted sounds are, they are amazing!


I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting a classic instrument that will be a lifelong companion and investment. Beats any Les Paul, in my opinion, and gives you more bang for the buck. No pun intended towards Les Paul.

iamqman's review"Iconic classic!!"

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
One of my favorite guitars have to the Gibson SG. One of my all time favorite bands plays this guitar exclusively. Well at least the lead guitar player plays an SG and if you don't know who I'm talking about it's AC/DC.

Angus Young has played an SG guitar for the entire career of the band as far as I know. If you want to get that classic rock AC/DC tone then I would suggest getting a solid sounding Gibson SG.

The old ones or the first ones produced had Les Paul written on the truss rod cap and Les Paul got upset because he hated the look of the SG and then later Gibson removed it.


Gibson SG 61 Reissue Specifications:

Manufactured in: Nashville, TN

Species: Mahogany

Species: Mahogany
Profile: 1960 slim-taper
Peghead Pitch: 17°
Thickness at 1st fret: 0.800"
Thickness at 12th fret: 0.895"
Heel Length: 0.625"
Neck Joint Location: 22th fret
Headstock Inlay: Crest

Species: Rosewood
Scale length: 24 3/4"
Total Length: 18.012"
Nut Width: 111/16"
Width at 12th fret: 2.062"
Frets: 22
Inlays: Trapezoid
Binding: single-ply

Plating Finish: Nickel
Bridge: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Knobs: Black Top Hat with silver inserts

Neck Pickup: '57 Classic humbuckers
Bridge Pickup: '57 Classic humbuckers
Controls: Two volume, two tone, three-way switch

Gibson Hardshell Case
Exterior: Black
Interior: White
Silkscreen: Gibson USA logo

Brite Wires .010-.046


The tone of the SG is a more subtle Les Paul sound. You get that tight thick crunch from the mahogany wood and the less wood involved thins out the tone a little bit but not in a good or bad way,...just different way.

Another great tonal feature in this guitar is that you don't have to reach as hard for the upper fret register as you would with a Gibson Les Paul. trying to climb your way up to the 20th fret can be a bit difficult on a Les Paul, but not on the SG. You have more control of the fret board and the upper frets. The fret board seems a little more flat on top too. Just a different feel than a standard Gibson Les Paul.


At new these guitars come in at around $1,999. That isn't bad compared to a new Gibson Les Paul. You can even find them all over the classifieds for about 40% of that cost.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves the tone of a Les Paul but wants to thin it out a bit and have it a little bit more focuses in tone. These are great guitars and will be an iconic guitar for years to come.

tjon901's review"Accurate reissue of the 1961 Les Paul"

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
In the early 60s Gibson was looking to change up the Les Paul and lower their production costs. In 1961 Gibson came out with a new version of the Les Paul and it is what we call the SG today but back then for a few years this was the Gibson Les Paul. Gibson was looking to lower the production costs of making their guitars so they simplified the design a little bit. To do this they redesigned it to have a flat top and double cutaways. They got rid of the maple top so the body is just mahogany. The early small pickguard SG's are my favorites. This guitar has a 60s profile neck so it is nice and thin and fast. It has dual Gibson 57 classic pickups. Each pickup has its own volume and tone control and are switched with a 3 way switch. It has 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays. The headstock has 6 Gibson Kluson tuners.


One of the big advantages of the SG had over the Les Paul it was intended to replace was playability. The SG was designed in such a way to give better fret access than the earlier Les Paul. The neck is not mounted as deep into the body as is with the Les Paul. The 60s profile neck also helps playability. The 50s Gibson neck profile is very big and some people find it hard to play. This design gives it a few problems. The early SG's like this one have weak neck joints. The neck joint on SG models is very weak compared to Les Pauls or even bolt on guitars. This weak neck joint makes some SG's prone to going out of tune. With the neck mounted so far out on the body and the body being so thin and light, SG's are prone to neck dive. When playing an SG standing up you may find yourself holding up the neck due to this awkward balance between the neck and the body. This can be solved by moving the strap peg to the upper horn like on Tony Iommi's SG guitar.


Due to the thinner body than a Les Paul these guitars have a brighter more crispy tone. The Classic 57 pickups are modern day imitation of the classic PAF pickup that Gibson made famous. With the Classic 57 PAF style pickups this guitar is a blues and rock machine. The 57's have just the right amount of sag in the tone so you can really work the dynamics like you would with a set of real vintage pickups. The neck pickup is super smooth and when you throw in some tone knob you can get that sour tone like you have a parked wah on. The bridge pickup has a little more bite and spank to it. With some gain you can get good classic rock tones from the bridge pickup. These pickups can handle more gain than a set of PAF's could. Because of their modern design they retain their composure longer than a set of old pickups could. If you are looking for a metal sound a set of Seymour Duncans or EMG's can drop right in and completely change the dynamics of the guitar.


The 61 Les Paul is one of my favorite guitars. Many people do not know th ehistory of the model. I feel bad when people call real 61-63 Les Pauls SG's. Anyways, the 61 reissue is a great guitar and a faithful replication of the 1961 Les Paul. The guitar has all the beautiful cares and bevels that the old SG's had. This guitar is versatile and very easy to play. Everyone should have an SG in their collection.
cyrille young03/16/2013

cyrille young's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice and light ...."

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
Gibson SG 61 reissue made in USA heritage cherry, classic two microphones 57 and 57 + gibson neck slim type 60's 22 frets with the famous head Open Book, as the custom, 02 volumes, 02 tone ... tun o matic .. . etc. in short the SG tradition ..... the body is a little thinner than standard ... it is very light.


the handle is very nice, but very special, it is quite wide and flat on the back, a little "U" is a bit confusing at first when you just like me a les paul with a big round profile 50's, it really feels like to have nothing in hand ... by against access to acute, it really is .... we reached the Royal 22 nd box .. no difficulty in more than one handle highway ... it's really up to the soloists ... the sound is just good in all positions, even if the most effective position is the bridge pickup with the bite and the bump in the midrange so characteristic the sound of ... what little schoolboy ....


To play hard rock, this is perfect ... the sound is sharp as a les paul, thinner too, so with a little less sustain, but it also makes sense .. the guitar is vraiement light .. I feel like a toy after going on my Les paul 4.3 Kg .. For blues, I prefer the thickness sustain the les paul ... I branch out marshall class 5 head home and a marshall vintage modern 2466 head in rehearsal and concert ... and I must say that the sound is very vraiement classic 70's Gibson ... The sound ideal for heavy rock and blues rock hard rock ... I'm less convinced on metal records .. but hey it's not made for it .... it is a vocation Vintage guitar.


I've had a week ... and I suddenly somewhat neglected my trusty Gibson les paul ... I love the sound of this SG microphones are perfect .. (I had the same on my The paul before mounting slash signature ..) I am still a Les paul Addict fan of Slash and Gary ... More oblige but I confess that SG 61 is a great guitar, especially when it comes to play AC / DC, then I have the perfect sound ... Well then it's logical too, SG plugged into a Marshall stack with a small Wampler Plexi-drive in the middle, it helps ...

lamouettasse's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
C model is a tribute to the original model the SG which was released in 61 of which the name of the beautiful. Differences with the SG standard play on the handle is amazing, the shape of the body, the quality of the wood and pickups. The manufacturing quality is beautiful worth its price. Warning nitrocellulosique.donc varnish it will be long to dry properly and will be "sticky" up to the patina is formed. C Once done nothing wrong. Keep in mind that even when c is extremely flammable varnish distrust with your cigarettes and more!


The highlight of the guitar neck is wide but not thick profile with a very comfortable and especially an unbeatable access to acute, it must try to believe. C is for solo open bar á death. This guitar has a fantastic sound that I would not call with great blows of adjectives as opaque as subjective but personally I find excellent. Very versatile guitar that little is known adjust an amp it will never betray competent guitarist. Light weight is an advantage. If you can climb a rope mechanical correctly do not betray my guitar can go for days without seeing a tuner.


Nothing to say it will do no problems with sound quality, I advise you not to adjust the tone if you spend a donf next to the potential of the guitar. The sustain is very good and if the guitar is correctemt frisera not settled it. Warning handle reserving an access to Royal acute lack a little wood at the junction with the body and easily clench guitarists tend to do a vibrato effect. That will offset the fixed bridge.


5a AC is that I have this guitar and c is the mad love. Be careful not to fall into the trap of overprotective considering its price, its varnish is fragile, it must accept and except with vous.allez crazy. I've tried and I like many j scraped away. If you have the means to offer you the try.

phooey's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
Characteristics that he knows so I will not add ...


Guitar very comfortable to play, it has been said, very playful, and beautiful with some style and his body stripped apparent on this beautiful heritage cherry which I never tire more.

Mild course, it is quite nice when you want to rest a Les Paul but you will not see a real difference with a Fender.
Brought to Fender, this is my first Gibson, I had a little trouble getting used to nail that sticks a little nitro - matter of practice - and the size of the handle a little surprising at first, but immediately was pleasant and not binding at all.
It is clear that access to acute is easy and it is an important point when choosing a guitar.
its a good course, quite nervous, rather an excited chorus guitar but it is true that you can do a lot with.


The sound of the pickups is good, provided we know what we buy, the classic ben 57 ... classics, with their grain of their own. Guitar nervous demand crunch and distortion but it cleans out the quite interesting though far from those of a Fender.
No doubt we can change the pickups for something a little better or more appropriate to his style, but they are walking just fine, there's plenty to be satisfied.


What I like least:
Mmmh ... not much, in fact, I consider it one of the 4 classical guitar to own, it sounds differently from others, so much the better!
Price / quality ratio: at this price, it is still expensive but I love!
Maybe an SG 700 or 800 euros is equally honorable.

Yes, I would do this choice although I certainly would not say that 6 months ago.

I will put an 8.5 overall.

Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" mouais ..."

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
Gibson made in USA Nashville
Mahogany body type SG
22 round box with key Mahogany Rosewood, profile 60
2 microphones classic 57 classic 57 + not for the bridge like Les Paul
2 tone and 2 volumes + 3-position selector
Vintage Tulip mechanical
easel Gibson Tune-O-matic and tailpiece Gibson Stopbar
Nickel fittings
Binding on the edge of the handle


I'll compare it to my Les Paul, even if it's not the same ...
The weight of the SG is a feather, thickness plays a lot, we gain comfort in the guitar is closer ergonomic level playing sitting body shape gives the impression that the handle up higher
The saddle still the same problem with the G string tune that has become the norm for Gibson
The big downside for me was an aspect triangle with base as the neck and body, the side perpendicular to the tailpiece and the strings down side problem found on the SG Standard and 61 RI defect or origin? the question remains open, suddenly it impact the action, there is less comfortable on touch and pick the report is not the same, the answer strings also feel there is a crossbow


Well then I'll be a little naughty, it lacks the side slim body and the absence of the maple top that necessarily impact the sound is raw stripped dry roots which ... funky plans come out terrible, lack clean presence, and drive is not the slap of the century, 57 are too classic for my taste comes in and accentuate the roots, I fired and replaced by Phat Cat P90 kind of Duncan and there is already better, I found more life and a more organic side of the guitar sounds and finally seems more music, after all it is very subjective I'm a fan of Rock 70s and j ' also love ACDC, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses .... but for the vintage marriage SG P90 + is more than the top 57 classic more comfortable on a Les Paul or ES ...


For any collector of Gibson SG is like the Les Paul, the ES, the Flyng V, Explorer, Firebird ... it's guitars that have marked the history of rock after there are models more valuable than others to test and know well are needed since it is not given, € 1499 is still Cheros. .. you can have a Les Paul at this price point, I took a shot of heart and it is true that the house there was a small disappointment but once it custom made micro sounds better, but I I always setting you I find it hard to refined despite the lowering of the Tune-o-matic adjustment of the handle, tension remains high and a little frizzy, I'm at the limit of my knowledge, suddenly I feel it will end in the luthier for planimetry, frets seem not equal to something new that makes the custom ...

flatpicking's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" beautiful red!"

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
Everything has been written on this subject


amazing race! Very light, a real racing car on German motorway!
Level setting is the plug-year play! Caution is still the high end so the tone and volume knobs to have a real use ...


I play everything from blues to metal (and yes we can do it with ...)
For the blues, it's perfect for the rock is even better! for the metal is avoided Death (quoique. ..) but for the metal a little vintage style sytem of down is cool. This adds a warmth and a small grain vintage very nice feature! Or she is doing the best is in the large rock as Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters etc ...

I like the midrange crunch and distortion. As against its clear that ç has depends on the plays arpeggios and picking it top to play a rhythmic helmed by example, I find that it really lacks bass. But then I connect to my telecaster ca ...


Very good scratch I recommend, I tried the standard before, excelente guitar too, but drier and less present then the handle of the slim tapper 61 is a level above! 9 for the lack of bass in the clear
John Michael11/28/2010

John Michael's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" True to the original!"

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
This is a faithful reproduction of the SG as it was made at the beginning, with its qualities ... and weaknesses.
An extremely ergonomic, light, and endearing!


Game extremely enjoyable, easy, fast. A must! This guitar is primarily a HANDLE with just the right accessories around to be played (a body reduced to the minimum subsistence, microphones, buttons.)

Incredibly ergonomic handle: large, flat, with access to acute total.

The downside: it handles very end remains relatively flexible, it requires adjustment pulling / truss-rod very accurate. More Kluson mechanics are not the most fables are. There need to consider periodic re-tuning the guitar during the "stoppage".
This phenomenon is quite evident on new guitar, will tend to decline gradually as the wood will age and get used to the guitarist's instrument. In all cases it takes time.

Difficult to give a rating because it has both the ultimate ... but with its well-known weaknesses. A bit like a vintage car: it's beautiful, it's class, but it demands attention and settings. Come on, I will anyway because 10 of the most far outweigh the less.


The PAF neck pickup 57 is perfectly adapted to the guitar. It goes from jazz to rock to Santana, with a fruity, velvety excellent.
57 in the same PAF Bridge cons clearly lacks many calories to make live this "plank" of mahogany. Okay, it is consistent with the original, but the music has evolved since the 60s, and for added versatility, it will be necessary to invest in something more muscular.
A Dirty Fingers, for example, to stay at Gibson, will make a great versatility to the instrument, which will then walk into the complex without the metal industry (but equally well in rock and blues). Associated with race heat of SG, we quickly get to a God!
(Calm down .. it was an illusion)


I used this model (the original in this case) for a few weeks ago a long time and I had always kept fond memories and nostalgia. The SG of the 70 were blatantly worse - stick close and still flexible microphones less interesting than the PAF, and newer models SG (SG Standard) are certainly good guitars, but I missed the charm of that indefinable it. And then Flash! putting their hands on this model in store, I immediately found the sensations of origin. Even before connecting. Great success, very faithful to the original model.
The price is high. But there's something for his money. It is a unique instrument.

kid_paddlle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson SG '61 Reissue
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The handle is it nice? a real motorway and not limited to 130!

08/02/2011's edit: the only weakness that sticks nitro lacquer hand !!!!!!!!

Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)? pic of the head but nothing nasty

Access to acute (last string) Is it easy? nothing to say impeccable

Do you get a good sound easy? you plug it fucks it all back and it sounds BLAH


Are they suitable for your style of music? undoubtedly made for the blues / rock

What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)? its pretty fat but less than bcp les paul and better defined than a sg standard

With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play? Vox AC 30 cc2x overdrive and mid blue pro audio.


For how long have you been using it? 1 year

Did you try many other models before getting this one? tries of the standard model.

What thing do you like most/least about it? KEEPING least the agreement of a small adjustment nut is required.

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? Unhesitatingly