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SG-Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the SG series

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  • iamqmaniamqman

    Iconic classic!!

    Gibson SG '61 ReissuePublished on 06/30/11 at 15:26
    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.

    UTILIZATION

    Gibson SG 61 Reissue Specifications:

    Manufactured in: Nashville, TN

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    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.

    UTILIZATION

    Gibson SG 61 Reissue Specifications:

    Manufactured in: Nashville, TN

    BODY
    Species: Mahogany

    NECK
    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

    FINGERBOARD
    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

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

    ELECTRONICS
    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

    STRINGS
    Brite Wires .010-.046



    SOUNDS

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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  • tjon901tjon901

    Accurate reissue of the 1961 Les Paul

    Gibson SG '61 ReissuePublished on 06/30/11 at 11:31
    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 contr…
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    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.

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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  • Phil_GuitarPhil_Guitar

    Gibson SG '61 ReissuePublished on 12/12/09 at 19:25
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Previous Notices CF & Gibson site ...

    Well, I pause 2 seconds on this page Notice the theme of the Gibson SG '61 Reissue.

    I read at the notices posted, and for quite a few other guitars LP or SG style comments about the lack of vibrato.

    You should know that the time it was "trashing" a guitar of this type to install a tremolo is definitely over.

    Manufacturers of parts for guitar spoke extensively on this painful problems and provided solutions that require absolutely no intervention on stringed guitars.

    I urge you to go look for example on pages Schaller or StetsBar to name a few to find your happiness
    https://stetsbar.com/stop.tail.html
    http://schaller-guitarparts.de/hp1…
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    Previous Notices CF & Gibson site ...

    Well, I pause 2 seconds on this page Notice the theme of the Gibson SG '61 Reissue.

    I read at the notices posted, and for quite a few other guitars LP or SG style comments about the lack of vibrato.

    You should know that the time it was "trashing" a guitar of this type to install a tremolo is definitely over.

    Manufacturers of parts for guitar spoke extensively on this painful problems and provided solutions that require absolutely no intervention on stringed guitars.

    I urge you to go look for example on pages Schaller or StetsBar to name a few to find your happiness
    https://stetsbar.com/stop.tail.html
    http://schaller-guitarparts.de/hp14775/Tremolo-LP.htm
    etc. ...
    PS: As these parts are interchangeable, good advice, put the originals in a little box somewhere tidy, it will be very useful if it is to sell the guitar, and you can reuse the majority of cities on a vibrato another guitar ...

    UTILIZATION

    Wonderful instrument, light, easy to play, etc. ... etc. ...

    SOUNDS

    FC Previous Notices

    OVERALL OPINION

    Super guitar.
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  • doudlaripette75doudlaripette75

    Gibson SG '61 ReissuePublished on 01/19/10 at 13:43
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    this guitar is quite simply sublime, I had never played on a guitar like c pil hair style rock of the 60s just loves j
  • kid_paddllekid_paddlle

    Gibson SG '61 ReissuePublished on 03/25/10 at 05:43
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    see more opinions!

    UTILIZATION

    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

    SOUNDS

    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 …
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    see more opinions!

    UTILIZATION

    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

    SOUNDS

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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
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  • John MichaelJohn Michael

    True to the original!

    Gibson SG '61 ReissuePublished on 11/28/10 at 00:02
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    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!

    UTILIZATION

    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 "stopp…
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    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!

    UTILIZATION

    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.

    SOUNDS

    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)


    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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