Gibson SG Classic

Gibson SG Classic

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SG Classic, SG-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the SG series.

9 user reviews

Gibson SG Classic tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: SG Classic
  • Series: SG
  • Category: SG-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/07/2004

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Gibson SG Classic user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 9 reviews )
 7 reviews78 %
 2 reviews22 %
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heads on fire01/30/2012

heads on fire's review"Solid guitar!"

Gibson SG Classic
Species Mahogany
Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50Neck
Species Mahogany
Profile Rounded
Truss Rod Traditional Adjustable
Joint Angle 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50Neck Fit
Joint Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle Tolerance +/- .005"Fingerboard
Species Rosewood
Frets 22
Radius 12"
Nut/E.O.B 1.695"/2.260"
Inlays Acrylic DotsNut
Material Corian
Width 1.695
Slots Gibson PLEK SystemHeadstock
Logo Mother of Pearl "Gibson" Logo
Truss Rod Cover Black and White Antique Bell
Model Vintage Kluson Style with Perloid Buttons
Plating Chrome
Tuning Ratio 14:1
Type Tune-O-Matic
Material Zamak
Plating ChromeTailpiece
Type Stop Bar
Material Zamak
Plating ChromeHardware
Knobs Black Top Hat with Silver Inserts
Pickguard SG Classic 5-Ply
Toggle Switch Washer Black with Silver Silkscreen
Control Plate Cover Black Acrylic
Strings .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
Strap Buttons AluminumPickups
Neck Position P-90
Bridge Position P-90Electronics
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 Black Plastic Tip
Output Jack Traditional 1/4"Finish
Sealer Nitrocellulose
Process 1-1.5 milsWorn Cherry Case
Type Gibson Gig Bag
Case Exterior Black
Case Interior Plush LiningAccessories
Additional Materials Owners Manual
In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change


The origination of the SG guitar in 1960-61 caused quite the uproar. It was a lot like the Les Paul model in terms of features, but departed in terms of body shape. Also, there was no arched top, and no maple to be found anywhere on the guitar. Les Paul himself was furious - the SG was originally known as the "Les Paul", and upon seeing the new model, Les asked that his name be removed from it entirely. The guitar from this point forth was referred to as the "SG", which was short for "solid guitar", and this particular model is a solid guitar indeed. The playability is there - neck shape is great, frets are well dressed. The hardware is very nice. And the pickups!


The pickups are what make this truly a stand-out instrument. The P90 guitars absolutely scream, with great attack, bold aggressive crunch tones, and haunting blues sounds. The overall resonance of the mahogany body and neck coupled with the rosewood fingerboard gives it a great sustain, but these pickups are like a perfect compliment to the sound. Classic and southern rock is where this guitar lives, squarely, but it also is great for blues. Think Pete Townsend.


Overall, this is a very nice axe. I'm glad Gibson has this Faded series, so they can save money on expensive gloss finishes but still give the customer a good instrument. Playability is fantastic, and the tone is just incredible. I know I'm using a lot of superlatives, but really, this is a knock-out instrument that I'd recommend to anyone. Overall, this is 9 out of 10 for me.
King Loudness09/02/2011

King Loudness's review"Just a great SG"

Gibson SG Classic
The Gibson SG Classic is a recent model reissue of the famous Gibson SG Special as used by players like Pete Townshend in the sixties and seventies. This guitar models the guitar that was made in the latter half of the sixties with the larger "batwing" pickguard. It features a host of specs that are as close to an original '60s SG Special as you're going to find without going Custom Shop or getting the real deal. It has a mahogany body and neck, a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and binding, 22 frets, classic style Kluson tuners, a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, classic SG "batwing" pickguard, and a pair of dual Gibson P90 pickups, each with its own volume and tone control. Finishing things off is a 3 way toggle switch to select the pickup settings. The Classic is made in Gibson's USA plant in Nashville.


The SG Classic is definitely what I would call an ergonomic guitar for sure. It's finely sculpted and contoured so that it sits on the body quite well regardless of the player's size or whether they are sitting or standing. It's got a great feeling neck profile that to me is the perfect blend between the '50s and '60s neck profiles - excellent match for the SG's thinner body. The weight is reasonably light and I've played the guitar standing up at gigs with no problems. The upper fret access is great on the guitar as well.


I've tried this guitar most notably through a Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue with a few pedals out front. I've always been a fan of P90s (especially in Gibson guitars) and this one is no exception to that longstanding rule. They offer this delightfully raunchy and chewy tone that is like ear candy when put through the right amp. The neck pickup sings with a strong low end clarity that is perfect for jazz and blues tones, in both comping chords as well as for some horn-like lead lines. The middle position (both pickups on) provides a nice take on a Fender-y funk sort of tone - just with a bit more of that woody Gibson flavour. The bridge pickup is a diabolical delight, perfect for everything from classic rock (think The Who or Thin Lizzy) all the way up to molten high gain tones. Sure the pickups will hum and buzz a bit at higher gain settings, but they're very pure and clear sounding all the way and allow the true tone of the guitar and wood to come through the speakers of the amplifier.


All in all I think the SG Classic is definitely a wonderful guitar. Gibson has been making them off and on for a few years and recently they've started to pop into Long and McQuade stores here in Canada on a more regular basis. They're great guitars - very versatile, and for the $1,000 new that they cost, it's a genuine bargain. Sure it might not have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive Gibbys, but it's got the mojo... and that's not something that money will always buy.

Hatsubai's review"P90 version of the SG"

Gibson SG Classic
The Gibson SG Classic is the same SG that we all know and love. However, this one has P90s instead of the normal humbuckers that most people associate with this guitar. It has a uniquely shaped mahogany body, mahogany set neck, a bound rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, dot inlays, hard tail bridge, two P90s, a pickguard, two volume knobs, two tone knobs and a three way switch.


The SGs tend to be very lightweight guitars, but the tone is very punchy. The necks on these are nice and round without being too thick, but they're still on the thicker side than most of today's guitar necks. One issue that I tend to have with these guitars is that they love to neck dive because the neck tends to weigh more than the body. Because of that, playing can be a bit of a hassle as you're both supporting the guitar by the neck and trying to play at the same time. Fretwork can be hit or miss depending on how the luthiers at Gibson were feeling at that point in time, so be sure to check that carefully.


The SGs are known to be fairly punchy and "in your face" sounding, and the P90s help accentuate that tonal property even more. I'm usually not a fan of Gibson pickups, but these P90s sounded really great through a cranked Marshall. It was tonal heaven. The guitar kinda sounds in between an Explorer and a Flying V. If you've ever heard any of AC/DC's songs, you'll know exactly what I mean. The neck pickup has this absolutely sweet, harmonically rich tone, and the bridge really screams.


If you're in the market for a P90 SG, your pickings are somewhat slim. This is one of the few models out there that still has P90s. It's a good guitar, but be sure to play a lot as the fretwork on these can really be hit or miss. Also, make sure it stays in tune as that's another issue with Gibsons due to their improperly cut nuts.

applesforapples's review

Gibson SG Classic
US made SG's are where its at. Three pick up selections with two tone controls and two volume controls makes this guitar's tone very versatile. You can get that bright airy tone with the neck pick up or that low end bass rocking with the bridge pickup. The middle is not much of a preference though.


Hands glide down the neck like no tomorrow and since there is a cut-away, feel free to play with ease on any fret you desire. The neck is a bit fatter than it's vintage parent. So, you may question of you like strings to be a bit further apart for whatever reason before you purchase this. It's light weight which makes the rockers happy because they can jump around with it with out it weighing you down.

Some people prefer to get new pickups as opposed to the standard but it all depends on what type of amp you want to play through. Pairing with a vintage Marshall will give you a classic yet clean sound.


SG's are great for Rock, Alternative, Blues and Country. Again, I think Gibson itself always pairs well with Marshall but if you're looking for something different, maybe try a vintage Orange or Matchless.

I like the blues driver pedal for the extra dirt. It seems to always pair well with Gibson guitars. I've used my Phase 90 with it. Not very impressive but my ear has changed since.


My first SG was purchased in 99. I absolutely loved it! Light weight, easy to play and what we all like most it's affordable. It's simply a classic. Jimmy P, Angus Y, Jim Adkins I'm sure would all be in agreement with that! PS If you need the last names associated with those players, maybe you should study a little bit more.

Later on I purchased a 70's SG which I have since fallen in deep love with. SG's are a little like women, they are sexier with age.

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