Gibson SG Classic
Gibson SG Classic

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

Hatsubai 05/03/2011

Gibson SG Classic : Hatsubai's user review

« P90 version of the SG »

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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.