Gibson SG Classic
Gibson SG Classic

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

heads on fire 01/30/2012

Gibson SG Classic : heads on fire's user review

« Solid guitar! »

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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.