When this guitar came out everyone said "WHY." This guitar is pretty silly looking on the surface. It is supposed to be an SG with a hot rod car motif. Im not sure why Gibson would even bother doing something like this. Its a guitar not a car. This guitar does have some good features that Gibson should have carried over to their other guitars but didnt. With this guitar you get a mahogany body and a set mahogany neck. You get an ebony fretboard which is nice for a non SG custom. The neck is an early 60s thin profile. The neck also has a special truss rod so it is extra strong. Up top you get locking Grovers for once. The cable jack has a locking system on it like a microphone which is pretty cool. The stoptail has a stupid metal cover to make it look like a car or something. This can be removed but it is dumb to have in the first place. The volume and tone pots on this guitar a improved over what you get in most Gibsons.
The big giant stop tail cover is pretty silly. It can be removed but it shouldnt have been there in the first place. The bolts for it go all the way through the guitar so even if you remove it you still are reminded that it was there. The neck is pretty nice and feels alot like a SG Custom neck. They do not make many ebony fretboard SG's outside of the SG custom so that is one plus on this guitar. The upper fret access is pretty good because of the SG shape. It was designed to give good upper fret access. The rediculous tailpeice cover does help balance out the natural neck dive of the guitar. The jack lock is pretty cool. I dont know why they would put it on this rediculous guitar and not their other guitars. Its something that some guitars need but it is not a problem if you use a wireless system or just wrap your cord through your strap.
The tone on this guitar is pretty good. It sounds like every other SG pretty much. Most of my problems with this guitar are with the unusual car motif. These guitars have a unique sound of their own. They have a different sound than a Les Paul due to the different style of body. Some people say it sounds more like a Gibson Flying V than a Les Paul. The smaller body also helps make the tone different than that of a Les Paul. Gibson pickups are mainly designed for classic rock. These pickups tend to offer a medium output. The pickups have an open sound. They are not super tight but provide a good amount of sag for more traditional tones. If you are looking to play heavier music you may want to replace the pickups with aftermarket higher output models.
This is another pointless model by Gibson. I dont know who thought this guitar would sell well or be a good idea. Gibson should stick to making guitars not gimmicks. Anyone who knows guitars can look back in history and think of a bunch of stupid guitars like this that did not sell well at all because they were ill concieved. Its not like this guitar is ahead of its time or anything, it is just a stupid guitar. I hope there isnt a time when a guitar like this in fashion because it would probably make me sick if everyone wanted stupid guitars like this. If you want an SG get a real SG. If you want a toy car then get a toy car. You dont have to combine everything you like into one think because that just makes both things equally useless.
The Gibson SG GT one crazy SG. In the early 60s Gibson was looking to lower production costs of the Les Paul. To do this they redesigned it to have a flat top and double cutaways. What we know now as the SG was introduced as the new Les Paul in 1961. Later on the real Les Paul was re-introduced and the new guitar was renamed the SG. The standard SG of today is exactly that, the standard SG. The guitar features the classic dual cutaway SG body with a 22 fret neck. It features dual humbucking pickups selected with a 3 way toggle switch and two tone and two volume knobs. The bridge on this guitar is a really big piece of metal. It is supposed to look like the back end of a sports car. The dual racing stripes down the guitar also help to give this look.
The main difference between this SG and most others is the large bridge. 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. This design gives it a few problems. 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. With the large bridge on the GT model it tends to balance out the neck dive you would normally get on SG guitars but it also makes the guitar heavier.
The large bridge gives this guitar more sustain than a normal SG. With their thinner flatter bodies SG's tend to have a tone slightly thinner than that of a Les Paul. Some people say it sounds more like a Gibson Flying V than a Les Paul. The smaller body also helps make the tone different than that of a Les Paul. Gibson pickups are mainly designed for classic rock. These pickups tend to offer a medium output. If you are looking to play heavier music you may want to replace the pickups with aftermarket higher output models. Hotter pickups with the guitars special bridge setup would really make this guitar sing.
The SG is an iconic design and this limited edition model just makes it cooler. If you like cars and guitars this guitar combines the two loves. Not only does the car motif make it look cool but it also makes the guitar sound better. If you are looking for a rare SG that also sounds better than 99 percent of the SG's out in the world this guitar is your only choice.