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SG-Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the SG series

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  • iamqmaniamqman

    CHeap and responsive

    Gibson SG Special '60s TributePublished on 08/10/11 at 13:43
    Gibson guitar company is one of the leading manufacturers of heavy duty guitars in the world. They specialize in primarily building mahogany wood guitars. So many of these guitars has found their way onto touring stages and recording sessions around the world. Pete Townsend and Carlos Santana are used two of the artists prove you send the SG Gibson guitar with P90 pickups.

    UTILIZATION

    Features

    Mahogany body
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Mahogany neck
    '60s Slim Taper neck profile
    Rosewood fingerboard
    22 frets
    12" radius
    Acrylic dot inlays
    Corian nut
    P-90 neck pickup
    P-90 bridge pickup
    2 volume, 2 tone controls
    Black…
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    Gibson guitar company is one of the leading manufacturers of heavy duty guitars in the world. They specialize in primarily building mahogany wood guitars. So many of these guitars has found their way onto touring stages and recording sessions around the world. Pete Townsend and Carlos Santana are used two of the artists prove you send the SG Gibson guitar with P90 pickups.

    UTILIZATION

    Features

    Mahogany body
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Mahogany neck
    '60s Slim Taper neck profile
    Rosewood fingerboard
    22 frets
    12" radius
    Acrylic dot inlays
    Corian nut
    P-90 neck pickup
    P-90 bridge pickup
    2 volume, 2 tone controls
    Black top hat knobs with chrome inserts
    3-way Switchcraft pickup toggle
    Vintage Kluson-style tuners with pearloid buttons
    Tune-O-Matic bridge
    Stopbar tailpiece

    SOUNDS

    This sound is very unique and extremely different from the normal Gibson Les Paul tone. It is a versatile and very playable guitar that allows its use to reach the upper fretboard with ease. This is a guitar that is a tribute back to the original SG I came out almost 50 years ago. I absolutely love the town of a Gibson SG P 90 pick up installed. This is the kind of guitar that I am used on numerous recording sessions personally. I love the black ebony look of this guitar matched rosewood fretboard. The P90 pick ups are at at an outstanding pick up to drive a good clean distorted sound. This guitar is very well balanced and warm . The balance of this guitar is very good as well being at the price point that Gibson is asking for this guitar.

    I love the sound of this guitar match with a good Marshall style amplifier. The two just blend and mix perfectly to my ears. I wouldn't trade that tone for anything.

    OVERALL OPINION

    You can find these guitars new online or at your local guitar shop retailer for right around the price of $799. This is a great deal for what you get out of this guitar. The P 90s are great pick ups and I wouldn't change them unless you are upgrading to seymour Duncan P90 pickup. I recommend this guitar to anyone who doesn't want the girth and thickness of a Gibson Les Paul tone but still wants that articulate mahogany wood driven guitar sound. This is a great guitar and a fairy comparable priced guitar for the budgeted consumer.
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    Yeah 60's

    Gibson SG Special '60s TributePublished on 08/09/11 at 23:00
    A time where the world was going to hell in a hand basket where the X generation is still suffering from stupidity from their moronic free loving dirty hippie parents. YEah the 60's were a time of great reflection and conscience ignorance. However, all those drugs and debauchery brought us some really good music. So thanks all you stupid jackass hippies for allowing music to grown to the place is eventually became.

    During that period though we had some great sounding bands and some genius amps builders and guitars builders just starting to inch their way on to the main stream. Some like Gibson and Fender had been doing is for years and exploring new ideas, perhaps with the help of drugs…
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    A time where the world was going to hell in a hand basket where the X generation is still suffering from stupidity from their moronic free loving dirty hippie parents. YEah the 60's were a time of great reflection and conscience ignorance. However, all those drugs and debauchery brought us some really good music. So thanks all you stupid jackass hippies for allowing music to grown to the place is eventually became.

    During that period though we had some great sounding bands and some genius amps builders and guitars builders just starting to inch their way on to the main stream. Some like Gibson and Fender had been doing is for years and exploring new ideas, perhaps with the help of drugs..who knows. All in all is brought items such as the classic SG guitar that is a formation of the Les Paul.

    UTILIZATION

    Mahogany body
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    Mahogany neck
    '60s Slim Taper neck profile
    Rosewood fingerboard
    22 frets
    12" radius
    Acrylic dot inlays
    Corian nut
    Gibson PLEK system
    P-90 neck pickup
    P-90 bridge pickup
    2 volume, 2 tone controls
    Black top hat knobs with chrome inserts
    3-way Switchcraft pickup toggle
    Vintage Kluson-style tuners with pearloid buttons
    Tune-O-Matic bridge
    Stopbar tailpiece
    Black '67-style pickguard

    SOUNDS

    I have always like the sound of P90's. They have a real organic and full tone to them that make them just magical. This is a nice addition to the sound of this guitar in general. The Sg has a familiar tone to its originator the Gibson Les Paul but has its own thing going on as well. First off you get a lighter body wood so the the sound is going to be a Gibson tone but a little more crisper and focused in my opinion. Next you have the ability to reach the upper register and play the higher frets with ease where as the Gibson Les Pal would struggle a bit getting to the 20th fret.

    I love the way this guitar sound and fits in the music that I play. The tone is just sweet and th feel of the guitar while different to the Les Paul has a nice comfort that O am used to form playing Les Paul's for years.

    OVERALL OPINION

    These are very affordable guitars for the working ma. At new you can pick these guitars up for right at around $799. That is a steal of a price for the features you get with this tone machine. I would recommend playing this to get a feel for the sound before buying. These are a little different than normal single coils and humbucker and different than a Strat or Les Paul.
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  • tjon901tjon901

    Classic P-90 tone from an SG

    Gibson SG Special '60s TributePublished on 07/14/11 at 19:54
    Back in the early 60s when the Gibson Les Paul was long gone and when you asked for a Les Paul they handed you an SG you could get your Les Paul/SG in two flavors; PAF's or P-90s. PAFS were the new things on the scene. They were quiet and mellow but some people wanted the noisy snarling P-90s in their guitar. Some of the heaviest records of the time were recorded on guitars with P-90s. From Mississippi Queen to Black Sabbath P-90s were the shoutier choice when it came to pickups. Gibson is now putting out a decently priced tribute to these early 60s SG's that came with the old school pickups. These guitars are called the 60s Tribute SG's. This guitar is great old school SG. It has the early…
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    Back in the early 60s when the Gibson Les Paul was long gone and when you asked for a Les Paul they handed you an SG you could get your Les Paul/SG in two flavors; PAF's or P-90s. PAFS were the new things on the scene. They were quiet and mellow but some people wanted the noisy snarling P-90s in their guitar. Some of the heaviest records of the time were recorded on guitars with P-90s. From Mississippi Queen to Black Sabbath P-90s were the shoutier choice when it came to pickups. Gibson is now putting out a decently priced tribute to these early 60s SG's that came with the old school pickups. These guitars are called the 60s Tribute SG's. This guitar is great old school SG. It has the early small pickguard that I prefer on my SG's. This guitar has a 60s profile neck so it is nice and thin and fast. It has dual Gibson P-90. 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 with a 14-1 ratio.

    UTILIZATION

    One of the reasons this guitar replaced the Gibson Les Paul, along with it being cheaper to make it was also much easier to play. The SG was designed to give much better upper fret access than the Les Paul offered and it does. 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. The neck joints on the new SG have all but fixed this problem. The design still has some quirks that you may not be use to. 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. With the P-90 pickups you will get some extra noise from them since they are single coils but this is just part of the vintage p-90s experience. This guitar has Gibsons worn finish. These are just thing nitro finishes that will wear easily to give the guitar a more vintage look. If you are use to poly finishes you will notice that this guitar will age very quickly in terms of looks.

    SOUNDS

    The P-90 sound has awesome bite. Tony Iommi for years used P-90 style pickups in his guitar and he put out some of the heaviest tones of the era. I think if you are looking to play heavy music on a vintage style guitars the P-90s would be a better choice over vintage humbuckers. These pickups are not just for rocking you can get a great jazzy or blues tone from them. They have the clear bottom end of a humbucker with the crisp top of a single coil. This crisp top is what adds the bite and sizzle to the heavy tones when you are playing heavy music.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I hope Gibson makes this guitar for a while. If you play mostly lefty like me when a big company comes out with a nice lefty guitar that isnt twice as much as the right handed version it gets your attention. Currently this is the only small pickguard SG they make that they sell left handed, and with the P-90 pickups it just makes it more unique. If you are looking for a very old school SG that has an angry sound this P-90 60s Tribute SG is for you.
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