« Swamp Ash SG »Publié le 06/08/11 à 08:44
The SG was designed to get better playability than the classic Les Paul. It was designed to be the new Les Paul in 1961 and for a couple years the Les Paul that Gibson sold was what we call an SG. The neck is not mounted as deep into the body as is with the Les Paul. The neck is not mounted as deep into the body as is with the Les Paul. 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.
As I said earlier the tone of a swamp ash guitar can vary greatly. A good one like this will have a slightly brighter sound than mahogany. It will have more clarity on the top end. The bright nature of the wood makes the guitar good for down tuning. you can retain your clarity with low tunings with the brightness of the wood. If the quality of wood is not good your guitar will not sound good. The qualify of swamp ash can vary greatly. It will not be as bright and will sound like a dull piece of wood. A good peice of swamp ash will be lighter and sound brighter than a bad piece which will feel heavier and sound duller.
Its nice to see Gibson trying out different woods but the color scheme on this guitar is pretty rediculous. I dont think people looking for a nice swamp ash Gibson are going to want a pink skull inlay on the 5th fret. I can live with the red in the wood and the pickups can be changed, but the inlay is pretty much a deal breaker. Which is a shame because this guitar sounds really good.