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Gibson SG

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1969 SG Special

The Gibson SG is a true design classic that has stood the test of time, remaining popular for over half a century. Numerous incarnations have been available, all with the double cutaway 'batwing' body style in common. SG, of course, stands for 'Solid Guitar', as the SG evolved from the first Gibson solid, the Les Paul. In fact the earliest Gibson SGs were actually sold as Les Pauls, despite the new body design, and simplified mahogany-only construction. The list of SG players is a who's who of the guitar. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Pete Townsend, Carlos Santana, Angus Young. And so on.

1961 Gibson SG announcement
1961 announcement of the Gibson SG range of guitars

The SG Custom and the SG Standard were available first, debuting in early 1961. The high end Custom had gold plated hardware, 3 pickups and pearl inlays throughout. A very fine guitar. Both models sold well. A letter to Gibson dealers from late June 1961 explains "The New Model Les Paul Custom ... AND the New Les Paul Regular ... are enjoying tremendous acceptance. Sales of both models have already passed last year's entire output."

This sauces lead naturally to the addition of more models to the range: SG Junior, SG TV, SG Special, ranging in price from low to high. Even the Melody Maker was redesigned from it's popular body style to the SG shape. The number of SG models available fluctuated, reaching a peak in the early 1970s when there were also the SG Deluxe, and entry level models SGI, SGII, SG100, SG200 and SG250.

The SG is a Gibson staple, and hasn't changed significantly in nearly four decades. But of course there have been changes in hardware, neck profile, construction methods and so on - common to all Gibson instruments made in a factory always trying to improve upon its designs whilst remaining profitable over the long term. Models came and went. Have a look at the Gibson SG 1960s timeline and the SG 1970s timeline for some examples of these variations.

Different Gibson SG models

1965 Gibson SG Custom Image Heritage auctions

The SG Custom was the finest model in the SG line, with gold plated hardware and three humbucking PAF pickups. It was offered (initially) in white only, though later Cherry and Walnut. See more about the SG Custom here.

Or have a closer look at these SGs

Original Gibson SG advertising

Print advertisements for some of the various incarnations of the Gibson SG, 1961-1980

Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1961 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Gibson advertisements

Gibson SG custom - Solid Hit

Gibson SG custom - Solid Hit (1961)
The first advertisement for a true icon in the world of guitars; the Gibson SG (although still known as the Les Paul at this time). The advertisement features Les Paul and his then wife Mary Ford, ...
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Gibson SG standard - Gibson lets you feel what you play - so you can play what you feel

Gibson SG standard - Gibson lets you feel what you play - so you can play what you feel (1972)
Your guitar has to have feeling too. Gibson SG Solid Bodies have a consistent and comfortable freedom across the fretboard that lets you add your own personal touch to each note. Going from one e...
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Gibson SG standard - Already Standards, Always Special

Gibson SG standard - Already Standards, Always Special (1973)
Full page early seventies advert for two Gibson solid body guitars: the redesigned Gibson SG Standard (below, Cherry finish, Bigsby vibrato) and SG Special (above, Walnut finish).
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Gibson SG standard - The Moment of Truth

Gibson SG standard - The Moment of Truth (1973)
The truth is, most rock recording artists play Gibson's "SG" solid body guitars. And they play them when it really counts... at the crucial moment when they have to put their reputations on record....
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Gibson The SG - An SG. For Half A G

Gibson The SG - An SG. For Half A G (1979)
Here's a great old guitar tradition for a grand old price. Actually, half a grand. $499.50 to be exact. "The SG" guitar by Gibson.
Gibson SG guitars have been playing sellout concerts and hit ...
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Gibson The SG - Gibson Guitars. To the Tune of $399 and Up

Gibson The SG - Gibson Guitars. To the Tune of $399 and Up (1979)
Gibson electric guitars begin with the Marauder at $399. And it begins where most of its competitors leave off—with high power electronics, a full range pan pickup potentiometer and the same craf...
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Gibson The SG - The Firebrands. Hot New Brands at a Price that Doesn

Gibson The SG - The Firebrands. Hot New Brands at a Price that Doesn't Burn. (1980)
Advert for two new versions of two established Gibson models: "The SG" Deluxe and "The Paul" Deluxe. In 1980 Gibson decided on a new branding concept for its instruments; there would be three serie...
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1962 GIBSON LES PAUL SG STANDARD GUITAR & CASE ORIGINAL OWNER STORED SINCE 1980

ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN, 48101, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$24999

PLEASE NOTE: ARRANGEMENT FOR PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 3 DAYS FROM AUCTION END .A MUST . YOU ARE BIDDING ON ONE AUTHENTIC 1962 GIBSON LES PAUL SG STANDARD GUITAR SERIAL # 54302 AND MATCHING HARDSHELL CASE .my parents bought this new guitar for me in 1962 after using it in wedding and bar bands I put it my bedroom closet on New Years Day 1980 and haven't picked it up since it's time for her to make sweet music again . has a nice wide fretboard and very low soft touch action to the ... more

1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar (GIE1053)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$21000

1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Custom, White, Very rare early example of the Maestro Vibrola & Lyre tailpiece, Three PAF Humbuckers, Gold hardware, Ebony fingerboard with block inlays, 1 & 11 / 16 inches wide at the nut, Amazing guitar! EC, Original hard shell case... more

1964 GIBSON SG STANDARD GUITAR & CASE ORIGINAL OWNER STORED SINCE 1964 #227065

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60630, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$20000

You are buying one 1964 GIBSON SG STANDARD GUITAR AND MATCHING HARDSHELL CASE Serial #227065My mom bought this for me at age 15 and she wanted me to play the the guitar that George Harrison of the Beatles was playing. I never showed interest and never took lessons. This guitar is in pristine condition and I have the matching Fender tube amplifying system for it. Everything is totally original and in super condition. 224 616 3003. This is a real collectors item for someone in the Music industry.... more

1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Tenor (GIE0998)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17900

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Tenor, Extremely rare, Possibly the only One ever made! Cherry Red, Ebony fingerboard with Pearl block inlays, "Custom" truss rod cover, Single line Kluson tuners, Sideways Vibrola, Stunning guitar with Hang tags & case key, Excellent condition, Nice original hard case, $17, 995... more

Tony Iommi One of a kind Gibson: Electric Guitar 1964 LH SG with gatorcase USED

BRANDENBURG, KENTUCKY, 40108, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$15500

Tony Iommi One of a kind Gibson: Electric Guitar 1964 LH SG with case USED. Condition is Used. I think this is the only southpaw SG standard they made in 64' but there are no records of this. From my research over the years. This guitar has been on stage with bands as Black Oak Arkansas and members of Steppenwolf over the decades. It has an original formula lacquer refin finish that was sprayed by Doug Holt at Gruhn guitars in Nashville who's a friend of mine and has also built guitars for Neal ... more

1961 Gibson Les Paul "SG" Junior Guitar Angus Young ACDC 1 / 1 Real Deal

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, 33330, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$14697

This guitar really needs no introduction. It has been around the world. Seen Paris, London, USA, and many other places. Angus Young of ACDC made this guitar famous. The guitar won at auction is back at auction. Lots of mojo, it's hard to put a price on that. Hardware has been replaced back to stock. The p-90 is original but the cover is modern (vintage style). The pick-guard was replaced in the 80s or 90s. There is a discrepancy around the input jack, not sure if was repaired at some point but ... more

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Tim Comment left 2nd February 2017 23:11:56 reply
I have been told this sg (I inherited from my father) is a 1971 or a 1973 I think it's mahogany It's in very, very good condition serial# 104787 Can you give me an estimate of it's worth?
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 3rd February 2017 12:12:16 reply
Hi Tim, unfortunately the serial number alone doesn't help value your guitar - the precise model and condition are important. Can you post some pics in the forum and i'll tell you what I can. Thanks
nick simmons Comment left 24th March 2013 21:09:05 reply
Trying to find value of a Gibson S.G.guitar made in early 70's.Ser #397925
jimmy hendrix Comment left 8th July 2012 16:04:22 reply
Need a valuation of a 1964 SG Standard. Please email as soon as possible

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