The SG Pro was announced in June of 1971, and manufactured between mid 1971 and mid 1972. In many ways it was a renamed and redesigned SG Special which was dropped at the same time. It was a commercial flop, however, selling way less than the Special, and was consequently withdrawn as quickly as it was launched. Like the Special it came equipped with two P90s, and vibrola, but it also underwent the changes that were being introduced in many Gibsons at the time; smaller raised pickguard (rather than full face), surrounds on humbuckers, Bigsby (rather than Maestro) vibrola, and front-routed control panel. It did get an intonatable bridge for the first time. By the time of the next Gibson solid body catalogue in early 1973, the SG Special was back, in place of the SG Pro.
Shipping figures are as follows. Although they don't seem too bad, they have to be seen in context: almost 5000 SG Specials were shipped in 1970, and over 3500 in 1973.
|SG Pro Cherry
|SG Pro Natural
|SG Pro Walnut
The SG Pro was first included in the US Gibson price list of June 1971, replacing the Special, though from June 1972 the Special was once again listed. Both models were included in September and October price lists, presumably as last stocks of the SG Pro were exhausted.
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