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Gibson SG Standard

SG-style siolid body guitar with dual humbucking pickups

Beatle George Harrison with his 1964 Gibson SG Standard

The SG Standard was the best known of Gibson's SG range, being used by many famous 1960s artists: George Harrison of the Beatles (his 1960s SG Standard sold in Dec 2004 for almost £300,000), and Eric Clapton of Cream to name but two early users, although just about every professional guitarist has used one since.

Model: Gibson SG Standard
Available: 1961-date
Pickups: Two Gibson humbuckers.
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Initially one-piece mahogany, laminated mahogany by 1970. Rosewood fingerboard, with block inlays.
Frets: 22
Hardware: 2 volume, 2 tone, nickel, then chrome hardware throughout
Finishes: Cherry nitrocellulose

It's no wonder that this instrument has been a key part of Gibsons solid-body range for almost 50 years.

The SG series derived from the Gibson Les Paul, with the SG Standard initially named the Les Paul Regular. It was designed and built at Gibson's Kalamazoo factory, alongside the Les Paul (SG) Custom, and launched in early 1961, with the other models added shortly afterwards.

This model was a step above the SG Special being fitted with two nickel or chrome covered Gibson humbuckers rather than single coil P90s, but a step below the SG Custom, which had three humbuckers with gold covers.

Gibson SG Standard construction

Like all SGs (at least at launch), it sported a mahogany neck, set to a mahogany body. The Rosewood fingerboard had trapezoid block position markers. This was, and still is, typical Gibson construction, and along with the Gibson humbuckers, played a major part in giving the SG it's characteristic sound. In the early 1970s, mahogany gave way to maple as the neck timer of choice.

Gibson SG Deluxe

Interestingly it was briefly withdrawn in 1971/early 1972 to be replaced by a very similar model the SG Deluxe, which was functionally the same, but cosmetically rather different. It had scratchplate mounted electronics and no back body route; which was a more efficient (ie cheaper) means of guitar assembly than having electronics assembled directly into the guitar body. Customers didn't like the changes, and sales of the Deluxe were considerably lower than of the SG Standard in previous years, leading to a quick reversal in time for the summer NAMM show of June 1972.

The SG Standard remained in production throughout the 70s, and early 1980s appearing in all major catalogs for the rest of the Norlin period.

Gibson SG Standard catalog appearances

1962 Gibson full line catalog
From the 1962 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

An established favourite with completely new modern styling... with thinner, lighter weight contoured body, and deep double cutaway
1963 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalog
From the 1963 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

Ultra thin, contoured, double cutaway body, nickel-plated machine parts and individual machine heads with deluxe buttons
Gibson 1966 Full Line catalog
From the 1966 Gibson full line catalogue

Slim, fast, low-action neck joins body at 22nd fret. One-piece mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod
1970 electric solid bodies catalog
The 1970 electric solid bodies catalogue

Neck is designed for quickness... go from deep, rumbling bass sounds to piercing, biting tones instantly
1973 Gibson solid body leaflet
The 1973 Gibson solid body leaflet

Gibson's famous SG Standard is back, better than ever with revolutionary new Super Humbucking pickups. The rhythm pickup delivers an extra clean sound while the lead has just enough \"dirt\" added to make it interesting
1983 Gibson catalog
From the 1983 Gibson catalogue

The SG Standard is like no other guitar Gibson makes, an instrument that grew up in the 60s when rock was reaching it's zenith, versatile and powerful enough to project the rebellious tone which became the fabric of that classic era
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1964 GIBSON SG STANDARD GUITAR & CASE ORIGINAL OWNER STORED SINCE 1964 #227065

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60630, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$21000

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 one 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

1966 1967 Gibson SG Melody Maker D - Original Pelham Blue, Standard Junior 1965

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60618, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2495

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration, A fantastic Vintage 1967 Gibson SG Melody Maker in original Pelham Blue finish! Thanks for looking! VCP is offering a super cool and VERY rare vintage SGMM In recent years these have become known as great value "sleepers" in the vintage market and big name players such as David Ryan Harris (John Mayer) have been using them as main components of their live rigs The 2 pickup examples, such as this one, are far more desirable than ... more

Gibson SG Standard Vintage Sunburst 1975

ROSLYN, NEW YORK, 11576, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1879

Add us to your Favorite Sellers! ♥ Questions? We can help! Contact us today! 30-Day Money Back Guarantee Item Description Who doesn't love a vintage SG? This is a very cool 1975 Gibson SG Standard with a sunburst over a mahogany body and neck. The guitar has a 22-fret ebony fretboard and small block inlays. The guitar has the original humbuckers and Schaller hardware still on it, too! There are some cracks in the finish around the body, including around the input jack and one on the back of ... more

Vintage 1969 Gibson SG Standard or Special Control Back Plate

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60616, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$139

Vintage 1969 Gibson SG Standard or Special Control Back Plate Removed from a vintage 1969 Gibson SG. Shows wear, scratches. This is a vintage original Gibson part and not a reproduction or reissue. These plates are used these on other year Gibson SG models 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 My feedback is perfect and I usually ship the same day payment is received. Shipping, fees and insurance is $11 00 in the 48 USA states. No foreign bidding please.... more

1965 66 GIBSON SG STANDARD ALL ORIGINAL VERY CLEAN NO EXCUSES

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11223, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8000

For Sale is this rare Early 1966 Late 1965 Gibson SG Standard, This Guitar is 100 percent Stock with no Changes at all, The Frets are original with Plenty of Life Left in them, The Neck is perfectly Straight , with the original nut, The Trust Rod Works perfect, The finish is 100 percent original with no overspray or anything, There is the usual Lacquer checking, and some minor dings , check the pictures, I could send you additional pictures, There wiring, pickup, pots , capacitors, the tuners, ... more

1970 Gibson SG Standard

CINCINNATI, OHIO, 45219, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3999

A 1970 Gibson SG Standard. This guitar plays and sounds great. It has some significant wear on the back and in spots in other areas. Please see photos. It comes with original trem bar. It does have replacement vintage style tuners. Includes original hard shell case. Thanks. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE TERMS OF SALE (please read before bidding) * ALL SALES ARE FINAL!! ITEMS ARE SOLD "AS IS " . THESE ARE USED ITEMS YOU ARE BIDDING ON. WE DESCRIBE THEM TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES! ... more

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