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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Interestingly it was briefly withdrawn in 1971/early 1972 to be replaced by a very similar model the SG Deluxe, which was functionally the same, but cosmetically rather different.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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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

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

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 60630, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19500

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

1964 Gibson SG Standard

LAKE STEVENS, WASHINGTON, 98258, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$11999

For sale is this fabulous 1964 Gibson SG in original cherry finish. No headstock breaks or heel cracks on this one! It’s the same model played by the likes of George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Sonically, it is hard to find a guitar that delivers nicer Gibson tones than this one. The “Lyre” tailpiece was a huge improvement from the sideways version that came on the first incarnation of the “SG”… Then known as the “Les Paul ” First off, the finish on this guitar is original. It ... more

Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard Original Cherry Finish w / Hard Case

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10002, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $10651

Here is a KILLER vintage original 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard in original Cherry Red finish. Playability is fantastic with a good low action and no buzz or issues. Original Cherry Red finish is bright and unfaded, stunning. Guitar is all original with the exception of the pickups, wiring and pots. The pickups are hand wound Brandonwound PAF pickups. They sound fantastic. The wiring is pure vintage high quality pots and caps from Cream Tone. The nice thing is you can really hear the old ... more

1966 Gibson SG Standard (GIE1176)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9995

1966 Gibson SG Standard, Cherry Red, Small Guard, Two Humbuckers, Early style knobs, Lyre Tailpiece and Vibrola, Hard to find model, Ready to play, Gorgeous guitar! Own Owner, EC , Beautiful original yellow lined hard case Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4... more

1968 Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar (GIE1135)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $9931

1968 Gibson SG Standard, Cherry Red, Large guard, Engraved Lyre Tail piece with Vibrola, One piece neck, No volute or made in USA, Two Humbuckers, Just like AC / DC's, Superb sounding! Excellent condition with original hard case Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4... more

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