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Gibson SG Standard

SG-style solid body guitar with dual humbucking pickups

The Gibson SG Standard is a true guitar icon. Instantly recognisable, lightweight, with great upper fret access, and amply equipped with two Gibson PAF (later patent number) humbuckers. It 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 it would seem just about every professional guitarist has used one at one point. In many ways the snarling SG tone helped define the late 1960s blues-rock sound, and its devilish good looks gave it a visual edge that simply screamed rock. It's no wonder that the SG Standard has been a key part of Gibson's solid-body range for almost 50 years.

Beatle George Harrison with his 1964 Gibson SG Standard
Beatle George Harrison with his 1964 Gibson SG Standard
1961 Gibson SG Standard

1961 Gibson SG Standard with side-to-side tremolo Image Heritage auctions

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 trapezoid block inlays.
Frets: 22
Hardware: 2 volume, 2 tone, nickel (pre-1965), then chrome hardware throughout
Finishes: Cherry nitrocellulose

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.

Naturally any guitar with such a long production run evolved somewhat over time. Early examples 1961-1962 were equipped with a "sideways" vibrato, but by 1963 this was replaced with the (far more effective) Maestro Lyre vibrato. By 1965 nickel hardware had been replaced by chrome.

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. The Maestro vibrato of the 1960s was replaced by a new Bigsby model. 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 reissued 1970s SG Standard had somewhat updated hardware - no vibrato, just the standard Gibson "wide-travel" or harmonica bridge and stop tailpiece. It 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 catalog

An established favourite with completely new modern styling... with thinner, lighter weight contoured body, and deep double cutaway
1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalog
From the 1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalog

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 catalog

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 catalog

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 catalog

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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gibson standard sg bass guitar

Sebring, Florida, 338**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1790

Gibson sg standard bass guitar
Comes with case, strap, bass guitar tuner,
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1973 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Electric Guitar w /  Bigsby & Case #50885

1973 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Electric Guitar w / Bigsby & Case #50885

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3250

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Exquisitely Rare Lefty Left-Handed 1968 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Cherry Red

Exquisitely Rare 'Lefty' Left-Handed 1968 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Cherry Red

Reseda, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19675

Introducing one of the rarest, nearly impossible to find, legendary pieces of Music History
An Authentic, originally built, "Left-Handed" 1968 Gibson SG Standard. This is NOT a 'reissued' instrument
There are many 'reissued' knock-off guitars made all over the world by machines. They have very little value and will not go up in value as any true collector's piece should. Here on eBay, you will see names that can confuse someone seeking to purchase a genuine collector's piece.
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1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard with Sideways Vibrola

1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard with Sideways Vibrola

Ojai, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$15500

pppspanVintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG in original cherry finish with Sideways Vibrola, one-piece Honduran Mahogany body / neck, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays, and 60s slim neck profile make this a player??s dream.
The original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups were replaced with the nearly identical, 60s "Patent Number" T-Top pickups which sound incredible. The pickups have ??patent number?? stickers and L-tooling marks on the feet??all characteristic features of ... more
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Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30000

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Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / Original Case PAFs Sideways Vibrola
Hey now! You're looking at one of the most iconic guitars ever made This is a vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG electric guitar, in Cherry Red It weighs 6 lbs 11 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 67" nutA very well kept example - original case, and PAFs This is the legendary guitar that so many guitar ... more
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1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard vintage guitar

1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard vintage guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$21500

1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard, Cherry Red, Sideways Vibrola, Two mighty soundingearly patent sticker humbuckers which are virtually the same as PAF??s, Fastplaying neck, Resonant sounding acoustically, Super cool, VG+, Nice Original hardcase... more
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1970 / 1971 Gibson SG Standard, Large Guard, walnut, Maestro Vibrola, very nice!

1970 / 1971 Gibson SG Standard, Large Guard, walnut, Maestro Vibrola, very nice!

Milton, Vermont, 054**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4995

1970 / 1971 Gibson SG Standard Large Guard, walnut, all original, case is older but not sure it's original, Maestro Vibrola, plays and sounds great, some finish checking, blem on neck as shown, frets show even wear, not buzzy, overall a great piece. Serial #912326.... more
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1978 Gibson SG Standard Cherry All Original

1978 Gibson SG Standard Cherry All Original

Keene, New Hampshire, 034**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2750

1978 Gibson SG Standard in Cherry red finish. All original. Very good condition with some typical dings for it??s age. No breaks or repairs. The control knobs are chipped up but original so I have left them on. Neck is 1-9 / 16?? at the nut. Guitar weighs in at 6lbs 14oz. There is a driver??s license number scratched into the backplate, which I have blurred out. This was a common practice back in the 70s. Chrome hardware is in great shape. Pot codes date to 1978 with original witing and intact ... more
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1975 Gibson SG Standard Sunburst MINTY | 100% Original, Original Case, Tags, Vin

1975 Gibson SG Standard Sunburst MINTY | 100% Original, Original Case, Tags, Vin

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500


1975 Gibson SG Standard Sunburst MINTY!
Here is one of the nicer 1970's Gibson SG's you'll ever find. It's a 1975 SG Standard in Sunburst. The condition is near mint. Sunburst is uncommon on these. Almost no signs of use. Just a few light marks, but no notable wear, scratches (light pick scratches), and NO finish checking! It's clear the guitar hasn't been played likely since the 70's and really was well-preserved (California guitar which helps!). The guitar comes ... more
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1976 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Walnut 100% Original w /  Tarbacks, Case

1976 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Walnut 100% Original w / Tarbacks, Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

Up for sale, a 1976 Gibson SG Standard in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, compete with the original hardshell case. Finished in Walnut nitro lacquer gloss, this SG features traditional solid mahogany construction with a bound rosewood fingerboard, loaded with the original pair of "Tarback" humbuckers. This particular instrument comes from the personal collection of Slipknot??s Jim Root, aka #4
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1973 Gibson SG Standard

1973 Gibson SG Standard

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF AN ICONIC GUITAR! One owner w original case
All original except for a couple of screws have been replaced and a ground wire extension has been added
EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN!
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Gibson SG Standard 61 Stop Bar - Silver Mist

Gibson SG Standard '61 Stop Bar - Silver Mist

Whitesboro, New York, 134**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

The Classic SG For Any Generation
The SG Standard 61 returns to the classic design that made it relevant, played, and loved -- shaping sound across generations and genres of music. In 1961, the Les Paul model was put on hiatus and an all-new design evolved into what is today known as the SG or â??œsolid guitar â?? The Gibson SG Standard '61 retains the styling of the original featuring a SlimTaper mahogany neck and a bound rosewood fingerboard. The mahogany body features deeply ... more
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1968 Gibson USA SG Standard Maestro Vibrola Cherry Red w case

1968 Gibson USA SG Standard Maestro Vibrola Cherry Red w case

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12750

1968 Gibson USA SG Standard Maestro Vibrola Cherry RedWeight: 7LBS 1 OZPickup readings are 7 2k ohms & 7 4k ohmsComes with original case as shownNo breaks All originalNut width is narrow @ 1 55" or 1 35 / 64 " Medium thicknessFrets in very good conditionNeck is straightEverything works good
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Guitare Electrique Gibson SG Standard 1975 Cherry

Guitare Electrique Gibson SG Standard 1975 Cherry

Strasbourg, 67***, FRANCE

€3690


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1975 Gibson SG Standard in Walnut | Electric Guitar | Preowned | GITA

1975 Gibson SG Standard in Walnut | Electric Guitar | Preowned | GITA

Mansfield, NG18***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2530

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1974 Gibson SG Standard Cherry. I bought this new!!!

1974 Gibson SG Standard Cherry. I bought this new!!!

Crawley, RH11***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2450

This guitar has all the memories. If only it could talk
1974 Gibson SG Standard in Cherry. Electric Guitar. One owner from new .
I bought this from orange music 22 Denmark street London as a young man
I gigged the colleges, universities and student unions for a couple of years in the late 70??s
Stayed in the bedroom for most of the 80??s and until the end of the 90??s
Was mostly looked after by one of the businesses best luthiers at fender Europe
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1965 Gibson SG Standard. Type 1 small pickguard. Cherry & Hard shell case

1965 Gibson SG Standard. Type 1 small pickguard. Cherry & Hard shell case

London, SW6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£14650

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1965 Gibson SG Type 1 in Cherry
Here is a really cool example of a 1965 Gibson SG Standard in Cherry finish The overall condition is good with a few areas of belt buckle ware on the back through to the wood The pots are dated to around the 29th week of 1965 Patent number sticker pickups. Chrome covers and Lyre Vibrola. Nylon saddle ABR bridge. Small type 1 pickguard. There has been evidence of a micro switch hole ... more
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1974 Gibson SG Standard

1974 Gibson SG Standard

St. Albans, AL1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2999

1974 SG Standard

Selling as got my eye on something else

In very good lightly used condition for its years, and the only year the SG was produced with an unbound block marker Ebony fingerboard which gives the guitar a classy smooth feel that also translates into audio via its 2 T top humbucking pickups. There was a crack in the headstock as is common for these guitars but was repaired by a Gibson guitar technician, the finish remains vibrant with some colour fade to the ... more
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Gibson SG Standard 61 Sideways Vibrola, Vintage Cherry  (B-STOCK)

Gibson SG Standard 61 Sideways Vibrola, Vintage Cherry (B-STOCK)

Bournemouth, BH11***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1999

Gibson SG Standard 61 Sideways Vibrola, Vintage Cherry (B-STOCK)
The SG™ Standard '61 Sideways Vibrola™ returns to the classic design that made it relevant, played, and loved – shaping sound across generations and genres of music. As the name implies, the Gibson SG Standard ‘61 Sideways Vibrola is equipped with the unique Sideways side-pull action ... more
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1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD VIBROLA TREMOLO ARM USA

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD VIBROLA TREMOLO ARM USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€334

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD VIBROLA TREMOLO ARM USA
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1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.