Contrary to popular belief, electric guitars are an instrument that requires you to master two very different things. One is, of course, the playing technique, but the other is utilizing the hardware of that guitar and that of the amplifier in order to dial in a great tone.
In keeping with the spirit of Gibson’s 120th Anniversary, this SG Standard retains its ties to the tone and feel of the classics that kicked it all off in the early ’60s, incorporates the best of Gibson innovation for the 21st century, and then delivers it all at a truly unbeatable price. Body and neck The SG Standard follows the tried-and-true design of the original SG Standard, with an asymmetrical double-cutaway body for excellent upper-fret access. The solid mahogany body features a glued-in mahogany neck with a slim ’60s profile. A black TekToid nut tops the rosewood fingerboard, which carries 22 cryogenically treated frets for long life and corrosion resistance, traditional trapezoid inlays, and a commemorative 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret.
The SG Standard 2014 has the traditional all Mahogany body and a Maple neck that has the SG Slim Profile and the Min-ETune system. The Fingerboard is Rosewood with Trapezoid inlays with the 120th Anniversary Logo on the 12th fret. Hardware is chrome and it has the Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stop Bar tailpiece. This model has the '57 Classic pickups that are coil tapped to give an even more dynamic versatility to an already classic model. A True Rock Icon with Unbeatable Value the SG Standard for 2014 is both the most comprehensively featured and the best value ever produced in this long and legendary guitar line.
Enlarged strap buttons (new for 2014) keep your guitar secure throughout the set. Vintage-cream binding, black pickup rings, a black early ’60s pickguard, and black top-hat knobs with silver inserts complete the package.
Pickups and electronics the guitar carries a pair of Gibson’s extremely popular ’57 Classic coil-splitting pickups in the neck and bridge positions. These pickups are built with the genuine Alnico magnets used in the legendary PAFs, but updated for the requirements of today’s high-volume rock. From warm, rich rhythm to wailing lead tones, they do it all. They’re wired through a complement of independent volume and tone controls, with push/pull coil splitting volume pots and a three-way selector switch. Hardware A chrome Tune-o-matic Bridge and stopbar tailpiece are the anchors for outstanding resonance and sustain, while the Min-ETune automatic tuning system provides 12 factory presets and 6 user presets for instant tunings on stage or in the studio.
Although their flagship Les Paul is the most iconic guitar in history, other innovative guitars and basses have become standards in their own right—like the SG, Explorer, Flying V, and Firebird. Gibson instruments are truly “American made, world played.” SG Standard at a Glance ’57 Classic coil-splitting pickups Banner inlay at the 12th fret New Max Grip black speed knobs Extra large strap button Coated strings with 1 micron coating TekToid nut minimizes friction Cryogenically treated fret wire for longer life and corrosion resistance.
- Min-ETune system
- 1 Volume Control, 3 Tone Control
- '57 Classic humbucking pickups