Gibson SG. One of the most iconic rock instruments in the world today. In fact, the Gibson SG Standard is Gibson’s best selling model of all time.
What many people don’t know however, is that the Gibson SG started life as a Gibson Les Paul SG! It’s true; back in 1960 the Gibson Les Paul wasn’t performing to expectations in the sales department so Gibson decide to give it a revamp.
Gibson took the Les Paul, gave it a thinner, flat-topped, contoured mahogany body, added a second cutaway and moved the neck joint up by three frets. The double-cutaway design and relocated neck joint meant that the Les Paul SG provided easier access to the higher frets.
For many years, Gibson advertised the Gibson SG as having the “Fastest Neck in The World” and with that double cutaway design and increased fret access they were definitely on to something!
The Les Paul standard design was eventually reintroduced and the name “Les Paul” was removed from the SG and from then onwards the Gibson SG was truly became its own beast.
Traditionally, the Gibson SG guitar has two humbucker pickups on the body although some variant models have been known to incorporate just one or as many as three humbucker pickups. P-90s and smaller single coils have also been used in the Gibson SG. Generally speaking, the Gibson SG comes with a solid mahogany body with a black pickguard.
To make a list of famous Gibson SG players you would have to include Frank Zappa, Angus Young of AC/DC Fame, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Derek Trucks and Brian Ray who is probably known best for touring and recording with Paul McCartney for many, many years.
The Gibson SG is known for its beefy sound and pronounced mid-range bite and with the neck joining the body at the 22nd fret it is great for hitting those high notes. Incredible solos and limitless lead guitar playing can be easily had thanks to this increased rich.