Gibson SG

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About Gibson SG

The Gibson SG is the pre-eminent choice for guitarists looking to play music of a heavier fashion. Whether your SG inspiration is Angus Young or Tony Iommi, these guitars are built for riffs! The SG is very distinctive with its slim 'devil-horned' Mahogany body, a shape that has remained unchanged since the guitar's introduction in 1961. This double cutaway shape allows players much easier access to the very highest frets, making the instrument a hit with lead guitarists.

SG's are relatively similar to Les Paul guitars - both typically having a pair of humbucker pickups, a tune-o-matic bridge and a 24.75" scale length - but has a slightly different sound. SG's tend to have a slightly sharper attack and have a slightly less dense sound, no doubt due to the thinner Mahogany body.

The Gibson SG is an iconic Rock guitar like no other. As one of only a handful of authorised Gibson dealers in the UK, we keep an excellent selection of Gibson SGs in every guitarguitar store. Visit your nearest store to try one in person or browse and buy from our entire range of electric guitars online.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson SG

Not at all! Gibson SGs are actually very versatile, partly due to their full yet snappy sound. Plenty of Blues, Jazz, Pop and Fusion players use the SG as their primary means of expression.
There is now a wide collection of SG models available from Gibson, both from their Gibson USA umbrella and Gibson's Custom Shop. The availability of particular models does change from time to time but reoccurring and popular models include: Standard, Standard HP w/Flame, TopStandard w/P90 pickups, Junior, Faded, Gary Clark Jr Signature model, Derek Trucks Signature mode, SG Custom, 1962 reissue and SG Bohemian.
Depending on who you ask, you may get a variety of replies on this one but since you've asked us, we'd go with the most popular opinion that it stands for 'Solid Guitar'. This is to differentiate it from the large number of hollow and semi-hollow guitars produced by Gibson.
Some Gibson SG's of a certain period (and reissues thereof) have "Les Paul Custom" written on the pickguard between the fingerboard and the neck pickup. This is because the SG was originally intended to replace the Les Paul as the new signature model of Jazz guitarist Les Paul. Les didn't take to the new design, preferring the single cutaway archtop guitar we all know and love. Gibson therefore removed his name from the guitar altogether. When the Les Paul was re-released in 1968, it had Les' name on the headstock.