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Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar

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The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpte...Click To Read More About This Product

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Pure vintage vibe, red-hot tone.

The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpted, double-cutaway, mahogany body, exclusive Gibson '57 classic humbucking pickups at the neck and bridge, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. Relive some of the greatest moments of rock 'n' roll with a one-piece bound mahogany neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

'60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile
The '60s neck profile”found on the SG '61 Reissue”is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest”including the final sanding”is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

'57 Classic Pickups
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their production”1955 to 1961”Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone, desirable to players who wanted to mix and match and explore a complete spectrum of tonal possibilities. The '57 Classic pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this renowned characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. These are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring. Instead of enamel-coated wiring, Gibson added poly-coated wiring”which improves consistency by eliminating thin or thick spots on the wire”and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

A Little SG History
In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns making the upper frets more accessible while lowering production costs. The new guitar was popular, but Les Paul the guitarist did not like it and asked to have his name removed. Gibson renamed the model the "SG" which was short for "solid guitar". Though Les Paul's name was officially removed from the model in 1961, the plastic Les Paul nameplates (positioned between the rhythm pickup and fingerboard) were in abundance in the Gibson factory and SG models having these nameplates were built and sold by Gibson up to end of 1963. SGs have been the choice of world-class artists such as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.

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  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • NItrocellulose finish
  • Gibson Classic '57 humbuckers at the neck and bridge
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Corian nut
  • 1.695" nut width ±.050"
  • 22 frets
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Grover Kluson-style green tuning keys
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • 2 volume, 2 tone control, 3-way pickup switch
  • Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
  • Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly headstock inlay
  • Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
  • Antique cream fingerboard binding
  • Gibson hardshell case
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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


great light weight, resonant axe


from Michigan

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I've been playing a long time and have many guitars: strats, and LP, 335, 336, PRS. I always wanted an SG. This thing really sings and is so light. If you're doing a long gig, better to have an SG on your shoulder than a heavy LP. The body is so light - it is almost neck heavy. I may have to put a whammy bar on this, just to level it out. Very resonant, particularly for a solid body - you can practice with it unplugged. If you have more than one axe, this is a great addition to your arsenal.

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Best guitar you will ever own!!!


from Fredonia Wisconsin

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I started out with a first act... sadly but then I started to want a new guitar. I looked at everything and decided that I wanted a SG. I looked at the standard SG's but just did not like them. So I picked up this thing and started to cry (not really) because it was so light and sounded so good. The first thing I noticed was that it was incredibly light and had a slimmer neck. And then when I put it in an amp and it sounded so clean and crisp (I guess it would depend on what kind of amp you have to). It doesnÆt even go out of tune. If you have a chance of getting this guitar, get it as soon as you can because you will not regret it.

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