Gibson SG '61 Reissue (Heritage Cherry) (No Longer Available)
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Two Humbucking Pickups - Heritage Cherry
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Reissue of a Rock Classic!The Gibson SG actually began life in 1961 as the "new and improved" Les Paul. However, Les was not particularly fond of the design which featured a thinner mahogany body with beveled edges and pointed horns, so the guitar eventually got a new name: The SG, which stood for "Solid Guitar." It was actually a big success for Gibson - obviously the right design for the times. Most SGs were finished in Cherry, which was all the rage in the '60s, however, some were produced in either solid black or white. The original SG Standard was actually at the top of the SG "food chain" back in the '60s, though it still sold well because it delivered all the features most guitarists wanted in terms of playability and sound. If you're looking for a historically-accurate reissue of the 1961 SG that looks just like it rolled off the production line more than four decades ago, but without the wear and tear, you really need to check this one out.
Gibson SG '61 Reissue at a Glance:
The 1960s SG is Back in Style
It's hard to believe that by 1961, Gibson decided to discontinue the original Les Paul guitar - or what we now think of as the Les Paul Standard. The motivation is unclear. Weak sales? The urge to try something new? In any case, the first SGs were actually called Les Pauls, but Les himself wasn't in favor of that for a variety of reasons. So, in a bold move, this solid guitar was renamed SG, which stood for, uh, solid guitar. A few years later, Gibson started making the original Les Pauls again, but the SG proved so popular that they kept making them. Though it fell on tough times in later years, there's a renewed interest in SGs today. The reason is easy to understand. It's actually quite a cool looking instrument, delivering the classic humbucker sound for people who don't particularly want or need a Les Paul Standard. The SG Standard is also a much lighter instrument. This one is a totally spot-on accurate reissue of the first Gibson SG Standard of 1961, including the smaller pickguard and the crest inlay headstock.
A New Generation of Fast-playing NecksThe early Les Pauls had huge necks, but by 1960 the neck underwent several modifications until it became what's known as the slim-taper design. The SG took it one step farther, making the neck among the fastest ever designed. Hey, Frank Zappa played one and the guy had some wicked chops. If you like the combination of a fast mahogany neck with the warmth of the traditional rosewood fingerboard, you'll love the SG Standard '61 Reissue.
Two Fat, Smoking Humbuckers
When you really want to cook on a solo or deliver some thunderous power chords, you reach for a guitar that's got a pair of humbuckers, right? Forget all those thin "out-of-phase" guitar sounds that the session players overused in the 1980s and (sad to say) right through much of the '90s. That's not for you. Your sound is all about the warmth, punch and midrange complexity you can only get from humbuckers. With that in mind, the SG Standard 1961 Reissue comes with a smoking hot pair of nickel covered Gibson '57 Classic Humbuckers for the ultimate in tone.
Gibson SG Standard '61 Reissue Features:
The Gibson SG Standard '61 Reissue is a blast from the past!
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I had no idea!!!
by Rob M. from CaliforniaWell, the first surprise was when these went on sale, I was stunned, HUGE decrease in price from the usual $1999, nevertheless, I knew that it was the time to buy. I've always loved SG's, I have owned... read more [+] two SG Standards in the past, which, for $1200. are AMAZINGLY solid guitars... but I was always curious about the 61's because I've never played one. Actually, I always assumed that you just payed a lot more money because it was a "Reissue", and as Gibson players, we know how that can be an easy assumption... Well, play one of these and you'll know where that extra money went.
November 9, 2012
Music Background: Non-Professional Musician
My other Gibson is a Les Paul Traditional, which is "my baby", and I thought it had one of the best necks I've ever felt, which is semi-60's profile, not quite as thick as an SG Standard, which to me feel comfortable too, but playing this guitar, there is just some magic going on with the 61' neck, it's got to be one of the fastest and smoothest Gibson puts out. String bends are effortless and perfectly balanced, you almost have to try to produce a sour note.
Another thing, the weight. My LP weighs 9lbs 3oz... my SG, a whole 3lbs lighter, it feels like a feather, and yet produces tones just as thick as the LP... which brings me to another purchasing point for me, both guitars have the 57' Classic pickups, which sound just amazing!
And, let's not forget the fact that these just may be the COOLEST looking guitars ever made, that and I'm a huge AC/DC as well as Black Sabbath fan (aren't we all?), and Angus and Tony can't be wrong...
These really are what they were intended to be, basically a Les Paul Lite. All of the tone and playability of a Les Paul Standard but with more speed and less weight. And at the price I purchased it for, I am a very happy camper. I finally have to Gibsons that I will own for life.
I couldn't recommend this guitar more, a million stars!!! close [-]
by jk-stratmaster from Luzerne, PA USAI purchased this guitar from Sweetwater in May 2011. The guitar is excellent. It is a real looker, plays like butter and neck is extremely comfortable. The Sweetwater guys adjusted the action to my... read more [+] liking and it arrived double boxed and perfectly in tune! I only wished Gibson made this guitar in the old Oxblood color with an ebony fingerboard. Anyone who buys this guiar from Sweetwater, will have a guitar that they will be satisfied with for many years to come. close [-]
January 29, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
Why did I wait so long!
by Al Ramos from NYCI've been playing electric guitar for over 30 years and confess to having one of everything - except I never owned an SG. Then, one of my cousins who plays in a known, touring metal band lent me his... read more [+] SG 61 Reissue. I ordered one from Sweetwater the next day. The 57's are great and it is the most flexible guitar I've ever touched. Then, as I thought about the history of this axe, well, I realized that everybody played one as either their principle guitar or frequently used one. It all made sense after playing the SG '61 Reissue. The build quality is clean and top notch. I have played classical guitar in my younger day and have no problem with large necks, almost preferring them. Well this neck as width and is the easiest guitar of my lot to play. Now I"m thinking about getting one with the P90s. Everyone should own an SG 61 Reissue, even if its just to have around its so damn flexible and player friendly. close [-]
January 23, 2012
Music Background: Pro/Am musician
Guitar with balls
by zib from Jacksonville, FL.What more can I say, this guitar has balls. It's an icon. If your looking for that classic rock sound, look no further. I've always loved the styling and sound of an SG. Plug in to a Marshall, or an O... read more [+]range, and rock out..... close [-]
May 6, 2011
Music Background: X Roadie....
by Joe Merchant from Cayo LocoI finally got my hands on one of these for an unbelievable price, and I am completely satisfied. Before I picked this up, I was playing with an American Deluxe strat for everything but metal, which I... read more [+] used my Jackson Kelly for. That strat could pull out any tone imaginable, except that Gibson "honk" that comes from that solid, Mahogany body and Gibson pickups. I've always wanted a Les Paul, but didn't want to pay the ridiculous price for one, not too mention the chiropractor bills after a night on stage due to the LPs weight.
July 6, 2010
Music Background: Pro Musician/aspiring recording engineer/blueberry muffin eater
I decided to try an SG and fell completely in love with them. The '61 reissue covers that classic rock n roll sound perfectly. The pickups are, surprisingly, not muddy. The neck pickups has tons of clarity and brightness, unlike the often dark and undefined tones of most Les Pauls on the neck pickups. When playing both pickups, this guitar's "wood" sound stands out as a nice contrast to both pickups on their own, especially as you adjust volume on one of the pickups to pull one out in front of the other. The warmness of the 57 Classics is instantly noticeable. The double cutaway allows for immediate access to the upper registers. The guitar's intonation was also spot on, and the strings weren't sticking in the nut, surprisingly.
I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting a classic instrument that will be a lifelong companion and investment. Beats any Les Paul, in my opinion, and gives you more bang for the buck.
Christopher , Sasvannah, GA
Gibson SG '61 Reissue (Heritage Cherry)
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