Gibson SG Standard (Natural Burst) (No Longer Available)
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body and Neck, Baked Maple Fingerboard, and Two Humbucking Pickups - Natural Burst
Sorry, the Gibson SG Standard (Natural Burst) is no longer available. We've left this page up for reference only. Check out the great alternatives on this page or call toll-free (800) 222-4700 to speak with a Sweetwater Sales Engineer about similar products.
From Our Research Team:
The Legendary SGThe Gibson SG Standard 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 (for "solid guitar"). The SG was a big success for Gibson - obviously the right design for the times. Today's SG Standard has changed little from those original guitars. It still has a lightweight mahogany body, a fast-playing slim-taper neck, and two hot humbuckers. If you want to play a legend - check out the Gibson SG Standard.
A Rock Classic
The Gibson SG Standard s a rock icon with a fascinating history. It's hard to believe that by 1961, Gibson decided to discontinue the original Les Paul guitar. Their 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. 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 weight instrument. Yet it doesn't cut corners. You still get the mahogany body and a pair of hot humbuckers that deliver all the warm, fat tone you could ever want.
The Gibson SG Standard has a slim-taper mahogany neck. 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 and the snappy ebony-like attack of a baked maple fingerboard, you'll love this SG Standard.
Fat, Smoking Humbuckers
Gibson's SG Standard packs humbucking power. 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 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 a pair of Gibson humbuckers. The SG Standard comes with a pair of 'em: a 490R in the neck position and a 498T at the bridge. You get uncompromising power, whether you're playing rhythm or digging into a solo.
Gibson SG Standard Features:
The Gibson SG Standard is a rock legend!
Can We Help?Sweetwater's friendly and knowledgeable Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and educated professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, they are available to provide personalized advice any time you need it.
Call toll-free (800) 222-4700 or E-mail us
Be the first to review this product
by Randy from Northern VAI’ve had several SG’s over the years (among all sorts of other guitars, lol) but this is the best SG that I’ve ever seen or played. I just received my SG in Natural Burst this past weekend – ... read more [+]I ordered it on Thursday (late afternoon) & showed up at my door on Saturday morning (thanks again Ben, excellent Customer Service!). I have to say that it looks amazing; the woodgrain & the finish just have to be seen in person to believe how awesome it is. I have to admit that like everyone else, I was a little skeptical of the Baked Maple fingerboard but it really does look like Rosewood and it plays like Ebony. I don't foresee any issues w/this fretboard at all.
November 12, 2012
I primarily play rhythm and for electric sets I usually switch between my Les Paul Standard and my American Standard Tele as my main instruments however, this guitar somehow fits in-between them; it’s not as ‘in your face’ as my Les Paul but it definitely cuts thru better than my Tele. I plugged it up to my Twin and it sounded great; very balanced – not harsh and definitely not muddy. Then I got to use it thru my Matchless Independence on Sunday morning; beautiful…I’m still so surprised at how great it sounds. I’ve had several Gibson’s over the years with the 490R/498T pickup pair in them and as most of you know, some of them can be very unbalanced and muddy (especially compared to Burstbuckers)…the pickups in this SG just sound great, very articulate, very smooth at lower volume but can be aggressive when you turn it up & push it. And of course, it handles my pedalboard w/no problems either (large board w/the usual suspects – CMatMods Buffer, PitchBlack Tuner, Keeley Katana Boost, Fender Volume pedal, MXR 10Band Eq, Boss BluesDriver, Dunlop TS1 Trem, RedWitch Moon Phaser, Eventide Timefactor Delay, Hardwire Chorus, Jack Deville Supermoon Reverb, & MXR Noise Gate). I can see this becoming my ‘go to’ instrument for worship; plus it doesn’t hurt that it is several pounds lighter than my Les Paul (which after loading in & setting up; by the time that you hit the 2nd a.m. service your back starts to feel it, ha).
Seriously if you’re remotely interested, with the price and the quality of this instrument, you owe it to yourself to at least check it out…I doubt that you’ll be disappointed...and you have to admit, Natural Burst totally blows away the usual Heritage Cherry or Black close [-]
by Ron Tautic from ConnecticutIf you like the Gibson Les Paul's then you're going to love the Gibson SG.
January 5, 2012
Music Background: Playing Guitar since the 60's
The tone is phenomenal and it weighs 1/2 as much as my vintage (1984) Les Paul Custom
The combination of the (n... read more [+]atural burst) mahogany wood grain under the superb Gibson finish is simply gorgeous
Someday... I might put the SG down and play the Les Paul again close [-]
Phillip, Lynwood, IL
Gibson SG Standard (Natural Burst)
Buy Today, MakeSweetwater's Flexible Payment Plan is a convenient, interest-free way to buy gear now and stretch your purchase across three budget-friendly payments. Simply choose the "3 Easy Payments" option in your cart, and we'll divide your purchase amount into three convenient payments, billed to your current MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. There is a $10 processing fee for using this service, and your billing address must be in the United States to be eligible. It's just another way we make shopping at Sweetwater easy and convenient!
Get your Gibson SG Standard (Natural Burst) now and spread out the payments!
This program is subject to credit approval. We will pull a copy of your credit report to approve your application.