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January Clearance 2017

Guitar of the Day: Gibson Custom SG Standard – Heavy Aged TV Yellow

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Gibson Custom is making guitars like they were being made in the ’50s and ’60s; a medium-sized factory full of craftsmen and artisans taking the time necessary to make the finest quality instruments possible. Drawing on their incredible legacy and extensive experience, Gibson Custom created an homage to the early ’60s SG, down to the finest detail. This Gibson Custom SG Standard is like owning an original; with the tone, feel, and look, even including period-correct aging.

After close scrutiny and painstaking measurements of hundreds of vintage Gibson guitars, Gibson Custom knows how to make exact replicas of even the most iconic instruments, pleasing the most finicky owners. For the SG, a mahogany neck is cut in the perfect ’61 SlimTaper profile, with precisely controlled width-to-thickness ratio, for the smooth, fast neck shape that is synonymous with ’60s Gibson electric guitars. A long neck tenon and hide glue are used to join the neck to a carefully weighed mahogany body cut to exacting measurements. Then, the classic TV Yellow finish is applied and sealed with nitrocellulose lacquer.

CustomBucker pickups provide perfect PAF humbucker tone and response, due in large part to Gibson Custom’s commitment to get them right. The aforementioned scrutiny and measurement of rare Gibsons paid off greatly in the form of pure, sweet vintage tone.

Kluson Green Key tulip tuners, a vintage-style truss rod and acrylic trapezoid block inlay are just a few of the finer details that make this SG so dead-on accurate, but the heavy aging process is the one that tips the scale. Gibson Custom has 20-plus years of experience in aging guitars; they know not only exactly how aged guitars from various periods look, but they also know what processes to use to totally nail that look. The result is a guitar that looks, plays, and sounds like your favorite from the first moment you pick it up.

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