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Gibson SG J - Cherry Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Charlottesville VA December 21, 2013Music Background:

    No frills great playing and sounding guitar

    First I salute Sweetwater and Mark Chapman for excellent service and follow through. I was looking for a light weight guitar and sweetwater's online weight measurements and pictures were very helpful.

    This model SGJ with the black pickup covers is apparently being replaced by the SGJ14 with zebra-coil pickups and a slim-profile neck. I suspect the guitar will be the same in other respects which means it's a simple entry-level Gibson that delivers in all the key areas: two good humbuckers, a comfy neck and excellent quality, despite the somewhat rough-hewn appearance. Actually I like the dark satin finish. NOTE that the model being phased out has a rather fat neck that I suspect is the '50s rounded' style. Even though I have a small hand I'm in love with this neck - so comfortable. If you've never tried this fatter style of neck you should test-drive one -- you may become a convert. I'm also impressed that the guitar is loud and resonant when unplugged. The gig bag was very deluxe and Gibson included a manual - a nice touch. Fender just bounces you to their website.
    You can't go wrong with the SGJ whether you get the older one like I did or the newer 'zebra-coil' model. This is a serious guitar.

  • from Jasper, AL USA November 20, 2013Music Background:
    Worship Songwriter, Drummer, Guitars

    Proud owner!

    I've had my SGJ from Sweetwater for a couple of weeks and I am thoroughly satisfied!

    This guitar should be $1500, easily. Then to top it off, I was able to look at the finish of 4 guitars and pick the one I wanted exactly. Some of these models are darker than others, but with this site's experience, I got to pick the very serial number and finish I wanted.

    With the special financing offered on the Gibson products, you'd be crazy not to get one of these sweet guitars with a super comfortable neck and hot pickups!

  • from Cambridge, MA, USA June 26, 2013Music Background:
    Non-pro musician

    Gibson SGJ

    The SGJ exceeds expectations. If you're a fan of the lean-and-mean look of this guitar, bare stained wood, no binding or bells and whistles, then you're gonna love it, 'cause it's even better in real life than in photos. The neck is slightly thicker yet narrower than the standard modern Les Paul neck, unlacquered, and makes for lightning-fast playing. Body is about half the weight of a LP. Excellent balance between neck and body. Unlike the LP, it's easy to play while sitting down or on the couch!

    Let's talk tone. At maximum gain through a 50-watt Marshall combo, you get the infamous SG snarly dog bite that we've come to know and love. Personally, with distortion I like the neck pickup better than the bridge, but both are sweet. (Both pups on was, oddly, my least favorite sound.) Played clean, you can get beautiful, singing, bell-like tones verging on Fender-esque, especially with the bridge pup.

    You've probably read other reviews talking about how the guitar was perfectly set up, in tune and ready to play right out of the box, even after being shipped. It's true; mine was. The extensive quality check that the instruments go through is evident at first play.

    Final note about my experience as a customer: I can say that Sweetwater deserve all the good words that folks say about them. I want to give a special thanks to the rep who handled my order, Paul Rowan. Not only did he call me immediately after I placed it just to make sure everything was correct, he followed up via email to let me know what was happening every step of the way--even sent photos of the guitar from the website (since they would be taken down after purchase). THIS IS A LEVEL OF CUSTOMER CARE AND ATTENTIVENESS THAT HAS ALMOST DISAPPEARED. Do yourself a favor: buy from Sweetwater. You'll be glad you did.

  • from saginaw, mi April 12, 2013Music Background:

    Gibson sgj

    Service was second to none. Ordered the guitar in the morning one day for my sons birthday and received it the next day. Wow. Thats fast. Son loves it. Came set up nicely. No problems with anything.

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