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Gibson SGJ - Rubbed Vintage Burst Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • 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 United States April 18, 2013Music Background:
    Just play for the sound, No real school.

    Gibson SJG

    This is as good as you can get, I am amazed of how good the frets are laid, if you took this guitar and put a flat gauge on it I know it will fall under .001" fret to fret. Like looking across still water no flaws. Sounds, well like a sooped up Les Paul blues dynamic Pickup thing with allot of voice to choose from. 8k+ on the bridge 7K+ on the neck. You really can do anything with it but sound hollow bodied and even a little mimic there. J D S Gibson`s are good.

  • 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.

  • from Asheboro, NC November 10, 2013Music Background:

    SGJ fan

    I'm a fairly new player and this is my second Gibson (also own a LPJ). I love my LPJ, but if I had known better I would have purchased the SGJ first. It is super light, plays great and looks great. The rubbed vintage burst finish on the guitar I have is especially dark and is quite unique. My only complain is that the date on the Sweetwater inspection is 8 months prior to when I purchased it and there was significant drying of the fretboard and certain places on the finish. Some fretboard conditioner and all is well, but it freaked me out a bit when I first saw it.

    Go for the SGJ, especially at the currently reduced price. How could you go wrong with a Gibson of this quality for less than $500!

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