Gibson SG Standard 2016 T - Ebony

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Ebony
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Gibson's Second-generation Solidbody Guitar!

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. Today's SG Standard has changed little from those original guitars. It still has two humbuckers with chrome covers and the larger (and in our opinion) better looking pickguard.

Gibson SG Standard at a Glance:
  • The 1960s SG is Back in Style
  • A New Generation of Fast-playing Necks
  • Two Fat, Smoking Humbuckers
  • PLEK'd for precision playability
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. Yet it doesn't cut corners. You still get the mahogany body in Ebony finish with large pickguard and a pair of hot humbuckers that deliver all the warm, fat tone you could ever want.

A New Generation of Fast-playing Necks

The 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, a Sweetwater favorite. 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 wide but thin mahogany neck with the warmth of a rosewood fingerboard, you'll love the SG Standard.

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 a pair of Gibson humbuckers. The SG Standard comes with a pair of chrome covered 'buckers: a 490R in the neck position and a 498T in the bridge position for uncompromising power, whether you're playing rhythm or digging into a solo.

PLEK'd for precision playability

This Gibson SG Standard 2016 T feels fast and precise, thanks in large part to PLEK processing. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard you're likely to own. Each note rings loud and clear, and the fret edges feel smooth as silk.

Gibson SG Standard Features:
  • Body: Solid mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Pickups: Two humbuckers - 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) - with chrome covers
  • Controls: Two each tone and volume with three-way pickup selector switch
  • Machine heads: Schaller Green Key
  • Hardware: Chrome plated
The Gibson SG Standard is a rock legend!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape SG
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Nitrocellulose laquer
Color Ebony
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape Rounded
Fingerboard Material Dark Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Acrylic Trapezoids
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.695"
Nut Material TekToid graphite
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Traditional green key tuners
Neck Pickup 490R Alnico II Humbucker
Bridge Pickup 498T Alnico V Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way pickup toggle
Strings Cleartone 0.009-0.046
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number SGS-EBCH1

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This one is a KEEPER!

We're guitar players, right? How many times have you gotten a new guitar, you love it right away, and you say "I will never sell this guitar"? Then, a while passes, you fall for another one, and you end up selling the guitar... I switched back from playing bass (for 34 years!) to guitar. I've had at least 50 guitars and basses over the years, but never had a Gibson. Until now. I've had 5 Epiphone Les Pauls, and was going to get a Gibson LP, but wanted something different this time, and something lighter that still has tone with guts. This is it folks, I got it last Monday (it's been a week now) and I must say that this guitar speaks to my soul. Pretty certain this is my forever guitar. She already moved ahead of my new Nashville Tele for my #1 choice. The factory setup was so-so, which I expected. I did a full setup on it, string change, string height adjustment, and intonation. Didn't have to turn the truss rod at all. Now the action and intonation are on point, and it plays like buttah. Just beautiful. These pickups are hot and bluesy and sound meaty when needed. If you are lucky enough to grab one of the last 2016's, don't hesitate as I'm sure stock is limited or maybe even gone already. Oh, how do I love this guitar, let me count the ways... One last thing, I will NEVER sell this guitar.....haha (Seriously though, NEVER EVER EVER)

Awesome neck

I always wanted an SG, but they are always related to the slim taper neck. I have even watched reviews on youtube that say this guitar has a slim taper. I saw one of these 2016 models at a guitar store in Nashville and I had to pick it up. To my surprise the neck felt really beefy. I checked the Gibson website and the spec sheet says it has a rounded profile. I have always played Les Paul Historics to get the fatter neck. After playing the 2016 in Nashville I went on line to Sweetwater and picked an ebony one out with a nice dark fingerboard. Great experience with Cody, probably the best guitar buying and shipping experience I have ever had. I love this guitar, finally an SG for those of us with bigger hands.

True metal

Thanks to Ike Taylor for all the work to get this guitar I am lefty so it's hard to get a good guitar on the lefty direction the 490 pick ups give you the power to rock your brains out with the sustainability to dream . This is a great piece of equipment to be confident that it will not fail

Gibson SG Standard 2016 T - Ebony

Hats off to Gibson for producing a workhorse with standard appointments at an affordable price. While I have been an SG fan and owner for awhile, I've never owned a new one. Been watching the crop of 16's hit the market and I couldn't hold back anymore. Wow. Fit and finish are excellent. Super fast neck with comfortable proportions. Has the SG sound bite that made them the 498 / 490 pups. My second guitar purchased from Phil Schwan and greatly appreciate him locating this axe down to the weight I was hoping to find. Super customer service has helped me overcome my fears of online guitar buying. Thanks again Phil!
Music background: Hobbyist

Top Tone

I find myself able to get the tones I'm looking for without the need for pedals. This SG and my tube amp are so flexible and the sound is beyond words. I switched to this as my daily player.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Gibson, Gibson Solidbody Guitars