Gibson SG Standard 2016 T - Heritage Cherry

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Heritage Cherry
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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 Heritage Cherry
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-HCCH1

Customer Reviews

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The Dream SG

Saw these came back into Sweetwater and had to grab one after seeing the abysmal white binding on the 2017 SG Standard in cherry. Chris Sanders helped pick out the exact one for me which had a really nice dark fret board and is perfectly weighted with no head dive at all. Mine comes in at a comfortable 6 pounds 6 oz with from what I can tell is a one piece body. It's super resonant unplugged and the finish is beautiful. My only gripes are the bridge pickup came way too high which took 30 seconds to fix and that it comes in a joke of a soft case. I recommend getting the Gator brown leather one with it, it's nicely priced and looks the part of a classic Gibson case.

It's an SG, so everything's going to be OK

I purchased one of these in the Heritage Cherry finish from Sweetwater in December 2015. I was trading up from a PRS SE Custom 24 that I had bought from Sweetwater a couple of weeks previous. The PRS was flawlessly made -- a very impressive guitar -- but it just didn't feel like it was for me. So Joe James made it easy for me to do an exchange, including picking up the return shipping charge on the PRS. Well done, Joe.As for the SG, it's great. A simple, solid, really good-looking guitar that sounds like you'd want it to sound: rich and woody and classic. It's got that fast neck they always attribute to the SG, though I don't know exactly what makes that so. The frets are pretty tall and the neck is wide, at least to me-- I've been playing a worn-in 1976 Japanese Epiphone for many years and a new guitar is pretty exotic to me. This guitar just feels like the real deal. I'm a firm believer that the Gibson SG is the king of electric guitars. I will not attempt to back that up, as I believe it to be the unassailable truth.Anyway, what a guitar. The gig bag they include is an insult to the instrument. I spent $110 on a Gator case, the brown one with the pink lining. It's a perfect fit, and I recommend it.
Music background: Hermit shredder


This is an incredibly BEAUTIFUL guitar, with its classic SG shape, rich color, smooth and glossy finish, &its newer-style pickguard! As for playability, I LOVE the very fast & comfortable neck, as well as the lowaction! Sound-wise, get ready for the ultimate SIZZLING CRUNCH from the bridge pickup! I'd suggestthat you warn anyone within a few yards of your amp to take cover---it's THAT HOT! In addition, when you combine both pickups, you get very clear & pleasant-sounding chords! Fortunately, for this 2016 model, Gibson wisely decided to do away with those annoying blunders contained in the 2015 edition!Also, as I've stated repeatedly in my reviews, my Sales Engineer, Mike Soper, is the ABSOLUTE BEST to assist you in getting your guitar! His vast knowledge of the products, along with his patience, friendliness, & overall professionalism, are second to none! To reach Mike by phone, he is at Ext.1342.
Music background: Long-time guitar player

Gibson SG

This is my first electric guitar purchase from Sweetwater and I couldn't be happier. Totally satisfied. It rocks! I've been playing acoustic guitar for about 4yrs as a hobby and I decided to jump to electric. I also bought the SKB case for SG's and it fits like a glove. Thanks Gibson and Sweetwater!

Perfect. Everything it should be

This is the 6th guitar I've purchased from Sweetwater. It is everything it should be. Gibson has not been sloppy on this one. Even the strings it came with are decent and I still haven't changed them. It sounds great and plays well. Definitely has that "sound" and great sustain. The fret-board is perfectly matched for my big hands. The workmanship on the fret-board and binding is excellent. No complaints.
Music background: Extensive
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Gibson, Gibson Solidbody Guitars