Travel Through SG History With True 1961 Specs
Pick up a Custom Historic SG Standard VOS and you'll be whisked away to the floor of Gibson's original Kalamazoo factory circa 1961. When the first incarnation of the SG rolled off the production line, Gibson envisioned the new model as an improvement to the Les Paul. The SG maintained the solid construction and fat tone while offering easier access to the upper frets and a lighter, thinner body. Fast-forward 50 plus years, and the SG remains an absolute rock classic. With the release of the Gibson Custom Historic SG Standard, Gibson has recreated every detail of the earliest SGs as part of the Vintage Original Spec series.
Vintage Original SG
The Gibson Custom Historic SG Standard VOS has been finely crafted as an authentic replication of the first generation of SG design. The neck is built with 1960 slim-taper profile and attached with a deep set tenon joint for an astounding degree of resonance through the entire guitar. The Custom Historic SG Standard uses a pair of Burstbucker pickups to capture the classic humbucking warmth of the golden era of Gibson solidbody production. Rounded out with a set of vintage tulip-shaped tuners, a holly headstock veneer, and a stunning vintage-style finish, the Gibson Custom Historic SG Standard VOS carries a classic swagger nearly identical to a genuine early '60s SG.
Like all Gibson VOS (Vintage Original Specs) guitars, this SG has undergone an "aging process" for an oxidized finish and all the dings and scratches you would expect from a well-worn guitar. VOS series guitars look and feel like a 50-year-old guitar should.
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Two Types of Tailpieces
The Gibson Custom Historic SG Standard VOS is available with two distinct tailpiece configurations: a stopbar and a Maestro. The stopbar tailpiece combined with a classic ABR-1 bridge uses components nearly identical to that of a wide range of early Gibson solidbodies. The sturdy design of the ABR-1 was one of the elements that helped create the legendary sustain of '50s-era Les Pauls. The Maestro tailpiece offers a full-fledged tremolo system ideal for wailing solos and wavier chord progressions. Maestro adorned SGs have been favored by SG-enthusiasts such as Angus Young and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy -- both players who elected to include similar tailpieces in their Gibson signature models.
This video from Gibson gives a great overview of the stunning VOS series:
- Classic SG looks, sound, and feel
- Aged to replicate authentic early '60s SG as part of Gibson VOS series
- Vintage styled hardware with tulip tuners, holly headstock veneer, and acrylic trapezoid inlays
- Comfortable and fast 1960 slim-taper neck profile
- 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
- Dual BurstBucker pickups packing classic Gibson tone
- Included hardshell case and certificate of authenticity
As part of the Gibson VOS or Vintage Original Spec series, the Gibson Custom Historic SG Standard has been aged with a special finish to give the authentic look and feel of a vintage Gibson SG. Complete with a comfortable slim-taper neck, bold BurstBucker pickups, and a full complement of vintage appointments, the Custom Historic SG Standard is a one-way ticket to vintage SG bliss.
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