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Rating and Reviews: Gibson SG Standard

Part devil, part classic, the Gibson SG Standard is the best selling Gibson guitar of all time and features a '50s rounded neck, Gibson 490R and 498T pickups and a mahogany body.

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"all the rumors were true!!!." submitted July 9, 2012

By robert ericson in dingmans ferry, PA
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Musical Background: ive been playing guitar 22 years and i do session work, and i play in 2 bands
Music Style: I pretty much can play all styles of music, from country to classic rock, but my favorite music to play is metal.
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Sound: I was told by several people that the sg wasn't too heavy sounding, that I should change the pickups. I can now say, boy those people were wrong!! The bridge pickup a 498t alnico is so heavy. I was playing everything from pantera to old metallica, and everything between, and it ripped. Clarion like sound on the low strings and such a thick chunk on the low. So easy to control feedback also. The rhythm pick has such a nice warm tone to it. I love playing old johnny smith jazz li Md with, and you can almost get a true acoustic sound out of it. Overall both pickups are amazing and I wouldn't ever change them. Feature: This guitar is loaded with features. From the amazing finish, to the rockin pickups, to the sweet fingerboard and jumbo frets. I even love the kluson deluxe tuners. The headstock is gorgeous. Oh and let me not forget the case. This is by far the nicest case on any guitar I've ever owned(and I've owned about 15-20 guitars in my 20 plus years of playing). First off its built like a tank, and the white plush inside is just so beautiful. Gibson just makes everything quality. Ease of Use: It has to be said if your used to playing ibanez or Jackson guitars, it will take you a little while to get used to play this one. Don't fret though with time you'll be shredding like maniac. The action was just right to me. I love the feel of the neck, rounded but I don't want to say thick cause its not. Just not flat radius more rounded. Extremely easy to play and wail, just be patient with it if your new to Gibson. Oh and plus this is the lightest guitar I've ever owned. So to me that makes playing even easier. Quality: The quality of this instrument is unrivaled anywhere. The build quality is exquisite. I have to say though the guitar is 3 parts not 2. The body is 2 parts(split right down the center)and the neck is one solid piece. This doesn't take anything away from the guitar, in fact I gives me an even bigger appreciation for how excellent Gibson builds there guitars. The fretboard is just right. The trapazoid inlays are beautiful. All the hardware is top of line, all the chrome is gleaming. The electronics are perfectly implemented. This is just so much quality. Get one and you'll know exactly what I mean. Flawless quality. Value: This guitar is well worth the price if you could afford it. Truly the amount of quality for the money is amazing. You are getting an American built, hand made instrument. How many other companies can say that? I think its worth every dollar. Manufacturer Support: Honestly haven't had to contact Gibson with anything other than the warranty, and they were extremely courteous, and knowledgeable. You can't beat a lifetime warranty either. The Wow Factor: I honestly think the sg is a gorgeous guitar. I love the color I picked. Aged cherry, certain light it looks black, in really bright light its this gorgeous burgundy. All the chrome just shines. And to me there not horns, there batwings ok. Overall its just super sexy. Overall: This is truly an unbelievable instrument. I can't say enough good things about it. From the amazing pickups to the gorgeous finish(mine is aged cherry)to the unbelievable build quality. This guitar has truly blown me away.
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"You can't go wrong with an SG - I love my new girl!!" submitted February 4, 2010

By a customer from comcast.net
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Musical Background: Working musician and lead singer
Music Style: All types of covers, mostly rock
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Sound: Of all the electric solid body guitars I have owned or borrowed during my career as a live performer, with the exception of a Les Paul, the SG leaves all the rest in the dust. In fact I was shopping for a Les Paul Standard with the asymmetrical neck (my favorite Gibson neck), but remembered how much my shoulder hurt after a gig playing a Les Paul. My SG Standard is 7.5 pounds, and honesty, even it begins to get heavy after a while, so this was the right choice for me as far as Les Paul vs. SG weight goes. The other thing that I really prefer with the SG compared to the LP is the double cutaway. Access to the upper frets is very comfortable on my hand. I am blown away with the sound of the SG, even unplugged. Between two pickups and four knobs combined with a good amp, the SG is easily the only guitar I need. I play mostly covers so as you guys and gals know, a working cover band's repertoire runs the gamut of necessary tones. Sweet clean sounds, in your face crunchy Angus Young "tear 'em a new one" sounds, even all the different pop stuff we have to play. I am and always have been a rocker and my SG has become my holy grail of guitars. Feature: Accessories included a hard shell case lined with thick white plush. I really like how snug the guitar fits into the mold of the plush. You have to gently push the guitar into the mold, so you have some peace of mind knowing that the case is not going to let the SG move at all while you're hauling her back and forth to gigs and rehearsals. Other than that, just the warranty and a little booklet were included. If tuners could be considered an accessory, I would prefer something a little more secure than the "Grover Kluson Style Green Keys" (according to Gibson's specs) even though the tuners have "Gibson Deluxe" imprinted on them. From a strictly cosmetic view, I would prefer either chrome or pearloid tuners, but that's just me. The pickups are much better than I expected. Lots of versatility between the 490R neck pickup and the 498T bridge pickup. Who knows, I may swap out hotter pickups in the future, but these two really kick ass. All the chrome hardware is gorgeous. Ease of Use: There is a bit of a learning curve with the sounds you can get out of this baby. But isn't that part of the fun?? I tend to use both pickups on most sounds, and honestly, am still dinking around with tones. Controls are quite user friendly. I love, love, love the neck. Prior to test driving the Les Paul's, I was sure I would prefer a 60's slim neck, since my hands are smaller than most men's (yes, female player her), and wow, was I wrong! The 50's profile neck is perfect and it really feels like it was custom made for my hand. Like I said, the only other Gibson neck I liked was the asymmetrical neck on the 2008 Les Paul Standard, and that would have been kick ass to have on the SG, but I am happy with the 50's profile. Definitely check out the necks before you buy. Quality: There are no photos that do this axe any justice; you just have to go see one in person. The contoured beveling is freakling amazing. Mine is the heritage cherry with beautiful grain on the mahogany. Here's something I didn't know, and from reading some of the online forums, other people didn't know: solid mahogany does not mean one slab of mahogany. In other words, my SG body is actually two pieces glued together. About 3/4 of the body is one piece, and then of course the other piece is about 1/4 of the body. Gibson did a hell of a job matching the grain in the front of the guitar, and on the back the seam is somewhat noticeable in bright light. I did not see this in the store and should have taken the SG outside to get a better look in the sunlight. I didn't even notice it until the second day after I purchased the SG, and it really bothered me at first, because I thought I got an "irregular" guitar. Turns out after speaking to a Gibson rep, only the SG's made in the Customer Shop are made of one piece or slab of mahogany. Once I learned that from Gibson, I got over it and now it doesn't bother me. It does bother me that Gibson doesn't specify this in the specs. It should say two-piece or multi piece body. I guess some owners have SG Standards that are made up of three pieces. The reason I've been told is that this type of mahogany is getting harder to come by, and their excuse was they were trying to be a "green" company. Hmmm... One of the top hat control knobs was kind of off kilter but I had a tech straighten it out. Other than these issues, it is a beautiful handmade instrument. Value: I lucked out and got a killer price due to buying it two days before 2010, and took advantage of year end inventory clearance. But, I still think the online pricing you will find is priced reasonably, especially considering this is a handmande guitar, and made here in the USA. Manufacturer Support: I contacted Gibson twice about the one-slab vs. multi slab issue, once by phone and once by email. Here's the email I received: Thank you for writing, and congratulations on your new guitar! SG Standard models will have multi-piece bodies. One-piece body SG models will usually only be found on Custom Shop and Historic Reissue models. You can view our SG Standard on our web page, which shows the 2-piece body: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SG-Standard.aspx Thank you for the inquiry, and I hope this helps! Best regards, Benton Cummings Gibson Customer Service 1-800-4GIBSON service@gibson.com You can fill out your warranty information online instead of sending in the little card that comes with the SG. Oh, and I love the thick Tennessee accent of the rep I spoke with! The Wow Factor: Like I said above, the streamlined contoured beveling around the outline of the body is quite seductive. The SG feels great against my body when standing. I found myself resting my left hand inside the bottom "horn" when not playing. I love the design, the color, the woodgrain, the curves, etc. By the way, I think she looks more like a bat than a devil, but, that's just me. Overall: The SG with the quilted maple top would be SWEET, but completely out of my price range. Maybe a Les Paul in the future. If I lost it or it was stolen (yes, I have had this happen and it sucks ass) I would replace her. The most I like about it: the neck; the least I like about is: the tuners.
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"My life as an SG - by Mark Twain" submitted September 4, 2005

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Musical Background: Active Musician - sesson work and live shows
Music Style: Rock, Alt-Country, and blues
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Sound: I've found this guitar as one of the "go to" guitars while recording. It has a natural rythym sound that, when paired next to a Fender, make most any rawk song complete. I've personally used it on over 5 records as both a rythym and lead guitar, and find myself using it all the time. Next to my G&L ASAT Classic (READ: Telecaster), I use it the most - over my 1978 Les Paul Custom AND my 2 American Fender Strat Standard guitars. The neck is shallow, yet wide, which makes playing a bit easier than most Fenders because there's more room between each string for your fingers to rest. The action is great, fast, and the output is hot - but not over the top. What a great guitar! Feature: How good can features get on a guitar? 2 volume, 2 tone, and a 3-way switch. It does what you need Quality: The finish and the quality is excellent. Many of the expensive Gibsons have a carved maple top, which adds a bit of a punch (and quite a bit of $$$). This guitar has a simple Mahogany body. Although simple, it's suprisingly light, easy to play, and feels "solid". Value: Gibsons, as a whole, are quality. That quality does not come without a price tag. Manufacturer Support: I'm not thrilled with Gibson support. When I've called with questions or needed info with ordering parts, I seem to get nowhere. For parts, they give you a list of aftermarket parts manufactures (Stuart McDonald, ect). For pre-sales questions, I get the impression that there is some guessing done on their part. I don't really get the feeling that I'm talking to someone who knows the guitars I'm asking about. The warranty is not transferable, so if you buy it, love it and keep it. But if you buy a used one, you're pretty much on your own. The Wow Factor: The SG feels like home. I'm not too wrapped up in guitar cosmetics, but the simple SG Standard looks great. Single-ply binding on the neck, the traditional Gibson headstock, and the 2 horns that give the guitar a "rock-n-roll" look. Overall: If my SG was ever lost or stolen, I'd go out and get another. It doesn't need any mods - sounds great out of the box. I personally would get the action lowered a hair, but other than that, it's exactly what I need in a guitar. I think it's necessary. Of all the Gibsons I see people I play with or work with, I think the SG is the most underrated of all Gibsons. Don't get me wrong - it's pretty popular, but I think it lives in the shadow of the Les Paul. As far as I'm concerned, the SG is a necessity.
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"Try it, Buy it" submitted January 7, 2008

By a customer from hotmail.com
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Musical Background: Hobbyist
Music Style: Classic Rock
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Sound: Great"Humbucker" sound!. This guitar can play distorted and clean alike. Depending on what kind of amp you have will really determine the sound. I have to say that this guitar resonates well and you can play blues, classic rock, and even some metal. Feature: I absolutely like the individual controls for the tone and volume plus the switch. Gives a lot of combinations for the pickups. A lot of different guitars do not have these features. Nitro finish and a set neck I'm sure helps this guitar acheive the sounds it has. Ease of Use: This thing "Rocks" The fretboard has a good profile which makes this guitar easy to play. Get a tech to do a set-up and adjustment and change the strings and I think almost anybody will be amazed how easy this guitar is to play. Quality: I read quite a few reviews on this guitar before I bought it. It seems about 50/50 on the quality issues. The guitar I bought is flawless. The frets are dressed and seated well. The tuners have kept the guitar in tune while in the case or after playing a couple of hours. The fit and finish are top notch. Of course, this guitar will hold up on the road but as with any guitar, it needs to be taken care of. I'm picky with all my guitars,cheap or expensive so I dont see any problems at all. If you trssh it around, it will probably break Value: For me this guitar is definately worth the price, I beleive I got what I paid for. I am completly satisfied with this guitar. Manufacturer Support: I e-mailed Gibson with a question and got a reply the same day. The Wow Factor: As I said before. I am completly satisfied with this guitar. The SG,Les paul, Stratocaster are probably the most popular guitars on the market Overall: I dont plan on getting rid of this guitar. It will stay in my collection.
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"Vintage SG kicks but" submitted December 3, 2003

By a customer from optusnet.com.au
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Music Style: Predominately rock
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Sound: The sound of these guitars improves with age. I bought one brand new in 1972 and it just gets better every year. Feature: I ordered mine with a tremelo expecting the spring steel style with tail stock and was disappointed when it arrived with the Bigsby style. It's been disconnected for over thirty years with absolutely no degradation to the sound. The sound got me over my disappointment Quality: Product quality has been excellent. The only item I have replaced is the plastic knob on the three way pickup selector. Value: This product was worth what I paid for it and more. Manufacturer Support: No interaction with Gibson since I've owned it. The Wow Factor: I love the sound. Overall: I would be devastated if my Gibson were to fall to ill will. It is like an old friend to me and almost irreplacable.
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"SG Standerd or as I call it " My Addiction"" submitted April 22, 2012

By Kevin J N in hollywood, FL
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Musical Background: 46 years
Music Style: Blues, Rock
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Overall: I have been a Les Pauls, owner for years alot of years, The first SG, I played was when in the Military the only Electiric Guitar the Rec Center had to play in the military besides a Percission Bass. They where beat up abused used and uncared for. It was for that reason I never thought of buying an SG till last month. And could kick myself in the #@$ now. I can't walk by this guitar with out playing it, I'm in love with this guitar, ask my girlfriend, dog, motorcycle and friends for some reason none of them just sound like this thing perfect. The minute I opened the case and looked at this Nature finished horned thin body I was so pleased. Plugged her in to a half stack and I was hooked (addicted) the 490 and 498 really give this guitar clear strong bite and dirty up very nicely. I for the life of me don't know why I didn't give this Gibson a second look because I have been missing the light weight perfect play ability. The finish set up and craftmenship is still what is expected from Gibson so don't fret there I found no flaws in finish neck or hardware, case is put together well storage box allittle tite for a 3' 1/2 inch strap though. but I can live with that. Wow Wow I'm hooked. as I am shopping on line with zZounds
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"Gibson SG Standard HC" submitted September 11, 2012

By Rick A in Hammondsport, NY
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Musical Background: 35 yrs. playing clubs on Guitar and Bass and still going
Music Style: Rock,blues and country rock
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Overall: Gibson did it this time with a flawless finish and the straightest neck I have had in a while.After some adjustments to my liking,plays like a dream.I don't care much for the tuners and nut,but they work just fine and those are upgrades I do to most guitars anyway. The sound through my Boogies is pure raw r&r and mean. This wouldn't have been possible without the helpful staff at zZounds listening and doing what was necessary to bring me this fine instrument.I will be doing a lot more business with zZounds in the future.
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""The One". The Gibson SG is the best value and biggest bang for the buck, bar none. I have been playing Gibsons for over 40 ye" submitted December 25, 2009

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Sound: I did upgrade the bridge pickup to a '57 PAF Classic Plus and the neck pickup to a '57 PAF. The stock 490/498's are fine, but I am in love with the sound of the 57's "woody" tone which is just personal preference. This is why I rated it a 9 on sound. The opening riff to ACDC's "Rock and Roll Train" says it all, not to mention the power chords in "Pinball Wizard". This guitar creates tones like these through any quality tube amp with it's stock pickups. Feature: The SG comes with a hardshell case which will protect the guitar for many years if properly taken care of. Two Humbuckers with volume and tone controls for each. Perfect. Ease of Use: My '09 SG arrived with the action (string height) a liitle too high for my taste, but that's what the adjustable bridge is for. Just take the tension off the strings, adjust the thumb-wheel on each side down a little, tune it back up and play. Repeat if necessary until it feels good and then start rocking! Quality: Flawless fit and finish. The cherry red color really compliments the rich grain of the mahogany wood. The hardware on this guitar is rock solid. If you take reasonable care of this guitar it will last as long as you, if not longer. Made in the USA and built to be played hard. Value: Excellent value. This is hands down the best guitar you can own in it's price range. Manufacturer Support: I have not had any issues with my SG, but I did have to contact Gibson last summer regarding the string nut on my '08 Les Paul Standard. A real person answered the phone and gave me the name of an authorized repair shop 15 minutes from my house. The issue was taken care of at no cost due to the strong warranty on Gibson's guitars. The Wow Factor: The SG has a sexy sinister look, to be forever related to Angus Young and for us old timers, Pete Townsend's axe during the "Tommy" era. The SG IS the quintessential rock guitar icon, even more so than the hallowed Les Paul. Overall: My Gibson SG is the one that will stay with me as long as I can play. It covers so much ground tone wise I can use it live for darned near everything save those songs that demand a single coil sound. It is way more comfortable to play gigs with due to it's moderate weight. If lost or severely damaged I would not hesitate to replace it with another SG Standard.
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"Great sound, great quality. One of my favorite guitars in my collection."

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Music Style: rock, punk, country
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Sound: Originally, I bought a Gibson SG Special Faded (I was looking for the SG sound and style at a budget price). The pups on the faded were very hot, so while I was getting great lead tones, the bottom end just wasn't there. Rather than swap pups, I opted to sell the faded and buy a Standard (I'd wanted one for a long time anyway!). The Standard has a great, chunky low end. The highs are sweet and clear. This guitar fills a perfect niche in my arsenal (I also have a Gibson Les Paul, ES-135 with humbuckers and a Guild Bluesbird). The other guitar player in my band plays a Les Paul and the Paul/SG sound in the band is irreplaceable. The clean tones are crisp and defined, the distorted tones just ooze a rock feel (I play through a Marshall AVT50 amp with no pedals, distortion from the gain channel only). I've recorded with it and it's great. The sound is versatile enough to work with rock and blues. Finally, the sustain just goes and goes. And goes. And goes. Feature: Came with a hard shell case (if you don't get one, buy one). Two volume and two tone knobs (one for each pickup) and a three way selector switch. Between selecting one or both of the pups and the individual tone adjustments, the variety of sounds you can get from this guitar are almost endless. The pickguard is quite large and protects above and below the strings. I actually prefer the placement of the selector switch on my SG over the placement on my Les Paul because it's not in the direct path of my arm while strumming (it's not too hard to accidentally knock the switch on my LP to a different setting). As for a feature that has no functional use, the pearl inlay in the headstock (both the Gibson name and the little emblem) just look beautiful on the black of the headstock. Quality: I got the ebony finish. The black on black is gorgeous. The nitrocellulose finish is clean and smooth and polished to an impeccable shine. The frets are nicely dressed and even. Binding on the neck. While I will hate myself the first time it gets a stage scar, I know that this guitar can stand up to any experience short of purposely slamming into the stage and still keep on playing. I always have a backup, but in this case, it's only to guard against broken strings. This guitar will probably outlive me. Value: Personally, I think Gibson underrates this guitar. The quality and sound are comparable to a Les Paul (don't get me wrong, both have a distinct sound, but both are great), but the SG Standard runs, on average, $1,000 less than a Les Paul Standard. It's worth every penny. Manufacturer Support: While I haven't had to contact them for this guitar, I did have a warranty repair on my ES-135 and there was complete support from Gibson when it all went down. The Wow Factor: I love the look of the SG. I wanted one of these before I even played guitar. The horns make it look menacing and evil, but are still a classic style without getting all corny and metal looking. In a word, timeless. Overall: I love this guitar. Like I said earlier, it fills a niche in my collection that only an SG could fill. It's nice and light so I can play it forever with the back-aches I get after playing my Les Paul for over an hour (what can I say, I'm getting old!). I have no plans of changing anything on it with the exception of the strings, and that's only when they wear out.
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"Perfect." submitted December 5, 2005

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Music Style: Rock, Metal, Jazz
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Sound: The pickups have incredible tone. They could be a little hotter for my style of playing. Feature: It has everything you could want. Lightwieght and incredibly playable. Quality: Its a Gibson. Do I need to say More? Value: It is expensive, but if you want the best you have to pay for it. Manufacturer Support: Havent had any trouble. The Wow Factor: Trust me, you want it. Overall: I doubt Ill ever want anything else.
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"GET ONE...YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!" submitted January 12, 2005

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Music Style: Blues
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Sound: I can get any kind of sound that I want to get with this guitar...It's the best of the best!!! I play blues, rock and metal and this guitar responds to anything I play just great... Feature: No complaints about any of this guitars features...Black and awesome looking. The case is very high quality... Quality: It's a Gibson SG Standard!!! Don't have to say any more than that!!! Value: It's worth more...great price!!! Manufacturer Support: Never needed them... The Wow Factor: I own it...and I'm gonna buy two more... Overall: Nothing to say but good stuff...If I owned only one guitar, this would be it. I own 13 guitars, including Fenders, Washburns, Ibanez, Takamine and nothing else compares, even though they all play nice...
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"GIBSON SG STANDARD IS THE WAY TO GO" submitted March 1, 2008

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Musical Background: Young Rocker
Music Style: Classic Rock and Metal
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Sound: Great hard rock sound, goes great in almost any amp and can play almost any type of music on it! Feature: 2 volume and 2 tone and a 3 way switch, gives great sound combinations... tuners can stay in tune for a long time, perfect.... Ease of Use: very light, which i really like, stays in tune for a while, and has plenty of upper neck access, real easy to play as well Quality: abolutely perfect! great sound, i have mine in an ebony finish which i love, all the parts are fine, overrall a great quality guitar Value: gibson sg standards are worth a good amount of money... not what they charge for it but its descent Manufacturer Support: Never needed any The Wow Factor: I HAVE IT Overall: Overall it is perfect, my favorite of the guitars i own i love it! if anyone ever does anything to it id kill them i love it
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"o my god kick a$$ GUITAR" submitted October 30, 2005

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Sound: the sound is amazing Feature: 2 humbuckers 2 knobs for each pickup and a three way switch and its a gibson Quality: the finish is beautiful and it is a reliable guitar + its a gibson need i say more Value: yes its a guitar and extremely well priced Manufacturer Support: i havent needed them The Wow Factor: design is awesome it feels like home every time i play it Overall: i will never sell this guitar or any other guitars
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"THIS GUITAR RULES OVER ALL OTHER GUITARS" submitted January 1, 2006

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Musical Background: Active musician
Music Style: Anything that has a good sound to it
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Sound: its works amazingly with any pedals and gives an awesome sound through marshalll amps it can play anything from purple haze to stairway to heaven the sound clean sounds a little like a les paul but when the distortion is on it sounds better than any other guitar. There is also that adjustable bridge which is also incredibly useful and the peraloid tuning knobs are awesome. Basically it gives so good of a sound that is is worth the money. Feature: the knobs are not top hats or speed knobs they are like special knobs its actually really cool and they are easy to use the switch for the pickup is a little shorter than the epiphone switches but its very easy to switch even inbetween songs. once again the perloid tuners are awesome and the trapezoid pearl inlays on the neck jsut look so good but when you play you cant feel them there like on other guitars o it always stays in tune good gibson tuning machines and the input jack on the front of the guitar is better because you can sit down when playing through an amp without beding the chord or breaking something. The lackard finish on the back of the neck is great it never gets messy or anything so you cna go up and dwon the fretboard with incredible ease great guitar. Quality: GIBSON A++++++ Value: I just got it but i know gibsons keep their value as long as you dont scratch its or bang it or break it. But it is incredibly valuable Manufacturer Support: I dont need to call support nothing ever goes wrong with these things The Wow Factor: It is incredibly desireable the shape is great. But when you actually physically see the guitar the red of the mahogany on the guitar really just blowes you away its really a work of art. Overall: well this is the top of the line product I dont have anything else to go for maybe when i sell my other guitars maybe a fender stratocaster because its a strat and i lieke the way it plays but I wouldnt see the point of getting another guitar except for desirablity If I did but another guitar it would be another Gibson SG standard.
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"Good, playable, dependable rock and roll staple." submitted July 15, 2009

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Musical Background: Singer, songwriter and guitarist
Music Style: Rock, Southern Rock and Country
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Sound: The SG has a nice, warm sound with a decent amount of sustain. The harmonics are very good as well. Played with the right amount of tube gain, the SG sings and growls. Feature: The SG Standard comes with a nice Gibson hard shell case that is comparable to the Les Paul case. Ease of Use: 95 percent of the Les Paul sound. All it lacks is a little more low -end punch and sustain. The neck is very fast and the action is great. At 44 I appreciate the lighter weight too. Quality: The Guitar was about a 9 out of 10 upon delivery. The Gibson script was partly over sprayed with lacquer. After 3 months or so,the seam between the two slabs of mahogany bled through. However, that is a cosmetic issue on an otherwise well-made axe. Value: The price is a little high for a standard solid body guitar and I despise Gibson for cutting off all of the small music stores in favor of the mega stores. I find that it all came down to plain old price-fixing and that is downright un American. and anti-capitalistic. I guess Gibson is simply afraid to compete in an open market. That gives me pause when considering their products. Manufacturer Support: The local Gibson-authorized shop and the gentlemen there are awesome. The Wow Factor: It plays well and fast and it sounds great. Overall: I will be satisfied with my SG Standard as long as I live. It remains a well-built axe with lots of different tones and it will always sing as long as I live. Were I to do it all over,I would buy a Les Paul Studio for the extra of low-end traction. Besides that, one cannot play Slash licks without the Les Paul.
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"Excellent guitar, really excellent" submitted January 12, 2005

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Musical Background: Musician for hobby and a band
Music Style: Rock, metal, blues, psychedelic
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Sound: I can do everything with this guitar Feature: Useful case, and whole guitar made with excellent and fine materials. Quality: Gibson=quality. Everything is OK Value: SG Standard is the best, for a accessible price Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it The Wow Factor: Yeah, this "devil" guitar really have the best appeal ever. And Red and Black are the best color together! Overall: What are you waiting for? Buy this, you can get any music you want.
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"Long Awaited Purchase" submitted January 16, 2013

By Stephen K in Pooler, GA
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Musical Background: Playing 38 yrs semi professionally and for leisure
Music Style: Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative, Grunge
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Overall: I've always liked the look and sound of the Gibson SG. I'm a long time Ibanez owner and fan but this has been a guitar I've wanted for a long time. Definitely in a league all it's own. The tonality and feel of the guitar is second to none. This guitar rounds out my quiver of guitars and will be used quite extensively for gigs and leisure.
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"Gibson SG Standard = THE BEST Guitar ever!" submitted May 30, 2006

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Music Style: Rock, Alternative, Punk
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Sound: Straight out of the box and the intonation, action, sound, response, and feel of this guitar is superb! Much better than I actually expected. I have been playing a 1949 Gibson ES 125 for the last few years and already felt like I had the best playing instrument, but I was worried that I was wearing it out (fret wear)so I began researching a new electric guitar. After playing several Gibsons and Epiphones at the lolcal music stores and researching online the costs, specs, and differences in the models, I knew I had to have a Gibson SG Standard. I usually practice with a small amp (Blazer) and have a Crate 5310 Vintage Series Tube amp that sounds great! Actuallly, the guitar sounds great on any amp I have tried! Feature: Exactly what I expected in features - not too many but not too little! The only thing I wish it came with is a stock Bigsby or Maestro tremlo - other than that I think it is perfect! Ease of Use: Plays like a dream! I know it sounds cliche', but it is true! This guitar plays with such ease. The neck shape, fret board and bridge height are great (and beautiful, too!) Quality: The guitar I ended up with is absolutely flawless. I could not find any problems at all with any part of this imstrument. The guitar fells sturdy and well made. I would have no trouble gigging with it, but would be a bit nervous because it is so beautiful (I wouldn't want to scratch or ding it). For the price it should come with Grover tuners, but the Gibson Deluxe tuners are fine. I am sure this guitar will be the last one I need to buy - it should last a lifetime easily. Value: You have to look at this guitar as a lifetime investment. At that point anyone can see that it is a great value. Just play one at a music store for twenty minutes and see for yourself. I didn't want to pick up anything else once I had played this guitar. Manufacturer Support: Gibson has a reputation of having the best customer care service and I have heard nothing but great things about them - I fortunately have not had to use the customer service. The Wow Factor: This guitar is absolutely gorgeous!!! Sexy body, slim neck, light weight, flawless finish, excellent laquer edges at the fret board, inlays are all perfect! Overall: The only things I may change in the future are: probably will add a Maestro or Bigsby at some point and likely will have to change out the tuners when they wear out - other than that I do not expect to outgrow this one at all! This is definitely THE GUITAR!!!
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"my new gibson sg" submitted August 30, 2012

By fred f in marion, OH
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Musical Background: self tought
Music Style: rock and country
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Overall: i just bought my second guitar from zZounds this one being the sg standard and i couldn't have asked for a better guitar. just like the first guitar i bought from zZounds I'm blown away thanks guys its everything i hoped it would be. when its time to get a 3rd guitar it will come from zZounds thanks ....fred from ohio
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"SG = Superb Guitar" submitted October 22, 2006

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Music Style: Hard Rock
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Sound: About a month ago, I traded in my 1998 Gibson SG Special to help pay for a new Les Paul Classic. I have already replaced my loss with a new SG Standard. This guitar is amazing. I love my Les Pauls, but they just aren't always the answer, particularly for old school metal. The SG may not have EMG-81s, but it can belt out thrash. And of course, it's always good for playing ACDC or Black Sabbath-type rock. Feature: Standard Gibson product. If you want a Floyd Rose, look elsewhere. The SG has been around a long time. You know what you're getting. Ease of Use: Easiest guitar to play ever- sitting or standing. Compared to my Les Pauls, this thing is super light. The double cutaway away design allows for much easier access of the upper frets. Quality: Lots of people say that Gibson's quality control has declined in recent years. I have never had any problems with any of the Gibson instruments I have owned. My new SG looks good and sounds even better. Their instruments may be a bit pricey, but only a Gibson is good enough. I will probably never buy another brand. Value: For only $1239. you get a professional grade guitar from one of biggest names in the industry. This guitar has a wide range...metal, rock, blues, you name it. Manufacturer Support: N/A The Wow Factor: The SG looks and sounds kickass. Overall: With my Les Pauls and my new SG Standard, I probably will never need a another guitar.
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"Its a Gibson" submitted May 13, 2012

By James Nicholas in Ravenna, OH
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Musical Background: At home player,have Schechter,American Stratocaster,PRS this Sg is my favorite.
Music Style: Rock,Hard rock
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Sound: This guitar sounds great.All the way from ACDC to the Doors. Feature: It's a Gibson need I say anything else. Ease of Use: The neck is fast,the weight and balance are fantastic. Value: A higher priced guitar but worth every penny ZZOUNDS of course pulled off another great deal for me on the price match. Manufacturer Support: No hope I don't have too. The Wow Factor: Yes this guitar is music history the Doors, Blacksabbeth, ACDC and its badass looking. Overall: The guitar is fantastic had a Epiphone sg,always have read and YouTube that there isn't much difference from the Gibson Sg.They don't know what thier talking about this guitar is the best the weight balance and sound are heads and shoulders above the Epi.The price is high but ZZOUNDS price match and payment plan was worth every penny.
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"SG should stand for "Sweet Guitar"" submitted April 11, 2012

By Glenn H in Las Vegas, NV
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Musical Background: 47 years of guitar playing background
Music Style: Blues, Jazz, Alternative and Rock
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Overall: Every aspect of the SG is outstanding....the finish, the parts, the entire guitar is art. Gibson should be given awards on their quality. I can speak from a professional stand, my background is a Quality Engineer and a Senior Member of the ASQC, (American Society for Quality Control).
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Gibson SG Standard Customer Review submitted January 24, 2005

Sound: Kick @ss sound, if you've got the money for it, go for it!! I have owned a Fender Strat, and an Epiphone SG(Goth), and this is by far the best sounding guitar i have owned yet!! Big name people, such as Angus Young(AC/DC), and Tomi Iommi(Black Sabbath) own these kinds of guitars, and if you're a huge fan of either band, you know what this guitar is capable of!! Truly a guitar to rock all night long!!!
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"Gibson Has Done It Again!" submitted November 22, 2006

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Music Style: ROCK!
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Sound: The sound kicks butt! It screams on the high notes, and roars on the low notes! Feature: Awesome Feautures! Ease of Use: All you have to do is plug it in your amp. Quality: This is one of the best guitars I have ever played! Value: I wish the price was lower. The Wow Factor: This guitar is sexy!
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"SG Solidbody Guitar" submitted July 2, 2007

By a customer from columbus.rr.com
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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: All but Country
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Sound: This guitar is probably one of the best guitars I have played, and its not just for rhythm, you can use it for everything INCLUDING thrash! I thrash all the time, and i am about to buy one of these. The pickups work great for thrash, and average playing styles, and the pickups are perfect. Not to heavy, not to soft. Plus, one of the absolute best qualitys of the guitar, is that it has the best upper fret access ever! (It is a tad neck heavy though, so dont play standing up unless you have to!) All of this makes the guitar an awesome music machine for EVERYTHING... but country :) Feature: The guitar is very nice. It has the neck binding of a gibson, has the fret access, pickups, tune-o-matic bridge, and best of all, the mahogany body still gives it a huge amount of sustain, AND it isnt as heavy as the Les Paul!!! Also, in my opinion, the guitar doesnt need a whammy bar or floyd rose, but some people may not like that, and if so, i would recommend looking into Ibanez or a Fender Fat Strat, and switch out that crappy bridge humbucker with a nice gibson one. Other than that, the guitar is absolutely perfect. Ease of Use: UPPER FRET ACCESS!!!!! The fret access ( as ive stated about 8 times over the coarse of this review) is incredible, plus, the pickups are the perfect mixture of hot and cold. Plus, the tone knobs ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING! If you just push the tone knobs down ONE KNOTCH, you get a completely differant tone. Plus, the guitar is nice and light, and manoverable. Plus, the neck is a really nice neck, almost inbetween a strat's neck and a Tele's neck. Really comfortable, but really good with thrash at the same time! Quality: Uhhhh.... GIBSON! Really, with the case, you can do anything with the guitar, as long as you dont do anything stupid with it. ( I like what gibson says about having a guitar on the road with you, it says "If your comfortable, your guitar will be comfortable too", so dont put your guitar in conditions you wouldnt put yourself in.) I personally think this guitar can last longer than you can, simply because its been made the same way for 40+ years, and the old ones from 1961 look just like the standards and customs made now. Value: Dont buy and Epiphone because it is cheaper! THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERANCE!!! Gibsons are so high quality, and so prestige, plus, for what it is, the price is actually really good, considering the factory does almost everything by hand, so think of the labor that goes into the guitar, the price is actually really good! Plus, im not just saying this stuff, and just having the guitar at the "wish list", I am literaly going to buy one of these smokies in about four days from now. (cant wait!) Really, the guitar is a great deal! (Plus, you can subtract the cost of how much a case is to get the "real" cost of the actual guitar itself if you would like to.) Manufacturer Support: Well, its gibson. I havent had problems, but my friend had some, and his guitar problem was answered from Gibson really quickly, and he still loves them, so it must have gone well. The Wow Factor: Very beautiful, almost like a dream, the electronics are incredible, and always great sounding, as well as the hardware. (and most importantly, VERY durable!) Plus, the guitar is just beautiful, the shape of the body is awesome, plus, the mahogany showing through the finish is really awesome. Overall: I probably will never get another guitar for the rest of my life, simply because i have tried almost all of the guitars out there, and this one is the only one that i have ever used that i couldnt put down, and the only one that i felt really comfortable playing and writing music with. If my future SG ever was lost or stolen, id absolutely get another one, AFTER searching all the pawn shops in the area for it. TIP: write down your instrument's serial number ALWAYS, in case it does get stolen, so you can find it easier.
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"SG all the way!" submitted February 14, 2005

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Sound: this guitar has rlly nice sound and good pickups. Its a rlly strong and good sounding guitar. Feature: fair amount of features. Quality: ITS A GIBSON. i mean come on this is another great example of why gibsons are so commonly known. Value: for the price this is the best guitar u can buy. Manufacturer Support: they helped me out with my scratch on the guitar. Overall: Its a very strong guitar and it has many ups more than the downs.
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"This is one great SG" submitted March 18, 2012

By Glenn H in Las Vegas, NV
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Musical Background: Been playing for over 47 years, a professional in progress. Guitar, bass and percussion player.
Music Style: I enjoy and play jazz, rock, blues and alternative
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Overall: I am a proud owner of an authentic '54 Les Paul....This SG is another classic. The set up right out of the case needed only minor "personalizing". The pickups are hot, but not too hot. It does have a nice full neck. For my lead runs and all around play it is VERY comfortable. The weight of this instrument is perfect, playable all night.
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"standard sg" submitted September 24, 2012

By arthur k
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Musical Background: i have a fender strat a peavey wolfgang and epi les paul. i ve been playing 14 years.
Music Style: I like v.h. g.n.r. 90's rock and the cult they rock!!
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Overall: Great guitar. ordered on Tuesday got it Wednesday. It has a nice fat neck. One piece mahogany body awesome looks cool. Very easy to play. One thing I didn't like was the bridge pickup too thin and harsh sounding so I switched it out for a DiMarzio now this guitar simply sings. The guitar is starting to wear in so the more I play it the better it feels and sounds now that's impressive because it felt great the fourth day I got it. Very easy to get the high notes on the 21st fret. I was never into sg's but the payment plan was great, so I got one. I wish I would have tried one a long time ago because they play like butter and don't cost as much as a Les Paul.
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"This is a good guitar NO MATTER WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC YOU PLAY." submitted December 28, 2011

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Sound: Whoever wrote the description for this guitar is a Devil Worshiping Idiot. Ease of Use: This guitar will make ANY amp sound good. Quality: This guitar is VERY well made. Just keep it in the case when not in use and when you pull it out, it will feel the same as when you put it in. Value: Yes. $1200.00 for a legend is not asking too much. Manufacturer Support: Gibson always responded to my emails within 72 hrs. Overall: This is my second SG, out of seven Gibsons over the years. I think it's safe to say if something happened to this guitar I would buy another one.
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"An Excellent Guitar" submitted November 20, 2012

By Jeff C in Kyle, TX
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Musical Background: Hobby
Music Style: country, blues, southern
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Overall: The sound of this guitar is amazing. I really didn't expect much when I bought it because I like the sounds of the older guitars. However, they have done an amazingly faithful job of keeping this sound pure and clean. I love the SG and I use it for slide work. It is a very solid and reliable axe for a pro or, in my case, just a guy that loves music.
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"gibson sg standard" submitted April 13, 2012

By john meehan in huber heights, OH
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Musical Background: playing for 10 yrs
Music Style: blues
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Overall: one month ago i purchased a sg standard.the wise move i wont regret.this guitar is great for blues.light weight mahogany with the fastest neck in town and gibson humbuckers that will drive other guitars to thier knees. the bonus is that i can pay for it interest free over 12 months.thank you zzounds. ill be back f or more purchases in time.
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"A standard in the industry. A one of a kind sound." submitted October 28, 2007

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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: Classic Rock of the 60's 70's and 80's
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Sound: If you are lookin for a crunchy humbucking sound, then this guitar is for you. The sustain and sheer bite that this instrument exudes makes it no wonder why it's the only style of guitar Angus young ever used. Just plug into a Marshall tube amp, and you've got the tone dreams are made of. Feature: The guitar came with a truss adjustment tool, and a hardshell case. The dual humbucking setup gives you a good range of possibilities, especially when you consider that each pickup has its own independent controls. Only the highest quality woods are used, and the chrome hardware and gibson tuners make this guitar one of my favorites. I have five guitars A les paul, a strat, a jackson, a charvel, and now the sg. All are great, and all are high-end,but this one stands out! Ease of Use: Unless you're looking for a single coil sound, or a chunkier tone like a les paul, then this guitar will modify to nearly any sound or style of music you could imagine! The neck is very fast and easy to play, if you like a faster neck. If you prefer a chunkier neck, then you may want to look elsewhere. It's all a matter of preference, I like to play lead and play it fast. This guitar is very well suited for that. Not to say that's all its for, but it excels at lead sounds, and playability. Quality: You would be hard pressed to find many instruments as high quality as this one. It's a gibson, and just as their slogan states: "Only a gibson is good enough". It doesn't matter if you are buying a Les Paul Standard, Sg standard, a standard es-335, or whatever; they put standard in the name, because they are the standard by which all other guitars should be judged! There are other guitars that are better, but they all say Gibson on the headstock too. Value: It may seem like a huge amount of money to spend over $1400 on any guitar. BUT! When that investment of $1400 is on something that sounds this good, will last for decades, and most likely well beyond your own lifetime; then it doesn't seem so silly huh? Manufacturer Support: If you need the support, they've got it! The Wow Factor: When other guitars that are made by other companies, have a body style that is refered to by the name of a gibson's guitar; then you know the body style of the original is something special. Overall: I will never get rid of this guitar. I will always love it. I will still buy other guitars, just as most people who love them usually do. But the sg standard has a sound all its own that can only be achieved perfectly by playing an sg standard. What else needs to be said.
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"Can't Go Wrong" submitted April 27, 2012

By Tony K in Hiawassee, GA
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Musical Background: I've been playing guitar for more than thirty years. I'm not a Professional by any means.
Music Style: I'll play anything but hip-hop. I like playing Rock, Country & Blues.
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Overall: After my second neck Surgery I needed something with less weight but with the same bottom end as a Les Paul. I decided to check out the SG after coming across zZounds pay as you play deal. The long short of it is, this is a great guitar for the price I play this thing everyday and I'm just amazed at the tone I get. Easy to play and looks great as well.
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"A Real Guitar with A Real Hardcore Guitarist" submitted March 4, 2007

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Musical Background: Singer, Guitarrist, Recording Artist
Music Style: Latin Rock, Metal, Rock, a little of everything!
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Sound: The Sound Of This Guitar is Agresive, Heavy,AND HOT!!! It does respond a little for my playing style but on solos, and some songs I sing it work so nicely because of the round sound. It works very nicely if you want to play vintage, rhymth,heavy, and all that kind of stuff! (Not for clean Fender Fans or the one that likes to shred)I highly recommend it! Feature: Includes A CASE, a tool (don't know yet for what it is) Warranty stuff, but the guitar is the KILLER I have it on Heritage Cherry,and my finish is a killer. I will never leave it for anything, and the humbuckers rock. If you touch it you will love it!!! Ease of Use: You can get great sounds of it, and has a great playability just out of the box, just don't lower the action like I did. If you do it will start to suck a lot, and the sound will be crappy as hell. But the guitar really works out very nicely, after fixin that error Is a shame I can't demonstrate you how! Quality: All I can say...made to perfection, the quality of this guitar is unbeatable! Value: The price well is a little Killer but if you are PRO or really like a Legendary guitar for all your life this is it! I highly recommend it! Manufacturer Support: Never had problems with it, until I lowered the action, but that's my fault. Equally you will not need support, someday you'll know why! The Wow Factor: I love this guitar finish, I named it "Sangre" meaning blood in spanish I really love it love it love it marry it!!! Overall: This is my 3rd, and last guitar for now, and is a dream come true because is a Gibson...I will never leave it for anything, and besides is the only actual guitar I have that actually works for me! It can do a lot of stuff you'll just need to play well that's all!
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"THANK YOU ZZOUNDS!!" submitted October 31, 2012

By JJ Jar in Redlands, CA
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Music Style: Blues, Rock
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Overall: The SG Standard is a MONSTER! Words cant really describe the feel and tone. You just gotta go out and play one! Then order from zZounds.com! cuz they Rock!
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"sg > all end of story" submitted June 27, 2006

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Sound: Wow, the sound is definately wonderful. Ive never heard anything like it. Classic. Perfect clean sound, sweet distortion. Right now im using marshall amps.... some boss distortion pedals... chourus pedals.. etc... all sound great w/ the SG Feature: Horns, could maybe use whammy bar, but take it to the right shop and its fixed ez.. doesnt matter much anyway.. Stopbar makes for ez palm muting... Ease of Use: great for the 60's distortion, kinda harder to get the new metal sound out of it, but if you tweak it right, it sounds better than anything ibanez will ever make, i love it. Quality: wonderful quality. im 14 and will probably use it the rest of my life. way better than my 2 les pauls... lot lighter than them, too. I love the thin design. Value: could be a little less expensive lol, but it doesnt matter. worth it all. Manufacturer Support: havent dealt w/ support Overall: great. buy this guitar, hands down. and i see people in other reviews saying stuff like 'flawed fingerboard'. One, you probably screwed it up dropping it or something. idiot. 2, i see someone says 'im sick of the sg' i dont know whats wrong with u. you got problems.. 3. 'i cant get sound from it, the sound sucks!' PLZ IDIOT, JUST CAUSE U SUCK AT PLAYING DOESNT MEAN THE GUITAR IS TERRIBLE....... SO STFU n00b! (lol) this is a great guitar. you dont like it, somethings wrong with you. end of story.
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"I'm simply amazed" submitted January 8, 2007

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Musical Background: active musician 30yrs
Music Style: Most anything. Mostly rock, blues, jazz, alternative,
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Sound: I have been playing for a little over thiry years, i have owned and still own many guitars and have decided that this is certainly one of the most versatile guitars out there. I can get almost any kind of sound out there. Blues? Jazz? No problem. Rock? Hard rock? Metal? What the hell do you think? Just twist this and flick that and you're ready to play anything. Feature: Ok, so it doesn't have every little thing out there that some people would like to have, like a tremolo. But if it really mattered so much I don't think it would be as popular as it is. Plus, it's not like it's just a plank of wood with some strings on it. It has nice pups, really playable neck, two tone and two volume controls, beautiful body and fairly dependable tuners. I like how light it is. That way you can concentrate on laying down your best moves without being distracted by the freakin anvil strapped to your shoulder. Ease of Use: Like i said, twist this and flick that and your all set. I just can't see how it does it. It can play many different things, and well too. It will bother me for years to come how it pulls off the variety that it has. I like many different kinds of music and have always had to buy different guitars to play the different styles I like. No more. It does a pretty good job (unfortunately for all of my other guitars). ;) Quality: Well, i must say that it is pretty well set up from the factory. Even so, there is always the tiny adjustments that you have to put on a new guitar(tone, preferential things like action, etc...). But that is all. Otherwise, this is a well made guitar. Gibson USA, what do you expect? Love the finish and the how shiny it is. I've long ago stopped wearing a belt. It hurts me more than the guitar to see any scratches or nicks. Value: I would say that it is a little pricey, but only by a couple hundred maybe. It's understandable though. Manufacturer Support: Fortunately, I haven't had to deal with them on this particular guitar but I have had to on several other gibson guitar purchases and they have always come through, and fairly quickly. The Wow Factor: Its not the prettiest face in the crowd but it holds its own. Anyway, form follows function. I'd rather have a plank of wood that could give me the ability to play whatever I want than a diamond with strings that can't play crap. Don't get me wrong, I like Les Pauls and such, I have a few, but the abilities of this guitar make up for everything. In any case, it still looks pretty sexy. Overall: Overall, I'm in love (please don't tell my wife or my other guitars). This thing is great. I will keep this thing for ever. Not to say that I will stop looking for guitars, I will never stop. But this thing has filled a deep void in my life. It's just great. I tried other guitars. Maybe a new Strat? Les Paul? I was not too sure i needed another gibson sg but i couldn't bring myself to let this one slip through my fingers. I just wish I had found this thing earlier. It's funny, I have walked by this guitar sooooo many times in several different stores and kinda ignored it. I tried this thing just by chance at the last minute when I was set on a Tele. I'm convinced that it was fate that brought us together. Haha. I like most how fast this thing plays and how versatile it is. If it ever got into one of your sick little heads to 'guitarnap' this, don't even try. I own a gun........
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"totaly richious" submitted July 6, 2006

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Music Style: classic rock, blues, punk
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Sound: this guitar has awesome sound. the pickups are realy realy nice especialy the bridge. sounds good for distortion Feature: everything on the guitar is awesome. Ease of Use: its really easy to slide and down the neck and glides like butter. the action is realy good too Quality: realy nice finish! nothing broke on it yet Value: very good value. worth every penny Manufacturer Support: didnt have to deal with it yet The Wow Factor: its so shiney and smooth! the black finish is nice and dark and the tuning heads are nice. the SG body is so awesome Overall: i love this guitar. every color is nice too. you cant go wrong with this guitar. i recomend it
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"You cant go wrong with this perfect guitar!" submitted May 16, 2010

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Sound: This is definatelty the best sounding guitar that i have ever hered. I have always want a gibson sg standard and believe me it is worth every penny. the sound quality is great and you can have three sounds with the three way toggle switch. Feature: I think the features are amazing. The rosewood fingerboard with the pearl inlays is diffanetly a great combination. The headstock with the traditional inlayed gibson on the head with the inlay is great also. And of course the gibson duleux tuners make this guitar a gibson. I own an ebony instead of a heritage cherry and the color is so nice. The nice shiney black really draws attention to the guitar and is quite flashy. No complaints about the pickguard, what can I say? the pickguard makes the gibson sg standard complete. The humbucking pickup guards are standard stainless steel color and very shiny. Also the wieght of the guitar is so light that i dont feel pain after 10 minutes of playing like my les pual. Ease of Use: When i played gibson sg standards in guitar center i always liked them, but i didnt liked the feel of the neck compared to my epiphone les paul cumstom prophosey. Getting my gibson sg standard completely changed that. The neck feels so smooth and perfect against my hand it makes it easy for my hand to slide all across it when i play high notes and low notes. It has pretty good action and for the most part the strings are very bendible. I find it easy to play overall. Quality: My gibson sg looks and sounds like it was made well. Like I said before the finish is beautiful. The only thing that worried me at first was that the pickups felt loose. I still dont know if that is just how they are made or if it is damaged. I fell confident that my gibson sg will not break because it looks and feels very well made, but that doesnt mean that you should abuse it or not properly take care of it. This product will last as long as you if you take care of it. Value: The gibson sg standard is worth every penny of its price. It is a great guitar that is consideredbly cheap for its quality and compared to other prices of guitars. I would not hesistate to pay full asking price for this guitar because it really is a great deal. Manufacturer Support: Nothing has happend to my sg yet so i have not had any problems or issues with gibson yet. The Wow Factor: This guitar is very beautiful and if you are a guitar collector, you deffinately need this guitar in your collection. This guitar is the most beautiful guitar that i have ever seen in my 5 years of playing and shopping for guitars. If you want a beatiful guitar, the sg standard will not fail you. Overall: Overall this guitar is great and you cant go wrong with it. I expect to always have the guitar and i will not be looking for another guitar for a while. If my guitar needed to be replaced, I would replace it with no hesitant. I dont think this guitar will wear out if not mistreated except of natural wear and tear. This guitar without a doubt is my favorite guitar of my 4 guitars. I havent really looked for another guitar to buy because i knew tht i wouldnt need to until i had this one. My sg helps me with my music goals. I like the look, the playability, and the features most about this guitar. The only thing that i dont like is the loose pickups. Other than that this is by far the best guitar that is affordable and you wont regret buying it.
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"Excellent looking, good sounding, fair quality guitar" submitted February 10, 2007

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Music Style: hard rock, blues-rock
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Sound: Good sound, a bit muddy sometimes, but otherwise good. Good for bluesly stuff and just plain old three-chord rock. More midrange than the 57 Classic pups. Feature: Standard Gibson fare. 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch, etc... Ease of Use: Pretty light - somewhere around 7-7.5 pounds, much less than an LP or Strat, around the same as a Tele maybe. Heavier than my SG Classic. Very thin body which I like. Quality: Pretty solid feeling, however the two I'v played both had poor-fitting trim parts (knobs, etc.) Value: So $1300, no. Back when they were only $1170 it was a good deal. Not anymore. Stupid Gibson. Manufacturer Support: Never had to deal with Gibson so I can't say. The Wow Factor: Sex appeal is outstanding. Thin, curvy, with pointy horns and a gleaming black finish and chrome hardware. Can't be beat in the looks department. Overall: I'd buy it, and I'd recommend it to others.
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Gibson SG Standard Customer Review submitted April 18, 2006

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Music Style: rock, metal, jazz
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Sound: an awesome classic crunch growl! Feature: double horns, i can reach the 22nd fret with ease Ease of Use: not for a beginner, but an awesome show and practice guitar :), good for concerts and warming up from the big round neck and bigger frets than a les paul, i like it better than my les paul!!! Quality: well, for a flaw under the bridge when i got it, it was chipped away over a metal peice so it didnt look that great "up close, like when u look under a bridge" but when u do a show or w/e you cant notice it. IT GOES OUT OF TUNE VERY EASY, i really dont know why, alot of my friends complain of it too, but just try to replace the nut or something, an extra $50!!!! which sucks! Value: a little overpricd, but it sounds as good as a les paul, but its ALOT LIGHTER< probably 8 lbs lighter than a les paul, I rould rather own this than a les paul Manufacturer Support: I owned a defective les paul where the top is splitting and it took them along time to reply to me so i can switch guitars, i then switched to my sg, my fretboard where it comes into contact with the neck is coming off, you can feel it under the neck binding !!!! The Wow Factor: i mean not the best, but its awesome for what the price is!!! Overall: Its alright, it's too bad their quality went down since the 60's but o well, still sounds killER!!!!!
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"If you think they're good......you've never owned one.....they're great" submitted April 18, 2012

By Albert H in Chicagbo, IL
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Music Style: Rock/Blues
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Overall: I'll keep it short and simple....I'd always wanted a Gibson. I have a cool LP copy that I've poured about $700 into over the years in upgrades, I legitimately thought I had something as good as a genuine Gibson. When I ordered my Gibson SG Standard......I'd only hoped to not be disappointed.....I had NO idea what I was in for. Played great.....right out of the box...no set up needed.....I even like their strings....though some will disagree. Here's all I can say that sums it up for me.....there is magic/mojo in this guitar. My old guitar didn't have it.....even though it's a hell of a guitar(most would agree)......Gibson has something going on with what they do.....this thing is heaven for me. If I'd known what I was really missing out on....I'd of done this a very very long time ago. And playing floor models at your local store wont do the justice....you need some private time....w/o a sales person....to really get the goods. Probably took me about 3 days before I was blown away.....had to get used to her....get a good bond.
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"Go with the special" submitted January 25, 2009

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Sound: Solid gibson sound. Feature: Everything works really well and it looks great on stage Ease of Use: The neck is really slow, I would rather get an sg special. it has a faster neck and its wayyy more comfortable to play. Quality: its a gibson. Value: its a gibson. Manufacturer Support: none needed The Wow Factor: i dont want it. and wouldnt get one. go with the special. in my opinion its a lot faster. Overall: good sound and looks nice. all thats great if its easy to play. but its not. its slow and neck shape is weird. try a gibson sg special. sounds the same and plays better.
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"This may be the one..." submitted February 11, 2006

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Music Style: rock / jazz
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Sound: I love this instrument. While it's sound isn't quite as distinguished as a Les Paul, it has a ton of bottom end, but is nicely balanced with crisp, clean highs -- great for recording or playing live. It has a fixed bridge, which a lot of players dislike, but I prefer. And the sustain on an SG is unbelievable! The minute I first plugged one in I knew I had to own it. I confess, I committed a bit of sacrelige: the instrument had the traditional Gibson tuners, which I find to be un-reliable, so I changed them, and now it's solid as a rock. Feature: The guitar usually comes with a hardshell case, however, when I bought mine the store was out of them so I have an Epiphone case. It has two tone knobs and a volume knob for each pickup, which gives you maximum control over your tone. It's extremely slim and light, which makes it an easy guitar to play, and the action was fantastic directly from the factory. Quality: This product was in excellent condition directly from the factory - no blemishes in the finish and solid. It's an instrument made in America, and it can take abuse, and I expect it to last a long time. Definitely appropriate for the road. Value: If you're measuring tone, I would say the Les Paul has an edge on the SG - not much of an edge, and certainly not enough to justify the difference in price. While I have played Les Paul's and liked them very very much, I also love my SG, and for the price, there's no better instrument. Manufacturer Support: I haven't needed to contact Gibson, and truthfully, I don't expect to have to. It has a simple design that I don't expect to wear out anytime soon. The Wow Factor: It has the double-cutaway, which is very familiar to fans of the SG. It has been played by a ton of musicians: Pete Townsend, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Paul Westerberg, Tony Iommi, Rivers Cuomo, Angus Young, Jimmy Page, Johnny "Guitar" Watson...the list goes on and on -- so it's instantly recognizable. I own the Heritage Cherry and it's sexy as hell. Overall: This is a fantastic instrument and I encourage you to get your hands on one if you're a fan of that thick Gibson sound. An SG is great whether you're playing rhythm or lead. I also own a Fender Stratocaster and my SG compliments it very well, because they both can make sounds that the other can't. I play the SG more than any of my other guitars because it is the most versatile.
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"Sg Owns all" submitted November 1, 2004

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Musical Background: Active musician, Hobbyist, Band leader
Music Style: Rock, Alternative, Funk, Blues
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Sound: The tone of this guitar is amazing. Turn your pickup on top and you have a smooth blues sound that is so precise and distinctive. Hit the middle and you have your professional clean sound. The bottom is for all out distortion and heavy metal. I have played almost every guitar out there and this one kicks all their a$$ Feature: Double tone switches and three way knob make this sucker the best Quality: What can you say Gibson is the best in quality their all handmade Value: The SG Standard is the same as the $$$$ guitars with a lot less $$ this guitar also sounds the same if not better then gibsons highest quality guitars Manufacturer Support: No ideal as far as support goes but i'm sure it's good The Wow Factor: Sexiest, slickist, best sounding guitar out there Overall: The best put simply
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"If you're a serious hard rock guitarist,or want to be one. save you're money and invest it in GIBSON SG STANDARD." submitted September 8, 2008

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Sound: the mahogany body and set neck, give wonderfully long sustain. i found the sound i love. i use a big muff and on occasion a cry baby. Feature: hard leather case. all part used to build mine are top notch, Ease of Use: if it action was and easier it would play itself. no shredded finger tips, no blisters, neck is smooth as butter. my advice is go out and test an SG STANDARD and compare to fender,wasburn,esp,dean,ect. Quality: i was reading a review in which this persons rates his standard a 4, is annoyed and will probably never buy a GIBSON again. his gripe is that after owning it a couple of years the selector switch broke and one of the pick ups doesn't work. those things don't just break, but accidents do happen,and so does carelessness. i've owned my SG since '78 when i'm not playing it's goes back in it's case. it's best guitar i've every owned. it's perfectly balanced, light,and comfortable you play for hours and not feel fatigued. Value: you get what you pay for. if you want i truly great guitar it's gonna cost. i bought quite a few of the low end rigs that looked cool and played nice for a while. Manufacturer Support: the gibson dealer i bought my SG from let me bring it in once a year for free maintance for the first 5 years & i always free picks& strings. The Wow Factor: i never really liked the look the SG always look unfinished, but man can she put out & that were the real beauty come from. Overall: i've had mine since 1978. it not the only one i own,or played. but it still the best. if you're reading this your look for a quality axe. go out and that one for a test drive, make sure it's an SG STANDARD and not an SG SPEICAL, or one of the low end SG's.
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"Get this guitar!" submitted November 27, 2006

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Music Style: Hard rock
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Sound: By any standard this guitar sounds great ive had mine for about six months and its great! Feature: The features are awesome! Ease of Use: One of the easiest guitars to plug and play. Quality: The guitar has amazing quality! Value: This guitar will hold its value for many years to come. Manufacturer Support: Not sure The Wow Factor: Just the way it looks makes me want to get it! Overall: Over all this guitar is very good for beginners all the way up to pro.
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"BUY ONE TODAY!" submitted September 29, 2008

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Sound: The soung of the sg gets better every time you play it. This guitar has tons of sustain. The pick ups sound great when cranked but sound dull through a small amp. This guitar screams and sounds incredible when played through a tube amp. this guitar has a great sound for blues to hard rock but it isnt built for heavy metal. Feature: This guitar lacks features but the sg is great because of it. it is simple amd awesome. The tuners on this guitar are great, i hardly need to tune my sg. Ease of Use: The sg is one of the most easiest and comfortable guitars in the world to play. it is incredbly light and easy on your back when playing long gigs. It has great acsess to upper frets and has a very thin neck which makes it very fast and very fun to play. Quality: The quality of my sg is perfect. a few minor marks on the neck when purchased but overall this guitar was step up perfect ready to rock. the finsh on the guitar will slowly wear in time giving it a worn look which i love. the only down side to this guitar is the strengh. it isnt very strong and its kinda fraglie. Value: This guitar is a little over priced but if you pick one up cheap you will be laughing. i reckon that this guitar is worth paying the extra little bit. Manufacturer Support: i havent had a problem with my sg and i never think i will. The Wow Factor: The sg is one amazing guitar. i own many cheap sg copys but when i saw it in the shop it i knew i had to have it. this guitar is one mean looking guitar and the pictures on the net dont do it justice, you need to see it to fully appreciate it. Overall: i reckon the sg wont always be the best guitar in my collection but it will always be one of my most favourite. i recommend this guitar to every guitar player. it might not have fancy features but this guitar is so fun to play. the sg is an amzing guitar. BUY ONE AND SEE FOR YOURSLF!
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"Play's great and Sounds good. But broke!" submitted August 24, 2008

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Music Style: Metal, Classical
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Sound: sounds great Feature: wish it had a floyd rose Ease of Use: the best neck ever! Quality: I had it a few years. But last month the Pickup selector switch broke and the Bridge pickup cant be heard when it is switched on:( Manufacturer Support: havent dealt with them The Wow Factor: Looks okay. Black with pearl pickguard and trussrod cover Overall: I love it's sound and the neck. But am annoyed about the switch messing up. So i dont know if i will ever buy another Gibson Product again.
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"the smell gibson sg" submitted March 11, 2006

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Sound: the sound is good but not great Feature: there are no features that stand out really.. apart from the horns on theb body, but they arent exactly useful Ease of Use: easy to use Quality: the worst aspect is the machineheads,the bridge, and the lead plug in. the bridge fell apart when i snapped a string, a machine head flung off with the string and the knut on the lead plug in has come off and gone missing. Value: the typical selling price is too high Manufacturer Support: the place was busy and i couldnt get through The Wow Factor: i must say.. yes it is a very good looking guitar and the colour is nice aswell.. Overall: i currently searching for a bc rich guitar because i am sick of the gibson sg
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"SG = Best" submitted July 5, 2008

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Music Style: light Rock, Rock, Metal
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Sound: The Humbuckers are great. You can get nice clean clear sounds out of it, or you can get great rock/metal sounds out of it. There good quality and produce very little feedback even when cranked up to a very loud volume. I wish they would have put burstbuckers on it. Feature: The features are average.2 Tone,2 Volume. Ease of Use: It has a great fast neck, and you have great access to the lower frets because of the double cutaway horns. Quality: Great quality. Value: All Gibson's are over priced, but its worth every penny. Manufacturer Support: Have had none The Wow Factor: I think sg's are the coolest and best looking guitars out there. Overall: I love this guitar.No regrets.
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"the best guitar iv ever played" submitted July 24, 2006

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Sound: marshall cabnet ampsboss distortion and a cry baby wah wah i dont see any thing to improve Feature: pretty good Ease of Use: tis awsome easy to chord no problems Quality: awsome the machines siead of it haveing plastic hardware i think it should be metal it would also look better Manufacturer Support: iv never had a problem with my sg so iv never had to get in touch with them The Wow Factor: tis awsome it looks good it plays good sounds good i just love wouldnt want any thing else Overall: i gess i dont like the hard ware itll probably be a few years befor i search for a new guitar
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"Gibsons SG dreams" submitted August 31, 2004

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Sound: not as versatle as a Les Paul. The Les paul will give you a warmer, smoother, milky tone Feature: not many features for the money Quality: better than the imports, more time is taken with the fit, finish and overall quality level than the imports Value: only buy it if you have serious cash to burn Manufacturer Support: don't know The Wow Factor: this is a guitar you buy to impress people and yourself, thats about it Overall: this is a popular guitar with all the old fart bands from the 60's and 70's but other guitar makers have caught and passed gibson. Just remember back in 60's and 70's rockers had a very limited selection of quality guitars to choose from not like today with so many quality guitars available at reasonable prices
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"Love My New Gibson Sg Standard!!" submitted June 19, 2012

By Michael M in Evergreen, AL
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Musical Background: Playing for about 6 years now at home, and where ever I can find Gigs
Music Style: Blues, Rock and Country mostly but I try to play everything
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Sound: As I've stated earlier the 490r/498t Pickups have a very wide range of tones that can be achieved. To get great clean tones adjust the amp and guitar settings to taste and play away. The distortion can go anywhere from blues to heavy metal, it just depends on the user and his set up amp and pedal wise. The Gibson is a very versatile guitar although you can't make it sound like a strat or tele you can get close but if you really want a Fender sound buy a Fender. This Sg can get you through most any show and do well with most genres. Feature: Nice Gibson deluxe tuners that hold tune very well, the 490r/498t pick ups are very good and can produce a nice variety of tunes with different amp and guitar settings. The neck binding is a nice classy feature on this standard sg and really helps with the wow factor. Ease of Use: Two Volumes, Two Tones, and a 3 way pickup selector. Doesn't get much easier than that. You don't have to work to hard to get a great tone from this guitar. Quality: The Quality of this Gibson is what you would expect from a company this prestigious. I can't vouch for other peoples Gibsons', but I can say that mine was perfectly set up and ready to go with no issues straight out of the box. The tuners hold tune great and its an all around great guitar. I would definitely trust this guitar at a gig along side my american strats, they'll make a great team. Value: I really think value wise that this guitar is nicely priced. With Zzounds payment plan a broke college kid like myself was able to afford one so hats off to Zzounds in that department. The Wow Factor: Well its a Gibson, it has that wow factor everytime you look at the headstock. Great guitar, awesome devilish looks and sound. Overall: I recieved this Cream White Gibson Sg Standard after along two and a half month wait, but let me just say it was worth it. The Sg is a great guitar, the neck was a little fatter than I was use to as I am a Fender player who really wanted a gibson. The Tone is great, the pickups are really great for distortion and really surprised me on the clean setting. One can get some twangy type cleans if you adjust the amp/guitar settings properly but the neck pickup has a great blues clean tone. As I said early the distortion is everything you could expect it to be and could get as down and dirty as you want. The set up of this guitar was great right out of the box, I've heard sometimes of quality control issues from gibson but I will say this guitar has none. No dead frets, a beautiful finish on the guitar and very nice binding on the neck. I expect to enjoy this sg for many years to come. If you don't have a Gibson give the sg a try its well worth it.
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"Jamming with a Legend" submitted October 14, 2012

By Michael Morris in Troy, AL
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Musical Background: 6 years experience, various college ensembles, and bands that need fill ins.
Music Style: Blues, Rock, Country, and Whatever the Setlist calls for
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Sound: I would say this guitar is very versatile in sound capabilities, as I've had time to tweak settings and really get the feel for what the guitar can do both clean and distorted. As for the cleans I've been able to get great blues/jazz tones and if you find the sweet spot between the guitar and amp you can coax some nice country licks out as well. The distortion side of this guitar is what I've really been enjoying, I can go from ZZ Top, Cream, and whatever else from the past to modern metal and this guitar has no trouble adjusting. I find that one should take time to figure out amp settings and use the tone and volume knobs on the guitar to really enjoy all the possibilities this guitar can present. Feature: Well the features are classic and what you'd expect from an sg, 3 way switch, 2 volume, 2 tone. Not much else is really needed to get a great sound out of this guitar well beside a good guitarist to properly represent the guitar. Ease of Use: Plug and play was all I needed doesn't get much easier than that. Quality: My Gibson SG's quality was really good I've had no issues thus far, and it came perfectly set up from the factory. So hats off to Gibson on this particular SG its been great so far, and as long as I treat it with respect it will last a long time I'm sure Value: I'd say this guitar was well worth the value and I do no regret making this purchase in any way. The Wow Factor: A cream white sg, you don't see those every day. I get compliments on this guitar every time I play out with it so its definitely got The Wow Factor. Overall: As my title says every time I open the case and pull out my SG, I feel as if I'm plugging into the past. At first I was weary of any Gibson especially since I'm primarily a Fender fanatic but I decided that I must have a Gibson in my arsenal of go to guitars to give myself a little flavor in the tonal region. I've had my SG for 4 months now and after the first couple of days of getting use to the feel of the guitar compared to my strat it's become one of my favorite guitars and my primary guitars since I've had it. I've not regretted my purchase at all and with being a college kid who doesn't have alot of money thats saying something. Thanks to zZounds they made my dream of a Gibson guitar possible with their Pay as you Play payment plan so tip of the hat to this great music company.
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"The Iconic Gibson SG" submitted August 14, 2012

By Michael Morris in Troy, AL
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Musical Background: 6 years experience, various college ensembles, and bands that need fill ins.
Music Style: Country, Blues, and Rock
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Sound: I'll go over the overdriven tones of this guitar. The guitar can really play just about whatever you need with the stock pickups, I believe with the right effects and amp it could deliver a really heavy tone. It's great for blues rock,classic rock, and hard rock. Well it will cover just about any kind of rock genre you want. As for the clean channel it will deliver some nice jazz/blues type tones. Although it can't deliver the fender cleans for obvious reasons it does deliver a nice clean tone. Feature: Well its features haven't change much if any over the years, two volume, two tone, and a three way footswitch anything more and it just gets complicated in my humble opinion. Ease of Use: Just plug in and play thats how easy it is to you. Adjust the amp to your desired taste and your ready to rock it. Quality: This particular Gibson was fantastic from the factory and as long as I don't abuse it terribly or accidently drop it, I think it will last along time. Value: I believe the Gibson Sg Standard is well worth the price but I would've loved for it to be cheaper. The Wow Factor: It's a Gibson Sg thats Wow enough for me \m/ Overall: For starters this was my first Gibson and let me just say that this guitar is amazing! The Sg came perfectly set up and other that a little tuning was ready to go. I would recommend this guitar to anyone, when I saw that Zzounds had the Sg in the cream color I knew I had to have it and thanks to Zzounds 12 payment deal that was running at the time I was able to afford this piece of musical history
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Gibson SG Standard Customer Review submitted April 17, 2006

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Musical Background: active musician
Music Style: rock, alternative, punk, metal
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Sound: awesome. Feature: whammy bar would be nice, but it doesnt make a difference Ease of Use: perfect blend of great sound and playability Quality: everything about how this guitar is put together is closer to being perfect than any guitar i've ever seen. Value: It may be expensive, but it's worth it Manufacturer Support: no problems at all. exactly what you would expect from Gibson. The Wow Factor: practical and cool Overall: nothing wrong with it at all.
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"the truth hurts" submitted September 27, 2004

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Music Style: pop, rock
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Sound: I have owned high end Gibson Les Pauls and high end Gibson SG's and the SG's just don't hold their value like a Les Paul does. A Les Paul is a work of art while the SG models are more of a run of the mill type guitar. Maybe if Angus Young of AC/DC was a man and could actually handle the weight of a Les Paul guitar he might use one. Most collectors and people knowledgable with guitars in general will agree that the Gibson SG never was and never will be in the same league as the Les Paul electric guitar. Feature: The SG guitar is very playable and the reissues are very light, to light for my tastes. Overall: I owned a Gibson SG reissue for 15 years and when it came time to sell I was very dissapointed that the guitar had dropped so much in resale value. I was never happy with the guitars tone or sound. My 100 dollar Dean evo XM has a better tone than the SG ever did.
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"Gibson SG Standard" submitted January 17, 2012

By Sunil R in Coppell, TX
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Musical Background: Son - 5 years
Music Style: Classic Rock
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Overall: The Guitar was for my 14 yr old son. He had been playing a Epiphone for the last 4 years and wanted to get a Gibson. It was his choice to get the Gibson SG Standard. He loves the Guitar and the handling. I love the smoothness in the sound and feel that he made the right choice. The guitar looks great and not as heavy as some of the LP's.
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