Gibson [Guitar of the Week #3] SG Standard - Silverburst
Gibson [Guitar of the Week #3] SG Standard - Silverburst

[Guitar of the Week #3] SG Standard - Silverburst, Guitarra de forma SG from Gibson in the Guitar of the Week series.

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tjon901 22/06/2011

Gibson [Guitar of the Week #3] SG Standard - Silverburst : la opinión de tjon901 (content in English)

"SG with a cool Silverburst finish"

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In the early 60s Gibson was looking to lower production costs of the Les Paul. To do this they redesigned it to have a flat top and double cutaways. What we know now as the SG was introduced as the new Les Paul in 1961. Later on the real Les Paul was re-introduced and the new guitar was renamed the SG. The standard SG of today is exactly that, the standard SG. The guitar features the classic dual cutaway SG body with a 22 fret neck. It features dual humbucking pickups selected with a 3 way toggle switch and two tone and two volume knobs. For a long time the Silverburst finish was a really cool and rare finish and if you had a Silverburst guitar you had something special. Now that Gibson has caught on to this they have pretty much put out every model they have in Silverburst so it isnt that special anymore. It is still a cool looking finish anyways.


The SG was designed in such a way to give better fret access than the earlier Les Paul. The neck is not mounted as deep into the body as is with the Les Paul. This design gives it a few problems. The neck joint on SG models is very weak compared to Les Pauls or even bolt on guitars. This weak neck joint makes some SG's prone to going out of tune. With the neck mounted so far out on the body and the body being so thin and light, SG's are prone to neck dive. When playing an SG standing up you may find yourself holding up the neck due to this awkward balance between the neck and the body. This standard has the large pickguard that covers more of the body. Personally I prefer the smaller pickguard models so you can see more of the finish.


With their thinner flatter bodies SG's tend to have a tone slightly thinner than that of a Les Paul. Some people say it sounds more like a Gibson Flying V than a Les Paul. The smaller body also helps make the tone different than that of a Les Paul. Gibson pickups are mainly designed for classic rock. These pickups tend to offer a medium output. If you are looking to play heavier music you may want to replace the pickups with aftermarket higher output models. A set of EMG's in this guitar would make it sing. EMG's will provide much more clarity for high gain applications. Even a set of good Seymour Duncans will do better for heavier music than the Gibson pickups.


Gibson is answering peoples request to bring back the Silverburst finish and they have done it in a big way. Now you can get pretty much any Gibson model in Silverburst. This saturation now has taken some of the specialness off the finish. Even with many Silverburst models on the market they still look cool. If you are looking for a solid SG with a very cool classic finish the Silverburst Standard is a good choice.