Gibson SG Special '60s Tribute - Worn Natural
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Gibson SG Special '60s Tribute - Worn Natural

SG Special '60s Tribute - Worn Natural, Guitarra de forma SG from Gibson belonging to the SG Special '60s Tribute model.

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King Loudness 14/08/2011

Gibson SG Special '60s Tribute - Worn Natural : la opinión de King Loudness (content in English)

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The Gibson '60s SG Tribute was made after the launch and subsequent super-fast sell out of the Les Pauls of similar nature. It combines some great features into a well priced and great feeling/sounding guitar. This particular model boasts a really classic natural finish that harkens back to the days of when things were still called "groovy" and when Hendrix was still playing the music, man.

It's made in the USA and features a mahogany body and neck, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, Kluson tuners, a tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece and two really awesome Gibson P90 pickups wired as a typical SG would be with two volumes, two tones and a 3 way toggle switch to select the pickups. Definitely a guitar that would be right at home in 1971 as it is right here in 2011.

UTILIZATION

The SG is a pretty ergonomic ax for sure. It's light, sits well on the body and really allows you to fly around when you're playing. They're not quite featherweight, which is probably a plus. I know that when I'm playing a Gibson I like it to feel solid and secure, which this one does without completely killing the ol' shoulders and back. The upper fret access is good on these guitars... superior to something like a Les Paul due to the double cutaway and smaller neck joint.

Getting a good sound out of this guitar is pretty simple. The thin finish combined with the raunchy P90 pickups really is a recipe for good tone and Gibson makes it with just the right extra bit of mojo... groovy man!

SOUNDS

I've tried this guitar through a myriad of different rigs. It definitely sounds most at home on a British voiced amp such as a Marshall or Orange, or even an American imitation like the Mesa Royal Atlantic. The clean tones are really cool... they're a bit raunchier than a typical humbucker, but they also have that brightness that one might associate with a Strat or Tele... pretty cool! The neck pickup works very well for blues or R&B stuff, and the bridge pickup is a funk machine. Putting both pickups on together is like hearing the love child of a Tele and Les Paul.. country twang with mahogany midrange tones.

Kicking in some drive is where the fun starts to begin. I've always dug P90s for their awesome sustain and tone and I love how these pickups react in this guitar. They take on a really thick and monster vibe that is like a perfect blend of a Tele and a Les Paul Junior or Special... excellent for punk rock or proto metal. Using the neck pickup yields in some Sabbath-y textures that would make any doom metal fan fall to their knees, Wayne's World style.



OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Gibson SG '60s Tribute is a really cool and classy guitar. It sells for about $850 new which is a killer deal considering the quality and tone that you get for your cash. It's a limited run, so I'm not sure how many will be floating around for sale in 10 years. It seems like the type of guitar people will buy and play as it just keeps sounding better and better each time I play one. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of SGs, P90s, or a good ol' fashioned raunchy guitar sound.