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An iconic guitar with vintage appointments and Alnico P90 pickups.

The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit faithfully turns back the clock and gives you an affordable iconic instrument that sounds and plays like you've stepped back in time.

Like the original, The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit features a mahogany body and mahogany neck with a SlimTaper 1960s 'D' profile. And like vintage SGs, the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit has a hand-set 24.75" scale neck with a 12-inch radius, a rosewood fingerboard, a 1.68" nut width for tuning stability during bends, Wilkinson vintage 14:1 ivory button machine heads, and a classic '60s-era Epiphone logo on the headstock.

No detail of the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit has been missed. The Alnico P-90R Soapbar neck pickup and the Alnico P-90T Soapbar bridge pickup are perfect for players who want elements of both single and double coil sounds in one pickup.

The mix of mahogany and Alnico P90s gives the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit a unique sound that is both modern and classic. The vintage style black controls with metal inserts include neck volume and tone and bridge volume and tone, allowing for an infinite variety of tone combinations.

The all-metal three-way toggle switch is designed by Epiphone, and the wrap-around 'Lightning Bar' combination stopbar adjustable bridge provides tuning and intonation stability.

Includes special 50th Anniversary padded gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Limited Run
  • Alnico P90 pickups
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Glued in mortise and tenon neck/body joint
  • Original sustain enhancing "Wraparound Lightning Bar" tailpiece
  • Original 1961 "Slim Taper" D shape neck
  • Wilkinson Vintage 14:1 tuning machines

Step back in time with this affordable classic. Order your color today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar

  • 24.75" scale
    12" neck radius
    1.68" nut width
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EpiphoneLimited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar
 
4.7

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow! What tone!

By Twanger

from Central PA

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Pros

  • Awesome Tone
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues
    • Versatile

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    The only other Epiphone electric I've ever had was when Epiphones were made in the USA. Yes, that long ago. This red one out-of the-box needed every kind of set-up you can imagine. Luckily I can do that myself. The fingerboard imparts a dark black grunge on the fingertips that's hard to stop. I rubbed down the neck with Dunlop 02 fingerboard conditioner and it helped. Toweling down the fingerboard after every session should eventually get rid of this entirely. Whatever Epiphone is doing to the fretboard they need to re-think. Intonation and tuning stability improved greatly after a string change. Perhaps I can live with the fixed bridge. Time will tell. The frets are very rough and scratchy to play but it gets better the more you work them. I used 0000 steel wool which did the trick. BTW, these are 9-42s that Epiphone is putting on. Very strange bright silver strings, like there isn't an ounce of nickel in them. I'm still not done filing the nut grooves on the bass side to my satisfaction but that's about it for set-up.

    OK, now for the tone--unfreaking-believable! I had a Gibson Les Paul Double Cut with P90s several years ago but we never bonded and I sold it soon after. All I remember about it is a tacky sticky neck that wouldn't quit. But I love this tone, really loud with amazing cut. You can get all sorts of in-between tones in the center position by using the volumes. Full neck and a little less bridge produces a thick lead tone that's loads of fun to play. I hear tones that remind me of all sorts of single coil sounds, even those of other guitars. Beatles stuff just jumps out, both John's Rickenbacker tones and George's Gretsch (try the middle position). Early swampy Fogerty tones sound very authentic too. I really dig the first string tone, not thin and piercing like usual but with all sorts of authority and thick presence. The pickups can overdrive a pre-amp pretty quick but dialing the volume down a bit cleans it up nicely.

    I've always struggled with getting the compromise right between a too bassy neck and a too trebly bridge. This is just right out-of-the-box! The frets look a little broader and lower than is the modern Gibson norm and the fretboard feels a little wider than my Gibson SG Faded. Not sure it is though. The fretboard binding and the flatter neck radius could be throwing me off. They flattened the back going around the radius. I like it. The fingerboard binding is a nice touch at this price point. I can recommend the Epiphone SG 61 Anniversary model without reservation. Be prepared to get some basic set-up work done though.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer

    By Rob Schultz

    from Florida

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great It And Finish
    • Mostly Flawless
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None Really

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    My bass player bought this guitar for grins and giggles.
    I played it for an entire rehearsal today, about 2 1/2 hours or so. It was simply great. It plays like a dream. That said, he did take to get setup locally. All he did was add some Hybrid Slinky's and a Strap Lock system.
    Great sound from clean Blues to crunchy Metal.
    Plays like a much, much more expensive guitar.
    I own, and have access to, some really great playing guitars, US Charvel So-Cal, Ibanez RG3550 etc.. this plays as well, if not better than any of them.
    Beautifully built. As far as the tuning, it stays in tune fine for a hard tail, non locking system.
    Had to tune maybe twice in a couple of hours.
    If you aren't familiar with the SG charm it is the 12th fret being 6 or 7 frets left of the cut outs.
    For a guy like me that struggles past the 12th, chubby fingers, it is awesome. (This is true with any SG).

    For the money, you cannot find a better deal on a really great sounding, playing, and built hard tail Axe than this.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Truly one of THE most "Special" SG's Gibson/Epiphone have to offer!!!

    By H-Bomb

    from Upstate South Carolina

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    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    Simply put, if Epiphone put this kind of detail (bound neck, improved 60's style contours/bevels) on their G-400 model, and added the optional Maestro Vibrolas, you'd be asking "Gibson who?" I know a lot of people will rant and rave about their high-end Custom Shop / Historic SG's and Les Pauls, and in some instances they're decent quality. KALAMAZOO quality or aesthetic beauty? NOPE. Till they reach that level of QC and artisan detail (look at the body/cutaway beveling on the original 60's SG's, along with the tapered horn tips and mirror-smooth finish), I can't justify paying 8 times the cost of this Epiphone for a guitar that comes 75%-80% close to the "real deal". Seriously, I'm debating slapping an AllParts short vibrola (repro of the '63-'71 short Maestro on the originals), because that's the ONLY thing this baby lacks. Great guitar, cannot be beat for the price, or even for 4 times the price. If you like SG's, like P-90's and want something you can't put down, try one out. Through a Marshall or VOX of course.
    I rated this a "9" on features because even though by "modern standards" it's pretty traditional and simple, it's everything you need! OK, one thing's missing: the short Maestro vibrola option!!! Seriously, add an optional short vibrola tailpiece (and maybe a Pelham Blue finish as an option), and maybe SLIGHTLY more "vintage spec" beveling (which let's face it, they aren't even doing right on the most expensive "Historic" series models) and you have all you could ever ask for that mistress that is the P-90 equipped SG.
    Say what you will about Chinese-made guitars, but there is no denying that they have TOTALLY stepped-it-up on these. Really with almost ALL the current Epiphone models coming out right now, they're back on par with the coveted Korean models (the models which, if most of you recall, some snobs STILL poo-pooed back in the day because they weren't USA Gibsons). Awesome fretwork (which you cannot find on a lower priced Gibson anymore), high-quality parts and electronics (not "boutique" but who cares???), great fit and finish and classic design. Mine sees stage AND studio use, and I am proud because it puts a colleague's "60's Tribute" Gibson model to shame at less than half the price.
    As I've already said, this has been up against one of the half-cocked Gibson USA "60's Tribute" faded models, and this one blew that away! The pickups, while a little more "bitey" and less warm than the Gibson's, were not "different enough to make you mad", and the feel of the Epi far surpassed the unbound neck with pitiful fretwork. Great gigbag included too, better than the devolved cheapo ones Gibson's offering on their lower-end models.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone 61 SG (TV Yellow)

    By Volker

    from New York

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    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    I purchase this guitar after doing some homework, reading many reviews and trying it out against comparable guitars as mentioned above. My very first Guitar was an Epiphone ET-270 of which I still own (Japan Made) I have a nice collection of Gibson's USA Fenders and Two Epiphone Elitist LP's and a Masterbilt AJ500R.
    As I mentioned above the fit and finish is flawless as was on my two Elitist Lp's. My Gibson Custom shop ES 335 in Beal Street Blue needed $395 worth of warranty work before I even played it. Frets at varying heights,Nut was cut wrong needed to be replaced, body cavity was full of saw dust, F hole edges only partially blacked out had to be done again. My Luthier send in the request for warranty work and Gibson took care of it. I am droping this guitar off for a set up this week and I am sure this guitar will not require any warranty work as was the case with my Elitists
    Not much to say here other than it is what I had expected. Epiphone really took the extra effort to replicate a 1961 Vintage SG. They are spot on with every detail.Very satisfied with the attention to detail and workmanship.
    Its amazing to me that Epiphone can sell these guitars for the price that they do. Aside fron the attention to detail wich is fantastic, the fit and finish is flawless.I am getting it set-up by my Luthier this week and I am sure there will be no surprises...lol
    See my above post...lol
    I just dont know how they can sell these for the price range they are in with the spec's that they are providing. I had tried one of the Gibson SG'standards with p-90s and then tried one of these and have to say the Epiphone felt better and had a better fit and finish. No laquer runs on the back of the neck or orange peel. I feel that the Epiphone was a better quality guitar for the price.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    limited edition SG special

    By GARY MARSHALL

    from Radford, Virginia

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    I just received my new Epiphone limited edition SG special from musicians friend. I was quite pleasantly surprised with the over all quality and closeness to vintage specs. The vintage features are first rate. It comes with pointers on the volume and tone knobs, also the neck binding is correct with
    vintage specs. also the white oval tuner buttons three to a plate is vintage as well. The P90's sound like they should. The weight and balance is good, it required some set-up as most new guitars do. The wrap around bridge intonates very reasonable. Over all this is a fantastic value. The only complaint that is worth mentioning is if you purchase the cherry finish model as I did. The core wood of the body is maple with a thin veneer of mahagany on the top and back surface. The problem with this or at least with the one I purchsed is the mahagany veneer is darker in color than the sculpturd part of the body causing a slightly two toned red appearence. A light red on the sculpturd points and sides and a darker red on top and back. If one purchases the other colors, the TV yellow, White or Ebony probably won't see this inconsistancy.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    SG with P90s

    By nortonclybourn

    from flyover, USA

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    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    Did it for me
    Personally I don't like the jack on the top of the guitar by the controls, but that's my own hang-up, and I guess it is the vintage way for SGs and 335's. The wraparound bridge is not (very) adjustable, but intonation was not bad. Tone pots give a huge range of roll-off. 0 is a usable tone even without overdriving it, and there is plenty of treble to dial down from, even on the neck pu. Tuners look fragile but are solid.
    Needed adjustment on action, truss rod and pickup height. Truss rod was baffling - seems to be a dual action, but counterclockwise lowers relief. Eventually I got it nice and low and comfortable. Nice retro look, mine is black on black, looks and feels great. Tried the epi 60 les paul but I couldnt get the neck to work, and the tone pots were not nearly as responsive as on this one. Incredible range of tones from the pickups. I got it for the slightly dirty bluesy sound, but you can also get a great acoustic folky sound with a little edge. Even with more gain (which as as close as the volume knob) you can hear each string in a chord.
    Good deal for P90 tone. Brilliant, versatile pickups, slim, easily playable neck. Are the electronics good enough to play in a stadium? I don't know, but they're good enough for me. Gig bag is a nice gesture, I guess, but who is going to be backpacking a solid body guitar to a campsite?

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This guitar is amazing!

    By John Sheets

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

    The only complaint I had was the bridge, but again that's a personal thing and it is a 1961 reissue. Guitars like this never came stock with moveable saddles.
    I bought this guitar after christmas this year. Now, I was never ever an SG fan, but boy did this guitar change my mind. I love the sound a P90, and I didn't see any other guitars in price range with P90s, so I thought, why not? I plugged it in, tuned it up, and just started jamming and this guitar sounded amazing. After I got mine, I did change the bridge to an adjustable wraparound so I could intonate it better, this guitar doesn't NEED anything else. Any mods you make are strictly wants. It's light weight, sounds good, and can play just about anything you want. I play in a pop-punk band and it's perfect for it. GO BUY IT!
    Quality=amazing. The wilkinson vintage tuners are a nice touch too.
    10/10 hands down. This guitar is worth way more than the price paid, it's a steal.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great

    By ant

    from wilmington de

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great guitar
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

      i loved this guitar when i first seen it,so there really could be nothing wrong with it for me, it has some small dots in the paint but thats just very small, besides that it was setup almost perfect, the string hight is low, the pickups sound great, the color of the guitar(cherry)was amazing, the bridge is solid with no buzzing from the pickups really, p90s will have some buzzing, the neck is not really that heavy to me it might be to somebody else but i rest my palm on the bridge and my arm on the upper body so it stays up for me. the nut that came with mine is almost white not black like in the photo, maybe the newer made ones have a white nut. but anyway this guitar sounds great, plays very smooth and is light weight, i mean it is easly worth much more than the price. it is so great even if you like your guitars to be spotless and absolutly perfect just buy this and do what ever you want to it. bottom line just get this dont pass it by because its limited and its just special. sorry about spelling was always to busy learning importint things like music. goodbye thanks for reading hope i helped.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Like Pete Townshend's SG

      By Highzplainz

      from Wyoming

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Light Weight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

          Nice guitar for the money.
          Mine's Alpine White like the SGs that Pete Townshend's had before he smashed them. I was concerned that the tailpiece bridge would be dificult to intonate but it was not an issue. The guitar arrived not very well set up but it was not difficult to get everything adjusted to my liking. The P90's sound great and the guitar stays pretty much in tune. I have two other Gibson SGs and the quality on this Epi seems comparable. I did replace the bridge studs with TonePro locking studs. I got the metric sized ones and they screwed in without having to remove the factory bushings. They keep the bridge from coming loose when you change strings and correct the angle that the factory studs allowed the bridge to have. They also increase sustain because of the more precise fit. Other than that, it's a really cool axe. I will NOT be smashing this one.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great vintage-spec SG for a great price - the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 50th Ann. 1961 SG Special Outfit

          By Jared Boyd

          from Virginia

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

          A lot of people complain about the imbalance/neck dive of any SG, and I can see where that might be a problem. Well if you have a tendency to not have your hand on the neck, then I suggest you hold it there when not playing. Problem solved.
          If you are going for the classic SG styling on a budget, this is the guitar for you.
          I personally like the middle position the best. The two single coils mixed seem to give it more snap and smooth tones, which is what I prefer.
          Plays great on the clean setting, can handle some heavy distortion, though I tend to keep mine cleaner.
          I had an Epiphone Les Paul Studio before this, but it just wasn't right for me. I'm a big fellow, so if wasn't the weight that put me off. Maybe it was the accessibility of frets, that I needed a double cutaway. Maybe it was that the toggle switch was in the way of my playing. Or maybe I just needed a thinner, flatter guitar for my playing.
          Oh, and it stays in tune well.
          The features are pretty simple, nothing fancy that is.
          I guess a real nice feature is the binding on the neck, which I'm pretty sure this is Epiphone's only model in production at the moment that features neck binding besides the Custom SG.
          Has Limited Edition Epiphone Custom Shop stamped on the back where the neck meets the headstock, if things like that appeal to you.
          The vintage tab tuners are a nice feature, I would almost prefer them over stock Grovers because they are nice and tight and tune well.
          I got mine from a Guitar Center store, so mine is already set up to the point where the action is just right and the intonation is pretty much spot on.
          The electronics are affective, meaning you can really roll off the tone or volume to get to a sweet spot that the player prefers. There isn't any immediate drop in volume or tone when rolling.
          And last but not least is the pickups. I was skeptical because I was looking into a humbucker equiped guitar, but then I realized that the P90s were dark enough for my suiting, but they also had a lot of character from being a single coil. I see no reason to upgrade them.
          Great quality.
          Chose this model over other Epiphone SGs because it just seemed to be a downright player's guitar.
          Simple, but complex enough to suit my tonal experimentation.
          It's a high quality Epiphone, so how can it not be of good value?
          I got mine 10% off, which I wouldn't have gotten online at the time since Epiphone excludes theirselves from such coupon offers.

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