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Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar  

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The redesigned 2013 SG Standard pays tribute to its revolutionary heritage. This guitar boasts all of the classic SG appointments including a double-...Read More

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The classic Gibson SG Standard revamped for 2013.

The redesigned 2013 SG Standard pays tribute to its revolutionary heritage. This guitar boasts all of the classic SG appointments including a double-cutaway mahogany body, slim mahogany neck, bound rosewood fretboard and Gibson’s ’57 Classic humbucking pickups for pure vintage-style bite. Plus, now it features the original, smaller pickguard with tenon cover for the ultimate vintage-inspired look. It's all there, in all its original glory. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • 24.75" Scale SG slim mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Chrome tune-o-matic bridge
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • 57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • Small SG pickguard
  • Hardshell case included

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Gibson2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (27)
  • Good tone (26)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good pick up (22)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Jamming (20)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (14)
  • Small venues (13)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

After 30 years, it's back to the SG

I've always been a Les Paul fan but after a number of years fighting the 50's neck on my 2007 Standard, I decided it was time to make a move. My hands are...Read complete review

I've always been a Les Paul fan but after a number of years fighting the 50's neck on my 2007 Standard, I decided it was time to make a move. My hands are relatively small and I had to work so hard at playing cleanly on the LP, I simply didn't enjoy playing.

My first Gibson, in 1978, was an SG Standard in Walnut. It was a great guitar but at the time, I didn't really have a frame of reference. 35 years later, I'm back with the SG! I went to a local guitar shop to scope out some guitars and after trying a LP with a 60's profile neck, I reluctantly grabbed an this SG Standard in Heritage Cherry. I knew within 3 minutes that THIS was my guitar.

My hand rests comfortably just behind the bridge on the strings and the neck is just super-fast. My first rehearsal with this guitar was the most fun I've had playing in ages! I never realized how much work the LP was! I was ripping out some nice ascending and descending runs and nailing some nice pinch harmonics in a way that had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.

The guitar is somewhat brighter than my LP but also, in some ways, "middier". The SG really has a tone all its own and I'm well pleased with the Classic 57s. I believe the guitar came with a hybrid set of strings as it appeared to have a .046 low E and .009 for the high E. I replaced them with a set of .010s, reset the intonation, lowered the action a bit and was ready to rock. The only negative is that I was just barely able to get the low E string intonated in that I had to move it as far back as it would go. I may end up turning the saddle around.

The initial set-up was actually quite good; the action was med to med low and the relief was right about where I like it. I would guess in the neighborhood of about .005-.007". Finish-wise, it really is perfect. I can't find any flaws. The neck binding is perfect, the frets didn't have any jagged edges, (Like so many of the cheaper Les Pauls, Studios, etc).

My only complaint is the tuners. I'm not a fan of Kluson "Deluxe"-style tuners; just never liked em. I know for a number of years the ratio was a dismal 13:1 which just isn't fine enough for me. I'm not sure what the current "TonePros" Klusons are, I'm guessing 15 or 16:1. That's what comes on this guitar.

Finally, one pleasant surprise is that they don't use the PCB in the control cavity! Should you decide to upgrade the pots, etc, you won't be stuck having to completely convert it back to discrete components in the control cavity. The existing controls have a good taper to them. I'm very pleased, as a matter of fact. I was expecting some sort of abrupt "shelf" in the taper of the pots but that isn't the case.

Oh yes, I really wish Gibson would stop buying ten cent capacitors and put some orange drops in their guitars. It's a small change that can make a huge difference.

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Beware of Used Gear

This is a fantastic SG model. Looks like they took all the features of the SG '61 Reissue and threw it into the Standard at a far cheaper price.

With that...Read complete review

This is a fantastic SG model. Looks like they took all the features of the SG '61 Reissue and threw it into the Standard at a far cheaper price.

With that being said, BEWARE of buying used gear from Musiciansfriend. I do not think they do a thorough inspection when rating the condition of their used guitars. I bought mine as a Level 2. From my understanding, it would've had only had a few scratches and dings on the finish but everything else would be in 100% working order. This was not the case when I received the guitar. The tone knob for the neck pickup was not seated on the shaft properly and the volume knob for the bridge was cracked and did not sit on the shaft at all rendering, it unusable. This guitar should have been a Level 3 item.

Instead of going through the trouble of returning the guitar, I decided to order replacement knobs and repair it myself. I do hope the knobs are the issue and not the pots itself.

Anyway, the guitar is fantastic. Sounds fantastic with the 57 Classic pickups, meaty and articulate. The fretwork and finish are flawless. Overall a perfect guitar except for the condition it came in. (I do not know if it left the factory like this or got banged up by the previous owner)

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5.0

WHAT A MACHINE !!!!!!

By Scott

from Vermont

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

      my first used purchase and it looks brand new . absolutely perfect !!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      2013 SG Standard in heritage cherry.

      By Scott Knudson

      from Tennessee

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

          I bought the 2013 Gibson SG standard from Musician's Friend as a condition 1 used/blem item. I have been looking at these since they went back to the smaller pickguard that I prefer. I figured since they just reintroduced it I could buy one over the next few years. I was wrong. Gibson started putting that ridiculous Min-E-Tune on every last one! It was dropped as an option for the 2014 lineup. No thanks. I've done fine without a huge goiter and ugly tuners on my headstock all this time.

          I have owned a 1961 SG Standard re-issue that never really impressed me. The pots were poorly installed, The selector switch had a short and there were other, smaller issues. Not the case with this one.

          This 2013 SG Standard is crafted every bit as well as my Gibson Les Paul custom. Perfect fit and finish, Perfect fret work and binding, sleek smaller pickguard, pots, knobs, switch and electronics very well done and the action and setup is right on. The nut is well dressed and the hardware is the quality I would expect from Gibson. The humbuckers can go from warm clean to that raspy, AC/DC distortion that we all love. Bending notes is a breeze and the neck profile compliments the way I play. Aside from the inherent "better not bump or drop" design of this guitar I just can't find any real fault. I am glad I pulled the trigger before I ended up with a Min-E-tune.

          As for Musician's Friend: They said it was mint, it was mint. I would go a step further and say new, minus the warranty. Packaging and shipping were fine. They shipped it so quick I barely had time to tell my wife before it showed up. Trust me, don't let one show up at the door before you tell the wife......Bad juju. I can't say exactly what I paid, but MF priced it right up my alley. Kudos to the Friend. I know where to go to get my gear fix.

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          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By ecbluesbreaker

          from Austin, Tx.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

            Overall good instrument. Light and I like the slim neck for my small hands.

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            3.0

            Beware of Used Gear

            By Brandon Chin

            from NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

              This is a fantastic SG model. Looks like they took all the features of the SG '61 Reissue and threw it into the Standard at a far cheaper price.

              With that being said, BEWARE of buying used gear from Musiciansfriend. I do not think they do a thorough inspection when rating the condition of their used guitars. I bought mine as a Level 2. From my understanding, it would've had only had a few scratches and dings on the finish but everything else would be in 100% working order. This was not the case when I received the guitar. The tone knob for the neck pickup was not seated on the shaft properly and the volume knob for the bridge was cracked and did not sit on the shaft at all rendering, it unusable. This guitar should have been a Level 3 item.

              Instead of going through the trouble of returning the guitar, I decided to order replacement knobs and repair it myself. I do hope the knobs are the issue and not the pots itself.

              Anyway, the guitar is fantastic. Sounds fantastic with the 57 Classic pickups, meaty and articulate. The fretwork and finish are flawless. Overall a perfect guitar except for the condition it came in. (I do not know if it left the factory like this or got banged up by the previous owner)

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              5.0

              This SG is EXCELLENT

              By AEROCASTER

              from Calgary, Canada

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Wide Thin Neck

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

                I'll start by saying the first guitar I bought was an SG in the early 70s. I was a kid, and bought it on layaway at 25 a week until I took it from the store. I remember it as an excellent guitar! I traded it in for a P-Bass a few years later when I joined a band and ALWAWY regretted selling that SG.

                Fast-forward 40 years and this gorgeous 2003 SG arrives at my door from Musicians Friend. I had a store credit from a few years ago, and it was on sale to begin with, so it wasn't exactly breaking the bank. Also, it was xmas, and easty to justify for numerous other reasons.

                I tried it at home in private the day it arrived. The fretboard was wider and more comfortable than I remembered, the neck profile thin and fast, and it was all around very, very comfortable to play on, and very different than the vintage Fender necks I'm used to playing. Bottom line, I like the neck a lot. Very easy to get used to.

                The stock Gibson humbuckers are warm and rich. I've always played Fender, mostly single coil Tele and Strats , and have been looking for an opportunity to get a rig with humbuckers.

                The body and neck are mahogany - a solid, single piece body, with a set neck. The vibe from these tone-woods is very resonant. The strings have a piano-like sound compared to my Fenders, which I suspect is due to this very solid construction.

                Bottoom line is that I own a lot of guitars, maybe too many, but getting this SG after 40 years was a thrill in its own right. Playing it confirmed that the Gibson SG is and always has been a blues and rock monster that almost anyone would enjoy immensely.

                I got mine in Natural Burst, and it's a beauty.

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/g

                By Shack

                from Harlan County, Ky.

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Name Say's It All
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Na

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

                Once again the staff @ Musicians Friend went above & beyond in their desire to satisfy the customer!I just don't have this kind experience with the other guys,Musicans Friend Rocks!

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                5.0

                2013 Gibson SG Standard

                By Johnny D-NAUxh

                from California

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

                  Let me begin by saying that this is not the first SG I have ever owned. I also have the SG classic that sports the P-90 pickups. Both of these guitars are fantastic and beautiful. Just a few differences between the two. I use to also have a 1967 SG that was nabbed in a burglary over 30 years ago. I am too old to out gigging anymore so its now back to being a hobby. Still enjoying it though.

                  This model has just about been used by every great rock band one way or another. Countless great classic rock songs have been recorded using these. Along with the Stratocaster and Telecaster, these are the rock heavies. Even more so than the fabled Les Paul standard.

                  Not so much designed for Heavy Metal rock, you can still do it with these using the right peadal. No whammy bar though!

                  I really like these classic 57 pickups. They sound sweet played clean through a Silver Face Twin Reverb. Nice thick tone. I had previously heard these by playing a friends ES 175 Custom. I couldn't afford one those so this is the best runner up for me. Just about any Gibson with these pickups will sound great in my opinion.

                  For around $1200.00 or so, the best value for a US built electric guitar in my opinion.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Like, if Gibson ever made a Telecaster

                  By theTinkerer

                  from South Jersey

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fast Slim Neck
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone
                  • Light Weight
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • On Stage Anywhere

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

                  Never had, or wanted one of these. But now I don't know how I did without it! Such full humbucker sound from something with so light a weight! No gimmicks, just pure guitar for what it should be. Love the 57's in it. I have smaller hands so the slim neck is perfect for me, very fast playing. I have 3 Gibby LP's that I love but this SG really rounds out the package with a different feel and somewhat different sound.

                  You hear a lot on the InterWEB whining about Gibson QC. Did NOT see any problems here. This SG came with the blue tape intact, never opened since it left the factory. And it is flawless! Setup needed a little tweaking, just no big deal. Love this guitar, glad I gave it a chance after so many (50? LOL) years.

                  OK - can't talk $$, but got a great deal here from MF without wasting a lot of time begging, shipped almost immediately, arrived safely, and guitar has ZERO issues!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Expected more...

                  By Darkhund

                  from Rochester, New York

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Painted Over Dings
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                  • The Finish Was Terrible
                  • Wood Wasn't Well Finished

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

                  The guitar is very solid, and the sound and tone are awesome...The neck feels good if you like a wide neck, it's really not a speed-demons dream, kind of old-school... The finish was terrible, it looks like they didn't finish sanding the body and painted over dings and dents in the wood...

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great guitar.

                  By Jim

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast neck
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard Electric Guitar:

                    I'm normally a stratocaster player. I own 2 les pauls, and they are great sounding, but this guitar is really fun to play. I love the upper fret access and it looks good too. The neck pickup sounds excellent for blues playing. The bridge pickup has its own sound - it isn't too hot - it sounds very smooth. Really fast neck, nice and lightweight. This is one of my favorites. I wish I'd purchased one sooner.

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