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Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar   

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The 2013 SG Future Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of the guitar world’s most legendary double-cutaway solidbody, and equips it for the pla...Read More

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A tribute to the innovation at the heart of the SG.

The 2013 SG Future Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of the guitar world’s most legendary double-cutaway solidbody, and equips it for the player of the future, while making it available today. Primed for optimum playability and versatility, the SG Future Tribute carries a pair of “zebra-coil” ’57 Classic humbucking pickups for a blend of vintage warmth and contemporary articulation, along with a superbly comfortable custom asymmetrical neck profile. Gibson’s acclaimed bridge and tailpiece team up with futuristic Steinberger gearless tuners to ensure smooth playability and precise tuning and intonation.

The SG Future Tribute looks great in a choice of colors, all Vintage Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

The SG Future Tribute takes the classic platform of the original SG Standards forward into the 21st century. Built in the image of the legendary SG Standards, the SG Future Tribute starts with a foundation of solid mahogany, a tonewood with a long tradition at Gibson. A solid mahogany body is crafted in the distinctive, thin asymmetrical dual-cutaway style, with iconic pointed “horns” and beveled edges to enhance playing comfort. A solid mahogany neck is glued into the body in Gibson’s time-tested tradition and carved to an ergonomic and superbly comfortable new asymmetrical profile that fits the natural shape of the human hand, with depths of .800” at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th, making this one of the most playable SGs yet created. It is topped with a genuine rosewood fingerboard that carries 24 medium-jumbo frets to maximize the playing reach of the SG style, along with traditional trapezoid inlays.

In keeping with the stripped-down ethos of this powerful performer, both body and ’board remain unbound, and there’s no pickguard to obscure the finish. A PLEK-cut nut made from black Corian subtly complements the knurled chrome knobs and black pickup rings. The headstock is silkscreened with gold Gibson and holly logos.

The SG Future Tribute ensures its sonic versatility and hot looks with a pair of zebra-coil humbucking pickups, consisting of a standard-wound ’57 Classic humbucker in the neck position and a slightly over-wound ’57 Classic Plus in the bridge position for hotter lead tones. The ’57 Classics recreate Gibson’s esteemed PAF humbuckers by using genuine Alnico 2 magnets and 42-AWG enamel-coated wire. They are also enhanced with evenly matched coils for a smooth, singing tone, and wax potting to combat microphonic squeal at high volume levels. The result is a pickup that is thick, rich, and warm, yet clear and articulate—perfect for the broad demands of today’s music. The traditional wiring complement of an independent volume and tone control per pickup plus a three-way toggle selector switch allows a broad range of sonic variations.

To anchor it all down, Gibson USA loads in a classic Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece, then rams it all into the future with a set of super-efficient Steinberger gearless tuners, a hardware set that partners up for solid sustain and precision tuning. Put it all together, and the SG Future Tribute presents the perfect celebration of the SG for the 21st century, wrapping it all into a great guitar that brings the look, feel, and sound of a contemporary SG to the hands of the demanding players of today, and tomorrow.

Each guitar includes a black Gibson gig bag, owner’s manual and truss rod wrench.

FEATURES
  • Solid Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck with new Asymmetrical profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Zebra-coil '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Steinberger gearless tuners
  • Includes Gibson gig bag

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Gibson2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

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A plain looker with sweet tone.

Compared to most Gibson guitars the SG 2013 Future Tribute is somewhat drab in appearance, but sings like the best right out of the box. Mine came with an inspection card dated April 2013...Read complete review

Compared to most Gibson guitars the SG 2013 Future Tribute is somewhat drab in appearance, but sings like the best right out of the box. Mine came with an inspection card dated April 2013 but tune-up required a half step or less on all strings with perfect intonation. The Steinberger gearless tuners do look odd to those of us who spend hours staring at guitars, but the precise tuning and natural hand position when turning the knurled knobs on back of the headstock makes instant sense that this is a better system. Action was set slightly high but was surprisingly very playable at that height and easily lowered. The asymmetrical neck is hardly noticeable until after a few minutes you realize what was a stretch on another guitar now seems easier. Frets all well dressed and seated. Clean tones are crisp and precise but not too metallic with both blues and jazz sounds available. Tube distortion drones along at its best in a broad usable range as the plain looking 57 Classic zebra pickups seem to be the elements delivering the necessary boost making the presence of every string at any fret distinctive. Sustain dwells everywhere. The pickup selector, volume and tone pots are smooth, responsive and noiseless. The chrome knobs look of good quality, but two of the four were not pressed on straight and wobble when turned. I assume they can be straightened but have not tried. The vintage "gloss" nitrocellulose lacquer of the heritage cherry finish found on my SG is consistent and looks durable, feeling especially good on the neck. The finish is not a high gloss. The Gibson gigbag the SG came in is very high quality, but my SG will be found in a Musicians Gear SGS case where it fits nicely. If you can get past the plain look of the finish and "future" look of the tuners and knobs, and maybe the zebras, you have an SG that sounds like a glossy bling laden Gibson that will last just as long for a lot less moo-la.

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not what one expects from Gibson

Got this on SOTD. Great price for an american made Gibson--or so I thought. Advice to Gison: stick to what you do well. Make Outstanding High quality instruments that people will...Read complete review

Got this on SOTD. Great price for an american made Gibson--or so I thought. Advice to Gison: stick to what you do well. Make Outstanding High quality instruments that people will pay a premium for. These are not it. Don't bother to try and compete at this price point. Yes it has outstanding pickups, but that's about all this guitar has going for it. The finish was poor. The set up was atrocious. At this price you can easily buy some Korean made high quality instrument (ESP/LTD) that is ten times better. Also, as another reviewer wrote too: what I got was a used instrument that was a 2012 instead of a 2013 (used does matter. year not so much) That knid of thing seems to be quite common on MF. The last 5 or so items I got off SOTD were represented as new but ended up being clearly used with various signs of wear and tear. If it seems to be good to be true, maybe it is. Stupid Deal of the day is just that--stupid

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5.0

GREAT GUITAR AT A BARGAIN PRICE

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from Lucerne, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

    I bought mine (in ebony) as a SDOTD and couldn't be happier with the incredible bargain I got! Gibson wasted no money on fancy bindings and finish when they put this axe together. No grain filler was used on the body, and the coloring can be best described as semi-gloss wall paint. However, I don't find this to be a negative, as the electronics are superb, and the quality of the neck is typical Gibson excellence -- I love the trapezoid inlays. Without a maple top, the solid mahogany does make for a darker tone than you might otherwise expect from an SG, and the mahogany is FRAGILE (a fingernail can easily leave a permanent mark), so be careful! With this in mind, I installed a pickguard cut down from a '61 style (the pickups are 1/4" closer together than on a true '61) to help protect the top. I do find it odd that the "Future" uses '57 Classic pickups that were conceived four years prior to the release of the first SG, but except for the zebra color, which clashes a bit with the overall look, I have no complaints. The tone is great; It growls and sings like an SG should! The Steinberger tuners are also far superior to any others I own (17 guitars to date), and are the only components of this guitar that can be called futuristic. I installed a Stetsbar tremolo in place of the stop tail, which improved the instrument's versatility as well as giving it a state-of-the-art look in keeping with the tuners. This axe is a LOT of instrument for the money, even at full street price. If you can score one in a SDOTD, grab it quick!

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    5.0

    Best Gibson bargain since the torrified maple days!

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    from Santa Clara, CA

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    Pros

    • Fantastic neck carve
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • One sharp fret end

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

      This is an interesting mix of bare-bones and high-end. The finish is between the standard gibson gloss finish and the faded or matte finishes on many lower-priced models -- sort of a semi-gloss. My only complaint in terms of fit and finish is that the first fret sticks out just a smidge on the treble end (unbound fretboard). A moment with a file should clean that up. In terms of tone, this thing delivers it in spades. It sounds big and warm clean and will take all the dirt you care to serve it. It's a proper SG. The jury is stil out on the tuners -- Haven't had it long enough to say for sure if I like them or not. One thing I do like, is that they are very precise. Also, I really appreciate the nice, heavy knurled knobs -- so much nicer than the usual plastic Gibby knobs (these are basically the same knobs you'd find on a telecaster). For the price I paid, I think I got an amazing bargain.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite guitar I own by far

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      from Baltimore

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

        This guitar sounds amazing. The action is perfect and it has a really nice tone.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gibson SG, always a good choice for rock

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        from DeKalb IL

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Lightweight, easy to play
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

          Gibson makes some really good inexpensive guitar

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Will be returning this Gibson.

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          from Southeast missouri

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

              While good looking the 'Pros' stop there Very average sound w/out Gibson quality. Charvel, Ibanez,and custom made SG all sound much better. Disappointed.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Gibson quality is hit and miss

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              from Texas

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

                Just got a 2013 SG Tribute Future as a Stupid Deal of The Day. When I received the guitar, I was quite disappointed at the "state of assembly" the instrument was in. It was the single worst new guitar I have ever seen, and I've seen many over the years. The action (and I do know the action needs to be adjusted on most new guitars) was literally about 3/8ths off the fretboard. There was a small dent on the side of the neck. And get this - there was masking tape still covering the bridge studs. One of the open coil pickups had it's tape pulled open on the picking side. One I crudely adjusted the action by simply screwing down the bridge thumbwheels, the guitar became playable and did have the signature SG sound. But I was so disappointed that I returned the guitar. I had hopes that Gibson quality was returning to the place where it used to be (pre-1970), but now I'm not so sure. An Ibanez QA inspector would probably have been caned, then fired for letting this thing leave the factory.

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                5.0

                I consider this a good buy.

                By 

                from Maryland

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

                  The guitar is flawless in workmanship..

                  I wanted a solid body for playing jazz standards. I need the sustain, which I wasn't getting from my Joe Pass Epiphone. Additionally, the short scale of the Joe Pass made playing above fret 12 difficult for me (fat fingers).

                  This SG matches or surpasses my Tele in sustain and the tone is more appropriate for jazz than the Tele. I feel that with a little more tweaking of the amp and my pedals, I'll find the tone I'm looking for.

                  I love the Steinberger tuners. Changing strings is super fast, the tuning is stable and the tuning knobs work very smoothly. I'm considering replacing the Grovers on my Taylor 814 CE with Steinbergers.

                  The guitar is like a Nissan ExTerra: Everything you need, nothing you don't. A bit stripped-down in appearance (no pick guard, no binding on the neck). Since I play finger-style, the lack of a pick guard is not an issue for me. In fact, I think it improves the appearance.

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                  5.0

                  Great Deal, Nice Guitar.

                  By 

                  from Chico,CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

                    PUPs sound great. Tuners work great, look a little strange at first, but they make sense. Finish is good. I don't have to worry about it so much as I do my ES -335/12. My wife loves the tones I can get out of it. No fret buzz at all. No set-up needed. All in all I am very happy with this guitar. I was considering an Epi Les Paul but I'm glad I waited till I saw this on SDOTD.

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                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    not what one expects from Gibson

                    By 

                    from mi

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

                        Got this on SOTD. Great price for an american made Gibson--or so I thought. Advice to Gison: stick to what you do well. Make Outstanding High quality instruments that people will pay a premium for. These are not it. Don't bother to try and compete at this price point. Yes it has outstanding pickups, but that's about all this guitar has going for it. The finish was poor. The set up was atrocious. At this price you can easily buy some Korean made high quality instrument (ESP/LTD) that is ten times better. Also, as another reviewer wrote too: what I got was a used instrument that was a 2012 instead of a 2013 (used does matter. year not so much) That knid of thing seems to be quite common on MF. The last 5 or so items I got off SOTD were represented as new but ended up being clearly used with various signs of wear and tear. If it seems to be good to be true, maybe it is. Stupid Deal of the day is just that--stupid

                        Comment on this review

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Guitar For The Money!

                        By 

                        from San Antonio, TX.

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Rock Concerts

                          Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Tribute Future Electric Guitar:

                          I picked up an ebony 2013 Gibson SG Future Tribute from MF on their SDOTD. It's made in the USA and shows quality workmanship. The guitar is well-balanced and plays well. The action coming from the factory was ideal; not too high, not too low, with no fret buzz.

                          As for the sound, the '57 classic pickups are really good pickups with articulation and clarity, but the tone is a little on the dark side. I suspect that's because the guitar is solid mahogany. Most guitars have a maple top specifically to brighten up the dark sound of mahogany. This is easily remedied, though, by turning up the presence and/or treble on your amp.

                          The Steinberger tuners look a little odd at first, but they're pretty cool. A simple twist of the tuner from underneath the headstock takes care of any tuning issues. They're solid and keep the guitar in tune. Very impressive.

                          The gig bag that comes with it is high quality and extremely durable. It's well-padded on the inside and thick. I would have preferred a hard shell case, but at the price I paid I can't complain.

                          All-in-all I'd say the 2013 Gibson SG Future Tribute is worth a go. I expect value for my money and Gibson delivered with this one. Thanks to MF for a great deal on a killer guitar.

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