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The Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a solid mahogany body and a maple neck with a '60s ...Read More

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A classic joins the anniversary celebration with a list of special features.

The Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a solid mahogany body and a maple neck with a '60s slim profile. The 24-fret rosewood fingerboard has trapezoid inlays and sports a 120th Anniversary banner at the 12th fret. The headstock has "2014" on the back and a "Special" truss-rod cover to commemorate the anniversary year.

Electronics include the classic combination of 490R and 490T pickups with chrome covers and dark cream mounting rings. This SG Special benefits from the full-array anniversary bonuses including max grip speed knobs, vintage-style tuners, a Graph Tech nut and chrome tune-o-matic bridge. It includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple, '60s Slim Profile
  • Fingerboard: 24-Fret Rosewood, Trapezoid Inlays with 120th Banner
  • Hardware: Chrome Tune-o-matic, Vintage Style Tuners
  • Electronics: 490R and 490T with chrome covers
  • Plastics: New max grip speed knobs
  • Special Notes: Dark cream mounting rings “2014 Model” on back of headstock, “Special” Truss Rod Cover
  • Case: Premium Gig Bag
Special 120th Anniversary Features
  • Banner inlay on all instruments at the 12th fret
  • Max grip speed knobs
  • New extra large strap button
  • Cleartone coated strings
  • Graph Tech nut
  • Cryogenic treated fret wire for longer life and corrosion resistance

You'll have a reason to celebrate when you open its box. Order today.

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Gibson2014 SG Special Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (4)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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    5.0

    My first Gibson

    By GTorres

    from Mexico City

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar:

      This is the first Gibson I´ve ever played and purchased and couldn´t be happier, I tried it in NY along with other Gibsons (Les Paul Futura, another SG, even Telecaster, etc) and this was the best of them all with better feel, sound, looks and features!

      Like another guy said it needs a little time to break-in, I´ve left it out of it´s gig bag (included) ever since I got it and after a some months of playing it, and lowering a little the brige it feels more and more comfortable every day that passes.

      Another GREAT plus is the coil split feature, you may dial a great sound and if you want it to be a little bit trebly or not so "heavy" just pull the volume knob, it may not sound like a proper Fender strat, but you´ll get a unique sound, not a humbucker, not a noisy single coil, somewhere in between.

      Some of the sounds I´ve found myself getting easily with this guitar:

      The Libertines(coil split), The Beatles(coil split), Oasis, The strokes, Kasabian, Kings of Leon(coil split), etc (I use a Vox ac30 and a Fulltone Mosfet).

      Only concern: the gig bag doesn´t fit very well as it seems to be very tight on the headstock side.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar !

      By Mike Abbs

      from Hazlet, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar:

        This has been my main guitar for a while now. It has a very comfortable feel to it and sounds killer. Awesome player. I had a black pick guard made and changed all the plastics to black. Just a peeve but what the heck was Gibson thinking when they came up the aged cream plastics. Just didn't look right on the heritage cherry finish. I wasn't too crazy about the grippy speed knobs either. I went to take one off and low and behold... Push Pull Pots ! This wasn't advertised . I almost never use it but nice to know I have the ability to split the humbuckers. Despite the minor gripes I just described, this guitar is awesome for the money. It plays and sounds as good as any standard. I am looking at 2015 specials as they now come with full gloss and hard shell cases.. Bottom line is you gotta play this one before shelling out nearly 2G for a standard.

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        5.0

        Solid Workhorse

        By Andy

        from Troy, AL

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar:

          I got this in place of one of those awful 2015 Les Paul Jr.s on an exchange. I could not be happier. This guitar has been in my hands less than a month, and has seen three gigs in small and large venues alongside my Les Paul Studio Deluxe II. The tones are sick. The satin finish is super smooth, especially when I'm sweating. I haven't fooled with the coil tap; I'm a bear bones Humbucker kinda guy. My only complaint is a massive treble bleed with the volume knob. I rely only on my amp tube gain, and clean up with my volume and tone knobs. I'll probably replace the pickups and have the wiring changed to 50's style, eventually. That should clear it up.

          Bottom line: This is a bear bones, no nonsense, workhorse of an SG that sounds raw and furious, but could use some better pots.

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          5.0

          Needs to be worked in like a mitt

          By Mike

          from Flagstaff, AZ

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          Pros

          • Made In Usa
          • Playability
          • Working Musician Looks

          Cons

          • Break-in Time Needed

          Best Uses

          • Everything and anything

          Comments about Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar:

          When I first picked up this guitar I was almost thinking I made a mistake (I ordered it without having played it). I compared it to my Jackson SL2 Pro and thought that it was too light and generally unsubstatial feeling in my hands. This guitar has a mahogany body while my Jackson has an alder body, yet the Jackson is noticeably heavier. Nonetheless, I had faith in Gibson and began putting the guitar through its paces. After a week of playing I knew this was a keeper. Brought it to my guitar tech and had it set up. The nut needed adjustment because the strings I use wouldn't fit through it; also the G string was binding really bad; it just would not stay in tune. After I got it back it really started to open up. I found myself exclusively playing my SG for a while. Eventually I put a Rio Grande Texas Barbeque at the bridge and the sound I was after was easily dialed in through my chain. The most important point though, is that this guitar really needs break-in time to show its true potential. My Jackson is great, but its solidity can feel rigid. You have to play around the guitar (not necessarily a bad thing). My Gibson SG has this unquantifiable aspect of feeling like an extension of my body. You don't play around the guitar, you play through it. It really has an organic feel that can come off as "economy grade" before the guitar has had a chance to open up. I now love this guitar and would buy another should something happen to this. I've only had this for 6 months and I know that like most instruments it's only going to get better over time. I don't think enough people have given this guitar a chance. It should have come with a case, but the extra dough was worth it to protect it. The looks are stripped down, but I've often felt like higher-end Gibsons can look a little too much like jewelry. Each to his/her own though. Highly recommended, just give it time.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Finely an affordable SG

          By Bluesboy

          from Macon, Ga

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar:

            Waited 2 years to get a SG. This one is great. Good neck, weight,sounds fantastic.Waited for awhile to get an SG. Have a Gold Top Les Paul Standard, Fender Stratacaster. Play them both threw a Marshall DSL 40 hooked up to a 4x12 1960 cabinet. Great sound with them all. I play Blues mostly and this SG holds it own with tone, sustain, and most of all playability. The price is what did it.Would recamend this one to all.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gibson has stepped up their game.

            By Kurisuku

            from New Jersey

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            Pros

            • 24 Fret
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Low action
            • Perfectly Imperfect
            • Plek
            • Solid Electronics
            • Solid guitar

            Cons

            • Cleartone Strings
            • mild fret buzz
            • Not Perfect
            • Stock Setup

            Best Uses

            • Funk
            • Heavy Rock
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Reggae
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2014 SG Special Electric Guitar:

            This year has caused quite a stir with Gibson fans, and I actually think it's a step in the right direction. Not only giving mild touches of 'modern' in the 2014 line, it's clear they're keeping up with the times and including features that have recently earned PRS a large market share.

            The 2014 SG Special looks like a stylish, modernized SG - Yet it has all the same Gibson vibe that players have learned to love over the years.

            One feature - That isn't even advertised - Is the inclusion of coil tapping. The ability to coil tap this SG actually clarifies why this is an 'sg special'. It may not be P90's, but you definitely get a satisfactory tone.

            I feel this model deserves a little better than the 490 pickups, but they're still good and have a distinct flavor.

            I'm not sure how well the PLEK system is working out for Gibson, because my guitar came with incredibly low action which led to a lot of fret buzz in the low E and B strings. Raising the saddles a bit fixed the problem in the low E, but the B is still a little buzzy on the first few frets. Nothing a small truss rod adjustment won't fix.

            Even though these guitars are machined, there's definitely some hand made elements going on in the instrument that come through. Small bits of buffing or sanding around the neck edges and nut, and a ton of character in the wood. Near the edge of the 7th fret I got a piece of rosewood that was knotted at the end, leaving a small indentation in the wood. Completely cosmetic and doesn't effect the playability, but it does give the instrument 'mojo.' It's clear that no two models will be perfectly identical, and I think that's part of the appeal with Gibson.

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