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Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar  

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Overview

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple, SG Slim Profile
  • Fingerboard: 24-Fret Rosewood, Dot Inlays with 120th Anniversary Banner
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $1,000.00
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    - $456.00
  • Your Price:
    $54400
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This SG joins the anniversary celebration with features that make it the best deal at the party.

The Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a solid mahogany body and a maple neck with an SG slim profile. The 24-fret rosewood fingerboard has dot inlays and sports a 120th Anniversary banner at the 12th fret.

Powerful electronics include new ’61 Zebra Humbuckers and the traditional array of volume and tone controls. This SG benefits from the full array anniversary bonuses including max grip speed knobs, vintage-style tuners, a Graph Tech nut and satin chrome tune-o-matic bridge. It includes a gig bag.

Features

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple, SG Slim Profile
  • Fingerboard: 24-Fret Rosewood, Dot Inlays with 120th Anniversary Banner
  • Hardware: Satin Chrome Tune-o-matic, vintage style tuners
  • Electronics: New ’61 Zebra Humbucker
  • Plastics: New Black Max Grip Speed Knobs
  • 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 SGJ14 Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

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    (8)

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    (3)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (28)
  • Good feel (27)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Good pick up (24)
  • Solid electronics (22)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (26)
    • Practicing (25)
    • Small venues (19)
    • Recording (14)
    • Rock concerts (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Wow.

    This guitar is simply amazing. I tried it at Guitar Center and IMMEDIATELY fell in love. I was wanting the Epiphone 166 G-400 Pro, and then I played this. The Epiphone honestly...Read complete review

    This guitar is simply amazing. I tried it at Guitar Center and IMMEDIATELY fell in love. I was wanting the Epiphone 166 G-400 Pro, and then I played this. The Epiphone honestly SUCKED compared to this. It feels amazing, the strings are awesome, the pickups that come WITH it are increible if you want that crunch and a really nice clean sound as well. I have a Roland MicroCube, and I know that's not the best to test it on, but definitely excited. I am also getting my Crate Vintage Club 50 worked on, so I am SO pumped for playing it on that Tube Amp. To narrow it down, ( I've been playing for 6 years ) this is the absolute closest you will get to a real Gibson SG Standard. I honestly like the feel of THIS better than the Standard, I would only pick a Standard because of the looks. If they put gloss, and trapezoid inlays, this could EASILY go for 1200 big ones. All I can say is you will be amazed at the playablity of this guitar. Don't let rumor of this guitar being ugly make you think different. WORTH EVERY CENT!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Is It Really A Bargain

    I am a pro, playing over 50 years. Owned many an SG. Still have a few. In my opinion this is Gibson's entry level SG. That does not make it bad, but...Read complete review

    I am a pro, playing over 50 years. Owned many an SG. Still have a few. In my opinion this is Gibson's entry level SG. That does not make it bad, but don't expect an SG Standard. This SGJ is a decent guitar. It does not have the slim taper neck. I don't know where that came from. Try a 1961 re-issue and you will see a slim taper neck. This is much thicker and rounder. It's not bad, not slim. The pick ups I feel limit the guitar. They are very "sharp" sounding. With distortion, they sound fine, but clean, is another story. I found no warmth at all in a clean setting using various amps. Still, at the old price and a sale discount, it was a good buy. I would not change the pick -ups. That defeats the low cost of the guitar. I did install Gibson pick-up covers and changed the tone caps to .022 paper in oil. This helps slightly take the sharp edge off. Also, Gibson has all the electronics on a pc board, I guess as a cost cutting method. But in closing if you want the sound of 57 Classics, you will be disappointed. However, if you play hi gain stuff, you will find the pick-ups fine. Comes with a decent gig bag, however, SG's don't have much to them and I would recommend a case. But I would buy one at the old price. The new price....I don't think so. I'd save up and buy a used Standard or 61 re-issue.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A player's guitar

    By bluesboyjim

    from Edmonton, Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

      I have owned a 1978 Gibson Les Paul for many years and what I look for in a guitar is something I can play onstage that feels good and sounds great. That is what I've found the SGJ to be. I just picked mine up a week ago. The ends of the frets needed a bit of filing when I first got it.. might not notice that if you aren't fussy. The pickups are a lot brighter than the mini humbuckers on my old Les Paul so I had to change my amp settings to get the tone I wanted. I roll back the tone pot for the bridge pickup just a bit to dampen that brightness. Through my Traynor tube amp the clean channel sounds great. I had to roll back the gain to half of what I use with my Les Paul though, because the SGJ just screamed heavy heavy when I switched channels. The main thing is I can take it to a gig or a jam and get a great tone and feel comfortable playing it. I went to a jam last week and my buddy was playing his 1979 SG. He has had it since new and was quite impressed with how great this SGJ sounded. He said he felt the pickups had the same kind of bite he has on his vintage Gibson. Whether it's blues or rock, country, jazz, or heavy metal, I think a guy who wants a guitar that PLAYS and SOUNDS great will be more than pleased with the 2014 SGJ.

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      5.0

      Perect

      By WallaceWinston

      from KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

          Nothing much to say about this guitar, its perfect. All the reviews are accurate. Only thing Ive done to it is crank the tailpiece all the down and top wrap it. Everything was spot on out of the box; string height, relief, intonation. Over a month later and I still cant put it down.

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          4.0

          2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar

          By Jamin fool

          from Renoldsburg Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Needs Hard Wired

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

          Great guitar for the price was a condition3 only had a little chip next to the pickup. Neck is a fatter 50s neck but still plays well. Overall a fantastic buy. Would recommend this to anyone for a great guitar or back up guitar

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great bang for the buck

          By Gunner64

          from Dubuque, Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

              I Purchased my 2014 SGJ in fireburst from M.F. And as an owner of other Gibsons,(2 Les Paul standards,85 Explorer) I Expected a certain Quality from my favorite Guitar company. I've been Playing for 30+ years and have owned hundreds of Guitars from most manufacturers...Here's my experience with the 2014 SGJ.. The Guitar plays very Nice, The satin finish on the neck is surprisingly smooth, the pickups hot, Through My Marshall JCM800 it sounds like it should..oozes the classic rock n roll tone, roll the vol. back the pickups clean up nice. Through My JCM900 SLX it Does the Nu Metal high gain tone very well also, I'd say a very versatile guitar suited for my styles of music. Frets could use a bit of work on the edges, as with no binding a couple stick out farther than the rest, but not bad. they could use a bit of polishing but they feel pretty good on this one. the selector switch feels cheaper than my other Gibsons, and the pots are mounted to a pc board, unlike my others.no pick guard, the truss rod cover is single ply, painted Headstock logo/ holly. The Fireburst Finish on mine is very cool, and awesome to look at. Now the really disappointing...especially since the basic Guitar is pretty nice...The Finish on the (first) SGJ I received started to Flake off for no apparent reason above the bridge pick up after the first half hour of playing...not acceptable so back it went. the second SGJ I received was finished horribly with the second color in the Fireburst being a 80's sunglasses color bright pink, with a blob of satin black paint on the back of the headstock where the serial number is. how it got out the door at Gibson that way I'll never know but bright pink on a SG?....again not acceptable, so back it went. I now have my third SGJ in fireburst, so far two days into it no problems yet with the finish, Be aware there are problems with quality control in the finish department. I realize it is a satin finish, but the satin finish on my Les Paul traditional is leaps and bounds better, as is my buddys SG special. so blaming the finish problems on the style of finish itself doesn't add up to me. My assessment is the 2014 SGJ is a Great bang for the buck US made Gibson Rock n Roll machine, but it seems the Quality control of the final product suffers for the exceptional price, and the Q.C. is left up to the customer as to what is acceptable to them. If you buy one thinking it's going to be the same quality as your $2500 Les Paul you'll be disappointed, But if you realize it's a thrifty US made SG going into it, ( but be aware of the problems that I've mentioned) You Can get a good playing, excellent Sounding US made Gibson At a Bargain price.. And by the way Musicians Friend was awesome to deal with and had no problem addressing my concerns.

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              5.0

              Good American guitar for low price

              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 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

                These 61 zebra pickups are Hot and have quick connect.
                They sound very similar to the Burstbucker Pro
                Pickup.
                It feels good but had to lower bridge pickup a bit,
                Cause strings were touching

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                5.0

                Great for the price

                By CrowdGroover99

                from Buffalo, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

                Pretty good sound. Get a little it of a buzz from the frets when playing clean. Sounds awesome with distortion. Can be used for pretty much anything, very versatile, but I listed only the BEST ways of use. You won't find a better guitar for the price. Awesome buy.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                USA Made Gibson at a Down To Earth Price

                By Steve

                from Lawrence, KS

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Intonation Isn't The Best

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

                Nice guitar. As always, MF is quick to ship their products and I have the luxury of being near their main warehouse so I generally receive ordered-items within 2 days, very nice. On to the guitar: The guitar was accompanied by the check-off list from the factory. Unfortunately, even though the "intonation" box was checked off, the guitar will still need that addressed and I don't want to spend an extra money to fix the intonation at this time. Intonation is in the ballpark but not as good as I would have expected. I may try a string-change but the strings were new not less than one month before I received the guitar according to the date on the check list. And, the guitars ship with Cleartone strings so you'd think this wouldn't be the source or part of, an intonation problem but then again; The frets are done by the Plek system and though uniform, you can still tell the fret edges are present but not annoyingly so. The finish is quite nice and in choosing the Chocolate Satin, I believe the body of the guitar does smell something like chocolate, but that could possibly be my imagination. However, I plan not to fall asleep near it as I may wake up trying to take a bite out of it, uh, not really. The neck is termed an SG slim profile neck, but still, it feels somewhat wide to my hand. However, it is quite playable, more-so than I would have expected but I do enjoy a Gibson Studio's neck more-so than this one. String action is quite low and maybe that contributes to its playability. The pick up's sound good and the guitar is not heavy, quite light actually and I enjoy that. The knurled knobs are a great addition to any guitar and suit this one quite well. My only odd notation is that for whatever reason, I tend to strum this model over the neck pick-up area and I don't like making those types of marks on a guitar and I have so-far, resisted or purposely tried avoiding doing so. I don't seem to strum over neck pickups in other guitars but seem to do so with this one. Maybe it's the body scale or something, not a deal breaker obviously. As I'm sure is noted elsewhere, it is nice to have the 120th Anniversary logo at the 12th fret and, to see Made in the USA 2014, inset pressed into the back of the headstock. I realize USA made guitars cost more but this model is still much more affordable than a comparable entry level USA-made Fender guitar and, with this 2014 SGJ, Gibson seems to have included many features from their more expensive lines of guitar models. If funding sources allow, go ahead and get one because as soon as you realize you'd like to get one, they might have ended the Anniversary production run and you'll be left with the least favorite color to choose from or nothing at all.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                excellent quality/price

                By Gybson

                from Montreal

                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 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

                  The thickness of the neck is between 60'S slim and 50's fat Les Paul. The satin finish make the neck easy to play, your hand slide easely on the back of the neck. The PLEK fret setting is perfect. The truss adjustment was perfect out of the box I only lowered the bridge. The sustain is very long for a solid body. I unscrewed the pole to raise the screw (3/32) on the E-A-D strings on both bridge and neck pickups, after that the bass response was better more balanced. To keep the guitar in tune you have to wire the strings like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo5i2wkXaoY
                  This guitar is really light (weight). The resistances of each pickup were 7.7 K. I can play smooth jazzy sound to classic rock (i don't play metal). I have a Les Paul Custom, a Les Paul Special DC and like this SG junior for its own sound and playability. The price is very attactive, i never seen before a Gibson USA at this price.

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Is It Really A Bargain

                  By Billy6c

                  from NJ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

                    I am a pro, playing over 50 years. Owned many an SG. Still have a few. In my opinion this is Gibson's entry level SG. That does not make it bad, but don't expect an SG Standard. This SGJ is a decent guitar. It does not have the slim taper neck. I don't know where that came from. Try a 1961 re-issue and you will see a slim taper neck. This is much thicker and rounder. It's not bad, not slim. The pick ups I feel limit the guitar. They are very "sharp" sounding. With distortion, they sound fine, but clean, is another story. I found no warmth at all in a clean setting using various amps. Still, at the old price and a sale discount, it was a good buy. I would not change the pick -ups. That defeats the low cost of the guitar. I did install Gibson pick-up covers and changed the tone caps to .022 paper in oil. This helps slightly take the sharp edge off. Also, Gibson has all the electronics on a pc board, I guess as a cost cutting method. But in closing if you want the sound of 57 Classics, you will be disappointed. However, if you play hi gain stuff, you will find the pick-ups fine. Comes with a decent gig bag, however, SG's don't have much to them and I would recommend a case. But I would buy one at the old price. The new price....I don't think so. I'd save up and buy a used Standard or 61 re-issue.

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    the good, bad and very bad

                    By bluesguy

                    from greensboro, nc

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Gibson 2014 SGJ14 Electric Guitar:

                          mine came with a blem in the finish, right by the right horn. the body was not sanded evenly, so the finish was inconsistent there. there was traces of the finish stain on the nut, which made me unhappy. lastly, the guitar will not stay in tune thanks to inferior tuners.

                          i bought this becase: it is Gibson, it is made here and i support domestic manufacturing.and as a 120th anniversary model, i had hoped it would have had more attention to detail. I have played professionally for more than 40 years and know a great instrument from a so so guitar.

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