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Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar   

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The 2016 SG Special T is an affordable option for the mini-humbucker enthusiast. Reminiscent of Tribute models of the past, this is an exceptional va...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great value in an American-made guitar.

The 2016 SG Special T is an affordable option for the mini-humbucker enthusiast. Reminiscent of Tribute models of the past, this is an exceptional value. It's made of the same vibrant materials as its predecessor with a solid mahogany body and set maple neck. It comes in an assortment of eye-catching finishes, all hand-sprayed to preserve its distinct resonance.

The neck marks the return to Gibson's traditional neck width, using a self-lubricating Graph Tech nut for better sustain and improved intonation when bending notes. The rosewood fingerboard is thicker than last year's, offering a more solid playing feel, traditional tone and better sustain. Electronics feature Alnico-powered Rhythm and Lead Tribute humbuckers that produce everything from warmth to searing leads in a more compact package, that also allows you to swap in P-90s if you so choose down the road.

Chrome hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece and traditional manual tuners that add a vintage note, but with performance that is smooth and efficient. The 2016 SG Special T comes fully set up and ready for action, and includes a nice gig bag.

Key features
Smooth, efficient performance with a traditional appearance
Period-accurate width re-ceates the SG's legendary playing feel
High density for great sustain, coupled with self-lubrication for superior tuning stability
Traditional asymmetrical double-cutaway body, with a beveled edge for maximum playing comfort
Designed for utmost protection and easy transportability
Understated elegance fits the essence of this special guitar
From sweet warmth to searing leads, the Alnico-powered Rhythm Tribute (neck) and Lead Tribute (bridge) pickups lay down the sound
Solid playing feel, traditional tone, and more sustain than ever
Expert setup makes this handcrafted, American-made guitar ready for action
The eye-catching, hand-sprayed finish looks superb - and preserves your guitar's unique resonance

FEATURES
  • Tuners: Traditional tuners
  • Neck width: Historic 1-11/16" neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Body: Solid mahogany body
  • Carrying case: Padded gigbag
  • Inlays: Mini block fingerboard inlays
  • Pickups: Rhythm and Lead Tribute humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Thicker rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Finish: High-gloss nitro finish

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Gibson2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (8)

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Very nice

This guitar is very nice. Bought it as a open box that had been returned. It did have tons of Pickgaurd scratches but it was just the plastic so no harm done and the...Read complete review

This guitar is very nice. Bought it as a open box that had been returned. It did have tons of Pickgaurd scratches but it was just the plastic so no harm done and the strings were already slightly rusted but no biggie. The guitars intonation was almost spot on and the action was great. The only fret buzz was on the low e string and only when playing hard (which I do). I bought the guitar because of the mini humbuckers which are actually 495r and 495t pickups in case anyone is wondering. They are GREAT for raunchy low gain rock all the way up to super high gain metal with pinch harmonics effortlessly. Clean tones were a different story. Way too thin with no bass whatsoever. Even maxing out the bass on my amp didn't come close to the bass of my Les Paul or even my strats. I was hoping this guitar could bridge the gap between my strats and my Les Paul and I think it did somewhat but I just couldn't accept the thin clean tones. i think if these pickups were in a Les Paul they would sound perfect but an Sg is already bright sounding so it's just too weak when playing clean. But if you want to rock out or shred this is a great guitar. The neck is thick but very comfortable even for average hands. The finish is very nice. Just a step above a "worn" model. The only other problem I had with the guitar were that the Frets were very sharp. Overall an excellent price on a good American guitar that will hold its value. Just fell a little short

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Gibson's quality control is getting weaker

I had to dress the fret ends, they were bitty, Gibson leveled the frets, but did not crown them, resulting in
flat frets. The site claimed the finish was gloss, not...Read complete review

I had to dress the fret ends, they were bitty, Gibson leveled the frets, but did not crown them, resulting in
flat frets. The site claimed the finish was gloss, not true, the finish was on the crude side. I was not pleased with it and returned it for credit to my account.

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(16 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

MusiciansFriend is Awesome ; Gibson? not so sure...

By Thought_I_Wanted_A_Gibson

from Florida

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Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Wouldn't stay in tune (tuners slipping?)
  • Would not set up to Gibson specs

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

    If you buy a special or tribute Gibson make sure you have it checked out by someone that knows what they are doing if you don't know how to set up guitars (intonation, neck relief, string height, etc). Buyer beware!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best selling Gibson guitar of all time? The Gibson SG

    By Crash

    from Drunk on the Freeway

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    Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

    Brighter in sound than the standard Gibson SG, the SG special has all the basic elements of the best selling Gibson of all time. First, it is lightweight. My first Gibson was a Les Paul Custom, and after playing three sets of forty-five minutes with one of those strapped to your shoulder you'll regret it the next day. Back pain and shoulder soreness await. Not so with an SG... most are less than seven pounds... compare that to a Les Paul which frequently weighs 9-10 pounds or more. If full access to the upper frets is important to you, the SG has what you're looking for. You'll notice that the cutaway is past the highest fret, whereas most other guitars do not come close. Why there are frets beyond the cutaway on guitars makes no sense. You can't reach them... so why are they there? Baffling. One reviewer complained that his new SG needed a professional set-up before it was playable for him. ALL new guitars need to be set-up. Acoustic or electric. New guitars DO NOT come from the factory tweaked to your liking, because the factory doesn't know you and what you like. If you don't want to pay a professional to set-up your guitar, there are many Youtube videos that show you exactly how to do it. Its not rocket science, but it does take some knowledge and patience and a few special tools. Also... another thing that makes this "special" so special is that its an American made Gibson for less than a grand. A rare occurence.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very nice

    By Nashvillian

    from Nashville

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is very nice. Bought it as a open box that had been returned. It did have tons of Pickgaurd scratches but it was just the plastic so no harm done and the strings were already slightly rusted but no biggie. The guitars intonation was almost spot on and the action was great. The only fret buzz was on the low e string and only when playing hard (which I do). I bought the guitar because of the mini humbuckers which are actually 495r and 495t pickups in case anyone is wondering. They are GREAT for raunchy low gain rock all the way up to super high gain metal with pinch harmonics effortlessly. Clean tones were a different story. Way too thin with no bass whatsoever. Even maxing out the bass on my amp didn't come close to the bass of my Les Paul or even my strats. I was hoping this guitar could bridge the gap between my strats and my Les Paul and I think it did somewhat but I just couldn't accept the thin clean tones. i think if these pickups were in a Les Paul they would sound perfect but an Sg is already bright sounding so it's just too weak when playing clean. But if you want to rock out or shred this is a great guitar. The neck is thick but very comfortable even for average hands. The finish is very nice. Just a step above a "worn" model. The only other problem I had with the guitar were that the Frets were very sharp. Overall an excellent price on a good American guitar that will hold its value. Just fell a little short

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing! Good Job Gibson!

      By Eldeanburrito

      from Idaho

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great Set Up Out of Box
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

        When I got this guitar I opened up the little bag with the gold warranty and was surprised to find a picture of the guitar on a work bench, probably from the Gibson factory which I thought was kind of cool..

        Anyways this guitar played amazing straight out of the box! No fret buzz, no issues what-so-ever. Stays in tune well which is great too. The mini humbuckers have very rich tone great for ambient, blues, indie, or whatever music. The neck is thicker than a bowl of oatmeal which I love. Comparable to a strat's neck but a tiny bit wider. I'm also planning to install a bigsby, gotta have my tremolo arm. Beware it is as tiny as it looks.

        Over all it's made in the USA and it's affordable. Even if there were any minor issues with intonation or the electronics it would still be a killer deal either way you look at it.

        (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        WORST GUITAR I HAVE EVER PLAYED. MORE GIBSON TRASHY GUITARS

        By FAB4DAVE

        from BENTON, ARKANSAS.

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANY USE WHAT SO EVER.

          Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

          THE CHEAPEST EPI OR ESP WILL BLOW THIS TRASHY GUITAR OUT OF THE WATER. SEND THE GUITAR BACK TO GIBSON TO FIX. BAD ACTION, BAD FRETS, BAD PICK UPS, BAD TUNERS, VERY BAD SET UP BY GIBSON. GIBSON USE TO BE QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP BUT NOT ANY MORE. BUYER BEWARE. DO NOT ALLOW A BRAND NAME TO TRICK YOU. TOTALLY CHECK OUT PERSONALLY AT A MUSIC SHOP BEFORE WASTING YOUR MONEY. I RETURNED THE GUITAR THE SAME DAY. THAT BEING SAID IT WAS IN NO WAY M.F.'S FAULT AS THEY WERE VERY HELPFUL IN RETURNING THE GUITAR. I WILL ORDER AGAIN FROM MF'S BUT NOT THIS GUITAR.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SWEEEET SG!!!

          By skidoo90

          from Illinois

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

            Tried hard to want to return this guitar and just couldn't. Gibson did a good job on this ones setup.Neck just feels right in the hand and I like the cutting sound of the Mini humbuckers. Always wanted a guitar with Minis and finally have one.I like the satin finish feel over the gloss finish also.And it is dull looking and not shiny. Another GREAT thing about this SG is it balances perfectly on a strap unlike others I have owned in the past that neck dive to the ground if your not holding onto it.Got it on sale for a price I couldn't refuse. Missed owning an SG and VERY happy with the sound and playability of this one.Thanks Gibson for going back to the basics and giving the consumer what they are paying for. An American made quality product for a reasonable price.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A great value in an American made Gibson guitar

            By Mattbedrock

            from Florida's Spacecoast

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Comfortable medium C shaped neck
            • Good sounding pickups
            • Well built - good fit and finish

            Cons

            • Not a huge fan of matte finish

            Best Uses

            • Versatile instrument for rock, country, blues...

            Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

            I picked this guitar up as a blemish, and combined with some points, I got a fantastic deal on a nice US made Gibson guitar. I already own 3 SG's - a standard (full sized HB's), a special (P-90's) and a SG-3 (3 s/c's) and like them all, but this one has the same type of mini-humbuckers (495T/R) that you find in Gibson Firebirds. They have a bright focused sound that is kind of in between a single coil and a standard humbucker, but are hum free. No adjustable pole pieces, so string to string balance is what it is, but not a big deal to me. The guitar played fine right out of the box, but I changed to my preferred string gauge (9-42) and set the action and intonation. Plays great with low action with no need to tweak the truss rod. Some folks love to bash Gibson's QC, but the fit, finish and fret work on this instrument is excellent, no complaints. And I said it was a blem? I couldn't find a thing. My current band does a wide variety of music (Carrie Underwood to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath to Bruno Mars), so I need versatile instruments that can cover a lot of ground. This one does it for me. Only downside to me is the matte finish on the lower priced Gibson's. I prefer a shiny guitar, but that's part of what makes this price point. I can always overspray it with nitro and wet sand it if I want.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My favorite SG yet!

            By Erik W

            from Arizona

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

            I'm very happy with this SG! I've owned a few others over the years, but this one is better. The pickups sound great, the fret board is excellent, tuners are very smooth and tight, the finish is beautiful, and unlike others I've had it's well-balanced on the shoulder strap.

             
            5.0

            A dream come true

            By Johnny Broman

            from Arkansas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

              I've waited for a decade to get my hands on a Gibson SG. This guitar is an amazing choice for SG lovers, and sounds as good as an SG Standard. I got the Satin Cherry finish and I am not disappointed. It plays very well and sounds amazing, especially when the switch is toggled to the middle position. The mini-humbuckers give smooth mid bass tones and allow for searing lead tones when pushed through your amp's overdrive or through an OD pedal. The only issue I have with the guitar is the tuning problem with the G string. That being said, I gave this guitar a 5 star rating because I know this to be a problem with virtually all Gibson US guitars. I fixed the problem by finding a set of string that have a wound g string. If you don't want to change your string preference there are plenty of fixes for the tuning issues smattering the Internet. Just Google it and fix it yourself!

              I'm putting custom cosmetics on this guitar. If you plan on doing that as well visit the Philedelphia Luthier's website for all your custom switches, knobs, and truss rod covers.

               
              3.0

              Gibson's quality control is getting weaker

              By Jerry

              from Midwest

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Special T Electric Guitar:

              I had to dress the fret ends, they were bitty, Gibson leveled the frets, but did not crown them, resulting in
              flat frets. The site claimed the finish was gloss, not true, the finish was on the crude side. I was not pleased with it and returned it for credit to my account.

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