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Gibson Frank Zappa Roxy SG Electric Guitar

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Frank Zappa has long been hailed as one of the most inventive rock guitarists ever to have graced the stage and studio. The live performances with hi...Click To Read More About This Product

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A legendary SG recreated in perfect detail.

Frank Zappa has long been hailed as one of the most inventive rock guitarists ever to have graced the stage and studio. The live performances with his band The Mothers at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood from December 1973 and after”documented in the album Roxy & Elsewhere and on subsequent DVD releases”are often considered to display the pinnacle of his unbridled invention.

The heavily modified SG Special used in those shows is an iconic instrument among Zappa fans, and now Gibson USA recreates that legendary SG in perfectly faithful detail to bring the Frank Zappa œRoxy SG to anyone seeking an extremely versatile, and superbly playable modified-vintage SG Standard.

Zappa' original SG Special was an early ™60s model with a fast, slim neck profile and the smaller pickguard characteristic of the era, which would have been made with P-90 pickups originally. While it reflects the heavily modified state of FZ' guitar, the Frank Zappa œRoxy SG still functions perfectly as a straight-up vintage-reissue SG when desired. But just flip either of the two mini-toggle switches to split the uncovered humbuckers™ coils, or to throw the pickups out of phase, and you leap into funky Zappa-certified tones”all aided by the highly functional Maestro-style vibrola with Lyre tailpiece. And with its natural neck and headstock, and a carefully color-matched rendition of FZ' faded nitrocellulose Cherry finish, the Frank Zappa œRoxy SG looks every bit as distinctive as it sounds.

Body and Neck
The Frank Zappa œRoxy SG begins with the same time-tested tonewoods that helped to make the SG Standard legendary in the first place. The body is crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany in the iconic double-horned style with beveled edges for enhanced playing comfort. A solid, quarter-sawn, Grade-A mahogany neck is carved in the slim early ™60s profile that Zappa preferred, which measures 0.775 at the 1st fret and 0.910 at the 12th, for superb speed and comfort. It' topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays and 22 frets made from wire based on precise measurement of the jumbo frets on the original œRoxy SG. Like FZ' guitar, the neck is natural mahogany, and the headstock is white.

Pickups and Electronics
The modified electronics on FZ' original œRoxy SG were a big part of that guitar' mojo, and Gibson USA goes all out to replicate that versatility in the Frank Zappa œRoxy SG. Two enhanced ™57 Classics with four-conductor wiring replicate the same thick, juicy tone of the humbuckers Zappa added to his guitar. They are routed through a pair of mini-toggle switches mounted in a channel under the pickguard, to yield coil-splitting for single-coil tones, and out-of-phase tones, both of which were a big part of Zappa' signature sound. The remaining control complement includes the traditional three-way toggle selector and an independent volume and tone control for each pickup.

Hardware and Plastics
Tremolo was a key part of FZ' signature sound, and the Frank Zappa œRoxy SG is loaded with a Maestro-style vibrola with decorative Lyre tailpiece and flat bar handle to give the same creative kick to your own playing. A Tune-o-matic bridge offers precise intonation, while a set of Grover tuners with historic rounded buttons are both efficient, and true to the look of the original guitar. The guitar carries the smaller early ™60s five-ply SG pickguard with special dimensioned neck spacer to alter the position of the neck pickup to match FZ' original guitar and a traditional black truss-rod cover.

Case and Coverage
Every Frank Zappa œRoxy SG comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case, and includes an owner' manual and adjustment literature. It also comes with Zappa' last Guitar Solo recording on CD, Trance-Fusion included.

FRANK ZAPPA is a registered trademark of the Zappa Family Trust.

  • Super rare: Only 400 copies available worldwide
  • Modded to match the Frank Zappa® œRoxy SG
  • Fast, slim neck profile (.775" at 1st fret to .910 at 12th fret)
  • Two mini-toggles allow you to split uncovered humbucker coils, tor throw pickups out of phase
  • Maestro-style vibriola with Lyre tailpiece
  • Faded nitrocellulose Cherry finish
  • Grade-A mahogany body and neck
  • Double-horned style with beveled edges
  • Grade-A rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • Natural mahogany neck
  • White headstock
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Grover tuners with rounded buttons
  • 5-ply SG pickguard with special dimensionoid neck spacer
  • Comes with black Gibson hardshell case, owner's manual, adjustment literature and Gibson Limited Lifetime Warranty

This special guitar has been cleverly modded for a groundbreaking guitarist, and now you can own one of these rare guitars. Order today before they're gone.


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FZ would never have used this

By LumpyGravy

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play


  • Feels Like A Toy
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Tremolo Useless

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson Frank Zappa Roxy SG Electric Guitar:

    This would be a cool guitar if it was sold for much cheaper. I always wanted an SG, and I love FZ so I figured this would be the thing to get. You are better off getting a cheaper, vintage SG and having the mods done professionally. My main complaint is the neck, it is chintzy, has a satin finish and feels like a toy. This is an obscenely overpriced guitar. The tremolo would be cool if it didn't knock the guitar out of tune. It is quite light, a lot of people might like that but I don't. I am very disappointed that FZs name was used to market this piece of garbage, and I can't imagine a professional musician would ever use something like this live, unless they were playing in a high school talent show. The coolest thing about it is the phase switch, but not worth the price tag.



    By TJL

    from Milwaukee

    About Me Experienced


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


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson Frank Zappa Roxy SG Electric Guitar:

      Amazingly comfortable and easy playing guitar. Nice and light so can be played for hours with little effort. With Zappa modified electronics there are quite a few options for sound right at my fingertips. Great Guitar. However I am a bit surprised that as one of 400 guitars there is not a certificate of authenticity or other document signed by a member of the Zappa Family included with this purchase. Great Guitar

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