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Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar  

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Forget jangle, this is a 12-string that punches through the mix.

The Gibson 50th Anniversary SG 12-string electric guitar has the look and sound of the most influential electric guitar in both Britain and the U.S. during the psychedelic era, but this one has been given the 12-string treatment. Ideal for players who want the 12-string roar of mahogany body/humbucker SG without having to shoulder the EDS-1275 of Jimmy Page fame.

All of the storied 6-string SG elements are here: a mahogany with a the famous Heritage Cherry high-gloss lacquer finish and a one-piece SG-style maple neck with a SG 50th Anniversary silkscreen headstock logo. The 12" radius 22-fret rosewood fingerboard has the traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays. The 490R/490T humbuckers serve up that distinctive SG bark and bitte. Mini Grover tuners, a Tune-O-Matic bridge with hand-notched saddles, and 12-string stopbar tailpiece ensure that this 12-string beast will stay in your control. An SG 12-string hardshell case is included.

A Little SG History

In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns that making the upper frets more accessible while lowering production costs. The SG originally was intended as a Les Paul redesign and addressed what many considered the 2 main issues players had with the Les Paul: weight and upper fretboard access. Les Paul himself didn't like it so the Les Paul stuck to its original style and the new Les Paul design was renamed the SG Standard. Even though Les Paul didn't approve of it, countless rockers loved it and made it one of the all-time hard rockin' favorites.The new guitar was popular, but Les Paul the guitarist did not like it and asked to have his name removed. Gibson renamed the model the "SG" which was short for "solid guitar". Though Les Paul's name was officially removed from the model in 1961, the plastic Les Paul nameplates (positioned between the rhythm pickup and fingerboard) were in abundance in the Gibson factory and SG models having these nameplates were built and sold by Gibson up to end of 1963. SGs have been the choice of world-class artists such as Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Heritage Cherry finish (high gloss lacquer)
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 12" radius
  • 22 frets
  • Acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Corian nut
  • 1.695" nut width
  • 490R with Alnico 2 magnet neck humbucker
  • 498T with Alnico 5 magnet bridge humbucker
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone controls with top hat knobs
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with hand-notched saddles
  • 12-string stopbar tailpiece
  • Mini Grover tuners
  • SG 50th Anniversary silkscreen headstock logo

Order today to gain that distinctive SG 12-string roar.

SPECIFICATIONS

Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar

  • String gauges:
  • E: 0.046 0.026
  • A: 0.036 0.018
  • D: 0.028 0.012
  • G: 0.017 0.008
  • B: 0.013 0.013
  • e: 0.010 0.010
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5.0

Great 2nd electric guitar!

By PAUL ANTRAM

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar:

After your 6 string Gibson, this is a great second guitar. It's a little neck heavy-as expected, but with a grippy strap, no problem at all. And it's reasonably light guitar. I can play all day. Great neck, making the 12 strings easy to play. The guitar sounds very good, the pickups seem right. Great hardshell case included.
Love it!
A great guitar for the 12 string pallet of sounds!
No flaws. Beautiful finish (even my wife thinks so). Excellent neckbinding.
For this price--a bargin.

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5.0

Superb 12-String

By wes

from Venice, CA

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar:

My wonderful wife gave this guitar to me for my retirement and I have been playing it daily for two months. I love it dearly. Here are some notes:
1. This guitar sounds great unamplified--mine sounds better than some acoustics. If you are playing solo for a small group of people it's perfect. This is the only stringed instrument I have that my dog likes.
2. The humbucking pickups sound good--better than on the 60s SGs. If you want more "jangle,"
just use fingerpicks. German steel is fine but mine purrs with brass finger and thumb picks. This guitar is so easy and rewarding to play that I fingerpick until my hands get cramps.
3. The bezel around the pickup switch is a perfect place to stow your pick.
4. Like other SGs, the overall weight is quite manageable, BUT:
5. Beware! This guitar is way neck-heavy, just like other electric and acoustic 12-strings including Taylor. Be careful picking it up and watch that you don't go pitching onto the substrate if you're in an altered state of consciousness.
6. The strap buttons are a little small--replace them with bigger ones.
12-strings, plenty of room at the nut and bridge to pick each string, tone and volume for both pickups. Basically, all you need.
The finish was perfect--deep, red lacquer. the neck binding on mine is a cream/ivory color.
I think this guitar is a great value. If you compare it with other quality 12-strings like Rickenbacher, or comparable acoustics like Taylor, Martin, or Larravee; the quality is the same, the action and playability are better, and it is much less delicate. If you want a quality 12-string, this is the best value.

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5.0

I sure wish I could afford this!

By Peter Hickey

from Tempe, AZ

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar:

If, like me, you're a serious SG freak, you need to have one of these. Rickenbacker, Schmickenbacker; this guitar through a Vox can get any sound a Ricky can and without the feedback and quality issues. Perhaps the p'ups could be swapped out for '57 Classics but, as mentioned, the 498T has truly marvelous jangle. Hopefully, the finish mismatch thing was a one-off for the particular one I played but, even if not, I need to find a way to get one of these into my life. I'd sell all my electrics except the 2 SGs I already own and my '52 Hot Rod Tele to get this puppy.
I tried this guitar (50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar) out at GC this afternoon through a Vox AC-15 Custom with the Greenback speaker. If I'd had the money, it would've come home with me as it would be the perfect complement to my '61 Reissue. The neck is really great for a 12-string and I love the jangle the 498T imparts. I took off a point because the finish on the neck was mismatched with that on the body, being a noticeable shade lighter. Purely a cosmetic thing but kind of tacky, considering the high price.
With the sole exception of the finish issue mentioned above, quality was superb. The neck binding was flawless and the Grover minis are just plain better machines than Gibson's vaunted green keys. A well-put-together axe that you can expect to last decades (or longer) if properly cared for. And it was surprisingly well balanced, considering it's an SG with a heavier-than average neck and twice the usual number of tuners.
There's just no other way to put this. Gibsons are seriously overpriced. It would be a great deal at a grand or maybe even twelve but what's being charged is too much for any production line guitar. Especially one with an obvious finish flaw. If I end up getting one of these (and I do want one), I'll wait to find a used one at a more reasonable price.

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5.0

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By Kenneth Dennison

from Philadelphia

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar:

I have yet to find a single, minor flaw after much playing under different circumstances. Well one Gibson!!!
This is a wonderful musical instrument! It holds comfortably and frets smoothly. It was set up from the box a great surprise. The finish and style are beautiful.


The sound is excellent. I have used it over a variety of tones and is distortions and the musicality holds up very well. The instrument has a marvelous versatility for a twelve string. I have played competitive brands that are highly regarded. Their fretting is much more difficult. Their tones tend toward a more metallic, jangly sound even when run through various tone systems.

This SG twelve may turn out to be the best electric twelve string ever made.
See above. This guitar holds up to hard, high output playing or soft, smooth, clear jazz.
Electric twelve strings at higher prices do not have the playability this SG has.

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5.0

Half an EDS-1275 for less than half the cost!

By Cowboy Frankie

from NE Florida

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar:

Aside from the poorly built case, it's a winner all around. It's a better alternative to a Rickenbacker 12 in my opinion, at a much better price.
All of the things you love about an SG Standard (if in fact you do love 'em) in a 12-string format - light, classic rock & roll look, great playability, traditional Gibson tonal palette. It also is pretty good at staying in tune, which has always been a challenge for 12-strings in my experience.
The instrument itself is a 9.5 - except for some very slight irregularities in the back surface (not blemishes in the wood or the finish, it's just not machined perfectly flat across the entire body surface), its fit, hardware and finish is flawless.

The case was another story - manufactured in Canada, and sloppily. Glue blob on the edge of the plush at the neck support, a couple of gashes in the tolex, some discolored areas in the plush, and the instrument has to be forced into the case in order to fit. I give it a 3. I had already bonded with the guitar and didn't want to give it up, so I opted to keep the crappy case. After all, it's only a case.
The selling price is less than the price for an EDS-1275, and it's an instrument that's way more practical. Pair it with an SG Standard, and you'll have the same sonic capability as a double-neck for less - and no chiropractor bills!

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5.0

Great Axe

Comments about Gibson Limited Run 50th Anniversary SG 12-String Electric Guitar:

The Gibson SG512HCCH1 is solidly built. The Heritage Cherry stain really shows off the rich wood grain. Perfectly buffed, not a blemish to be found. I haven't made any adjustments to the factory setup.

The neck is wide enough to give decent spacing between pairs, and still slim enough to make it easily playable. The neck is maple, which gives added strength, but also adds some weight. It will neck dive like crazy if you let it loose, but it doesn't take much effort to keep it up and balanced.

The 490 at the neck gives a good mid-range response, the 498 at the bridge can get some sharp, screaming highs. Both pickups active will blow your hair back. You can get any sound you want out of this with a few knob tweaks.

The supplied strings are a bit stiff, I'll probably replace them with lighter gauges when they wear out.

Good case (made in Canada). The plush lining fits the guitar snugly. The case has studs on the outside to level it when layed out on its side or stood up on the case bottom.

All in all - it's a wonderful axe. If you're into 12 strings, you can't let this go by. It might be your only chance to get this sound, unless you want to carry the double neck around.
Can't beat the price. This is a limited run - if they ever come back into production, I doubt that you'll get pricing this good.

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