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The voice of '60s classic rock.

An icon of classic '60s rock.Back in the '60s, legendary guitarists Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi all made music history playing Gibson SG Specials with P-90 pickups. Now, to honor the iconic SG Specials of nearly 50 years ago, Gibson USA introduces the SG Special '60s Tribute, to make this beloved rocker available to guitarists in the 21st century. Since its initial introduction in 1961 (originally as the Les Paul/SG Special), Gibson's dual-horn, double-cutaway SG has been an iconic rock guitar, due to its reliable performance, attention-demanding looks and tonal adaptability. The SG Special '60s Tribute is constructed with the same classic tonewoods, glued-in set neck, and P-90 Alnico-magnet pickups that made its predecessor famous, with the same SlimTaper '60s neck profile found on many of the fastest-playing guitars in history. Lean, mean and ready to rock, the SG Special '60s Tribute has the look and feel of a well-played workhorse right out of the gig bag, and is offered at an incredible price that is difficult to resist.Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • '60s Slim Taper neck profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • 12" radius
  • Acrylic dot inlays
  • Corian nut
  • P-90 neck pickup
  • P-90 bridge pickup
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls
  • Black top hat knobs with chrome inserts
  • 3-way Switchcraft pickup toggle
  • Vintage Kluson-style tuners with pearloid buttons
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Black '67-style pickguard
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GibsonLimited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great working guitar

I am Very happy with the purchase, the neck profile is slim and very fast. In general this is just a very comfortable guitar to play it is light and has nice contours that...Read complete review

I am Very happy with the purchase, the neck profile is slim and very fast. In general this is just a very comfortable guitar to play it is light and has nice contours that keep it from digging in when playing for long periods.
I am very impressed with the sound I get from this guitar, but it is light on any extras. There is no neck binding and the finish on the guitar lacks the extra coats of varnish to help it resist wearing and the gig bag case is marginal at best. This guitar is one you will quickly make your own just by playing it as it picks up nicks and wear marks fairly easily, especially the pick guard which can be easily scratched just by the lightest of touches. I kind of like this however, as I think a guitar should take on the marks of it journey as it is played, then it becomes mine and different from any other just from the wear it has taken on.
This guitar is very solid and I have seen nothing that sticks out as poor quality except the cheep plastic used on the pick guard. The knobs and jack are all solid and tight and the tuners are well made. The guitar holds a tune amazingly well, even with lots of use. I did have to adjust both the intonation and the action a fair bit before I was happy with them, but I expect Gibson dosn't spend a lot of time setting up these less expensive instruments before they ship them out.
I am very happy with the value, for the price point that this guitar is at the value seems right. My one beef here is that I think Gibson could have made a better case for this guitar as the gig bag is marginal and for the ease with which the finish can be dinged I would suggest getting a hard shell case for this if you are going to be packing it around a lot.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware of the finish

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This is a budget no frills Gibson. Terrible ratty looking pickguard which I was never able to find a reasonable priced replacement for. Headstock logo is a screen. Dot inlays. No...Read complete review

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This is a budget no frills Gibson. Terrible ratty looking pickguard which I was never able to find a reasonable priced replacement for. Headstock logo is a screen. Dot inlays. No binding, but i actually kind of like the look. That being said, the guitar has a nice resonance when played unplugged. The P90s are quite good in my opinion. I see no reason to swap them out. The guitar plays very well with low action and no fretting issues or buzz.
My principle complaint is the flat finish. I am not hard on guitars. I have owned guitars for years and not put a scratch on them. The finish on this, in my case the white, is a magnet for dings and nicks. I managed to put a bad looking nick in the curve of the bottom horn while holding it in my lap and changing strings. I originally had it sitting on a hard shell case, but that put a black scuff on the back of the guitar just sitting on it. The final straw happened again while changing strings, (not the same occasion) a tail has hanging down from the heavy E (a .52 gauge i think) and while i was winding it, the string left a circular gouge around the tuning peg in the finish of the headstock. By gouge i mean that it went through to the wood. I couldn't believe it.
I've only owned it for a few months and I'm planning to sell it. It is a difficult decision in that i will certainly lose money and the guitar plays and sounds quite good. But i'm afraid it will look like complete trash in a few years with that finish. I've owned budget guitars and expensive guitars. I've never seen a guitar scuff up the way this one does. Unless you want a relic appearance i would avoid it. This only confirms my opinion that Gibson is vastly overpriced. Laughably overpriced. I wanted to give this a chance because it seemed like an effort to make an affordable product and I feel like i got burned.

Planning to buy a Reverend to replace it.

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5.0

Took a few mods to make it MINE but...

By Peter

from undisclosed

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

    I've wanted an SG Special since I was a kid. I'm not a humbucker guy and I got some of the very first Ron Ellis P90s to put in it. Sounded great bone stock, sounds awesome with Ron's pickups. Other minor mods were Grover tuners and String-Saver bridge saddles, as the metal ones were breaking strings.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A real guitar not a fancy Knockoff

    By Alnico3

    from Rome Ga

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • It A Gibson
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Have To Apply Sheilding

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

    Everything about this guitar kicksass the only issue is alot of static .That being said I applied StewMac shielding paint and it was the best guitar I had ever played I got mine a a awesome price so I figured I would have to show it some love but with shielding it is a AWESOME GUITAR

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice for the Price!

    By Dan

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

      Bare bones model. Low on esthetics. I got the worn Ebony color.
      Great tone. The P-90's scream. Super light. comfy to play. Great price.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By will

      from San Diego, CA.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

        I love p-90's. this thing rocks, the feel is as good as any other gibson. The finish is easy to damage though, so be carefull.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This guitar rocks!

        By JohnnyGTR

        from Sacramento, Ca.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Classic P 90 Tone
        • Plays great
        • Stays in tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigs
          • Jamming
          • Rehearsals

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I've owned this guitar (worn white ) for two weeks now... and the verdict is in... This guitar rocks!! ok Ive read the other negative reviews, and here is how I respond to them... yes, this is a stripped down model... no binding, dot inlays, bland knobs and pick guard... blah blah blah... but guess what? this is still a solid body Gibson with all the things that make Gibsons great! Mohagany set neck into Mohagany body... Gibson Hardware, and original P90 pickups! If you are looking for a guitar with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. If you want a guitar with a vintage vibe, that sounds great , and plays great, then this guitar is for you. I have other guitars with beautiful ammenities, and some dont play as well as this 60's SG. The guitar sounded great right out of the box, but needed to be set up. I changed the strings to the brand and guage that I use, lowered the action, set the intonation, and this thing was ready to rock. It did not need a truss rod adjustment. I ordered some gibson top hat knobs with silver inserts...($14.00) and now it looks more like the more expensive models.. easy , cheap fix. I also found a replacement multi ply pick guard on line... Because I like the look better... Bottom line, this is a solid guitar that plays, and sounds great,that is affordable, and has awesome P90 punch.
          Set it up properly and have some fun.

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          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Gibson playability and a great price

          By Cap'n Dave

          from upstate NY

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

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          Love the P-90 sounds. Maybe not for the shredders in the audience but for you classic rock/blues players it can't be beat. This guitar has all the features I need or want: Two pickups and a 3 way switch, slim taper 60's neck which allows for a very low action. I don't care if the finish is faded or top of the line glitzy, it's the sound and the playability that are important to me. If I bought a high dollar Les Paul and it got dinged I would be very upset. This guitar would only look better if it got even more worn or dinged a bit.

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          (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great working guitar

          By cmcj69

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I am Very happy with the purchase, the neck profile is slim and very fast. In general this is just a very comfortable guitar to play it is light and has nice contours that keep it from digging in when playing for long periods.
          I am very impressed with the sound I get from this guitar, but it is light on any extras. There is no neck binding and the finish on the guitar lacks the extra coats of varnish to help it resist wearing and the gig bag case is marginal at best. This guitar is one you will quickly make your own just by playing it as it picks up nicks and wear marks fairly easily, especially the pick guard which can be easily scratched just by the lightest of touches. I kind of like this however, as I think a guitar should take on the marks of it journey as it is played, then it becomes mine and different from any other just from the wear it has taken on.
          This guitar is very solid and I have seen nothing that sticks out as poor quality except the cheep plastic used on the pick guard. The knobs and jack are all solid and tight and the tuners are well made. The guitar holds a tune amazingly well, even with lots of use. I did have to adjust both the intonation and the action a fair bit before I was happy with them, but I expect Gibson dosn't spend a lot of time setting up these less expensive instruments before they ship them out.
          I am very happy with the value, for the price point that this guitar is at the value seems right. My one beef here is that I think Gibson could have made a better case for this guitar as the gig bag is marginal and for the ease with which the finish can be dinged I would suggest getting a hard shell case for this if you are going to be packing it around a lot.

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          (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love My Gibson SG Special!

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I looked at electric guitars that were specifically designed for women. What I was searching for was a guitar of lighter weight, balanced, with a smaller tapered neck because of my smaller hands and physical limitations. I wanted an instrument that had a certain playability that I hadn't found until now. I found what I was looking for in this guitar.
          I was looking for a guitar that fit me better than my Stratocaster.
          I'm an average-sized woman, which means that I'm a lot smaller than an average-sized guy. I needed a smaller, lighter weight instrument of decent quality. I got so much more than I asked for.
          The SG Special is indeed very special. It has a wonderful playability that is just a delight.
          The Gibson is somewhere around four pounds lighter than my Fender, and the slim tapered neck is just so much easier to get my smallish hand around.
          The Gibson is affordable, it's made in the USA, it has a lovely sound, it's lightweight; in short, it's beautiful.
          It makes my playing sound better than it actually is, if that makes sense.
          I don't know about the finish on the other Gibson SG Specials, but the Worn Cherry is a lovely warm shade of cherry, which admirably accents the beautiful wood grain. The finish is even-toned, and scratch-free, and the black knobs against the cherry finish are a lovely accent.
          This guitar has just what I want. It's so rare to find an instrument that doesn't feel too large for me. I just want to play it all the time. Somebody said that you'll want to take it to bed. I second that emotion.
          Beautifully crafted instrument. Quality control is right on. It's a work of art.
          The only suggestion that I have is that it needs a more durable pick guard, and a slightly roomier gig bag. It's a really tight fit.
          I'm very happy with the price of this guitar. I researched my purchase very thoroughly before I decided to buy this model from Musician's Friend. I'm so thrilled that this affordable instrument is made in the USA! I was afraid that I'd have to pay much more for this kind of quality.

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          (17 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Beware of the finish

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          .
          This is a budget no frills Gibson. Terrible ratty looking pickguard which I was never able to find a reasonable priced replacement for. Headstock logo is a screen. Dot inlays. No binding, but i actually kind of like the look. That being said, the guitar has a nice resonance when played unplugged. The P90s are quite good in my opinion. I see no reason to swap them out. The guitar plays very well with low action and no fretting issues or buzz.
          My principle complaint is the flat finish. I am not hard on guitars. I have owned guitars for years and not put a scratch on them. The finish on this, in my case the white, is a magnet for dings and nicks. I managed to put a bad looking nick in the curve of the bottom horn while holding it in my lap and changing strings. I originally had it sitting on a hard shell case, but that put a black scuff on the back of the guitar just sitting on it. The final straw happened again while changing strings, (not the same occasion) a tail has hanging down from the heavy E (a .52 gauge i think) and while i was winding it, the string left a circular gouge around the tuning peg in the finish of the headstock. By gouge i mean that it went through to the wood. I couldn't believe it.
          I've only owned it for a few months and I'm planning to sell it. It is a difficult decision in that i will certainly lose money and the guitar plays and sounds quite good. But i'm afraid it will look like complete trash in a few years with that finish. I've owned budget guitars and expensive guitars. I've never seen a guitar scuff up the way this one does. Unless you want a relic appearance i would avoid it. This only confirms my opinion that Gibson is vastly overpriced. Laughably overpriced. I wanted to give this a chance because it seemed like an effort to make an affordable product and I feel like i got burned.

          Planning to buy a Reverend to replace it.

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          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great player! Gibson SG 60's Tribute

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          Things I love: Nitro finish, neck profile, light weight, well balanced, overall sound is very dynamic due to the P90 pickups, small 60's pick guard, overall feel.

          Things I don't love: the black knobs. I would prefer the clasic top hat knobs with the silver inserts.

          Some other SG models I've played have been neck heavy and not as light as this SG 60's Tribute.
          I also really like the P90's. Overall it's great playing, sounding and feeling guitar. A great deal!
          First off these P90's sound great clean. I am very happy with the rich tones and great definition of the neck pickup. The nitro finish and fretboard is perfect on mine. Mine is white and super cool looking. The fantastic fret work and light resonant body really make the guitar pop.
          The neck profile is super fast. The guitar is light and well balanced when standing and very comfortable to play.
          the 1st one I received had a fretboard ding in it OR a natural wood deformation. It also had some bad connections in the output jack and neck volume pot. The second one I received is an incredible guitar.
          I got mine for a killer deal. I would say at full price the 60's Tribute SG still well worth it.

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