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Gibson SG-3 Electric Guitar

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The SG-3 guitar pushes the power, sustain, and tonal range of Gibson's legendary SG into new sonic dimensions. Equipped with a revolutionary 6-way pi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unrivaled playability with fat humbucker tones.

The SG-3 guitar pushes the power, sustain, and tonal range of Gibson's legendary SG into new sonic dimensions. Equipped with a revolutionary 6-way pickup switch and three gold-plated Gibson humbuckers--a pair of '57 Classics in the neck and middle positions, and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge position--the SG-3 goes where no SG has gone before. Sporting a chicken-head knob, Gibson's exclusive rotary selector offers six pickup settings: bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, neck, and bridge/neck. Combining unrivaled playability with an extraordinary spectrum of sweet, yet scorching humbucker tones, the SG-3 is the perfect guitar for rock, heavy metal, and blues guitarists.

Manufactured in Nashville, TN.

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 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.

Body Species: Mahogany

Species: Mahogany
Profile: SG
Neck Joint Location: 19

Species: Rosewood
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1.695"
Inlays: Trapezoid
Fingerboard Binding: Antique

Plating Finish: Gold
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Bridge: Tune-o-matic
Knobs: Black Top Hat with gold inserts
Tuners: Green key

Neck Pickups: '57 Classic Gold Humbuckers
Middle Pickups: '57 Classic Gold Humbuckers
Bridge Pickups: '57 Classic Plus Gold Humbuckers
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 6-way chicken head

Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046

Case Interior: plush
Case Exterior: Hardshell with black reptile pattern
Case Silkscreen: Silver Gibson USA logo

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson SG3 is a tone monster!

By Maleficio

from Virginia Beach VA

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Gibson SG3: Heritage Cherry finish, three '57 Classic pickups. Rock solid Gibson. Much more sturdy than my '61 SG ri. This thing is screwed together very well. Tone options are plentiful. I like each position, and each is unique. The middle PU provides a whole new sound, and has plenty of punch. The frets are smooth. I've not found one single flaw on this guitar. Gibson's quality control can be inconsistent, but quality is AAA on this one. Serial number C 003. C means cherry, 003 means third unit made. I'm very happy with this SG.

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Just watch the headstock....

By Drewcifer

from Milwaukee

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I bought mine just about a year ago. I got the beautiful Heritage Cherry finish.I'm mainly a Fender guy who's been buying and selling other cheaper guitars that want to be Gibsons for a long I finally just decided to give in and buy the real thing. Yeah, Gibson's are overpriced in general, but if you want the real thing, might as well suck it up and pay for it. I finally just got to the point where I realized that I would never be happy with a copy, even if I hot rodded it, so I should stop wasting my money and time with them.This is the first Gibson I had ever found that spoke to me the first time I played it, didn't have anything about it I would immediately modify, and cost under $3000. The '57 classics are the best, most versatile pickup Gibson makes. Cleans up very nicely, crunches with the best of them, good for just about any style of music, and with 6 selections, you get a very wide variety of very usable tones. The fit and finish were near perfect aside from some minor flaws in the neck binding. While the SG-3 hasn't replaced my strat as my #1 guitar, it comes very, very close. It's a joy to play and it's impossible to get a bad sound out of it.About a month after I bought it, I loaned it to a friend who wanted to use it for some studio tracking.....he dropped it and cracked the headstock. Luckily I got him to take it for a professional repair in Milwaukee, and you can never tell that it happened......but for this guitar or any other Gibson for that matter - BE CAREFUL about the headstock!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Featherweight killer with attitude!

By devlore

from Nor Cal

I just got my new SG3 and I love this thing! I had been playing a Les Paul Custom, which is awesome, but at almost 12 lbs. it's like a workout just to play a set with it. When I first picked up the SG3, it felt like I wasn't even holding anything! 6 1/2 lbs! The tones from the 3 pickups and the Chickenhead knob are nicely diverse and I'm going to be experimenting with them for a while. I play fairly heavy music, and it's not quite as suited for that as the LP Custom. But, with some EQ, I think I will be able to get around that. If not, a bridge pickup upgrade may be in order. Great neck with tons of high access and bends for days. A little on the flat side, but not annoyingly so. The Black and gold combo looks awesome, too!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Guitar

By Guitarmaster-8qUoT

from Calgary AB

Really good SG at an affordable price, love the 57' classic pups. Just looks and sounds really quite lovely, I've got mine in Ebony.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Search No More, This is the ONE

By Bradsure

from Summerville, SC

I just got my Gibson SG-3 in cherry yesterday. The cherry with the gold hardware is beautiful. And I hate to use the clich ?It plays like butter? but it DOES!!! I own 3 Les Pauls, 1 PRS, 1 57 Strat, 1other SG Standard and a 52 Tele. I have just about every sound covered. With the 3 57 classic pickups, the guitar is very versatile! The SG-3 plays smoother than any other and is also lightweight. A les Paul that weighs like a Strat!!! Another plus is that it?s only a few more dollars than the SG standard. I can?t imagine needing another guitar. They were reading my mine when they built this one. If you would get your collection down to one guitar, get this one. If you still want more guitars, buy two of these!


Worth buying!

By Steve Laury-zEO1W

from California and Arizona

Gibson has finally heard the cries from guitarists all over the world to improve their quality control. With the SG-3, there is great hope. Wonderful detail in the aging or yellowing of the binding and also the Cherry finish is a cross between red and orange. Looks like it's a Custom Shop guitar.These guitars have colors that an older vintage Cherry finish Gibson SG would have due to age. Wonderful fat meaty neck like the old Gibson 1967 SG specials.For the money and considering Gibson guitars are becoming only available for the wealthy, with their current prices, The SG-3 Is still affordable.I play all styles. I love using the neck position Humbucker to play clean octaves, block chords and fat single notes. This guitar will be the "AX" I will take on the road to play the national festivals and concerts venues.Over all, you will love this guitar. I sure do. Gibson could still do much better job with their necks as I will have to re fret my new Gibson to get it to play perfect. New Gibson's usually come out of the factories with neck warps which have to re fretted by a great Luthier, But other then that, Gibson seems to be improving by leaps and bounds in quality on the SG-3.



By meandmysg

from Cleaveland, OH

I just picked up this guitar from my local music store and have been playing it for four hours straight. The only thing i actually have to say about it is "wow". This is a fantastic guitar and i couldn't be happier with it. The sustain alone is incredible and with its light weight and low cut SG style body solos are a breeze.I picked up this guitar and took it striaght to my abnd's practice. They all loved it and asked me to play somethign amazing. This was the first time I had played it seriously and it felt as if I'd had it my whole life. Did a 7 minute solo on this guitar and didn't find a single flaw.Buy this guitar; it's a dream.


Best Value

By Whiskey_Man

from Stockholm,Sweden

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This SG has the best value of all Gibson SG`s out there. 3 humbuckers delivering incredible tone! Unplugged it sounds good.From clean to disortion this guitar delivers some serieus sound. It can also deliver some serieus blues tone. Exelent Fret access like on all SG. It is everything a SG is supposed to be exepkt it can deliver more sounds!! Only 1 problem for me is that is that the neck is of maghnony and i prefer rosewood. But thats just me. Also look at the price. The Value is just insane. I regret buying the Gibson SG Select instead of this 1. So i might just well sell it to get my hands on this babe.

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