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Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar  

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    Pure vintage vibe, red-hot tone.

    The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpted, double-cutaway, mahogany body, exclusive Gibson '57 classic humbucking pickups at the neck and bridge, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. Relive some of the greatest moments of rock 'n' roll with a one-piece bound mahogany neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

    '60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile
    The '60s neck profile—found on the SG '61 Reissue—is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

    '57 Classic Pickups
    Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their production—1955 to 1961—Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone, desirable to players who wanted to mix and match and explore a complete spectrum of tonal possibilities. The '57 Classic pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this renowned characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. These are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring. Instead of enamel-coated wiring, Gibson added poly-coated wiring—which improves consistency by eliminating thin or thick spots on the wire—and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

    A Little SG History
    In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns 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 Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Mahogany body and neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • NItrocellulose finish
    • Gibson Classic '57 humbuckers at the neck and bridge
    • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
    • Corian nut
    • 1.695" nut width ±.050"
    • 22 frets
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • Grover Kluson-style green tuning keys
    • Chrome-plated hardware
    • 2 volume, 2 tone control, 3-way pickup switch
    • Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
    • Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly headstock inlay
    • Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
    • Antique cream fingerboard binding

    You can't be Pete in 1969, but you CAN play the same guitar! Click the button and make it yours.

     
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    GibsonSG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar
     
    4.8

    (based on 104 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfection!

    Buy one and you won't can't stop playing it! It melts like butter like your hands!!
    This guitar is perfection in a hard shell case! I have been a player for...Read complete review

    Buy one and you won't can't stop playing it! It melts like butter like your hands!!
    This guitar is perfection in a hard shell case! I have been a player for over 35 years and have own/owned many beautiful and not so beautiful sounding and looking guitars. I am mainly a fender man though I own a LP and a 335. I have to say that this guitar is the perfect combination of everything you could want in an electric guitar. It is beautifully crafted and finished. The fingerboard is fast and accurate. The 57 pups are amazingly clean and crunchy.The balance and the weight are perfect.This is basically a LP without the extra weight hanging around your neck. You plug this beauty in and you just don't want to stop shredding! PERFECTION! Buy one and you won't want to put it back in the case!
    Perfection
    Perfection/flawless

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's hit or miss with Gibson---buyer beware.

    I thought this one was going to be a keeper---boy, was I wrong. The fact that SGs are 'neck-heavy' didn't bother me. The fact that the red dye bled into...Read complete review

    I thought this one was going to be a keeper---boy, was I wrong. The fact that SGs are 'neck-heavy' didn't bother me. The fact that the red dye bled into the binding lacquer didn't bother me either---it happened on many of the original Gibson electrics; so, to me, that made it more authentic. I also thought the Classic 57 pups sounded great.Here's the bad stuff: the nut slots were poorly cut (i.e., too deep), the inlay work was sloppy (i.e., lots of filler around the edges), the bridge leaned forward (i.e., toward the neck pup), the saddles were unevenly notched, the fretboard was light colored and dry as a bone, the tone pots did not have much variation between 10 and 4, and there was glue slop on the fretboard near the nut! It also developed a bad case of 'fret sprout', even though it was stored at a constant 45% RH @ 70 degrees farenheit! A guitar at this price should not have these defects!I traded it in on a custom shop Les Paul Standard 1960 reissue VOS, and now I'm a happy camper.

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    5.0

    Great guitar

    By cjsinla

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • A Little Neck-heavy

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    It's too bad Gibson stopped making this guitar. I'm normally a single coil guy but I like the sound of these pickups. The 57 Classics are not very hot, that allows me to control most of my gain with the volume knob. Great sound, too. This guitar is great for most rock and blues. Both pickups are usable but the neck pickup does get a little flabby ion the low E string at high gain. No problems with the craftsmanship.

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    5.0

    I Love This Guitar

    By Jhabi

    from Minnesota

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!
    I love everything about this guitar...it looks great...it's easy to play...the intonation ...WOW! It blew me away right out of the box!
    Well made....I own eight guitars...strat, tele, rick, gretch, Les Paul, Ovation, Alverez and have wanted an SG for years...it's a well made guitar..I think it's the best one I own.
    I think it's well worth the price and the funny thing is so does my wife

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's freakin awesome

    By Moses49

    from AR

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I can't help but jam out some Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest, or Led with this guitar in my hands, Gibson did a fine job on this guitar and whoever built this thing deserves a raise. New for the money it's a little much, but if your wanting a pro sounding guitar and a true Gibson SG then you know you'll have to pay for it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a beautiful guitar with roaring pickups, and a slim neck, and wants to look like a guitar god.
    Being a EMG guy the 57 classics really surprised me, they have some bite. The pickups are a little loose sounding on the open E, but for leads it really cuts through. I love the slim 60's neck, I don't mind their thicker 50's necks as i have large hands, but it is nice and fast allowing access all the way to the last fret easy to reach. I can't say the same for my LP unfortunately.
    The binding and finish were great on mine i couldn't find any blemishes at all, and it stays in tune well. Once i got it setup to my preference it has become my favorite and best playing guitar out of the 6 that i own, including other Gibsons, Fender, Dean, and Ibanez. Everytime i look at it i want to riff out on it, which is what a good guitar does.
    I can't complain about the awesome price I bought this thing for, I got it used from a buddy of mine who never really played it (he's a Ernie Ball Musicman guy). The value was easily 10 out of 10.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfection!

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    Buy one and you won't can't stop playing it! It melts like butter like your hands!!
    This guitar is perfection in a hard shell case! I have been a player for over 35 years and have own/owned many beautiful and not so beautiful sounding and looking guitars. I am mainly a fender man though I own a LP and a 335. I have to say that this guitar is the perfect combination of everything you could want in an electric guitar. It is beautifully crafted and finished. The fingerboard is fast and accurate. The 57 pups are amazingly clean and crunchy.The balance and the weight are perfect.This is basically a LP without the extra weight hanging around your neck. You plug this beauty in and you just don't want to stop shredding! PERFECTION! Buy one and you won't want to put it back in the case!
    Perfection
    Perfection/flawless

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    'The' SG to get.

    By Jeff Davis

    from Ontario, Canada

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    Amazingly useful and stylish guitar for a decent price. I own/have owned a Les Paul, 335, telecaster and to me this guitar is my new 'main'. I can't put it down.
    The upper fret access and tone of the '57 classics alone make this superior to the SG Standard. It is lightweight and saves your shoulder during long sessions. I was a Les Paul player for 15 years and this guitar has more character for lead playing than the Les Paul Standard. Thanks Gibson!
    The pickups and choice of wood are perfect and the volume and tone controls work well. I prefer the grover style chrome tuners, but for now - the vintage looking ones are good. The slim tapered neck is beautiful to play.

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    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    '61 Reissue Electric Guitar...Better known as (Derek Trucks Axe)

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    Best Guitar I have ever seen or heard
    Oh so pretty and also my new tattoo...There will be a mini sax with RIP "Big Man" somewhere on the guitar. Love those two guys!

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Real Deal

    By Rhythm N Booze

    from Dirty South

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I did my research on SG's and finally decided to spend the money and get the 61 reissue instead of the standard or the special. Definitely one of my better decisions in life. This really is a step above the standard sg in terms of playability, aesthetics, and I think it sounds better too. The 57 classics rock. The tapered neck is a huge plus for me, by far the most comfortable neck I've played on. All in all I couldn't be happier and hope to keep this guitar for life. I also have to give major thanks to musician's friend for the way they handled an issue I had with a used sg I initially bought, all I can say is that their customer service can't be beat!

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The neck is super fast, but it won't stay in tune

    By Seduciary

    from California

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I've been an SG fan for many many years. The super-fast neck (for leads) and clear crisp tone in heavy distortion mode is epic. However, my only issue with the SG, along with practically ANY electric guitar without a locking-nut system, is the propensity to go out of tune. I was in the studio today, and my 61-reissue had to be tuned several times between takes. More and more, I'm leaning towards the Ibanez Super-Strat guitars with the locking nuts and H-S-H pup configuration for a wider variety of tones. But if your primary goal is to play super-fast leads with zero effort, the SG is insurmountable...

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More than I expected

    By Pete-aGSSb

    from Montreal Quebec

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I always wanted an SG, could have bought a Standard, but decided to wait..get the cash..and go for a 61.Best idea since my divorce !!.The feel and tone IS different from a Standard which I feel is a darker sound than the 61 (so It depends on what you are looking for). The finish helps that, since the 61 is more of a Gibson custom shop, one piece instead of two pieces glued togheter and a better made neck that is hand finished. The best thing are the 57 pickups !!..wow !.Hard metal to smooth tone. I own a couple of Gibson s (Lespaul and Explorer)amongst other s, and compare often. Usually come back to the SG61.I know it s pricey compared to the Standard, but if your like me and keep your guitars, you will not be desapointed.Much better deal than the Angus Young and probably same quality than the pricier SG customs. Been playing for over 30 years (even getting hearing loss !! watch that loud sound !! ) Playing Zakk Wylde, Pink Floyd,some Ozzy (he should have never tossed Zaak !) Bonamassa, Lamd of God etc.My next goal, a Mark V. Go for the 61 !.

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    5.0

    mixed feelings

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar. I've been wanting it for a few years. It's hard to write anything bad about it, as it is definitely an awesome guitar, but I think Gibson has been slacking in the details that would make this guitar perfect. I returned the first one after I noticed the fretboard looked jagged, sloppy and badly sanded in the higher frets. So I returned it, got a new one and it looked exactly the same. The new classic white guitar had red spots in the back and a hairline crack going around the neck. I kept it after I took it to a guitar shop, where they set it up and sanded those frets for me and cleaned the red buffing compound Gibson uses on their guitar. The repairman said the hairline crack was only cosmetic and not structural, and I still love this guitar for its look and sound. I just wish Gibson would pay attention to details, which is what they love to claim.

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