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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.

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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
  • Gibson hardshell case
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GibsonSG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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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!
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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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(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

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Deal

By Rhythm N Booze

from Dirty South

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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!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's freakin awesome

By Moses49

from AR

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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.

(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.

(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 !.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can a guitar have a soul?

By Jake--5c41

from Michigan

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

Have been playing for over a decade now. Have grown up on a Stratocaster and Telecaster with custom Seymour Duncan pickups -- both very nice guitars that I have customized to my liking. From a technical perspective, I have been searching for a HH style guitar for some time but have been holding out until I found something I liked -- since I already own other guitars, I felt I could be very picky. And then one day, after playing many other models, in many different guitar stores, for several years, I tried the Gibson SG '61 reissue. I loved the action of the neck and the tone. I found that I love playing -- even more! The setup and intonation were perfect right out of the the box. The 57 classic humbuckers are perfect -- no need for replacements (like I did with my Fenders). After adjusting to the HH setup with deadicated volume and tone for each pickup, I found that I could achieve near the same range of tones that I can with my 5 way switch and 3 pickups on the Fender. I felt technically that the Fender was still superior for that delicate clean sound of the single coil (so I'll keep them around) esecially through a fender twin reverb amp -- and a better value. However, the distortion tones out of a great tube distortion amp (Marshall), and the deep rich jazz tone, blows away what I can achieve on the Strat or Tele. But there was something else as well... The light feel of the SG, fast action of the neck and longer scale make it difficult to go back and I find that I work the tone of the SG until it is suitable rather than pick up a different guitar. I simply cannot put it down. It seems illogical, but the minute I hold it in my hands, the light weight and light touch made me feel like my playing improved instantly. It was that easy. I had that vibe that just flows -- rather than the need to think about what I was doing. Can a guitar have soul? I think this one does.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love This Guitar

By Jhabi

from Minnesota

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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

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Another disappointment from Gibson

By Matt-_0nwu

from Austin, TX

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Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year and a half ago. One day when I was playing, I bent the G string a little too far and one of the bridge pieces snapped. I had to pay to get it replaced and it still does not work. The tune-o-matic is the absolute worst bridge I have ever used. The guitar won't intonate right, even after taking it to a repairman with 20+ years experience. The 57 classics sound very thin, especially compared to some Dimarzio's and Duncan's. The guitar won't stay in tune, a problem my Les Paul has too. I will never buy another Gibson.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What an impressive guitar!!!

By ToneMonkey

from Albuquerque, NM

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Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I was drawn to the guitar the first time I saw it hanging on the wall -- What a beautiful instrument. The first thing that I noticed when I picked it up whas how light it was. When I wrapped my hand around the neck and whipped out a riff -- I was sold. This is the most playable guitar I have ever had in my hands. And sound -- it's so versatile. I can get a really rich, full bodied blues tone to a screaming hard rock lead. I have played for over 45 years and currently have 8 electrics.... fawned over and tweaked all of them, and I will tell you this hands down is the best quitar I have ever played. Be warned -- once you play it you will buy it or obsess about it before you give in.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Used to own it

By Justin-NdYSW

from Long Island, NY

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Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I used to own this guitar but sold it to buy a Jazzmaster and I'm much more happy with Fender. The SG was nice, it sounded very good and had amazing playability. But the guitar is extremely temperamental. If there are any changes in environment, get ready to adjust the neck! If you are confident enough in adjusting the neck, you'll be ok. But if you're like me and won't let anyone but a professional go near the neck, make sure you have some extra money to throw around at least once every season to have the neck adjusted. Again, if you are comfortable with maintaining the guitar yourself, you will love this guitar. Like I said, it sounds great and plays very easy, not to mention how great it looks. And you will be a professional at adjusting the neck in a year!

(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...

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By Adrian Pescetto

from DC

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeds Expectations

By New SG Man

from San Diego

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I had one of the new ES339's that I sold recently; it just wasn't for me. The only thing I liked about is was the '57 pickups - great tone. When I saw that the SG '61 Reissue had 57's, I became interested. I became even more interested when I saw that it had a 60's style neck. I received my SG this week, and I'm way glad I got it. It's the tone I was looking for from a Gibson. I normally play Strats, but this guitar may change that. A big surprise to me was how easily you can play thing all the way down to the 22nd fret. In addition, this guitar came setup perfectly. The Kluson style Grovers stay in tune perfectly as opposed to the real Kluson's on the ES339 which were always going out of tune. If you're inclined to use an SG, you won't go wrong with this one. I got the cherry finish, and this guitar means business. Very happy with this guitar - Gibson at its best!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet little devil !!!

By Vibecaster

from K-Town, TN

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Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I?ve been in love with guitars since I was about 8yrs old and an now a fifty something. I have owned a lot of guitars over the years to say the least--mostly Fender Strats. I was in my teen yrs just enthralled with Jimi and dreamed of owning a Fender Strat. I?ve always been a Strat guy--and most of my favorite players have been Strat Players: Jimi, Trower, Blackmore etc. I was and still am a big Johnny Winter fan and have had several Firebirds. I?ve always admired these SG?s from afar but just never got around to buying one until now. BIG MISTAKE!! I should have bought one 30 yrs ago!!! This is the best guitar I have ever layed paws to. It?s light, but still gets the big GIBSON sound. The neck is the thin taper profile which for the life of me I don?t know why Gibson just doesn?t make standard on every guitar they make. It?s is absolute perfection!! No too thin i.e. Ibanez wizard and not that damm Louisville Slugger either. You feel like your fingers have wings and you can play anything--I guarantee you?ll be playing better in one week on this neck! And on the SG you truly have access to the very last fret--and with ease. The sound is all Gibson Humbucker and the standard issue PU?s are great. By the way I did buy an Epiphone Elitist version of this AX and sold it--nice guitar but compared to this GIBSON--and truly--it?s not even in the ball park. Get one of these or not--no skin off my teeth. Frankly I wish I was the only one that owned one. If you get one you?ll feel the same way. When I think about all the great notes Clapton played on one of these bad boys during the Cream era I really don?t know why he ever stopped playing one.

 
5.0

My high expecations were exceeded....

By JGab

from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Canada

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I own a Gibson Traditional LP and I find this 61' SG has better craftmanship. Excellent tone and super long sustain. Very easy to play especially if you have short fingers, and usually awkward chords are made easy. Notes seem to pop off the fretboard when tapping the strings.

    I just love this guitar and I would never sell it. I never actually liked the look of SG's, but its playability and tone make up for it. It is my favorite guitar to play and I have played a lot of them...

     
    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.

     
    4.0

    what a piece of art

    By will-upXEN

    from miami

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing for a little while and honestly, When I saw it, it could not avoid it. I tried it and right away I understood that SG was what I always wanted. I'm telling you is a piece of art. I tried all kinds of Gibsons but it nothing like this one. It's light and you can reach till the last fret without frocing your wrist. It's great. I mean the price is kind of high but I think it is worth the effort because you wont need another guitar.. try it

     
    5.0

    I own the original this is almost perfect!

    By Losman66

    from Homosassa Fl

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    This guiter is a special instrument and if you want a Gibson that sounds and plays like the original, this is for you. The one '61 I have has a Bigsby VOS and I will not give it up for anything! I have played alot of guitars in my life and This is as close to the perfect guitar you will ever play.I have played since 1975 at 9 years of age on the same guitar. I will play it till I'm dead. For those of you who think that your guitar is all that, try one set up with a nice low action and you will never play anything else!

     
    4.0

    looks beatiful, Sounds great

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I recieved my SG and I was immediately in love with the cherry finish. It looks amazing in person. I did my typical inspection, looked at it closely all up and down and everything was perfect. The case is also nice with the white plush(or whatever material it is) inside. Rock, Metal, Blues, DMB, Chili peppers all sounds amazing on this guitar. I am very happy with it. I use a Marshall JVM410c and a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe White Lightning. With this setup and my 58 les paul vos there is no need for anything else. I am in heaven every time I look at my gear.

     
    5.0

    sweet guitar

    By GuitarBo$$

    from CA

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    Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is a little slice of heaven. When you play it, it wants to be loud and dominating yet it can be so tame when you put it on clean. some sgs are really cheap sounding but this one has an incredible tone. The guitar is great if you like to play classic rock and just have a large and in charge sound

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