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Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups

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Inspired by the 1960s SG Special, the Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups re-creates the look and sound of the most influential guita...Click To Read More About This Product

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The guitar that won the hearts and minds of a generation.

Inspired by the 1960s SG Special, the Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups re-creates the look and sound of the most influential guitar in both Britain and the U.S. during the psychedelic era. It has the original all-mahogany body, dual P-90 pickups, and a bound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays.

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.

FEATURES
  • P-90 pickups re-create '60s sound and look
  • All-mahogany body
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
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GibsonSG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups
 
4.9

(based on 155 reviews)

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Excellent Guitar

I will mention upfront that I'm a Fender guy. I have a USA Tele Deluxe and a USA Strat. I play through a Fender Supersonic. I have a Fender Jazz bass. You get...Read complete review

I will mention upfront that I'm a Fender guy. I have a USA Tele Deluxe and a USA Strat. I play through a Fender Supersonic. I have a Fender Jazz bass. You get the picture. I've tried the Gibson Les Paul but just never jived with it and went back to Fender. And then I tried the Gibson SG Classic and it now falls between my tele (#1) and strat (#3) as my favorite guitar to play.

I love the P-90s. They are hot and thick, so the guitar offers both chime and growl at the same time. I also really like how light and thin the body is. I always expected this to feel more like a Les Paul but with an extra cutaway on top. That couldn't be further from the truth. It is extremely comfortable. The neck profile is a bit too large for me, but by no means uncomfortable. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
The neck binding is a nice touch that looks really great with the white outline of the pickguard.
An upgrade in the tuning pegs would earn this a 10 rating.

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Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickup

Well I just received, and then returned this unit. Unfortunately I did not get a lucky as the prior folks. There was a gap where the fretboard meets the body at the end...Read complete review

Well I just received, and then returned this unit. Unfortunately I did not get a lucky as the prior folks. There was a gap where the fretboard meets the body at the end of the neck joint, could have been just the way the binding was cut, but with the deliberate overspay of the finish on the rest of it over that joint, as the neck joined the body along the fretboard, I didn't want to take a chance. (The overspray did not bother me, fyi, the gap at the end did. Though the overspray looked like it could be hiding additional gap, instead of a clean binding job???). The nut was cut so it favored the Bass side, slightly, but I hate that, especially when my finger slides off the edge of the playing surface. Minor, yes but for the current price, heck, it's not an import. And, those have always been good to me, anyway, so am not knocking imports. And, I understood this to be a one piece body. The lower bout below the control knobs on mine was laminated to complete the body; minor but, not what I expected. Also, the tuners, the tiny white knobs, look very lite duty, though the gears looked like the regular tuner. I'd be afraid of the knob twisting off, or cracking some day. Though am sure if properly strung would stay in tune.Anyway, on the positive side, the Soapbars sound fantastic. I compared side by side with 490's and Alnico 5 BurstBucker Pros, they hold their own in tone; to my ear a cross between the two, the 490's to me were a bit briter, but same performance and sound otherwise, if not noticably similar output levels. I didn't get any hum in my playing environment on single selection.The finish itself, was flawless, and, none of the typical ding's and handeling marks I see with great dissapointment. The neck, on this one was beefy and substantial, more so than some other fat 50's necks I've played... they're all a little different I guess. Very nice neck on this one.A final negative, on this unit, did not resonate quite as much, unpluged, as some of the all mahogany units I've played from Gibson. Could be the 9's that were on it. Kind of dead as far as that went, which means the sympathic tones, string vibrations wouldn't be there if one looks for that.Oh well, I'm dissapointed, and not interested in getting into a back and forth shipping struggle, for me anyway. Regards.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar

By Jim Gansner

from STL

Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

I will mention upfront that I'm a Fender guy. I have a USA Tele Deluxe and a USA Strat. I play through a Fender Supersonic. I have a Fender Jazz bass. You get the picture. I've tried the Gibson Les Paul but just never jived with it and went back to Fender. And then I tried the Gibson SG Classic and it now falls between my tele (#1) and strat (#3) as my favorite guitar to play.

I love the P-90s. They are hot and thick, so the guitar offers both chime and growl at the same time. I also really like how light and thin the body is. I always expected this to feel more like a Les Paul but with an extra cutaway on top. That couldn't be further from the truth. It is extremely comfortable. The neck profile is a bit too large for me, but by no means uncomfortable. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
The neck binding is a nice touch that looks really great with the white outline of the pickguard.
An upgrade in the tuning pegs would earn this a 10 rating.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By cjsinla

from Los Angeles

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I've been playing Fenders for years but had recently brought an old Les Paul Junior to a rehearsal. It sounded so good, I gigged with it but took some heat for bringing such a valuable guitar to the club. I decided that I needed a substitute. So, I went to my local Guitar Center. I played a bunch of guitars with P90's, custom shop Juniors to faded SG's. the best sounding one was the Junior in TV yellow. But, it only had one pickup and I wanted two pickups for extra versatility. The SG Classic was very close in sound to the LP Junior, in fact, all the SG's sounded great but I couldn't hang with the worn and faded finishes. I took it home and compared it side by side with my 59 LP Junior and they sounded almost identical. But, I don't have to worry about losing or damaging my 59 at a gig or rehearsal. I really like the neck as well, not as thin as the old 68? SG with P90's that I had back in the '80's and not as thick as the 50's necks. It is light and balanced and has gotten more comments about the sound than any other guitar I have ever played. The only problem was when I was using a guitar with a fatter neck and then switched to this guitar after an hour of rehearsal, I found the thinner neck of this SG to be more fatiguing. This was never a problem on long rehearsals before, though. All in all, a great guitar for the money and it is cheaper now.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent guitar

    By Joe Barbeau

    from North Bay, Ontario

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    Pros

    • Looks great

    Cons

    • No hard case

    Best Uses

    • Alternative Rock
    • Blues Rock
    • Punk

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I'm definitely an SG guy, with a collection that ranges from a 2006 SG classic (the least expensive) to a 2002 Gibson SG Custom, and I must say the classic is the best sounding guitar of them all. The P90 pickups are hot and clear, with excellent growly tones even at relatively low volumes. I would definitely recommend this guitar to anybody, especially anybody who plays alternative/punk rock. A great buy.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SG Classic - Hello Rock and Roll

    By n/a

    from Frederick, MD

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    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • NONE AT THIS TIME

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Nice Dirty Sound. Great bite. Always wanted to have one and I am not disappointed.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Supersimitry

    from Western NY

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    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    This guitar is great! I play in a bar band and the reviews are true- the P 90s can sound clean or growly. You can sound like dickie betts or jack white. They're my favorite pickups. The neck is nice, a little wide but that just makes it more adaptable to slide guitar play. I do agree that the guitar needed to be tweaked from the factory. I had to adjust the truss rod which was something I hadn't ever done before. The tuning machines weren't great. I ended up replacing them ( because my 3 y/o broke one) with kluson deluxe ones, and now I feel like the guitar is perfect. I used to want a les Paul, but this is the guitar for me.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson SG Classic

    By Never Blue25

    from everywhere U.S

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    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Actaully, a 9.5. I would buy it again if it were stolen. I actually may get another one in the future as a backup I like it so much.
    I gave this a 10 for features, because it is light weight, and fancy enough. I don't like the block inlays on the Standard. This one has the easier to read pearl moon inlays. Tuners are ok, they hold tune good enough, I really can't complain. The P-90's are IMHO the best pickups on a Gibson. The clean sounds are amazing, and just crank the guitar volume for some breakup.
    I couldn't find a singal flaw in this guitar, and I looked hard.
    Only an 8 here, I feel this guitar is still a bit overpriced for what it is.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    P90 bark!

    By Steve

    from Massachusetts, USA

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    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I own one, purchased from this web site. Let me get the one negative out of the way first- poor nut work. The B and A strings were slotted too low on mine. I've seen this on many Gibsons manufactured today (but not all). I had it professionally replaced and slotted at my own expense with a Slip-Stone nut and now we're in business! If mine had quality nut work out of the box I'd give it a 5.0 rating overall, but I can't.If your Gibson is having tuning issues, it's probably not the tuners as many folks think. It's the nut.The good stuff- Fantastic P90 tone from this badboy. Big, beefy neck but plays nicely. Respectable fretwork and binding as well. When strummed acoustically I can feel the entire guitar resonate in my hands.Lastly, ditch the included gig bag and get yourself a hardshell case. This guitar deserves it. Enjoy.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    one of my dream guitars

    By Jared Beck

    from So Cal

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    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Every time I go to my local guitar store and try out guitars i always seem to play this one the longest. I think that means i'm gonna to buy it eventually, haha. The tone that the P90 pick-ups produce are perfect for that dreamy clean sound but can easily pack a punch with some overdrive. The body is thin and light. The neck has a nice feel, not to thin, not to thick. I would recomend this guitar to anyone who wants an easy to play tone machine that comes at a reasonable price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar With A Super Sound

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    If you like the P-90 sound than buy this guitar..,,,,It's easy to pay....the neck feels really nice an smooth, frets are smooth also asxnd you can get the action real low on this neck with no fret buzz!

    also the binding on the neck is really nice touch.....just a great all around guitar at a nice low price.....it will be the best money you ever spent on a gibson.
    I have a 2004 model and all I can say is that tge guitar is incredible! The workmanship is top notch which lately is becoming rare with Gibson. The P-90's pickups soynd fantastic as expected.

    The guitar stays in tunes after playing hard and with a whole lot of string bending. Everything about the guitar is great. The guitar now comes with a gibson hard shell case.
    Guitar was perfect when i purchased it in 2004 and still looks and sounds and performs like the day i got it!
    The sg classic is worth more than what it sells for.......

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Good Guitar

    By gibsonfan111

    from Boondocks, Indiana

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    This is a very good guitar that I have owned for 3 years and couldn't be any more satisfied with it. The P90 pickups sound great with clean or crunchy sounds. Obviously higher gain settings require a noise gate, but that's not what this guitar was built for. It sounds good with 60s Psychedelic Rock, British Invasion, or Clapton Style Blues. This isn't a head banger's guitar.The quality of it is incredible. The heritage cherry finish couldn't be any more beautiful and the neck binding is fantastic. It feels very well built in your hands. The price of the guitar is right considering that you get a good deluxe gig bag. Overall a very good guitar as long as you aren't looking to play any high gain heavy metal. Perfect Classic Rock guitar. Highly Recommended.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    classic go to guitar

    By Ball Hog

    from Turlock, CA

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I have been playing guitar for over 20 years now, and have owned many... and still own several, which include a simi-hollow ibanez artcore (fun), and a couple of solid body carvin's. I have been a big advocate of the products produced by carvin. However, since receiving my 'SG' they rarely see the light of day. This guitar simply sounds amazing, even unplugged. Totally fat & warm. Plugged in, The P-90's just rip. Nice bite without ever losing thier warmth, bright and crisp without being to harsh. I personally prefer the warmth of the neck pickup over the obviously more trebly bridge. Blending the two also produces some wonderful creamy tones with tons of sustain. I play through a carvin bel-air 212 (50 watt all tube), clean or overdriven with pedals. My bandmates, and other listeners often comment on how great my tone is, and honestly... I totally prefer it to the tones I am able to produce with any of my other guitars. I re-strung mine with 10's as opposed to the stock 9's, and this thing seems to feel alive in my hands with the way the heavier strings allow the body to resonate more (although it did resonate very well with the 9's). I must admit that it does take a little more effort for me to play this guitar in comparison to my carvin's, but oddly enough, for some reason I find this to be a good thing. I now grab every chord with authority... like I mean it!! This guitar is a total treat to play.. very light and very fun. Also, there is probably not a "cooler" looker than an 'SG' (just ask Iommi, Townsend, or Vedder). The nitro-cellulous finish is a bit difficult to keep clean and gets a bit sticky with sweat.. but the tone produced with the use of this finish, (which apparently allows the wood to breathe and resonate better than acrylic), is well worth the additional clean-up time. I have only (1) complaint which I'm sure is exclusive to my instrument, which is that my truss rod cover was installed by the factory a bit cock-eyed. If somebody could've pried the guitar from my hands, I may have been inclined to send it back for a replacement... but, The way I see it, it just ads character to an instrument that is already chock-full of personallity. Don't wait.. Buy this now before they are no longer available. This is A fantastic buy on a beautiful tone-monster. Peace!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Has perfect tone. P-90s provide the clarity of single coils but with quite a bit more "meat". Works great for modern country and classic rock. On clean amp settings, they sound richer than regular single-coils. With the guitar's volume full up, and running through an amp's lead channel, I can still get pinched harmonics and good sustain for leads, reminiscent of double-coil humbucking pickups. Neck is fatter than what I remember of my Gibsons from years ago, and the string spacing is a little tight, but I quickly got re-acquainted with both. Being a Gibson, setup is extremely easy to do. Adjusted the neck relief, set the action, and adjusted the bridge saddles. Now it's a true joy to play. Adding Grover tuners made it a little neck heavy, but using slight downward pressure from my right forearm seems to counter balance it to the point I don't even realize I'm doing it. It's a light guitar so you can play longer with less fatigue. Love this guitar!

     
    5.0

    Best guitar at any price

    By Wayne

    from East Ky

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • I've Loved SGs ever since the 60s.
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      The SG sound particularly with the P90s is in my opinion just perfect not to clean not too distorted, it's just right. For that great Eric Clapton or Leslie West Sound you just can't beat 'em.

       
      5.0

      Downright Classic

      By Adam Johnston

      from Michigan

      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      This little piece of mahogany may blow you away. In my opinion the guitar is well rounded for all levels of aggression. From poppy licks to aggressive lines, this may have you covered. -rhythm and lead- Don't think you can pull off thick humbucking palm mutes though,- the P90s have a much sharper tone. I can substitute humbuckers on this through my boss distortion pedals- but that's just effects. Without the pedal you can get nice thin tone and overdrive for somewhat humbucking tone. The finish is pretty much Standard and the bindings are a bonus. It's a trick guitar and light weight. It has the same pickups as the Double Cutaway Les Paul which is becoming popular to bands because you can move on stage with it so much. You may want to think about replacing the machine heads and tuners later on but that's later on. You can find tonal combos to fit your needs. These are no Fender single coils. They have so much more tonal spectrum. This is almost a standard's long lost friend. Pete Townshend played the originator of this guitar at Woodstock. It's limited edition so seize the moment. You'll like it by itself or a little help from some friendly pedals.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Adequate SG

      By Anchoret-brYPA

      from California

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      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      I've had this guitar for two years now.It's crudely made and finished and has numerous obvious flaws that should have not passed inspection. The neck is very large and somewhat sharply tapered. If you desire this type of neck, you are in a minority.Sound and performance is otherwise OK, though nothing spectacular. Other people I know who have them have roughly the same assessment.

       
      4.0

      p-90's rule

      By Strat-Paul

      from chico, california

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      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      Have ownerd for about a year now. Beautiful guitar, p-90's sound great. Neck feels awsome, action is low with no buzz. The notch in the bridge high and low e-strings are too shallow, and the strings slip off center. I also will upgrade the tuners, they seem to slip out of tune too often for a stop tail guitar! I love Gibsons, but for the price, I feel the quality could have been a little better, and should come with a hard case.

       
      5.0

      This Guitar Is A Beast

      By StratFan567

      from Montreal, QC

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      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      I played many guitars, including Fenders, and also, Gibsons. I had this guitar for a year, and the sound is just incredible. I have a Roland Cube 60, which is a great amp, and this guitar sounds so creamy and crisp, and at the same time, dirty. I recommend this guitar so much to everybody who loves Gibsons. For the price it's a bargain! It sounds like a Gibson Les Paul Standard. I recommend you buy it, with any amp of your choice. The quality is excellent, the fit and finish is excellent and everything about it is excellent. I love this guitar! 5 stars!

       
      5.0

      Flat out great guitar

      By Vintage Guitar Guy

      from DREXEL HILL, PA

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      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      I've always loved SGs and I had an original with the P90s for many years but had to let it go. This reissue is extremely faithful in sound and play ability to the original. I had lost some faith in Gibson over the years but this ax restores it. I will never let this one go.It is simply the most versatile sounding solid body guitar out there.

       
      5.0

      Buy It! Buy It! Buy it!

      By The Missing Link-fVTDF

      from Winter Park, FL

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      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      I just got my new sealed cherry SG Classic today and all I can say is "Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! This is the best gloss finish Gibson guitar value around. Great quality, too.

       
      5.0

      Gibson does it again

      By LedZeppeilinCXXI

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about Gibson SG Classic Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

      This is by far the best guitar within it's price range you can get almost any sound you want from this guitar From playing Pantera (my respects to darrel "dimebag" abbot) to old tunes by the who this guitar is the best.

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