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    An iconic guitar from the past with upgraded electronics.

    The Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar celebrates a great guitar from the past. It features pickups that have a new magnet and pole piece configuration with dual steel blades and a single Alnico V magnet. This more efficient design makes for improved output at less expense. The calibrated pickup winding offers balanced output in both rhythm and lead positions with increased output on the bridge pickup. Covered with solid chrome, these pickups produce higher output than previous mini humbucking pickups, yet still retain a vintage voice with plenty of chime.

    Features

    • Mahogany body
    • Maple neck with unique '70s, Thin-To-Thick with Volute profile
    • Baked maple fingerboard, block inlays
    • Chrome tune-o-matic bridge
    • Vintage style keys
    • Dual Mini humbuckers

    Experience this advance in pickup engineering for yourself. Order today.

     
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    GibsonSG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar
     
    4.9

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (7)
    • Solid electronics (7)
    • Fun to play (6)
    • Good pick up (6)
    • Good feel (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording (5)
      • Small venues (5)
      • Jamming (4)
      • Practicing (4)
      • Rock concerts (4)
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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice!!

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

        I just received this guitar today, and I've spent the past few hours putting it through the paces. So far, I'm very pleased with it. It's a solidly built guitar. The finish is very very nice. You can see and feel the wood grain. I'm assuming its a nitro finish. The guitar needs a set up, as they all do, but it plays well as it is, and I'm betting it will be a dream to play after a pro set up. The only flaw I see in the guitar is slight blemish in the pickguard where it wraps around the bridge pick up, but its only noticeable if you're looking for it.

        I wasn't aware that this guitar had the baked malple fret board until after I had ordered it. I was a bit concerned, because I had played a friends Les Paul with baked maple and I didn't like it at all. It was draggy and and just felt weird. But the fret board on this SG is totally different. It looks exactly like rose wood in color. And I love the feel of it. I almost prefer it over rosewood.

        The pick ups are one of my favorite things about this guitar. They have a very clear and chimy clean tone. Very smooth. They also overdrive VERY nicely. A very tight, creamy kind of overdrive tone that you can only get with humbuckers. This is my first experience with mini humbuckers and I like it. They have a definate humbucker tone, but roll the highs up on the amp and you get a very warm kind of tele twang. Overall, I think this guitar is a real winner. The gigbag that comes with it is pretty much garbage. It's cheap and flimsy and will do little to protect the guitar. I'll definately be picking up a hardshell case for this one.

        Overall, if you dig SGs, grab one of these. The price is right. Gibson is finally making an affordable guitar other then the Faded series. I don't think you can go wrong with it.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Husband was Speechless!

        By CountryBoy'sWife

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautilful Finish
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          One of the best gifts I ever gave my Husband! Not a lot that can make him speechless, but this gift was one!

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar and Customer Service

          By Slick Willie

          from Lubbock TX 79414

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Nice Slim Neck
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • no cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Entertainment
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          Very satisfied with guitar and customer services...Looking forward to more business with your company...

          /s/ Roy W Willis

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The perfect guitar

          By Cantabrig5

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • American-made
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Value
          • Mini-buckers
          • Playability
          • Solid Electronics
          • Tonal Range
          • Warmth

          Cons

          • None This Thing Rocks

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I had thought of myself as more of a Strat guy--until this guitar landed in my hands. I've been channeling my inner Townsend ever since. I sent my Strat off to the luthier with instructions to take his time...

          I'm really, really impressed by the mini-'buckers, which I'd never played before. I'd read commentary from detractors saying they lack the punch of classic PAF humbuckers--but have to wonder what instrument those folks are basing their comments on.

          The tonal range is incredible--I can get everything from Strat-quality wail to deep LP-rivaling thrum from it. In fact, as sacrilegious as it might be to say--the tone of this instrument exceeds that of any Strat or Les Paul I've ever played.

          Reminds me of some high-end Tele's I've played--but the mahogany body adds depth that swamp ash can't touch.

          Came set up perfectly right out of the box. I even kept the factory strings on for the time being (although, they'll be replaced as soon as I figure out what gauge I ultimately want on there). The maple neck and fingerboard are amazing (although, likely too substantial to appeal to metal players).

          The finish is absolutely beautiful. I went Silverburst, but loved all the finishes available (especially the vintage burst finish). The gig bag is a ridiculous piece of garbage--but that can easily be forgiven (i.e replaced) at this price.

          My one "regret" is that this thing would sound AMAZING with a Bigsby. I've seen and heard some SGs retro-fitted with vibratos, and--wow.

          Perhaps THE finest guitar I've ever had the privilege to play (much less own). I can't believe I got it cheaper than an SG Standard!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME DEAL!

          By Tommy

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Novice

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

            Great ax for blues, rock, metal. These pickups SCREAM!!!
            The maple neck is light so it doesn't have that neck heavy feeling that the other SG models may have.
            Tuners are fine. Nut does not hang up. Strung with 10's. Plus it looks great, easy to get to knobs that are not in the way. I bought it from MF used in nearly mint condiiton for under 600.00 Awesome deal for a USA made guitar.

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            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My 8th Gibson and I Love it.....

            By John - Studio1087 - Milwaukee

            from Near Milwaukee

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Baked Maple Is Fast
            • Bakes Maple Looks Great
            • Beautiful Top Wood
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Neck Profile
            • Intonation Is Perfect
            • Nitro Finish Lively Top
            • Pickups Are Dead Quiet
            • Plucky Articulate Pickups
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Gig Bag Is A Cheapo

            Best Uses

            • Will Do Anything

            Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

            I love this guitar. FYI - I have 4 Les Pauls, 2 Melody Makers and now 2 SG's. I want you to know that I have basis for comparison when I describe this guitar. I like nitro; I like to see the wood grain and I like to feel the wood grain and the wood grain on this SG is beautiful. The nitro makes for a very lively guitar sound (unplugged) and when you plug in the harmonics are very very nice. I enjoy plucky articulate pickups like P90's or Telecasters and the Mini Humbuckers are very plucky and they are dead quiet. You can go from jazz, to chicken pick'n country to pop to crazy rock and roll on this guitar because of the pickups and the nitro. It's a very versatile guitar. It's like a humbucker meets a P90 meets a Tele. The body is as comfy as a Strat. (SG's are comfy guitars).

            The sound is great with my Deluxe Reverb, VOX NightTrain, Princeton or Class 5. I use a TS-808 sometimes. I can't get a bad sound out of this guitar.

            The baked maple fretboard is rock hard, plays like lightening and it looks beautiful. I can see waves and stripes in my fretboard that run all the way up the board. I know it's maple but it looks as pretty as the striped ebony that I have on my Les Paul Jr or one of my Taylors. The baked maple is fine stuff....bravo Gibson.

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            (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love at First Sight

            By Relic61

            from Catskill Mountains

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Looks gd from a distance
            • Nice 74 era sized inlays
            • Nice paint schemes
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Bridge buzz acoustically
            • Cheap paint job satin
            • Faked rosewood fret board
            • Looks cheap up close
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor set up
            • Unbalanced pickup output

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Reliving the 70's
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

            I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw this hanging at GC. As I got closer I noticed the lame Satin finish which to me doesnt hold up to real use & seems an exscuse to save money under the disguise of looking like a well worn vintage instrument. Gibby can save that line & sell me a nice guitar with a professional paint job & finish or at least the option to pay for one so someone like me can buy a nice looking guitar that wont wear away with use & will hold its shine, luster & depth throughout the years. But to add perspective, I am the kind of player that would never pay for or want a new guitar reliced. I love the beauty of a nice paint job & finish on a new guitar & just perceive the reliced models for people who would never put in the time to play guitar long enough to make it look well used themselves or want they want to hang up an imitation collectible for others to wow over. Perspective, like honesty, is always good when reading reviews.
            Although I truly appreciate Gibson making this model available, I am tired of the cheapening changes that have crept in to the manufacture process. Besides the cheaper paint job we have the 'baked Maple' fingerboard which is designed to appear like & imitate Rosewood. It is maple & it looks & feels like maple & Gibson saying over n over how much it looks, sounds & interacts like rosewood doesnt change the one fact that it is not exspensive naturally toney rosewood but friggin burnt maple. Repeating the lies & hype line isnt going to change that.
            Besides the paint & fretboard we have the redesigned mini humbuckers which Gibson has surprisingly come right out & said are cheaper to make. Once again money replacing tradition, tone & soul. The one I played for an hour + had to have the bridge pup raised as high as possible while the neck pup stayed what appeared exceptionally low & I still experienced a drop off in output from the bridge pup despite claims of increased bridge pup output. I did find the tone very pleasing although certainly different from the many original mini hums I've gotten to play over the years prior to Gibson changing the pup design/formula. The tone was new, unique & pleasing to my ears but lacking the magic of the real mini hums from the 70s'. I have experienced moments of aural bliss playing those old minis & just didnt hear that vocalization & tonal response from the various pickup selections of bridge & neck or combination of the new pups on the Tribute. I personally even found the reissued Les Paul Deluxe models that came out several years ago didnt match the magic of the originals either but obviously for different & apparent design reasons such as trying to illiminate microphonics. In hindsight, I'm guessing the microphonics probably added to the magic that came out of the original design.
            Granted I've been long winded but hopefully helped those able to endure my rambling. Bottom line, I still love the guitar & have one on layaway waiting for me to come back with some gear I dont use as trade ins. Those pups can come out if I tire or find the new ones unfulfilling of Gibsons promises. The burnt maple fretboard is visually & sonicly tolerable & although the whole non rosewood thang bugs me. I've seen worse looking ones like on a recently purchased Les Paul Junior I picked up at GC with the 1 splitable humbucker. Then, I will find a snug case to tuck her into so to illiminate rubbing paint away. Plus I will have a new guitar with todays sized frets & not the 70's Norlin era 'fretless wonders' of yesteryear. Plus I will save money by not having to overpay for a used 70's fretless wonder though I wouldnt mind having a really nice one with mini hums & a good tempered steel Vibrola, slight microphonics & mojo magic dripping off every note. Rock n Roll.

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            (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow!!! Very Sweet!

            By Chas Peake

            from Kalamazoo, MI

            Comments about Gibson SG Special '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

            Excellent value, just like the 60's tributes. But more versatile with the mini buckers. Been playing 35 years. One of the best purchases I've ever made.
            Very, very impressed. I couldn't have put one together better myself. Mahogany body, light as a feather. Mine is the vintage suburst finish, nitro satin lacquer which I love. No stickiness to the back of the neck, allows grain to show through at the lighter portion in the middle front of body. The back is a flat black, as is the back of the neck. No binding, no big deal. First experience with the baked maple fretboard, and quite happy with it. Snappy, more like ebony or PauFerro but if you want a little more smoothness, just back off your tone control. Small block inlays look great. Adds a special touch to the asthetics. Fretboard is a wonderful deep chocolate brown which really sets off the inlays, and smooth as a sow's ear. Tuners are Tone Pro's Gibson Deluxe. Hold tune very well even when slamming the strings and bending. No problems there. Very stable. I usually swap out Gibby tuners for Grovers but think I'll leave these alone. Great marbling in the tulip tips as well.

            Especially like the new mini humbuckers, kind of a cross between a Burstbucker and a P-90. Plenty of balls and very controlable bottom end, and the highs are not as ice picky as the mini's I've had before, mainly in a Firebird. However, still posesses that great "jangly" tone and can cut razor smooth like a Gibby P-90. Very interesting combination. Two bar alnico mags in them.

            Neck is also a new design, thinner (.800) at the first and second frets and then gets a little chunkier towards the 12th fret (.963), but not too chunky. Great cross between a 60's thin and standard 50's neck. I've got smaller hands and can fret it very easily. Feels substantial in your hand without being overbearing or cutting your access to all frets higher up, which is why one loves the SG body shape (give 'em da horns!).

            Two volume controls, two tone controls and 3 way switch. All easily accessable.

            Played through my standard rig, Fender '67 Bassman head and two pine cabs with Vintage 30's, Radial Tonebone plexi overdrive. Cleans are fantstic and jangly, pickups still have great definition when distorted.

            All around a great little guitar.
            Satin sunburts finish is flawless on mine. Granted, doesn't gleam like a gloss finish, but I bet with a little polish and wheel one could get her to shine very nicely. Fit and finish is great. Frets are finished very well, no sharp ends. Corian nut has been cut with a Plek machine so works well with low string height. A few burrs on the saddles but took care of that with a little filing. Set up was great from the store (I got this from Guitar Center, but same company anyway) and intonation was dead on. Switched out to my usual 9 1/2 through 44 strings and had to adjust very little to keep it dead on. No gaps in the inlays. The only minus, if you can call it that, is that with the cream rings, cream switch cover and cream pickguard, including the area between the neck pup and the neck, the pickguard is a little overwhelming. It would be a great guitar for a cream based tortoise guard to really set her off,
            Great guitar, great quality, great sound, won't break your back or the bank. Kudo's. I'm grabbing myself one of the Firebird versions as well.

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