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Astounding value in a genuine American-made Gibson SG.
Since its arrival on the scene in 1961, Gibson's dual-horned, double-cutaway SG has been an iconic rock axe, and has become known for solid performance and tonal versatility that is unparalleled in the guitar world. Packing all the power and playability of the full-blown SG Standard, but at a price that puts it easily in the hands of today's hardworking guitarists, the Gibson SG Special HH is easily one of the hottest bargains out there in an American-made electric guitar, and offers the best combination of features and value in the entire SG line.
The SG Special HH uses the same supreme tonewood species as its predecessor of nearly 50 years ago, carries the same rock-solid, time-tested hardware complement as the legendary SGs of the '60s, is powered by a pair of genuine Alnico humbucking pickups, and of course offers all the legendary playability that has made Gibson famous. To top it all off, it has a no-nonsense appearance that countless guitarists prefer, and its genuine nitrocellulose satin finish sports the worn look that Gibson's Faded series is known for.
The SG Special HH is distinguished by its simpler headstock adornments, the businesslike dot inlays on its baked maple fretboard (which is also left un-bound in keeping with its stripped-down ethos), and its elegant worn satin nitro finish. Under this thin skin, however, today's Gibson USA SG Special Faded runs neck-and-neck with the flagship of the SG family. Its solid mahogany body packs all the resonance and sustain that has helped to make SGs legendary, and it sports the beveled edge that is such a big part of this model's distinctive styling, while also enhancing playing comfort.
Two deep cutaways with sharp, slightly asymmetrical horns offer unparalleled access to the top of its 22-fret neck, which you'll scale at lightning speed thanks to the SG Special HH's fast, comfortable, rounded '50s neck profile. Cranking all this tonewood and superb playability to the max is a pair of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups from the Modern Classics series: a 490R in the neck position, and a 490T in the bridge. Made in the style of the hallowed PAF humbucker, with genuine Alnico II magnets, but updated to meet the demands of today's player and 21st century rock's high-volume requirements, this pairing offers everything from smooth, creamy, vocal warmth in the neck to raunchy rhythm tones and searing leads in the bridge. It all runs through independent volume and master tone control knobs, and a three-way toggle selector switch.
Keeping it all locked and loaded is a wrap around tailpiece and a set of Kluson-style tuners with vintage pearloid buttons. To top it all off, the SG Special HH comes to you already looking like a long-played friend in a great satin nitrocellulose finish.
A lightweight body made from resonant solid-mahogany, with contoured edge and deep asymmetrical cutaways, distinguishes the SG Special HH as a rock legend, while making it extremely comfortable to play.
Neck, Headstock and Fretboard
The SG Special HH is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with an unbound baked maple fretboard, minimally adorned with simple dot inlays. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded '50s profile and 1-11/16" wide molded nut help to make it supremely playable.
Pickups and Electronics
The SG Special HH carries two of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups, a 490T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck, left uncovered to reflect the model's "bare bones" look. Both are updated renditions of Gibson's famous PAF humbuckers of the late '50s and early '60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through two volume controls and a master tone control, and a three-way pickup selector.
The hardware set on the SG Special Faded echoes that worn by SG's of the mid to late '60s, and includes Gibson's wrap around tailpiece, along with vintage-style tulip-button tuners and traditional aluminum strap buttons. The tailpiece is plated in chrome for a professional and durable finish.
Pure, stripped down rock and roll. Order the SG Special HH today.
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Comments about Gibson SG Special HH Electric Guitar:
Excellent guitar. The 490T Treble pickup just wasn't clear enough for me. I exchanged it for a Seymour Duncan 59. Which was more affordable than a 498T which is the standard in the SG Standard.
Features are bare minimum 2 pickups, 2 volume, 1 shared tone. If you want to, you could add a second tone, there's room in the control cavity. Included gig bag does not fit as nice as bags that come with other Gibson USA instruments. It is very tight and is hard to get the instriment in and out.
Really nice, I wish hoever, that I had the natural model. I saw one at Guitar Center and I like the natural finisih better than the cherry one that I have.
Excellent american made, which really makes a difference in my opinion.
Comments about Gibson SG Special HH Electric Guitar:
I love the USA, and I love the Dark Cherry Hell Humper that Gibson has proudly
whittled from a beautiful tree grown on the 3rd lanet from the sun. I rate this, a fanastic
modders dream. The Mayan's would be proud to play this guitar during an apocolype
And I cant wait for the Luck 2013 model and limited edition 2112 Gibson.
May it never be placed in a case...
This is a USA made Gibson SG with a satin flat finnish. The brown displays the wood
grain nicely. But the dark cheery has been dipped in some type of very dark stain, that
is actually beyond cherry. I would say it is a ripe cherry that has a touch of molton iron
blennded in. The finsih was applied better than the typical faded series which had runs
and uneven stain. The guitar is light, the neck width is adequate for bending and running
the strings. It does not have the rosewood. I think this is a good feature that brings down
the price of the guitar. The neck will break in well with a little mixture of spit, cigar
ashes and cheap wine smeared on the finger tips. The neck joint seemed sturdy and
the C shaped profile is good for Chording. The duel humbucking pick ups are uncovered,
and I prefer the neck pick up with the tone turned down for the Hendrix rhythm tone. The
toggle switch can also be quickly flicked bacitk and forth for some interesting phasing
effects, and it did not break. The bridge and nut seem to hold the lower neck harminics,
but your nut going to find harmonics all over the neck with the initial set up. I plan on
putting some extra super light strings on this HH and tuning to my favorite psychodelic
DADGAD drone tone. I also plan on putting in some orange capacitors. My favorite
bridge modification, consists of using some longer screws and nail polish, then a
small bar magnet stuck to the bottom of the bridge. The magnet seems to prevent
the strings from breaking. I think this Gibson would even be better with a single HH at
the neck, and a single volume contol near the bridge for volume swells with the pinky finger.
I really wish they would come out with a "Nudist Model" with natural wood, and natural neck
with no headstock adornment, but this will have to due until they realize les is better..
This is a no frills SG, with basic Humbucking hell humper sound grabbers. The finish is satin
and the stain on the brown is minimal as to display the wood tone, while the stain on the Cherry
is a magical concoction of iron and charcoal mixed with the juice of a fresh cut angus steak.
It's inexpensive, it works, it projects string vibration like a humback wall laying on a transcontinental communication cable, and its made in the USA from a real tree .
I think it will be a valuable sound projector, that relies on the skill of the guitar humper, verses the shiny pretty fingers of a stringed instruementalist. I do not think it will go down in history as an
expensive collectable SG. But it will be a modders delight, perhaps as envied as the Zaps
SB with a modded Pignose. And remember, this guitar was available in the year 2012, which
even the Mayans seemed to like it so much that they based their callender on it. And hopefully the Earth will continue to exist beyond the year of this SG enlightment. The cost could be even lower if they left the stain, finish and strings off of the hurling finger tapper.