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Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar   

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Hands down, the Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony electric guitar is the best combination of features and value in Gibson's iconic SG line-up. You still ...Read More

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With the best combination of features and value in the SG line.

Hands down, the Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony electric guitar is the best combination of features and value in Gibson's iconic SG line-up. You still get the dynamic, slim mahogany body and hair-trigger quick neck that have made the SG a workhorse guitar, yet without all the non-essentials. The ultra-affordable price tag on this electric guitar is owed to fewer coats of finish than can be found on the traditional SG Standard and SG Special. This stripped-down finishing process means that not only will you enjoy more resonance, but you'll be the proud owner of an SG that looks straight out of the '60s. The Gibson SG Special is uncivilized. It's fierce. And it's got to hang in your guitar rack.

Solid Mahogany Body
Probably the most central of all the SG Special's features is its solid mahogany body”lightweight, strong, with a thick, warm tone. The mahogany goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson's woods, and is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the Gibson factories. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This ensures all woods are dried to a level of equilibrium, where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, in addition to reducing the weight. It also helps with improving the woods' machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that a Gibson guitar will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.

'50s Rounded Neck Profile
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The guitar's more traditional '50s neck profile on the SG Special is the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shapes found on the iconic 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards. 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 the Gibson SG Special guitar still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Dot Inlays
Over the years, the classic dot inlay has been one of the more traditional features of many Gibson guitars, including the SG. A figured, swirl acrylic gives these inlays that distinguished pearl look. They are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers.

Gibson's 490 (R) Rhythm and (T) Treble Pickup
The mid to late 1960s saw the emergence of a very different type of music coming from the clubs of England. It was an interpretation of the blues that hadn't been heard before, and it was much harder, more rocking, and definitely louder than anything else before it. As such, this new genre's players were demanding more powerful amplifiers with increased volume output to satisfy their sonic explorations. Gibson answered this call with the introduction of the revolutionary 490T and 490R pickups ("T" for treble, and "R" for rhythm). The 490R is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The guitar's 490T bridge pickup is calibrated to match the 490R, with pole pieces aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which has different string spacing at the neck.

  • Body
  • Body style: SG
  • Body species: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24 - 3/4"
  • Finish: Lacquer “ satin ebony
  • Neck
  • Neck joint: Set
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: '50s
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" ± .050"
  • Silkscreen: Gibson logo
  • Truss rod: Gibson adjustable truss rod
  • Truss rod cover: Bell-shaped cover, stamped "SG"
  • Fingerboard
  • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Acrylic dot
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Hardware
  • Plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson stopbar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-o-matic
  • Tuners: Keystone
  • Electronics
  • Neck pickup: 490R
  • Bridge pickup: 490T
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, and 3-way toggle
  • Control knobs: Black top hats with silver inserts
  • Control pocket cover: Black molded
  • Includes Gibson hardshell case

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GibsonSG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar

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USA Gibson SG with a hard shell case.

By Todd Anderson

from Ohio

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

I am extremely pleased with this guitar overall. Nitpicks aside it is a great sounding and playing guitar. I would encourage anyone who is interested in a SG to consider this one.
Everything a Gibson SG is supposed to have. Nothing more. Sounds GREAT plugged in to a dirty or clean channel. Experimenting with the pick-up switches and tone/volume controls shows its versatility. Hard shell case is pretty cool. Gave it a 9 because of the case.
Good- The set up is good. Sounds good even unplugged. Although it does not have the polish of a more expensive Gibson, it still feels like a substantial instrument. Neck is wonderful to play. Bridge is in perfect position for palm muting. Hard shell case is just fantastic.
Bad- Frets on mine are a little sharp at their edges. (Easy fix) Tuners feel substandard to the rest of the guitar.
USA made Gibson SG with a hard shell case. Plays great. This is definitely a value!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


SG Special Satin Ebony Guitar

By philip Jones

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

Not one of those guitars you buy your kid, just to see it sit under the bed and grow dust-bunnies. It growls when you need to unleash your inner animal, and it purrs when you need to lay back and play it soft and sensitive. Oh, and did I mention, it's black? I'v seen (and used) Gibson's 'faded finish' guitars, and been quite happy with them. This finish is not as translucent, but still allows the texture of the underlying wood to show itself. Nice!
Very black! Well, usually, I like natural finishes, or maybe red or blue, but this guitar caught my eye, When I first played it, I fell in love with the neck. It's fat and comfy, sort of like my old Les Paul.
Gibson-What can you say? Always high quality. This guitar was set up at the factory, and didn't need any tweeking. I like the jumbo frets, and the Humbucking pick-ups.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


i have it and its great!

By kevin meyer

from dirty jersey

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

sounds dirty,sqweels like a pig,feels broken in.best bang for your buck as far as gibson goes.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By ElectricHaze99

from Kentucky

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

The sound of this guitar totally blows my mind. There is no way I will ever find another guitar for under a grand that will sound this good. It screams, growls, and howls like a monster. and at a flick of the switch it can sound as pure as a *Gibson acoustic guitar. The tone and sustain of this guitar will send shivers down your spine and give everyone who is listening goosebumps. At first I was going to go with the SG standard, but when I came across this guitar I completely changed my mind. It looks mean, and is built flawlessly. It is so easy to play, the action is perfect, the tone is crisp and heavenly, and it sounds just as good as the standard which will cost ya an extra 300-500 bucks. This guitar has a no frills all thrills style. Its not flashy, but its tough and vintage. Looks like it was made 30 yrs ago. Its a Genuine Gibson made in the USA, cant be beat for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


First gibson

By randomjammer84

from hastings, MI

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar for Christmas this year i was absolutly blown away the sound is what i have been hearing in my head for long time the looks are great (the wood grain is visible on mine) and the action was perfect right out of the box.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Dio-bass

from Puerto Rico

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

This guitar has great electronics and high quality wood. If you are interest in soung and playability of the instrument, this is your axe. The thing that it comes with a hard case is good, the paint could be my only complaint but is a must for every guitarist


No Frills Rock and Roll

By midgetpony

from St Paul

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

i just picked this up and I really like it. It is a no frills SG and does feel a bit different than other high end american SG's but that is why i like it. the neck is the coolest part. non laquered has a super nice and quick natural feel. it sounds great with the open face pickups and for the price you can always put in different pickups if you want. i haven't seen a lot of these around town and was only able to find 1 in my area. i put medium gauge (11 gauge high E) ghs boomers on it but they are too heavy for the factory set up even with the adjustments i made. i am going back to the standard gauge strings mostly because the neck is girthy and heavier strings fatigue my hand faster on this neck. my band mates love the sound even when A-B'd with my American Double Fat Strat which also sounds awesome. If you're looking for a fancy man guitar pick up an SG robot used from somewhere but if you're looking for a rock and roll horse that you can ride away from the crime scene this is it. I gave it a 3.5 for features because there are none. its a plank of wood with strings.


not bad.

By PxMoney

from paducah

Comments about Gibson SG Special Satin Ebony Electric Guitar:

i had this when it was a discontinued model from 2001, and i have to say it was pretty nice. neck felt great, nice tone and very nice fretboard. because it was wood stain it got dents and scratches easily, but that never stopped it from playing and sounding good. i don't know about these new ones, but the one i had was definitely worth the cash, but then again, gibson's quality hasn't really been improving over the recent years so i couldn't really tell you whether to buy this one or not.

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