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Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar  

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The SG Standard is an iconic design that is so good, so right, so rock-n-roll that it (temporarily) obsoleted the Les Paul model- 50 years ago. The S...Read More

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A classic rocker with four exclusive new looks.

The SG Standard is an iconic design that is so good, so right, so rock-n-roll that it (temporarily) obsoleted the Les Paul model- 50 years ago. The SG Standard Limited is a classically appointed SG with all of the tone, features and playability of the original vintage model, but dressed in four stunning new finish options—Antique Cherry, Natural Burst, Cream and Vintage Sunburst—all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

The Gibson USA SG Standard Limited has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical "double-horned" deep double-cutaway design (Grade-A mahogany under the translucent 'burst and Cherry finishes). A light and supremely resonant wood, mahogany gives this guitar outstanding tonal richness and depth, with plenty of clarity and sustain. Coupled with the SG's characteristic beveled body edge—a big part of this model's distinctive styling—the mahogany's light weight also enhances playing comfort. The guitar's quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a rounded profile that feels superb in the hand. It is glued into the body with Gibson's acclaimed deep-set neck joint, and topped with a fingerboard of baked maple, a heat-treated wood with a dark, rich appearance, great durability and a clear tone. Acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, a mother-of-pearl headstock logo and holly inlay, and a traditional pickguard round out this eye-catching package.

To equip this guitar with equally legendary tone, Gibson USA loads the SG Standard Limited with a pair of its most popular humbucking pickups. The 490R in the neck position is made with an Alnico II magnet and wound to vintage specs for plenty of warm vocal tones with impressive clarity. The 498T in the bridge position has an Alnico V magnet for more punch, and a few more turns of coil wire for a hotter performance overall, giving you everything from meaty crunch to searing leads. Your tone is anchored by the classic pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, with a set of vintage-style TonePros™ tuners installed at the other side of the PLEK-cut Corian nut. Add it up, and the SG Standard Limited is one cooking slab of mammoth vintage mojo.

Baked Maple:
Aging maple through a “baking” process called torrefaction. The wood is kept at 200-300º F for a period of time until the wood knows it’s no longer a tree; Moisture is restored under pressure. This makes the wood very hard, sonically “live” and extremely stable. The snappy sound of ebony, with the look of medium-brown pau ferro. Many boutique manufacturers are now using this because it improves the wood with no chemical treatment, it’s environmentally friendly and is great for making better sounding and playing guitars!

FEATURES
  • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
  • Body: Genuine mahogany
  • Pickguard: Full-size SG
  • Neck: Genuine Mahogany (SG Taper)
  • Fingerboard: Baked Maple/Trapezoid Inlays
  • Hardware: Chrome ; Vintage tuners
  • Electronics: Gibson 490R/498T
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
  • Case: Gibson Hardshell Case

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GibsonSG Standard Limited Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfectly Playable

    By 6122

    from New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Balanced Attack
    • Gorgeous
    • Impeccable Workmanship
    • Resonant And Crisp
    • The Perfect Neck
    • Warm Jazzy Mellows

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

        The quality of this guitar really surprised me - it is hard to believe this is an off the rack model - easy to play with a perfect neck, fantastic pickups that can work in a variety of material, and workmanship and looks that draw envious compliments.
        The 490 pickups are very cool - the neck position is my favorite - very warm but with a strong bite when you dig in - while the middle position is an incredibly reliable position for chord work and fills with a balanced tone. The neck is a wow - the angle, the width, the comfort up and down the fret board... And the guitar is just plain eye candy - I have the cream, and the quality of the finish, the neck binding, the fingerboard are gorgeous . To come across this lovely and perfectly playable guitar has renewed my faith in Gibson!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        TWEAK IT

        By Joker

        from Taxed to Death Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Needs Set-up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

        If you never played a guitar with a proper set-up this one is OK.
        Action sort of high but not terrible.
        Intonation sucked.
        Gibson QC card was unreadable (Fast Handwriting)which reflects the amount of QC that went into this Guitar.
        All in all with a little tweaking this baby Roars

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just Amazing!!!!!!

        By rockinmatt25

        from san jose, ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

        Just bought the Natural Burst. What an amazing guitar. The pickups are extremelly hot and bright sounding. Insane sustain. Action was great right out of the case. Finish is awesome. This is my first guitar with the baked mapel, and it's not a problem at all. The neck is really snappy. I do have mutiple guitars; american made fenders, gibsons, rickenbackers, and i have to say this is now my favorite to play. Speaking of which, think I'm going to go play my new axe right now!!!!!!

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        5.0

        It's a nice!

        By Puke

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Tearing Life A New One

          Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

          This thing is sweet. I've always played a strat and always wanted an SG
          I saw this natural burst and was drawn to it. I've never been this impressed
          with a new guitar. It's beautiful, i love the chunky neck, and everything, including
          the case, is perfect. Now I just want one with p90's too. Can't have too many
          guitars. Will try to get a little better action on it, but it really is great as is.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing! Why did I wait?

          By Andy

          from Fort Worth, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • Comfortable
          • Fantastic tone
          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Inner Rock God
          • Summoning Your

          Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

          The SG has always been classic, but the folks at Gibson really did something special with the SG Standard Limited. I always liked the look of the SG, but was never impressed with the finish options available. Black and Vintage Cherry never got me excited, but when I saw the Limited in Vintage Sunburst I was blown away. The finish and attention to detail on this guitar are amazing. The guitar is light and comfortable in every regard. The neck is wide, but very easy to play, even for someone with smallish hands. The baked maple neck is a gorgeous brown, with impeccable binding. The pickups roar and snarl like a beast, and make the guitar a blast to play. At a fraction of the cost of a Les Paul, this thing is a no-brainer. I would buy it again and again. Thank you Gibson.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Almost to nice to touch

          By Zane Crowe

          from Blue Ridge Mountains

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Can Do Guitar
          • 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 Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

            i wash my hands before i touch this beautiful guitar. I bought the cream,love it. This SG is perfict right out of the box. From shreading leads to almost acustic sounds, it's a keeper. If i could only have one guitar, this would be it. Compared to a US made Fender I think this is the better buy. I still love my mex strat and tel. for the money the mex fenders can't be beat, but if you want a made in the USA guitar this is it.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great guitar, with some expensive tweaks

            By Max D

            from springfield Ill

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

              I purchased the Vintage Burst model. the guitar a very classy looking instrument. I've allways wanted an SG but didn't want to settle for a black or red one. the frets are large and I like that, but the action wasn't good. after adjusting the truss rod and playing around with the bridge height I was feeling less than thrilled. finally I found a good luthier and had him level, crown, buff and polish the frets. now this guitar begs to be played. the original pickups were ok,(the neck pickup was terrible) so I installed burstbucker pros and that did the trick. since then this guitar will never leave my collection untill they put me in the ground. if you need an SG this is it, just make shure you know a good luthier to fix the frets like they should have been done from the factory. with the 400$ upgrades I give it 5 stars. without? just ok...

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth Every Single Penny!

              By jayz

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

                  I ordered the Gibson SG Standard Limited Edition in Natural Burst a couple weeks ago. The natural finish is stunning! I was a little nervous about the baked maple fingerboard, but not anymore! It is a very smooth fingerboard, feels almost like the ebony on my Gibson Les Paul Custom. The SG is very balanced, and has some good body weight (not neck heavy). The 498T bridge p/u is nice and hot. The guitar has a bite to it that my LP really doesn't have. It doesn't resonate quite as much, but that doesn't bother me at all. I've owned several SG's in the past and I missed them, this one is hands down the best SG i've ever played. Les Paul's have their place, but the SG is called the "Solid Guitar" for a reason!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Class, style and versatility

                  By Abdul the Muslim

                  from Perth, Western Australia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Chunky neck
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great fretwork
                  • Lightweight
                  • Perfectly setup
                  • Purty
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Rock

                    Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

                    Always wanted an Sg due to my ongoing love affair with ACDC, Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard, but ironically have been mostly dedicated to Teles. I recently got a old Greco SG copy, which is a nice guitar, but I wanted the real thing. Got a mint used one in vintage cream. I was a bit worried, being a Tele player, having heard all the stories of fragile bendy diving necks and poor QC. Needn't have worried, this little beauty was perfectly set up (and in tune) right out of the box, with no cosmetic or other flaws whatsoever. Sings like a bird, light as a feather, beautiful inlays etc... winner!!

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Gibson SG Standard Limited in Cream

                    By James Rickenbaugh

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Gibson SG Standard Limited Electric Guitar:

                    My favorite guitar to date. This SG is perrfect for me. The big neck makes leads easy and lightning fast shredding. the action is awesome. I can play Jazz,Rock-a-Billy, Metal, and Punk with this with ease... and of course it will do AC-DC... This is a very versatile guitar. It does anything I want it to do and sounds great doing it. When I pick it up and plug in, I end up playing it for hours...Its a pleasure to play.
                    I bought the SG Standard Limited in Cream. This guitar blows me away. I have alot of high end guitars, Les Pauls, Gretsch,USA Fenders and SG's... THis is my favorite guitar to play. The neck is super fast and the guitar is well balanced. The action came out of the box Awesome. This is the first guitar I've owned that didnt need a set up. I have a 61 reissue SG and I like this guitar more. It plays and feels better in my oppinion. Im going to buy another one in Natural Burst becaus i fear that the "Limited" means it wont be around for long. If you play SG's BUY THIS GUITAR.
                    The Quality is top notch and is more pleasurable to play than my 61' Reissue
                    This is a good price for the quality you are getting. I paid almost twice this for my 61' reissue.
                    Great guitars are not Cheap, and Cheap Guitars are not Great.

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