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An affordable SG with power to spare.

The SGJ offers all the ingredients that made the most desirable Les Paul Standards legendary—classic tonewoods, innovative hardware, two genuine humbucking pickups, and of course Gibson’s acclaimed build quality and playability—all wrapped up in a stripped-down, no-nonsense package that makes this guitar a flat-out performer. Simpler esthetics and a cool worn-look finish technique add up to big savings for the player, and the SGJ still looks great in a choice of colors, all in grain-textured nitrocellulose lacquer.

Mahogany is one of the most revered tonewoods in the history of guitar making, with a rich, deep sound and a long tradition at Gibson USA, and it remains the cornerstone of the SGJ. The guitar’s body is crafted from solid mahogany in the iconic thin, lightweight offset-double-cutaway style, with distinctive “horns” and beveled edges for improved playing comfort. A neck made from hard-wearing maple is glued into the body and carved to a fast, slim ’50s profile that measures .818” at the 1st fret and .963” at the 12th. It is topped with a genuine rosewood fingerboard that carries 24 medium-jumbo frets to extend your playing reach, and elegant pearloid dot inlays.

There’s no pickguard or fingerboard binding to clutter the straight-on, stripped-down look of the SGJ, while quality touches continue with a PLEK-cut nut made from black Corian™ to subtly echo the black top-hat knobs and black pickup rings and covers. The traditional back-angled headstock is silkscreened with a gold Gibson logo that stands out clear and proud.

A pair of Gibson’s popular Modern Classics™ humbucking pickups fire up the SGJ. The 490R in the neck position and 490T in the bridge are made to emulate PAF humbucker and modified to suit the needs of the contemporary guitarist, with Alnico II magnets and standard-wound coils for plenty of warmth and clarity and scorch and sizzle in your lead playing. An independent volume and tone control per pickup plus a three-way toggle selector switch allows a broad range of sonic variations, while Gibson USA’s legendary Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensure solid sustain and outstanding intonation.

A set of vintage-style tuners with black keys provides an impressive 16:1 gear ratio for precise and efficient tuning. Put it all together, and the new SGJ is the fastest road to a genuine Les Paul, sparing none of the tone, while putting the legend in your hands with far less load on your wallet.

Each guitar includes a black Gibson gigbag, owner’s manual and truss-rod wrench.

FEATURES
  • Solid Mahogany body
  • Maple neck with slim '60s profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
  • 490R and 498T humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Vintage-style tuners with 16:1 gear ratio

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GibsonSGJ Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (10)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Recording (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My Gibson 2013 SGJ Guitar

    My new Gibson SGJ "cherry" beauty is everything and more than I expected for such a great price point. The 490r & 498t pups are hot and scream through my...Read complete review

    My new Gibson SGJ "cherry" beauty is everything and more than I expected for such a great price point. The 490r & 498t pups are hot and scream through my Roland Cube 40x and my 1973 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Tube amp. I have been a Fender man all my life but always wanted a Gibson. I have shelved my original vintage 1973 Tele and 2009 Fender Strat MIM with EMG's for now while I discover the beautiful tones from my SGJ. I recommend to beginners and up, check out this new AXE from Gibson, great value and tone. Thanks to Musician's Friend for leading me away from your competition as they couldn't deliver to Canada and for delivering this beauty in just 4 days from Kansas City, MO. to Pickering, Ontario CANADA.

    Still jamming in a senior's blues band at 66. Mikey

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    Cheap Gibson

    Lets start with the negatives first. The finish looks and feels amazing, but it is very thin and does not protect the wood in any way. Even if you are not very aggressive...Read complete review

    Lets start with the negatives first. The finish looks and feels amazing, but it is very thin and does not protect the wood in any way. Even if you are not very aggressive in your playing style, you are going to scrape the paint right off. It's very noticeable too, you can see the scratches from halfway across the room after playing the guitar for only a few days.

    I kind of like the look of the black pickup covers, but they are cheap plastic and rough matte. I have a habit of playing/picking over the neck pickup and whenever you touch the cover it feels and sounds like nails on a chalkboard like you wouldn't get with normal metal covers.

    The electronics are on a PCB, which makes the guitar cheaper to manufacture, more sturdy thanks to lack of wires and solder points, and lighter. However, If you want to do any mods such as install coil taps or pickups you will have to replace the PCB with 4 new pots and an output jack, with all the wiring to go with it. This also goes for making any repairs or replacing any electronics.

    Pickups are 490R 498T with the QDC. The Gibson website and some other retailers say differently, but I verified on the 2013 model. This is obviously just my opinion, but Alnico II's are very vintage sounding and have too much bite and muddy crunch without any articulation under gain. This is not a problem with the pickups, but a personal dislike of the type of pickups they are. Just know what you are buying.

    Now about the rest!

    Starting from the top, the vintage style tuners are fantastic, I've never used any so smooth and easy to use, the nut is Corian, the setup is great out of the box and the neck has the right amount of relief. The inlays are just dots, making it look kind of cheap, I would of rather had no inlays at all. The saddles and bridge are solid and the poles are nice and tight in the body.

    If you want to grab a cheap vintage sounding Gibson off the wall and it be ready to play and sound nice, then this could work for you, if you want to modify, or if you want a long term investment that can take some wear and bumps, look at something else. I ended up returning mine.

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    5.0

    a winner hands down

    By pioneersofdisaster

    from planet earth

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

        this guitar, considering you get a made in the u.s, that just feels great and sounds great. solid chrome hardware ,a great guarantee,posh gig bag.ive dealt with gibson customer service and they kick it!.And yes MF is a leader in the industry. put it all together and Gibsons got a winner on their hands, I just hope they dont go insane and try to really cheap it out and ruin the whole thing.

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        4.0

        Gibson SGJ

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

          Plays good

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rock on a stick!

          By Cenulab

          from Central Mass

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

              Basically, everything you need in an electric guitar and nothing you don't. When I saw specs that said maple neck, 50s profile, I couldn't resist for the price.

              Pickups are clear and punchy, volumes and tones have very useful, musical ranges. I thought I might want to add treble bleed circuits, but not after playing live through a loud amp. I'm not touching a thing.

              I think it looks really sharp in person - even the black plastic pickup covers - they complement the satin black headstock. Just a splash of chrome hardware makes a nice accent against the satin-finished body. It all just works in a minimalist kind of way (I got the red one, by the way).

              Slightly neck-heavy, but nothing a suede-backed strap won't take care of, if it bothers you (it doesn't bother me in the least - all my other axes are body-heavy, so it's cool to have something different). The truss rod needed a little tweaking out of the box and the fret ends protrude just a little, but both can be attributed to being in a dry environment for a time. A few weeks in normal humidity takes care of that, in my experience.

              It's also literally a little rough around the edges here and there, but nothing that can't be quickly polished out or that will just wear in with a little playing time. I think that's largely how they can sell a USA-made guitar at this price point, and I'll take it. The gig bag it comes with is actually pretty nice, too.

              The few minor (in my opinion) negatives don't bother me at all, which is why I still gave it 5 stars. If you're looking for a tool and not a trophy piece, I'd highly recommend this guitar.

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              5.0

              SJG versus 335

              By sandy50

              from Natchez,MS

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

                Had a red Dot 335 when I was much younger and this guitar has close to the same feel.GREAT hardshell case

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                5.0

                A Great Deal!

                By Robbie

                from Mineral Bluf, GA

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                Pros

                • Feelsgreat
                • Feels great
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Light Weight
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • No Pick Guard

                Best Uses

                • Easy To Learn On
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

                A great opportunity to own a great Gibson Guitar.

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                5.0

                What a deal

                By what?

                from CA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

                  These SGJ guitars are a great deal, you get an American made guitar that sounds rad, plays easily and looks good too. You can't go wrong with this guitar. I've been farting around with effects pedals to and it sounds good on all them, super long neck for playing high notes, buy one you won't be disappointed, also the striped down, utilitarian look rules. I leave this guitar out and about around the house and play it all the time, since its not super expensive I feel good about leaving it out for easy accessibility.

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                  4.0

                  Great guitar for the money

                  By Coyotejoe

                  from North Carolina

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

                    I really like this guitar, and you can't beat an American made Gibson for the price. I plan on experimenting with pickups, and this is a great guitar for that. I also plan on using it on stage in conjunction with my Les Paul. I also really like the subdued chocolate finish. Had to make some minor neck and intonation adjustments out of the box, but it is still an incredible value.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent SG!

                    By GuitarGreg

                    from Alexandria, VA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Very Balanced

                    Cons

                    • Lacks

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

                    Wow - excellent Gibson SG. It may be "no frills" but it puts our power. I was in the market for an SG for years as I have always been skeptical of the SG structure. However, I picked an SGJ up and did not put it down for hours. First of all, forget the "J" label as this is one excellent SG. The tone is great and I find the balance outstanding. Fit and finish are also great and the stock tuners on my stay in tune even after abuse. I have owned this for about eight months now and just writing this review has motivated me to go pick it up and crank out some AC/DC!

                    On another note, this guitar has motivated my 14 year old daughter to learn how to play and rock. I had previously bought her a few cheaper generic rigs and she demonstrated no interest until she picked up this SG.

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                    (10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Cheap Gibson

                    By Roballo

                    from Florida

                    Comments about Gibson SGJ Electric Guitar:

                    Lets start with the negatives first. The finish looks and feels amazing, but it is very thin and does not protect the wood in any way. Even if you are not very aggressive in your playing style, you are going to scrape the paint right off. It's very noticeable too, you can see the scratches from halfway across the room after playing the guitar for only a few days.

                    I kind of like the look of the black pickup covers, but they are cheap plastic and rough matte. I have a habit of playing/picking over the neck pickup and whenever you touch the cover it feels and sounds like nails on a chalkboard like you wouldn't get with normal metal covers.

                    The electronics are on a PCB, which makes the guitar cheaper to manufacture, more sturdy thanks to lack of wires and solder points, and lighter. However, If you want to do any mods such as install coil taps or pickups you will have to replace the PCB with 4 new pots and an output jack, with all the wiring to go with it. This also goes for making any repairs or replacing any electronics.

                    Pickups are 490R 498T with the QDC. The Gibson website and some other retailers say differently, but I verified on the 2013 model. This is obviously just my opinion, but Alnico II's are very vintage sounding and have too much bite and muddy crunch without any articulation under gain. This is not a problem with the pickups, but a personal dislike of the type of pickups they are. Just know what you are buying.

                    Now about the rest!

                    Starting from the top, the vintage style tuners are fantastic, I've never used any so smooth and easy to use, the nut is Corian, the setup is great out of the box and the neck has the right amount of relief. The inlays are just dots, making it look kind of cheap, I would of rather had no inlays at all. The saddles and bridge are solid and the poles are nice and tight in the body.

                    If you want to grab a cheap vintage sounding Gibson off the wall and it be ready to play and sound nice, then this could work for you, if you want to modify, or if you want a long term investment that can take some wear and bumps, look at something else. I ended up returning mine.

                    Comment on this review

                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    zero in on what matters

                    By pioneersofdisaster

                    from planet earth

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                    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 SGJ Electric Guitar:

                      incredible build quality. feels great even with the big neck (lack of clear coat on neck) even though finish seems non existant it can take a bump or two without ending up with a crater.hardware is top notch. tuners dont seem the best but so what, changing them is easy. sound can go from screaming to a nice mellow jazz, just a pinch less sustain than les paul (d/t less body girth) it is a winner everyone should have one in their arsenal WORTH EVERY PENNY.!!

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