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Gibson SG Special

SG Special

Available Colors: Heritage Cherry, Ebony,

Itching to rock with no superfluous frills to get in the way? The SG Special is ready to take you there. When the SG replaced the single-cutaway Les Paul in the Gibson catalog in 1961, the change ushered in a new rock icon—even if the world didn't quite know it yet. Through the course of the coming decade the SG would become a favorite of rock, blues, and fusion players. By the time the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard returned to the fold later in the ’60s to reclaim its own hold on the guitar world, the SG had established itself as an iconic axe for straight-ahead rockers, making a major noise in the hands of Pete Townshend, Robby Krieger, Eric Clapton, and several others. As the stripped-down sibling of the SG Standard, the SG Special has always been a favorite of non-nonsense rock'n'rollers.

Right from the introduction of the SG family in 1961, the Special has shared several of the seminal design and construction traits of the Standard—including its lightweight solid-mahogany body, iconic asymmetrical double-cutaway design, superfast neck profile, and dual-pickup sonic assault—although the contemporary Gibson USA SG Special has also been hot-rodded for today's demanding player. Unlike the single coils of the ’60s, the SG Special now carries a pair of hard-rockin' humbucking pickups, along with the legendary pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. In short, it has everything you need to rock with the best of 'em, and nothing to get in the way, while retaining the great styling that lets you know it's a part of one of the most legendary guitar families in the history of rock.

  • Body Species: Mahogany
  • Neck - Species: Mahogany, Profile: Rounded, Neck Joint Location: 19
  • Fingerboard - Species: Rosewood, Scale Length: 24 3/4", Number of Frets: 22, Nut Width: 1.695", Inlays: Dot
  • Hardware - Plating Finish: Chrome, Tailpiece: Stopbar, Bridge: Tune-o-matic, Knobs: Black top hat with silver insert, Tuners: Green Key
  • Electronics - Neck Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker, Bridge Pickups: 490T Alnico magnet humbucker, Controls: Two volume, two tone, three-way switch
  • Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046


In order to continually improve the design, quality, and performance of our instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice. Because Gibson brand guitars are handcrafted, it is normal for some measurements to vary from those listed.