The Gibson SG Standard "solid guitar" first hit the market in 1961, heralded as a "new and improved" Les Paul. Although Les Paul wasn't a fan of the thinner mahogany body, with its beveled edges and outlandishly pointed horns, many up-and-coming guitarists were. That's how the SG Standard became part of the culture that transformed rock 'n' roll into rock. The 2013 SG Standard continues this tradition, offering the same lightweight mahogany body and fast-playing slim profile neck. What's more, a pair of '57 Classic pickups take this SG Standard back to the roots of Gibson tone. Gibson 2013 SG Standard Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
'57 Classic humbuckers deliver spot-on PAF tone
- '57 Classic humbuckers deliver spot-on PAF tone
- You just can't beat the feel of this slim SG neck
- The next step of a legacy of time-tested rock tone
The pickups that Gibson gave their 2013 SG Standard electric guitars are as true to the sound of the original 1961 model as it gets. That's because Gibson originally engineered their '57 Classic humbuckers to capture the warmth, smooth playing dynamics, and overall character of their breakthrough PAFs. When you think of the slightly rude sound of classic rock, you're already imagining the tone you'll hear when you play your SG Standard through classic tube amp set to 11.
You just can't beat the feel of this slim SG neck
This Gibson SG Standard gives you the smooth feel and fast action of Gibson's SG slim profile neck. Early Les Pauls had huge necks, but by 1960 the neck underwent several modifications, eventually becoming the standard SlimTaper carve. This SG Standard takes the evolution of fast Gibson guitar neck carves one step farther, making this the fastest off-the-shelf SG ever designed. And when you add to that the ultra-smooth feel of its bound rosewood fingerboard, you get the best of both comfort and performance from the 2013 Gibson SG Standard.
The next step of a legacy of time-tested rock tone
It's hard to believe that in 1961, Gibson decided to discontinue the original Les Paul guitar. No one really knows why. In fact, the first SGs were actually going to be called Les Pauls, until Les Paul himself objected, so they just shortened Solid Guitar to SG and called it good. By the time Gibson started Les Pauls again, the SG was so popular that they simply kept making them. As it turned out, a lot of guitarists enjoyed the slightly ruder and more aggressive sound the SG Standard had to offer, and the decreased weight certainly didn't hurt. And when you pair this 2013 SG Standard with a classic high-gain tube amp, you'll experience first-hand the rush that inspired many of the hardest rockers of all time.