Gibson SG Special

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Gibson

Description Multi-piece mahogany body with a one-piece SG-style neck. Features a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 2 humbuckers with 2 volume and 2 tone controls, a 3-way pickup selector and a stopbar with tune-o-matic bridge.
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Overall Rating: 4.9 (of 5)
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On 8/9/2006, Jake Beniston (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
The only thing that could be better, if it had neck binding and trapezoid inlays, well that's the standard lol , if it were stolen or lost, i would probably buy another, or a Gibson Firebird studio, not saying they're better, i like both guitars just as much.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Sound Control , Leicester
Features:
Wine Red finish , Kluson tuners , Alnico humbucker pickups, 2 volume, 2 tone controls.
Playability:
No flaws , compared to other guitars i have had, this is the best , action is perfect
Durability:
It is great for live playing, i recently played a gig with it along with a Gibson Les Paul , hardware is fine, truss rod was changed a few days after buying on the count of there was slight fret buzz on higher notes and they wouldnt bend, but the problem was easily fixed at no charge.
On 5/3/2006, Bill North (12505) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this guitar for a bargain price because it had been on the showroom floor for over a year with no one interested. White guitars were just not cool back in '63, and this was the lower end Gibson SG.

I wish I could buy more guitars like this but most were destroyed or modified through the years( at tleast the white ones).
Model Year: 1962
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Douglas Muisc Chicago
Features:
Gibson SG secial in white with wrap tailpiece, 21 frets, dot fret markers, mohogany body and neck, 2 P-90 pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone controls.
Playability:
Plays like butter. Easy access to igher frets makes this one dangerous axe.
Sound Quality:
This guitar rings and resonates like there's no tomorrow. The P-90's can sound rich and creamy with the volume rolled back or snarl like a junk yard dog when opened up. They are suprisingly quiet, noise-wise, considereing that they are single coil pcikups.
Durability:
I've gigged this guitar since the mid 60's with no problems. The only thing I've ever changed are the stings. It will probably outlast my grand children.
On 1/12/2006, Taylor Sanders (106) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is my favorite guitar in the whole entire world. I wouldnt trade it for anything else. This was my first guitar and it will be one of my last. Ive shredded up and down the neck on this beauty and if any one else thinks this way about their guitars write me back.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $799.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Great neck, wine red color, 2 humbuckers
Playability:
Sound Quality:
This guitars sound is very good. You can get a nice bluesy sound to the most insane metal you want. This guitar does it all.
Durability:
On 8/21/2004, Peter Hsieh (1575) posted:
Overall Rating:
If this guitar was stolen I'd be too poor to buy another one for quite a while but will definately do it when I can. I looked at 5 other SG's and a few schecter models before chooing this one. My favorite aspects are the hot output sound and the killer looks. I also like the fact that it is a lot lighter than a less paul. The set back may be that the frets are a bit small but I'm getting used to it.
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
This is an American made SG from Gibson with mahogany body and neck. It was two humbuckers, two volume knobs, two tone knobs and a three way toggle switch. It is in a quite attractice worn brown finish ( goes with my eyes).
Playability:
My strat plays a bit faster but the SG is excellent in its own right. The frets are a bit smaller than I'm used to
Sound Quality:
This guitar is a beast!!! Sounds great for heavy metal and rock. I play through a JCM 800 and it has a dark but strong sound. This guitar is very quiet and can produce warm soft tones with the volume at 6.
Durability:
This guitar I got recently so I have brought it out live yet. I reckon that it is good though. Great hardware and sturdy neck.
On 11/23/2003, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
It's just better
Price: $1100.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Mountain Music, Hamilton
Features:
All American, Mahogany, 22 Frets, 6 Strings, 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 2 Gibson Default Humbuckers, Wine Red w/ shine, locking Gibson tuners
Playability:
Perfect in every way
Sound Quality:
Every Style, every amp
Durability:
Perfect
On 4/6/2003, Richard To (831) posted:
Overall Rating:
The Gibson SG special is a great guitar plus it looks cool.
Price: $850.00 (new)
Features:
Playability:
I think the fretboard is very good. WHen you get down to the 15 frets its easier to play then a strat type guitar. Also make fingering chords slighty easier. I like the wideness of fret board also
Sound Quality:
Good sound my amp isn't as good but I still get a pretty good sound.
Durability:
I've had some problems here, but minor. I've had it for 1 year. Sometimes there is static but that could be the cables. One time I had a hard time hearing the hammer ons and pulloffs, but it is fixed.
On 11/27/2001, Rocco Ballerini (575) posted:
Overall Rating:
I did my homework on this one and played many different guitars at the Guitar Center over a 3 month period. This was simply the best in terms of playability. I tried Fenders, Ibanez, Epiphone, BC Rich, and Jacksons. I love the feel of the SG's but chose the special since I couldn't see that much of a difference between this and the SG Standard (about $400 more!). If this guitar were stolen, I would cry for days then buy a new one as soon as I got out of prison for killing the person that stole it!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $690.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
This guitar has a wine red, mahogany (double cutaway) body and neck. The fingerboard is Rosewood with dot inlays. The scale is 24.75" with a nut width of 11 11/16". The hardware is chrome (gold on cream finish). The pickups are Rhythm: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker and Treble: 490T Alnico magnet humbucker.
Playability:
After a crappy setup at Guitar Center, I took this guitar to a "real" guitar tech for a proper setup. After the setup this guitar was fantastic. The action is low, the feel of the neck is smooth and comfortable. The body is so light that I feel I can play it all day standing up without getting a sore back! This is now the most playable guitar that I own (I also have a strat and two acoustics) and has a much better feel than many of the others that I've tried. Like I said before, I did my homework on this one and played many different guitars at the store over a 3 month period. This was simply the best in terms of playability.
Sound Quality:
I play this through an Electar tube amp, a Squier solid state, and my instructor's Peavey. I play all different styles and this guitar has been very flexible. It is actually far more flexible than my strat (much to the dismay of many Fender fans!) and has very good pickups. The sound from the bass strings is excellent. This guitar is at its best when playing heavier tunes, good for palm muting, driving rhythms, and piercing leads.
Durability:
Since this is a new guitar, I can't assess its durability yet. Coming from Gibson, I would have to guess that it is VERY durable.