Gibson SG Standard Ebony 1978

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The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 as a complete replacement for the Les Paul. The new design was thought to be a more modern solidbody guitar, with sleek beveled edges and two sharp cutaways. By late 1963, the Les Paul moniker was dropped, and the SG (or Solid Guitar) became an entirely separate model. The SG has remained in steady production ever since earning a place as one of the truly classic solidbody guitars.  The design went through a number of changes in 1972 including new placement of the pickups, a larger tune-o-matic bridge, and a switch back the original smaller pickguard.

Years of Production:
 1961 - present (with some changes in name)

Unique to this Year: The SG standard was briefly discontinued in 1981 then reintroduced with other SG variations.

Body Style: Dual cutaway solidbody  

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Dual humbucker pickups, two volume and two control knobs, stopbar tailpiece with large tune-o-matic bridge, small pickguard, 24.75-inch scale length, set neck, tune-o-matic bridge

Finish Specifications:  New colors were available starting in 1976, but Cherry is still most common for the SG.

Notable Players:  Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Derek Trucks, Jeff Tweedy

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