Gibson SG Guitar
Originally introduced in 1961 as the Gibson Les Paul, the Gibson SG is a solid body electric guitar, and is considered the Gibson’s best selling model of all time. It remains in production to this day, with a great deal of variations on the initial design available to musicians.
The change came due to low Les Paul sales in 1960—the company was looking to change this trend. The simpler body construction reduced production costs significantly, and the company used these changes to advertise the slender neck and small heel as the “fastest neck in the world.” The unfortunate piece of the redesign occurred when it was revealed that Les Paul had nothing to do with the plans, and was unhappy with the new design. He requested that his name be removed from the new model, which gave birth to the “SG” name. The SG stands for “Solid Guitar.” Considered a widely popular guitar due to its holding comfort, ease of play and vintage heritage, the SG is often copied by other guitar manufacturers, though the Les Paul is still the top pick across the board for replication.
There have been tons of variations of this model throughout the decades, and though there have been slight changes, limited editions, and returns to the vintage model throughout the years, the one thing that has remained the same is the reliability of sound. Some famous musicians that favor the SG include Eric Clapton, Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Angus Young of AC/DC.
When compared to the Les Paul, musicians have claimed that the thinner, more contoured body makes the SG lighter and more comfortable to play. It also means that the SG is particularly applicable for harmonic feedback playing techniques. Because the neck joint is somewhat flexible, players are able to shake the guitar to produce a vibrato. Many musicians have described the SG as having more of a “bite,” or midrange emphasis than its nearly identical twin model, the Les Paul.