The original double-cutaway rocker, loaded for tone and ready for action!
It’s more than just a coincidence that mahogany is one of the most prized woods for electric guitar design, and the Gibson USA SG Standard is arguably the most classic example of the use of this fine tonewood in an instrument that’s both nuanced and powerful. Unlike thicker mahogany/maple designs, the SG Standard’s thinner solid-mahogany body offers a considerable reduction on weight, while presenting a warm, rich resonance with lots of harmonic depth and sparkle.
The guitar’s solid mahogany neck is carved to a rounded profile similar to SGs from the mid ’60s, for superb in-the-hand comfort and outstanding playability, while it’s glued in deep-set, long-tenon neck/body joint and 17-degree back angled headstock team up to provide a transference of neck resonance into the body that’s far superior to other neck designs. Of course, a pair of Alnico-loaded humbuckers was always a big part of the SG’s magic, and today’s SG Standard brings it on in spades. With Gibson’s popular 490R in the neck position and the slightly hotter 498T in the bridge, the SG Standard gives you everything from bluesy vocal warmth to snarling, wailing aggression, all at the flip of a three-way toggle switch. A stopbar tailpiece provides a rock-solid anchor behind Gibson’s legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, prized for its ability to enhance singing sustain while remaining highly adjustable to perfect your instrument’s intonation.
Sum it all up, and it’s a guitar of unrivaled versatility and stunning looks – and a rock beast to be reckoned with. All this, and your SG Standard comes protected in a formfitting Gibson hardshell case, and is covered by Gibson’s famous Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service. It could just be the bargain of the decade… or the past four.
Body and Finish
A solid mahogany body with beveled edges for added comfort and that distinctive and dangerous “dual-horned” double-cutaway design are hallmarks of the legendary SG Standard. The guitar’s select mahogany components ring with all the depth and richness you’d expect from a classic tonewood, and look great in your choice of nitrocellulose finish in Heritage Cherry or Ebony Black.
Neck, Headstock and Fingerboard
The SG Standard is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in long-tenon neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded mid-’60s profile and 1-11/16” wide Corian nut help to make is supremely playable.
Pickups and Electronics
The SG Standard carries two of Gibson’s most popular humbucking pickups, a 498T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck. Both are designed as updated renditions of Gibson’s famous PAF humbucker of the late ’50s and early ’60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through the classic Gibson four-knob and three-way switch control section.
The hardware set on the SG Standard echoes that worn by SG Standards since the 1960s, and includes Gibson’s hallowed Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and vintage-style tuners. A classic of 20th century guitar design, the Tune-o-matic provides excellent resonant coupling, while offering efficient independent adjustment of each saddle for precise intonation.