The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 when Gibson gave the Les Paul a thinner, flat-topped mahogany body and a double cutaway, while also moving the neck joint by three frets, making the upper notes more accessible.
The new Gibson model featured a slimmer neck profile and a virtually non-existent heel. Gibson advertised the new SG as having the "fastest neck in the world." Despite overwhelming popularity, Les Paul requested his named be dropped and Gibson honored his request, naming the new design the "SG," which stood for "Solid Guitar."
Some of the most famous guitar players of all time have played Gibson SG model guitars... Eric Clapton, Angus Young, and Tony Iommi are among the most recognized.
This "SG Special" features the Soapbar P-90 pickups with the original small 3-layer pickguard. The "Polaris White" finish has held up incredibly well, with a small bit of finish checking and only a few chips.
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- Year: 1964
- Model: Les Paul SG Special
- Serial: 189327
- Body: Mahogany
- Double Pointed Cutaways
- Scalloped Body
- Soapbar P-90 Pickups (2)
- 3 Layer Black Small Beveled Pickguard
- Dot Fingerboard Inlays
- Bound Fingerboard
- Pearl "Gibson" Headstock Logo
- Wrap Around "Stairstep" Tailpiece
- Nickel Hardware
- Color: Polaris White
- Original Gibson Case Included, along with SKB Hardshell Case