1996 Gibson SG 61 Reissue Mahogany Heritage Cherry ID-9058
1996 Gibson SG 61 Reissue Mahogany Heritage Cherry
The Gibson SG is a solid-body electric guitar model that was introduced in 1961 (as the Gibson Les Paul) by Gibson, and remains in production today with many variations on the initial design available. The SG Standard is Gibson's best selling model of all time. The Gibson SG '61 Reissue pays tribute to this revolutionary guitar. It's all there, in all its original glory.
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The '60s neck profile—found on the SG '61 Reissue—is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand.
Among the qualities that make Gibson’s original “Patent Applied For” humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their production—1955 to 1961—Gibson’s PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone, desirable to players who wanted to mix and match and explore a complete spectrum of tonal possibilities.
The ’57 Classic pickups are the result of Gibson’s drive to capture and recreate this renowned characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the ’57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. The pickups are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring. Instead of enamel-coated wiring, Gibson added poly-coated wiring—which improves consistency by eliminating thin or thick spots on the wire—and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.
Probably the most central of all SG features is its solid mahogany body. The SG’s slim mahogany body indulges players with a weight-reduced guitar alternative, with absolutely no compromises in tone, sustain, or performance. The mahogany goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson’s woods, and is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factories. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees.
This ensures all woods are dried to a level of “equilibrium,” where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods’ machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that the SG will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.
This 1996 Gibson SG 61 Reissue Mahogany Cherry is in excellent condition with a few minor surface scratches. It has very minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.
- Serial: 92136548
- Top Wood: Mahogany
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Year: 1996
- Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut Material: Corian
- Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
- Tuners: Grover Kluson Style Green Keys
- Fretboard Binding: Antique Cream
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Inlay: MOP Crown Gibson Logo
- Pickup(s): 2X '57 Classic
- Pickup Controls: 2 Volume - 2 Tone - 3-Way Toggle
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included