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The SG Standard was introduced in 1961, slotting above the SG Special and below the SG Custom. It has been one of the longest-lasting variants of the SG, only shortly being replaced by the SG Deluxe from mid-1971 to mid-1972. As they transitioned back from the Deluxe, there were some models with a mixture of features from both.

In 1986, a '60s style reissue model called the SG-62 was slotted between the Standard and Custom in the lineup.

In 2016, the Standard was split into two variants; the T (Traditional) and HP (High Performance). For 2019, the Standard HP became a standalone model called the SG High Performance, while two new variants of the Standard were introduced, called the Standard Tribute and Standard '61. However, in May 2019, the Standard Tribute became a standalone model called the SG Tribute.

For a full history of the Gibson SG, see: History of the SG

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Contents

1961–1965

1960 Prototype

Neck tended to become thicker over time, however hand shaping resulted in a lot of variance.

  • 1961: $265
  • 1962: $290
  • 1964: $310
  • 1965
    • February: $330
    • June: $305

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Medium C profile
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Hot hide glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Brazilian Rosewood fretboard w/ trapezoid inlays
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard w/ trapezoid inlays (Mid/Late 1965?)
    • 12" radius
  • Medium Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • 17o pitch
    • 14o pitch (1965)
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width (1961–1965)
  • 1 5/8" nut width (Mid 1965)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (Late 1965)

1965

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Thinner style
  • Tortoise cellulose dot markers

Electronics:

  • Two covered "PAF" humbuckers (1961–1962)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets (mostly)
    • Long AlNiCo II magnets (late 1960–mid 1961)
    • ~7-9K Ohms DCR
  • Two covered "Pat. #" humbuckers (1963–mid 1965)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7-8k Ohms DCR
  • Two covered "T-Top" humbuckers (mid / late 1965)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Centralab 500K pots (1961–mid 1963)
    • CTS 500k pots
    • Sprague ceramic "orange drop" capacitors

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Chrome Hardware (1965)
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
    • Single line, double ring (1961–1963)
    • Double line, double ring (1964–1965)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
    • Longer shape w/ 5 screws (Late 1960)
    • Shorter shape w/ 6 screws (1961–1965)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
      • Blank (Late 1960)
      • "Les Paul" engraved (1961–1962)
      • Blank (1963–1964)
    • 2-ply, standard bevel (1965)
      • Blank
  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • "ABR-1" stamping underneath (1961–1964)
    • No retaining wire (1961)
    • Nylon saddles (1963-1965)
  • Sideways vibrola (1961–1962)
  • Ebony Block vibrola (1962)
  • Maestro vibrola (1963–1965)

Finishes:

  • Cherry 

1966–1971

1970

The Batwing pickguard design debuted in early-to-mid 1966. Production of this design continued through most of 1971, seemingly overlapping somewhat with the SG Deluxe that replaced it.

  • 1966-1967: $305
  • 1968: $335
  • 1969-1970: $355
  • 1971: $375

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel (1966–early 1969)
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (mid 1969–1971)
  • Thick C profile (.900" / 1.10")
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard w/ trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute (Mid 1969-1971)
  • Medium Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer (1966–early 1969)
  • Narrow Open Book headstock (mid 1969–1971)
    • Holly veneer (1969)
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer (1970–1971)
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
      • Classic font style (1966–1969)
      • Thicker, squared font w/ closed "b" & "o" (1970–1971)
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970–1971)
    • 14o pitch

      Image Credit: Chicago Music Exchange

  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale (1966–1969)
  • 24 9/16" scale (1969–1971)
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Thinner style
  • Tortoise cellulose dot markers

Electronics:

  • Two covered "T-Top" humbuckers
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Polyurethane insulated wire
    • "Gibson" embossed covers (Late 1971)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots
    • Sprague ceramic "orange drop" capacitors

Sparkling Burgundy custom order (Early 1967)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
    • Double line, double ring
    • "Gibson Deluxe" (1969–1971)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (Early 1966)
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (1966–mid 1967)
    • Medium bevel angle (mid 1967–1970)
    • Narrow bevel & sharper points (1971)

      Polaris White custom order (Mid 1967)

  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black and white
  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers (1966–mid 1967)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers (mid 1967–1971)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola
    • Nylon saddles

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut (1969-1971)
  • Natural (1971)

1972 Deluxe / Standard

Version 1 (Photo Credit: Cream City Music)

For the 19711972 SG Deluxe, see: SG Deluxe

Version 2

After a short hiatus, being replaced by the Deluxe, the transition back to the Standard began mid-1972 as the last Deluxe parts were being used up. The first change was moving the control cavity cover to the back of the body again. Then, the pickguard changed to something similar to the early '60s Angel Wing style, but with less of a curve for the cutaway, which was fixed before the cutaway beveling returned (or pickguards were cut by hand as they worked on creating a new template; there is variation in pickguard shape at this time). Some examples even have holes left behind from Les Paul style pickguards that were going to be mounted on them. Other features like knobs, pickups and bridge are essentially randomly grabbed from parts bins and do not transition in a linear fashion. Embossed pickup covers were used on both T-Tops and Super Humbuckers at first. Once the cutaway beveling and neck angle return, it can again be considered a Standard and not a transitional model.

  • June: $395
  • October: $415

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Un-beveled cutaways
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • Zero degree angle

      Version 2, alternate pickguard variation & parts

    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 18th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl small block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
      • Thicker, squared font
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 14o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

    Late 1972 Super Humbucker ad (Ver. 2)

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Thinner style

Electronics:

  • Two "T-Top" humbuckers (Version 1 & 2)

    Compare pickguard shapes with & w/o beveling

    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • "Gibson" embossed chrome covers
    • Blank chrome covers (uncommon, sporadic use)
  • Two "Super Humbuckers" (Version 2)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.4K (neck), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
    • "Gibson" embossed chrome covers (earlier)
    • Blank chrome covers (later)
  • 3-way switch
  • Version 2, Tarbacks w/ embossed covers

    2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller M-6 Keystone tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Metal Schaller-style or Keystone buttons
    • "Gibson" engraved

      Version 2

  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Metal keystone buttons
    • "Pat. Pending" or "Gibson" engraved
  • 5-ply elevated Les Paul pickguard (Ver. 1)
  • 5-ply pseudo-"Angel Wing" pickguard (Ver. 2)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Single-ply black, beveled (random)
    • 2-ply b/w, un-beveled (random)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers (Ver. 1 & 2)
  • Black Speed knobs w/ pointers (Ver. 2)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Natural

1972–1979

Late 1972 (Photo Credit: Music Zoo)

The Standard officially returns in the October 1972 price list as the last few feature changes transition in; a return of the angled neck and cutaway beveling. Some examples may still have T-Tops until early 1973. By 1973, the Gibson logo changes to a more rounded style and the headstock tapers more at the waist.

Note: The early/mid 1973–late 1974 models with Ebony fretboards were not limited edition models, despite what some books claim. This was listed as standard specification in Gibson's catalog for those years.

  • 1973: $425
    • $440 (Bigsby)
  • 1974: $440
  • 1975: $465
    • January: $544 (Bigsby)
    • June: $479 (Bigsby)
    • $439 (Satin Walnut)
  • 1976
    • March: $485
      • $499 (Bigsby)
    • June: $499 (Walnut, Cherry)
      • $519 (Bigsby: Walnut, Cherry)
      • $479 (Satin Walnut)
      • $499 (Bigsby: Satin Walnut)
      • $529 (White, Tobacco Sunburst)
      • $549 (Bigsby: White)
  • 1977: $539 (Walnut, Cherry)
    • $559 (Bigsby: Walnut, Cherry)
    • $519 (Satin Walnut)
    • $539 (Bigsby: Satin Walnut)
    • $569 (White, Tobacco Sunburst)
    • $589 (Bigsby: White)
  • 1978: $589 (All gloss finishes)
    • $569 (Satin Walnut)
    • $639 (Lefty, Cherry & Walnut)

      1974

  • 1979: $629 (All gloss finishes)
    • $609 (Satin Walnut)
    • $679 (Left-Handed)
    • +$20 (Add Bigsby)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • .800" / 1.00" profile
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 18th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (1972–early 1973, late 1974–1979)
    • Mother of Pearl small block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Ebony fretboard (early/mid 1973–late 1974)
    • Mother of Pearl small block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
      • Thinner font (1973–early 1977)
      • Thicker, squared font (1972–early 1973, 1976–1979)
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

    1978

Binding:

  • Neck (1972–early 1973, late 1974–1979)
    • Fret-edge binding
    • Thinner style
  • None (early/mid 1973–late 1974)

Electronics:

  • Two "Super Humbuckers"
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.3K (neck), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
    • Bridge pickup moved closer to bridge (mid 1974–1979)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots (January–June 1973)
    • CTS 300k pots (July 1973–1979)
      • 100k tone (uncommon, 1977–1979)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller M-6 tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
    • "Gibson" engraved
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (sporadic use)
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
    • "Milk Bottle" style
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w (1972–1975)
      • Blank
      • Un-beveled
    • 2-ply b/w with "S-G" engraving (mid 1974–1979)
      • Beveled edges (sporadic use)
      • Tighter spacing (mid 1974–early 1976)
      • Wider spacing (early 1976–1979)
    • Single-ply black (sporadic use)
  • Witch Hat knobs (late 1972)
  • Black Speed knobs
    • Pointers (1973–mid 1976)
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece (1972-1975)
  • Zamak stopbar tailpiece (1975-1979)
  • "Goof hiders" around bridge/tailpiece posts (sporadic use)
  • Optional Bigsby vibrato

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Natural (1972-1975)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (1974–1979)
  • White (1976–1979)
  • Satin Walnut (1976–1979)

1980–1991

1980 Walnut

The main changes with this generation were the return of the early '60s 1-11/16" nut width, moving the switch and the relocating the output jack to the side of the body. (Note: these changes actually occurred in late 1979, in preparation for the 1980 model year. However, left-handed models used the old layout, nut width and Harmonica bridge until as late as 1982.) The bridge was also changed from the Harmonica to the Nashville design and the binding on the neck became a new, thicker style. In 1981, the crown inlay was moved back upward to where it was positioned from 1961–1966. Throughout the entire year of 1984, examples can be found with either Tarbacks or Shaws as the transition was undergone. Similarly, there is overlap between Shaws and Originals in 1987.

This bodystyle was produced until mid–1991 as it was replaced with the new Batwing-style Standard that same year.

  • 1980: $679 MSRP
  • 1981: $749 MSRP
  • 1982-1983:
    • $799 MSRP (Wine Red, Ebony)
    • $884 MSRP (Walnut, Ivory, Tobacco Sunburst)
    • $899 MSRP (Left-handed)
  • 1984-1986:
    • $699 MSRP
    • $749 MSRP (Left-handed)
  • 1991: $549 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (1980–early 1983)
  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany (Early 1983–1991)
  • ~ .810" / .985" profile
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 18th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard

    1983 Cherry and Tobacco Sunburst

    • Mother of Pearl small block inlays
      • (1980–mid 1985)
    • Acrylic pearloid small block inlays
      • (early/mid 1984)
    • Acrylic pearloid trapezoid inlays
      • (Late 1985–1991)
    • 12" radius
  • Large Open Book headstock
    • Volute (1980–1981)
    • SG-62 shape (1988-1991)
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
      • Thicker, squared font (1980–1989)
      • Thinner '70s font (Sporadic use, 1980)
      • Classic font (1990–1991)
        • Squared font (sporadic)

          1984 Ivory w/ Pro-Tune

    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Thicker style
  • Fret-edge binding

Electronics:

  • Two "Super Humbuckers"
    • (19801984)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.3K (neck), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted

      1986 Alpine White

    • AKA "Tarbacks"
  • Two Shaw humbuckers
    • (19841986)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5 - 8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two "The Original" humbuckers
    • (19871989)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~8k (neck), 14k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
    • AKA "Circuit Board" humbuckers
  • Two 490R / 490T humbuckers
    • (19901991)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 8.1k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • Side-mounted output jack
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k pots
      • 100k tone (Uncommon, 1980–1989)
    • Orange Drop caps

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller M-6 tuning machines (1980–1983, sporadic use 1984–1985)
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Metal Keystone buttons
      • Flip-out string winders (1982-1983)
    • "Gibson" engraved
  • Gotoh tuning machines (1982-1983)
    • Schaller-style case
    • Metal Keystone buttons
    • "Gibson" printed in black

      1986, Kahler Flyer (Photo Credit: Cream City Music)

  • Schaller "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines (1984–1991)
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (1987-1991, sporadic)
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Metal Keystone or Kidney buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "S-G" engraving (early 1980)
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Posi-Lock strap buttons (1982-1984)

    Kahler Flyer, Black (Photo Credit: Cream City Music)

  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Zamak stopbar tailpiece
  • "Top Loading" Tune-O-Matic bridge (1982-1983)
    • Zamak stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece (1982-1985)
  • Optional Kahler Super-Tune tremolo (1983–1991)
    • $200 upcharge
    • "Gibson" branded
    • Locking nut
    • Includes Grover Rotomatic tuners (1986-1991)
  • Optional Schaller Pro-Tune tremolo (1984)
    • $99 upcharge
    • Includes GraphTech nut
  • Optional Kahler Flyer tremolo (1986)
    • Locking nut
    • Chrome hardware
    • Black hardware (Walnut, Ivory)
    • Gold hardware (Ebony)

1987 Wine Red

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry (1980-1985)
  • Wine Red (1982-1991)
  • Ebony
  • Walnut
  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • Alpine White
  • Ivory
    • Note: often yellows with age and is confused with T.V. Yellow
  • Antique Sunburst (1984)
  • Vintage Cherry Sunburst (1984)

Limited Run Finishes:

  • Alpine White w/ Gold hardware
    • 1982 (w/ Top-Loading bridge, TP-6 & Shaw humbuckers)
    • 1987-1988
  • Golden Mist
    • 1990
  • Candy Apple Red
    • 1990–1991
  • Candy Apple Blue
    • 1990–1991
  • T.V. Yellow
    • 1990-1991
    • Yamano
  • Silver Luna
    • 1990-1991
    • Yamano

1991–2012

Heritage Cherry

This redesign occurred about halfway through 1991. While the controls were returned to the pre-1980 layout, the knobs are positioned further inboard than previously. This can help distinguish other models that use this body design from ones that use the '61 Reissue body, which has the knobs closer to the edge of the body. Some early examples infrequently used the old squared font Gibson logo inlay. The Heritage Cherry finish was a darker red for most of the 1990s, and lightened up around the new millennium.

  • 1995: $875 Street (est.)
  • 1996: $939 Street (est.)
  • 1998: $959 Street (est.)
  • 2004: $1,069 Street (Ebony)
    • $1,149 Street (Natural Burst & Heritage Cherry)
  • 2005: $1,099 Street (Ebony)
    • $1,199 Street (Natural Burst & Heritage Cherry)
  • 2006: $1,169 Street (Ebony)
    • $1,269 Street (Natural Burst & Heritage Cherry)
  • 2007: $1,299 Street (Ebony)
    • $1,429 (Natural Burst & Heritage Cherry)
  • 2008: $1,429 Street (Ebony)
    • $1,572 (Natural Burst & Heritage Cherry)
  • 2009: $1,649 Street (All Finishes)
  • 20102012: $1,199 Street (All Finishes)
    • $1,324 Street (Left-handed)
    • $1,099 Street (2012-2013 Clearance)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Deeper beveling than previous version
    • Mostly in bass side cutaway
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Rounded '50s profile (.840" / .970")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
      • Squared font (1992, sporadic)
      • Classic font style
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut (2009–2012)
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Thicker style
  • Cream color
  • Fret-edge binding

Natural Burst

Electronics:

  • Two 490R / 498T humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II (neck) & V (bridge) magnets
    • 7–8k (neck) & 9–13k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k volume, linear
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
      • Sometimes 300k (Early 1990s)
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board (2008–2012)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines (1991-1998)
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • (Used sporadically in early 1990s)
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines (1998-2012)
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • TonePros "Kluson Deluxe" tuning machines (2012)
    • 15:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge (1991–2002)
  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge (2003–2012)
  • Zamak stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Natural Burst (2000–2008)

1991 Candy Apple Red

Limited Run Finishes:

  • Candy Apple Red
    • 1991–1993
  • Candy Apple Blue
    • 1991–1993
  • TV Yellow
    • 1991
  • Emerald Green
    • Gold hardware
    • Pearloid pickguard
    • 1993
  • Natural Burst
    • Late 1998–1999
  • Heritage Cherry
    • "Maestro" engraved Bigsby
    • 1999–2000
  • Metallic Teal
    • Gold hardware
    • Pearloid pickguard
    • 2000
  • 2011 Standard Limited Vintage Sunburst

    Ebony
    • Gold hardware
    • Pearloid pickguard
    • 2000
  • Silverburst
    • Guitar of the Week model (Week 3)
    • 400 units produced
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Grover Rotomatic tuners
    • 2007
  • Red Sparkle
    • 2007
  • Emerald Green Sparkle
    • 2008
  • Vintage Sunburst / Aged Cherry / Cream / Natural Burst
  • Purple Sparkle
    • 2012

Historic 1961 Les Paul / SG Standard Reissue (2000–Present)

Historic maestro.jpg

These models are produced in smaller numbers (less than 1,000 per year) by the Custom Shop, to vintage-accurate specs.

Originally, it was offered with aged hardware as an option. In 2006, they introduced the "V.O.S." (Vintage Original Spec) treatment with a lightly dulled finish and aged hardware as the standard treatment, with the gloss finish and hardware becoming optional. In 2007, the use of aniline dye was ended because of complaints of color bleed onto the binding. However, aniline dye returned in 2013 for historical accuracy. Since 2014, as a part of Gibson's "Made 2 Measure" program, this model can be custom ordered with almost any option desired (even with a Batwing pickguard) and different levels of aging. In 2019, the new 1964 SG Standard Reissue effectively replaced the Maestro vibrola option, and the standard Faded Cherry finish was replaced with Cherry Red.

  • 2005:
    • $2,349 Street (Faded Cherry)
    • $2,449 Street (Faded Cherry w/ Maestro)
    • $2,749 Street (T.V. Yellow)
  • 2006:
    • $2,599 Street (Faded Cherry, VOS)
    • $2,699 Street (Faded Cherry w/ Maestro, VOS)
    • $2,899-$2,999 Street (Faded Cherry w Maestro, Gloss)
    • $2,799-$2,999 Street (T.V. Yellow & Classic White, VOS)
    • $3,299 Street (T.V. Yellow & Classic White, Gloss)
  • 20072008:
    • $2,699 Street (Faded Cherry, VOS)
    • $2,899 Street (Faded Cherry w/ Maestro, VOS)
    • $2,999 Street (T.V. Yellow & Classic White, VOS)
    • $3,199 Street (Faded Cherry w/ Maestro, Gloss)
    • $3,199 Street (T.V. Yellow & Classic White, Gloss)
    • $3,299 Street (T.V. Yellow & Classic White w/ Maestro, VOS)
    • $3,399 Street (Faded Cherry, Gloss, Left-handed)
  • 20092012:
    • $2,999 Street (Faded Cherry, VOS)
    • $3,099 Street (Faded Cherry w/ Maestro, VOS)
    • $3,299 Street (Faded Cherry, Gloss)
    • $3,399 Street (Faded Cherry, Gloss, Left-handed)
    • $3,399 Street (T.V. Yellow & Classic White, VOS)
    • $3,499 Street (Faded Cherry w/ Maestro, Gloss)
    • $3,499 Street (T.V. & C.W. w/ Maestro, VOS)
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    • $2,750 Street (F.C. VOS, 2013 clearance)
    • $2,599 Street (F.C. VOS, 2014 clearance)
    • $2,299 Street (Maestro, Dent/Scratch discount)
  • 2013:
    • $3,299 Street (VOS)
    • $3,499 Street (w/ Maestro)
    • $2,999 Street (VOS, 2014 clearance)
    • $2,449 Street (Maestro, Dent/Scratch)
  • 2014:
    • $3,499 Street (VOS)
    • $3,699 Street (VOS, Maestro)
  • 2015:
    • $3,999 Street (VOS)
    • $3,999 Street (Maestro)
    • $3,399 Street (VOS Cherry, price drop)
    • $3,649 Street (VOS Classic White, price drop)
    • $3,699 Street (Maestro, price drop)
  • 20162018:
    • $4,499 Street (VOS)
    • $5,099 Street (VOS, Maestro)
    • $3,999 Street (VOS, 2019 clearance)
  • 2019-2021: $4,199 Street (VOS)
  • 2022: $4,299 Street (VOS)
  • Avg. weight: 6.5–7.5 lbs.

    Double Gold

Body:

  • Solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Historic deep beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Tapered horn tips
  • One-piece construction
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
    • Aniline dye (Translucent colors)
      • 2000–2006
      • 2013–Present

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 1960 Slim Taper C profile (.830" / .960")
  • Set-in construction
    • Hot hide glue (2013–Present)
    • Unsheathed truss rod (2013–Present)
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
    • 3 degree pitch (2000–??)
    • 4 degree pitch (??–Present)

      Vintage Sunburst

  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Cellulose trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Medium Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Crown
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
    • Leveled by Plek machine (2006–Present)
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • Nylon nut
    • Cut by Plek machine (2006–Present)
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Cardinal Red (Painted Over Binding)

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Thinner vintage-style
  • Amber tinted
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Black dot markers (2000 only)
  • Tortoise cellulose dot markers
  • Painted over sides (Opaque finishes only)

Electronics:

  • '57 Classic Humbuckers (2000–2005)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers

      Frost Blue

  • Burstbucker 1 & 2 Humbuckers (2006–2012)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 6.5k (neck) & 7.0k (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers
  • Custombucker Humbuckers (2013–Present)
    • AlNiCo III magnets
    • ~8k Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers
  • Switchcraft 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k vintage audio taper pots
    • Mallory 150 "Bumblebee" caps (2000–2018)

      Candy Apple Blue

    • Luxe "Black Beauty" paper-in-oil capacitors (2019-Present)

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Gotoh Kluson-reissue tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Green/Yellow Keystone buttons
    • Double line, single ring (2000–2012)
    • Single line, single ring (2013–2017)
    • Single line, double ring (2018–2019)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
    • "Les Paul" engraving

      Custom Order Cardinal Red w/ Batwing & Maestro

  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Maestro vibrola
  • Optional Bigsby tremolo

Finishes:

  • Faded Cherry (2000–2018)
  • Cherry Red (2019-Present)
  • T.V. Yellow
  • Classic White

Limited Runs:

  • Ebony (2001, 2005)
  • Pelham Blue, Aged (2004)
  • Oxblood (2007)
  • Sparkle finishes (2007-2008)
    • Blue
    • Silver
  • Inverness Green / Pelham Blue (2010)
    • $3,599 Street

      2019 Made2Measure w/ Batwing & Witch Hat knobs

  • Distressed Classic White (2010)
    • Pickguard delete
  • Metallic Navy (2012)
    • Pickguard delete
    • $3,748 Street
  • Wildwood Spec (2014-Present)
    • "Wildwood Spec" Custombuckers
      • Slightly underwound
    • Various finishes
    • Sometimes labeled as 1962 reissues
  • Faded Cherry w/ Grovers (2017)
  • Pelham Blue & Faded Cherry (2017)
    • Roasted Mahogany body & neck
    • MusicZoo exclusive run
  • Lamp Black w/ Grovers (2018)
  • Antique Metallic Teal VOS (2018)
  • Double Gold (2018)
    • 15 units limit
    • $4,498 Street
  • Bright T.V. Yellow (Gloss, 2019)
    • Maestro
    • Japanese market exclusive
  • Antique Pelham Blue (2020)
    • VOS
    • Bolivian Rosewood fretboard
    • $4,499 Street

Custom Order:

  • Cherry (Non-Faded)
  • Ultra-Faded Mahogany
  • Ebony
  • Alpine White
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Cardinal Red
  • Wine Red
  • Natural
  • Satin Walnut Stain
  • Antique Gold
  • Candy Apple Red
  • TV Copper

    Candy Apple Blue
  • Kerry Green
  • Pelham Blue
  • Inverness Green
  • Antique Metallic Teal
  • Blue Sky
  • Heather Poly
  • Silverburst
  • Gold Mist Poly
  • Sparkle
  • Frost Blue
  • Double Gold
  • T.V. Copper
  • Peacock Green

2013

Heritage Cherry

This redesign brought most of the specifications from the discontinued '61 Reissue to the Standard, such as the '57 Classics, Slim Taper neck, beveling, heel design, pickguard shape and control placement, only excluding the wide headstock and Nickel hardware.

  • $1,299 Street
  • $800 Street (Clearance Sale)
  • $1,499 Street (Min-E-Tune)
  • $1,349 Street (Min-E-Tune, Heritage Cherry, Clearance Sale)
  • $1,199 Street (Min-E-Tune, Classic White, Clearance Sale)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
    • '61 Reissue style heel
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (.800 / .875")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Natural Burst

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Thicker style
  • Fret-edge binding

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k volume, linear
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • TonePros "Kluson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 15:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
  • Optional Min-ETune automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Classic White
  • Natural Burst

2014

Walnut

This model year would be the first time Gibson stopped using fret-edge binding.

  • $1,645 Street
  • $1,472 Street (2015 Clearance Sale)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

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Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
    • '61 Reissue style heel
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (.800 / .875")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • 120th Anniv. banner inlay at 12th fret
    • 12" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 cryogenically treated frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Black TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Fret-over-binding
  • Thicker style

Fireburst

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Push/Pull coil split
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Min-ETune automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "ETune" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Natural Burst
  • Alpine White
  • Fireburst
  • Manhattan Midnight
  • Walnut

2015

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This model year would represent the first time Gibson ever used a compound radius fretboard on an SG, as well as the first time Mother of Pearl was used for the trapezoid inlays on an SG Standard (however, the small block inlays used from 1972-1985 were Mother of Pearl). The Plekking process was improved for this year as well.

  • $1,879 Street
  • $1,699 Street (May Price Drop, Fireburst)
  • $1,599 Street (June Price Drop, Fireburst)
  • $1,785 Street (July Price Drop)
  • $1,691 Street (July Price Drop #2)
  • $1,597 Street (Clearance, Heritage Cherry)
  • $1,399 Street (Clearance, Fireburst)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Translucent Ebony

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3.5 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
    • '61 Reissue style heel
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (.800 / .875")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • Buffed and oiled fretboard
    • Compound 10"–16" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Silkscreened "Les Paul 100" signature
    • Les Paul hologram on back
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
    • Lower fret height
    • Leveled by Plek machine
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable brass zero-fret nut
  • 1 13/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Fret-over-binding
  • Thicker style

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Push/Pull coil tap
    • 500k non-linear
    • Hand-wired

G Force

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • G Force automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
  • Zamak stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Translucent Ebony
  • Fireburst

2016 T

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This redesign marked a return to most of the 1991–2012 features and body design.

  • $1,875 MSRP
  • $999–$1,199 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Rounded '60s profile (.820 / .960")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Thicker style
  • Fret edge binding

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Electronics:

  • Two 490R / 498T humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II (neck) & V (bridge) magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 9k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2016 HP

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This model uses the beveling and control placement from the '61 Reissue.

  • $1,549 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rounded '60s profile (.820 / .960")
  • Smaller "Fast Access" heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Fret-over-binding
  • Thicker style

"Fast Access" heel

Electronics:

  • Two 490R / 498T humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II (neck) & V (bridge) magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 9k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
    • Improved durability
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
  • Multi-contact output jack

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Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • 2nd generation G Force automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black "Notched" Speed knobs
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
  • Zamak stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2017–2018 T

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This redesign has a mixture of features from previous models, with the beveling, knob placement and heel shape of the 1991–2012 model but the Angel Wing pickguard and Slim Taper neck of the '61 Reissue.

  • 2017: $1,169–$1,399 Street
    • $1,459 Street (Pelham Blue)
  • 2018: $1,539 Street
  • 2019: $1,299 Street
    • $1,199 Street (AMS clearance)
    • $1,039 Street (Guitar Center clearance)
    • $1,399 Street (Pelham Blue clearance)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (.800" / .870")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Cherry Burst

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Thicker style
  • Pure White colored
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Pure-white color
  • Rolled edges (2018)

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers (2017)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two '61 Humbuckers (2018)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • 7.75k ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Autumn Shade

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover locking tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Bell knobs
  • Switch ring not mounted
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Cherry Burst (2017)
  • Autumn Shade (2018)
  • Pelham Blue (2017–2018 Limited Run)

2017 HP

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This model uses the beveling and control placement from the '61 Reissue.

  • $1,799 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (.800" / .870")
  • Smaller "Fast Access" heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut
  • 1 12/16" nut width

"Fast Access" heel

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Pure White colored
  • Fret-over-binding
  • Thicker style
  • Pure-white color

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic / Classic Plus Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k (neck) & 8.5k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
    • Chrome covers & mounting rings
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Cherry Burst

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • 2nd generation G Force automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Chrome plated w/ "SG High Performance" engraving
  • Chrome plated, knurled "UFO" knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
    • Locking thumbwheels
  • Locking Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Cherry Burst

2018 HP I & II

HP-I in Blood Orange Fade

HP-I is the early 2018 specification. Most are HP-IIs. This model uses the beveling and control placement from the '61 Reissue.

  • $2,199 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • AA flame Maple top
  • Slightly thicker for balance
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile
  • Smaller "Fast Access" heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (HP-I)
  • Richlite fretboard (HP-II)
    • Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 24 frets
    • Lower fret height
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut
  • 1 12/16" nut width

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Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Fret-over-binding
  • Thicker style
  • Pure White color
  • Rolled edges

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic / Super '57 Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k (neck) & 8.5k (bridge) Ohms
    • Chrome covers
    • Direct mounted
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Push/Pull Volumes (see below)
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
  • DIP switch (5 slide switches inside control cavity)
    • DIP 1: Neck pickup split (true single) or tapped (P-90 type tone)
    • DIP 2: Bridge pickup split (true single) or tapped (P-90 type tone)
    • DIP 3: Neck pickup treble bleed circuit (On/Off)
    • DIP 4: Bridge pickup treble bleed circuit (On/Off)
    • DIP 5: Transient suppression (Spike control) for recording
      • Neck Volume: Pull for split or tap (depending on DIP 1)
      • Bridge Volume: Pull for split or tap (depending on DIP 2)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • 2nd generation G Force automatic tuning system (HP-I)
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (HP-II)

    Finishes

    • 14:1 ratio
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Chrome plated w/ "HP" engraving
  • Chrome plated, knurled "UFO" knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
    • Locking thumbwheels
  • Locking Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Blood Orange Fade
  • Cobalt fade
  • Hot Pink Fade
  • Mojave Fade

2019–Present

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This model uses the beveling and control placement from the '61 Reissue, while retaining the 19th fret heel joint.

  • 2019-2021: $1,499 Street
    • $1,349 Street (AMS sale, April 2019)
  • 2022: $1,599 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (Sept. 2018–May 2019)
  • '50s Rounded profile (.820" / .970")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
    • Leveled by Plek machine
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut (Sept. 2018–May 2019)
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • Graph Tech nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

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Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Thicker style
  • Rolled edges

Electronics:

  • Two 490R / 490T humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 8.1k (bridge) Ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Switch ring not mounted (Sept. 2018–May 2019)
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
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Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

Limited Runs:

  • Pelham Blue (2019)
    • AMS/Zzounds exclusive
    • Angel Wing (early-mid year)
      • Black Bell or Reflector knobs
    • Batwing (mid-late year)
      • Black Reflector knobs

Standard '61 (2019–Present)

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This model returns the body design and features of the discontinued '61 Reissue, with the exception of the wide headstock and '57 Classics.

  • 2019-2021: $1,799 Street
    • $1,999 (w/ Vibrola)
  • 2022: $1,999 Street
    • $2,199 Street (w/ Vibrola)
  • Avg. weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • Avg. weight w/ Vibrola: 7 lbs.

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
  • '61 Reissue beveling
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
    • '61 Reissue style heel
  • 1961 Slim Taper D profile (.810 / .910")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic Trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Resin impregnated fiberboard veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
    • Leveled by Plek machine
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut (Sept. 2018 – May 2019)
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • Graph Tech nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

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Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Cream color
  • Fret-edge binding
  • Thicker style
  • Rolled edges

Electronics:

  • Two Burstbucker '61 Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • 7.74k ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Sept. 2018 – May 2019:
    • CTS 300k volume, linear
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
    • May 2019 – Present:
    • CTS 300k volume, audio
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
    • Orange Drop caps

Hardware:

  • Nickel Hardware
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
      • "SG" engraving (Sept. 2018 – May 2019)
      • Blank
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Switch ring not mounted (Sept. 2018 – May 2019)
  • Aluminum ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Set into bushings

      Ebony

  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Maestro Vibrola
  • Optional Sideways Vibrola

Finishes:

  • Vintage Cherry
  • Ebony (2021 Gibson website exclusive)

Historic 1964 SG Standard Reissue (2019–Present)

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Like every Historic Collection model since 2014, this is available to be customized through the Made 2 Measure program.

  • 2019-2021: $4,599 Street (VOS)
    • $5,099 Street (Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged, Cherry Red)
    • $5,599 Street (Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged, Pelham Blue)
    • $7,099 Street (Murphy Lab Light Aged, Pelham Blue)
    • $7,099 Street (Murphy Lab Heavy Aged, Faded Cherry)
  • 2022: $4,699 Street (VOS)
    • $5,199 Street (Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged, Cherry Red)
    • $5,699 Street (Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged, Pelham Blue)
    • $7,199 Street (Murphy Lab Light Aged, Pelham Blue)
    • $7,199 Street (Murphy Lab Heavy Aged, Faded Cherry)
  • Avg. weight: 7.3 lbs.

Body:

  • Solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Historic deep beveling
  • Tapered horn tips
  • One-piece construction
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
    • Aniline dye

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • '64 Medium C-profile (.880" / .990")
  • Set-in construction
    • Hot hide glue
    • Unsheathed truss rod
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
    • 3 degree pitch
    • Different heel shape from '61 Historic
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Cellulose nitrate trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Medium Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Crown
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
    • Leveled by Plek machine
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • Nylon nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

CME-spec

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Amber tint
  • Thinner vintage-style
  • Fret-edge binding

Electronics:

  • Two Custombucker humbuckers
    • AlNiCo III magnets
    • ~8k Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers
  • Switchcraft 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k vintage audio taper pots
    • Luxe "Black Beauty" paper-in-oil capacitors

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Gotoh Kluson-reissue tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Yellow Keystone buttons
    • Single Line, Double Ring
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
    • Blank
  • Olive Drab (Photo Credit: Fellowship of Acoustics)

    Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Nylon saddles
  • Maestro vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry Red

Limited Runs:

  • Cherry Red
    • Chicago Music Exchange exclusive
    • Custom "S" Bucker pickups

      Heather Poly NAMM Model

    • Stopbar tailpiece
    • Aged hardware
    • $4,399 Street
  • Heather Poly
    • 2019 NAMM model
    • $5,699 Street
  • Candy Blue (2020)
    • Japanese Limited Run
    • $5,499 Street

Other Variants

Click a model name for a link to its page:

Standard/Special (1978)

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The "SG" Standard (1980)

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Standard Celebrity (1991)

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Standard Korina (1993 / 2001 Custom Shop)

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Historic Standard Stinger Series (2003)

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Historic 1962 SG Standard Reissue (2005–2007)

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Guitar Center exclusive. Same specs as Historic SG Standard except Grover Rotomatic tuners and lightly aged finish (pre-dating VOS option). Contrary to popular belief, it is otherwise no different from the standard Historic. $1,999 - $2,499 Street

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Historic Standard Sparkle (2006 / 2008)

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Standard 3 (2007)

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Historic Standard Korina (2008–2009)

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Standard Premier (2009)

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Standard '60s Coil Tap (2009–2012)

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Standard Limited (2011–2012)

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Standard Exclusive (2011 / 2019)

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50th Anniversary Standard 24 (2011)

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Historic Standard Dark Cherry (2012)

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Standard P-90 (2012 / 2016)

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Standard 24 (2014–2016)

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Standard '61 (2014)

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Standard 120 (2014)

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Heavy Aged Historic Standard (2014)

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Brian Ray Signature Standard (2015)

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Heavy Aged Historic Standard (2017)

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Standard Gold Series (2017)

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Historic Standard Bohemian (2018)

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Historic Standard Maple Top (2018)

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Heavy Aged Historic Standard (2018)

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Historic Standard Sparkle (2018)

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Standard Tribute (2019)

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Standard T-Type (2019–2020)

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Historic Standard SGST (2019)

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Standard Rose Gold (2019)

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61/59 Fat Neck Historic Standard (2019)

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Historic Standard Bolivian Rosewood (2020)

60th Anniversary 1961 SG Standard (2021)

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SG Standard Dark (2022)

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