Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry 

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Pure vintage vibe, red-hot tone.

The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpted, double-cutaway, mahogany body, exclusive Gibson '57 classic humbucking pickups at the neck and bridge, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. Relive some of the greatest moments of rock 'n' roll with a one-piece bound mahogany neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

'60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile
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. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

'57 Classic Pickups
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. These 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.

A Little SG History
In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns making the upper frets more accessible while lowering production costs. The new guitar was popular, but Les Paul the guitarist did not like it and asked to have his name removed. Gibson renamed the model the "SG" which was short for "solid guitar". Though Les Paul's name was officially removed from the model in 1961, the plastic Les Paul nameplates (positioned between the rhythm pickup and fingerboard) were in abundance in the Gibson factory and SG models having these nameplates were built and sold by Gibson up to end of 1963. SGs have been the choice of world-class artists such as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.

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Features

  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • NItrocellulose finish
  • Gibson Classic '57 humbuckers at the neck and bridge
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Corian nut
  • 1.695" nut width ±.050"
  • 22 frets
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Grover Kluson-style green tuning keys
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • 2 volume, 2 tone control, 3-way pickup switch
  • Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
  • Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly headstock inlay
  • Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
  • Antique cream fingerboard binding

You can't be Pete in 1969, but you CAN play the same guitar! Click the button and make it yours.

 
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Excellent!

This guitar is awesome. Gibson did a fabulous job on this new breed of Les Pauls. A bit pricey, but worth it. I have experienced no problems with this guitar. It has two...Read complete review

This guitar is awesome. Gibson did a fabulous job on this new breed of Les Pauls. A bit pricey, but worth it. I have experienced no problems with this guitar. It has two 57' humbuckers, which are excellent. It also gives a stronger tone in the clean channel compared to the best guitars. I recommend buying it.

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'61 re-issue almost

I owned a real early sixties SG small pickguard when I was starting out and have missed it since I traded it away in 1971. This SG works as it should but is missing the...Read complete review

I owned a real early sixties SG small pickguard when I was starting out and have missed it since I traded it away in 1971. This SG works as it should but is missing the little things. The nut has little chips all over it, the buffing of the body is missing in places and not complete in others, etc. Nitpicking? Sure. But this is a GIBSON, the real thing. I'd look hard at an Epiphone Elitist if I were to do it again. My ego doesn't need the logo that bad.

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5.0

My Favorite Guitar of the All !!!

By Ben-lrT7i

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I've always loved the Gibson SG's but have never had the opportunity to own one. Up until that time, my favorite guitar has been my Gibson Les Paul Classic. But over the years I've noticed how much Les Pauls weigh, and can be a literal pain having one strapped on for hours at a time. This SG is a featherweight compared to my tank of a Les Paul. In addition, the neck is fast and retains all the tonality I've loved owning Gibsons. I've played this guitar everyday since I've gotten her. The retro look of the SG's of old also goes well with my little Vox amp.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

no guitar like it

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

One word......AWESOME! I've had this guitar for a few days now and it is everything I could have wanted in a guitar and more. The demo soundbytes don't do this guitar any justice, you really have to play the guitar to know what I'm talking about. Its so great because you can get that vintage SG tone, but if you really want to you can also get a more modern rock sound out of it. I would suggest this guitar for people that play ANY genre of music (well ALMOST any genre)also, the sustain is ammmaaazzzziiiinggg.

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(78 of 121 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Notch Gibson

By Guitarist-Bnhtt

from Illinois

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I have owned this guitar for a year now and am still blown away buy it. The quality of the instrument is unbelievable, all hardware is top notch and precise. The '57 pickups have an absolutely amazing tone. It can produce any tone from super clean to dirty crunch to screaming solos. This guitar also has the best neck I have ever played on. Beware though, it is a bit wider than most other guitars. Personally this makes my playing much more accurate. If you are looking for a light weight, great looking, professional guitar this is it. Gibson is the best.

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(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GOT GIBSON SG 1961 REISSUE

By OYI

from FREMONT CA.

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

AWESOME GUITAR.IF YOU WANT TO PLAY GOOD ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC THIS IS FOR YOU. IF YOUR A GUITAR COLLECTOR THIS SHOULD BE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE AXE.GREAT MODEL BY GIBSON, THE SOUND OF THIS GUITAR IS FULL,RICH AND HEAVY. THE NECK IS JUST INCREDIBLE/NICE ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD JUST THE RIGHT TEXTURE OF WOOD. THE PRICE IS NOT THAT BAD COMPARED TO GUITARS LIKE THE 59 LES PAUL REISSUE.THIS GUITAR IS A CLASSIC AND NICELY DONE BY GIBSON USA. BUY IT''

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(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By Hutch

from Southern CA

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I've owned and played a lot of guitars, starting with an original 50's Les Paul Jr (so sad I let it go - young and dumb), late 60's/early 70's Les Paul Custom, Yamaha SBG 2000, US Fender Strats, US Fender Telecasters ('51 re-issue and 40th Anniversary) and a Les Paul Classic. I currently have a 50th Anniversary Strat, Epi Les Paul (500/498 Pups), Takamine A/E and now the '61 Re-issue SG. THE SG IS THE BEST OF THEM ALL! Great sound and intonation throughout the register. Great access to the upper frets. After a small adjustment to the stop bar and bridge, and some Ernie Ball Super Slinkies, it plays like a dream. I play through a Marshall AVT 150 head with a 1936 2 speaker cab. The combination is perfect. Worth every penny!

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(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a value!

By wildelectric

from chicago, IL

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

What a spectacular guitar. There's a reason so many famous players have used this model, and it isn't for the looks alone. One piece body and neck, '57 reissue PAF pickups, terrific sustain, great clean and dirty sounds, light weight and not overly neck heavy, nice cherry stain. I gig my '05 model through a Fender Super Reverb and it can do anything within the limitations of the amp, it just covers so much ground sonically. My only regret about this thing is that I didn't pick one up sooner.

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(87 of 135 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bring's back the 60's...

By Noel Scott

from Quebec, Canada

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

Having had an original SG back in the 60's, which I sold in the 70's,(which I regret)I purchased the'61 reissue and fell in love with it again like the first time! She's a real performer and a favorite in my collection of guitars.

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(4 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best of Breed

By Andy-Wwqu_

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I have played a number of SG's over the years, but this is my favorite. I currently own three SG's - the '61 Reissue, an SG Supreme, and an Epi Korina "SG". The necks on all three are fast and fit like a glove. The '57 pickups on the Gibsons are, of course, far superior in sound to the EPI. The Supreme is nearly flawless in fit, finish and quality of construction. However, the Supreme's finish (fireburst) shows fingerprints and smudges very easily and it needs constant attention to keep it in show-room condition. The fit, finish, and construction quality of the '61 matches that of the Supreme, but for a for a lot less cash. Plus, the '61's finish doesn't smudge as easily. Before buying the '61, I had decided to get either a Special or Standard. I played all three and there is no comparison in terms of sound, construction, and the "feel" of the guitar. If you want an SG (and I recommend them highly), do yourself a favor and spring for the extra cost of the '61 - but pass on the additional cost of the Supreme.

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5.0

The Ultimate Guitar

By Lucas-mOVd4

from Charlottesville, VA

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I have recently purchased this guitar and this is pretty much the best guitar I have ever played. It is great to play AC/DC and you can play almost anything and it'll sound great. I couldn't wait to get it out of its case and play it all night long.

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(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

'61 re-issue almost

By Jakester-MGuvv

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I owned a real early sixties SG small pickguard when I was starting out and have missed it since I traded it away in 1971. This SG works as it should but is missing the little things. The nut has little chips all over it, the buffing of the body is missing in places and not complete in others, etc. Nitpicking? Sure. But this is a GIBSON, the real thing. I'd look hard at an Epiphone Elitist if I were to do it again. My ego doesn't need the logo that bad.

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