In 1961, the Gibson 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 himself did not actually like it and he 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 late 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.
The original 61 – 63 Les Paul Custom SGs with 3 pickups are ridiculously rare and command high vintage prices. But this one is a faithful VOS (Vintage Original Spec) recreation of the very first Gibson SG.
Mahogany body and neck
Nitrocellulose finish in Classic White
3 Gibson Classic ’57 humbuckers
Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola
1.695″ nut width
Grover Kluson-style tuning keys with vintage style “green” tulip buttons
2 volume, 2 tone control, 3-way pickup switch
Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and split diamond headstock inlay
Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
Antique cream fingerboard binding
Original hardshell case included
This guitar is 100% original and in near new condition, with only very slight wear to the frets and body. It was played sparingly by its one owner and has spent most of its life in the case.
This one is loud unplugged, and is extremely resonant. There can be quite a variation in the feel and sound of SGs, but this one is obviously a winner. The neck is very fast and comfortable to play, with excellent pickups and unparalleled access to the uppermost frets.
Comes with original Gibson hard shell case in excellent condition.