The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 as a complete replacement for the Les Paul. The new design was thought to be a more modern solid body guitar, with sleek bevelled edges and two sharp cutaways. Starting in 1985, Gibson began to reissue the original SG from the era when it was still referred to the Les Paul. This model is mostly distinguished by its use of the original smaller pickguard, input jack on the top of the guitar, and a slightly different neck joint than later versions.
The SG Standard '61 guitar captures the essence of the groundbreaking SG of 1961 with the sonic characteristics that made this model a legend. With white fingerboard binding on a solid rosewood fingerboard and traditional trapezoid inlays on the SlimTaper profile neck, it's as comfortable to play as it is easy to look at. The powerful, expressive tone is driven by a pair of Gibson's 57 Classic humbuckers that are faithful recreations of the popular late-era PAF pickups.
- Nitro-finished solid mahogany body
- 24.75" scale mahogany neck with 22-fret, 12" radius rosewood fingerboard
- Dual Gibson humbuckers, 3-way pickups selector
- Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, vintage-style tuners
- Body shape: Double cutaway
- Body type: Solid body
- Body wood: Mahogany
- Body finish: Gloss
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: SlimTaper
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Joint: Set-in
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Truss rod: Standard
- Neck finish: Gloss
- Material: Rosewood
- Radius: 12”
- Fret size: Medium jumbo
- Number of frets: 22
- Inlays: Trapezoid
- Nut width/material 1.69” (43 mm) Tektoid
- Configuration: HH
- Neck: 57 Classic
- Bridge: 57 Classic Plus
- Brand: Gibson
- Active or passive pickups: Passive
- Series or parallel: Parallel
- Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
- Pickup switch: 3-way
- Coil tap or split: No
- Bridge type: Fixed
- Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
- Tailpiece: Stopbar
- Tuning machines: Gibson Deluxe Vintage-style
- Colour: Nickel
Weight is 6.8 lbs
This Gibson SG ’61 Reissue is based on the physical specs of that year. But there are actually some technical differences – the stop tailpiece was not apparently used in that year, and the neck joint tenon size is improved compared to the original. That’s a good thing! It dates to June 1999 and was built at the Gibson Nashville plant.
These pre 2000 ’61 SG Reissues are becoming harder to find and very desirable. They represent a particularly “good wood“ period for Gibson with workmanship of the highest quality to match. This 22 year old would compete easily with an equivalent Custom Shop model today.
This guitar was bought new by its one owner in 1999, and looked after very well. It is light, super comfortable, responsive, resonant, and plays cleanly up and down the neck.
This Gibson SG ’61 Reissue in Heritage Cherry is in great shape, with no structural issues and only a few small marks and some light pick swirling evident. Frets are 95%. The finish is developing a deep glow and natural patina which looks great.
Comes in its Gibson hard case with inner shroud in good condition.
Video demo of same model – Part 1 - https://youtu.be/zhDd_cnXsJY
Part 2 - https://youtu.be/6zzdNcvlY_Y