Gibson Custom ’61 Les Paul SG Standard – USA 2020

by Gibson

$5,995.00 21213

The Gibson SG is a rock icon. The Gibson Custom 1961 Les Paul SG Standard Reissue takes you back to the first model year of this legendary solid body electric guitar.

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".

From Gibson –

“The Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul SG Standard '61 features a pair of toneful humbuckers, a fast, comfortable SlimTaper neck, and a silky smooth Plek'd rosewood fingerboard. The lightweight, sleekly contoured mahogany body delivers great sustain and no pain, even if you play all night. And the vintage-spec nitro finish looks and feels great while enhancing the tone of this legendary rock machine.

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.

A 1960s SG has been the favourite of some of the most iconic guitarists ever...Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Robby Krieger, George Harrison, Dickey Betts, Gary Rossington, and Eric Clapton, to name a few. The SG's devilish points and curves, blistering humbucker tone and fast-playing neck help to make it one of the most coveted and revered 1960s Gibson models.

This Custom Shop ‘61 Reissue SG continues the legendary magic of the originals with all solid woods, historic hide-glue construction methods, the finest vintage replica parts and materials available and the instantly-recognizable, powerful tone of pure rock 'n roll.”

Gibson Custom paid just as much attention to this guitar's electronics as they did to its aesthetics. Every part of its internal signal path was designed to deliver dead-on 1961 SG tone. Of course, it's next to impossible to find genuine '50s PAFs (even for Gibson). Instead, the 1961 Les Paul SG Standard Reissue VOS sports a pair of Gibson's Custombucker Alnico III unpotted humbuckers. The Custombucker is the most historically accurate PAF copy ever.

Comfort and playability were two of Gibson's primary concerns when they were designing this 1961 Les Paul SG Standard Reissue VOS. This guitar's fast, 1960 SlimTaper neck profile fits comfortably in your hand. The rosewood fingerboard is buffed to silky smoothness and the frets are dressed to perfection using a Plek Pro machine for optimized playability. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard you're likely to own.

Gibson Custom's Vintage Original Sheen finish option comes standard on Custom Shop Reissue models. The finish package includes lightly aged parts that imparts an authentic vintage patina.

Comfortable, lightweight, iconic double-horned mahogany body

Fast mahogany SlimTaper neck with rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets

Plek'd frets for effortless playability

24.75" scale length

1.695"-wide nylon nut

Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit

Fingerboard Radius: 12"

Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid

Joint: Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit Number Of Frets: 22

Frets: Authentic Medium-Jumbo

Bridge and neck pickups: Custombucker Alnico III (unpotted)

2 volume and 2 tone controls, 3-way toggle pickup selector

CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers

Black Beauty Capacitors

ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Gibson Deluxe vintage style tuners

Vintage finish package with aged hardware

Weight: 6.4 lbs

This guitar was bought new by its one owner in 2020 and has never been out of the house. It presents in perfect as new condition with no changes, modifications or issues of any kind.

The finish on this one is a more translucent take of Gibson’s famed Vintage Cherry colour. It is slightly lighter than others we have seen, and the beautiful grain of the solid mahogany body shows through the finish with a subtle glow we have not seen on other SGs.

It is set up beautifully with a fast, low action and pretty much plays itself. It is light and resonant even without amplification. And that natural resonance just bursts into sonic bloom when you plug it in.

This Gibson Custom 1961 Les Paul SG Standard Reissue absolutely nails the original look, sound, and feel of the legendary '61 Les Paul SG Standard.

Comes in its Gibson Custom hard shell case with tags, warranty, and its Certificate of Authenticity.

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