Gibson SG Standard Review

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Gibson SG Standard

“Hi! I'm Vinny The Guitarman, I've been playing and...”

Written on: 23/06/2005 by Vinnyguitarman (7 reviews written)

Good Points
Light weight guitar with excellent 490 and 498 humbuckers ..moderately priced for a Gibson. Fabulous for recording , bright and sharp.

Bad Points
A little cumbersome for players with large hands and fingers.

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Hi! I'm Vinny The Guitarman, I've been playing and performing for over 30 years and love to share my thoughts and experiences of the Gibson SG Standard. The SG is a powerful little guitar. Moderately priced for a Gibson and light in weight for those long gigs ...this guitar is a true winner. I find that it has a bright sharp sound and that is easy to control on stage. In the studio the guitar records better than the Les Paul ...which sound I do like better but is a killer to get right when recording, the SG is easier to get right. My only knock is that it is a small guitar with a narrow neck, for me very narrow (I'm a large person with big hands) I find that the neck is a little cramped and I have trouble sometimes with stretching strings ...still getting used to that. All in all a great Gibson for the money. I recommend it highly.

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225609_Raziel2356's Response to Vinnyguitarman's Review

Written on: 17/01/2006

Hey Vinny, my name is Casey and I just purchased a Gibson SG special. I love it but I was wondering if you could give me some recommendations on what kind of strings I should use or if I should change out the humbuckers? Your input is great appreciated.

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Edotoole's Response to Vinnyguitarman's Review

Written on: 03/07/2008

I found this review helpful because he is a great guy who knows what he's talking about.

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Vinnyguitarman's Response to Vinnyguitarman's Review

Written on: 01/07/2008

Ed , thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I am not familiar with West London , I live in NYC. I saw your Youtube video .That is certainly a unique looking SG ( looks like an SG special with ceramic humbuckers), nice playing too!
<br/> New strings and the right set up is key , look at local music shop reviews online to get a good Luthier. Please let me know if I could be of anymore help. VGM

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Edotoole's Response to Vinnyguitarman's Review

Written on: 25/06/2008

Hello,
<br/>I too found your comments very helpful.
<br/>Do you know anywhere in West London where getting one set up isn't too expensive but, at the same time, good value?
<br/>How much should this service cost?
<br/>I put a short video called The Lost Gibson on youtube
<br/>www.youtube.com/edotoole
<br/>about an old one that had been neglected for years. It plays but getting it right would be ideal. Thanks again.
<br/>Ed O'Toole

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Vinnyguitarman's Response to Vinnyguitarman's Review

Written on: 15/02/2006

hey Casey ! Nice choice ! I use ErnieBall Super Slinky strings. For the SG I find the gauge starting with 9 on the high E string is best ( 9,11,16,24,32,42). I have large hands and need a heavier string gauge , but friends of mine with smaller hands and fingers also use 8's ( 8 ,10 ,15,22,30,38 ). This guitar is "hot" !! The Alnico v 490 and 498s are super ...keep in mind that these are the same pickups that are on the Les Paul Supreme,unbelievable but true. Dont change them , focus on getting the right sound out of a good amp. Also , make sure the pick up height is correct . If you're a new comer you may want to invest on getting a professional set up.Enjoy !!

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