Hi! I´m really glad to see that most of you liked my previews article, and I'd like to thank you all for the nice comments you posted, so let´s get started.
As you requested, this article is about the prestigious guitar known as the SG. All right, we all know what a SG looks like, but do we know what does SG mean? If you don´t I´ll tell you, it means: Solid Guitar.
The SG was firstly built as Gibson´s response to the low quantity of guitars that was being sold, yeah, that´s strange, many of you might be thinking but, what was going on that nobody wanted a les paul guitar." Well you´ve got to remember that when the SG was firstly sold, it was around 1961!, at that times, most guitar players were looking for a different sound from what was offered by a Les Paul, or an ES-335. Maybe Stratocasters or so, well, I think that´s enough history for now, let´s get started.
Gibson Gibson Gibson, everyone loves Gibson for what it did to guitar players like Slash, Jimmy Page, and bla bla bla, but if there´s one guitar player that couldn´t be taken away from his beloved SG, it is Angus Young (Ac/Dc), (I know there are many more but don´t go angry, at the end of this article there is a short list of guitar players that used this model. I know there are much more, but then the article would be named SG users).
Let´s describe shortly this beautiful guitar:
The solid guitar´s body is generally made of rosewood (but it could also be made from solid mahogany and so on), which features two-horned cuts (believe it or not, Mr Young firstly bought his SG because he though that these cuts looked like horns, and found them were very much appealing to his style), 22 frets, two humbucker pickups, two volume controllers, and two tone controllers too, the hardware is very similar to the one in Les Pauls and the bridge is nowadays a tune-o-matic solid bridge, but in its beginnings, the SG had a pretty useful artifact attached to its body: a very big vibrato unit, (many guitars that are not precisely Stratocasters have a tremolo unit, this ones are harder to use, and don´t have as much mobility as the standard tremolo or a floyd rose that you can find in Fenders, Ibanez, Jacksons, etc., but hey! There are other advantages!) Later on, this unit was upgraded and today you can still find lots of Sgs and Les Pauls that have that tremolo. The traditional 3-way switch is located close to the volume and tones regulators, another difference with the les paul, and speaking of differences, the plug-in input is also found near hardware regulators, and not under the guitar as in the other models.
I know you might be anxious to read some kind of pros n cons about this guitar, sadly, I won´t do that, I think that you are old enough to consider what´s a Pro and what´s a CON, and what could be considered as a disadvantage for me could be the reason for you to buy this guitar!, so as always my suggestion is the same, go and try it!, there is no best guitar, as there is no best guitar player, everything depends on what you like, what I will tell you is more or less what you can find in this guitars:
Have you ever listened to Highway To Hell? Yes! Then have you ever tried to play it? If you don´t own an appropriate guitar for this, you might have noticed that the note kindda spreads out when playing a whole chord with distortion! Well, if you owned a SG, this wouln´t be happening so easily, that´s because this guitars have a more compact sound, which is very useful when playing with a crounchy dist. If you like hard rock with a bit of distortion, but not so heavy that you can´t hear it, maybe you should try SGs, Tommy Iommy from Black Sabbath also liked distortion and compressed riffs, so he choose an SG, what would you like?
The double cutaway provides easy reaching to the upper frets, if you have ever tried to reach 21 or 21 frets in a Les Paul, you may have noticed that it is really uncomfortable, well, the SGs neck is still not as comfortable as those in stratos or superstratos, but at least it wont make your fingers ache after a long session of high speed soloing. Relating to switching pick ups positions, you can notice that the fact that the switch is close to your hand, makes it easy to operate it, which I think is an advantage.
Well, that's all for now, I hope you will forgive my numerous grammar mistakes (please have in mind that I am from Argentina), as I did with the Telecaster, I will strongly recommend this guitar, there are many manufacturers, between we can distinguish Fender (yes, I´ve seen and played with a squire SG). Fernandes, and of course Gibson, this last one is the most appropriate for professional guitars of this type in my opinion, but you never know what you can find out there, for those who have chosen an SG, congratulations, you own a very good guitar, for those who have not, congratulations! I´m sure you play that guitar because you like its sound, and that something really good in a guitar player, would you like to read a list with guitar players who have chosen SGs. Here it comes (please note that many of them as Adrian Smith, have used many types of guitars):
Please! Visit this website if you would like to see some nice SG): Everythingsg.com (this is a great site, you have a lot of things to read in order to get more info about this guitar)
And of course official site: gibson.com
PS: please stay tuned because right now I´m working in an article about the strangest guitars and believe me, this guitars are weird