#1
What features of the SG caused Les Paul to not want his name on the Guitar?
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#2
All of them I think. :p I love the sound of the SG but I could never play one. They feel horrible.
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All of them I think. :p I love the sound of the SG but I could never play one. They feel horrible.



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although they do feel really different its understandable that he wouldnt like it
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#4
I think there were a lot of reasons, one I heard was that he didn't like the pointed 'horns'.

But one reason I heard is that he was about to divorce his wife and it had something to do with assets and money being made from selling guitars with his name on him (obviously I'm no lawyer but I vaguely remember reading something along those lines).
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I think there were a lot of reasons, one I heard was that he didn't like the pointed 'horns'.

But one reason I heard is that he was about to divorce his wife and it had something to do with assets and money being made from selling guitars with his name on him (obviously I'm no lawyer but I vaguely remember reading something along those lines).


Hmm, that's an interesting theory, I've never heard that one before.
It makes sense though, I mean the LP and the SG are as different as night and day, and for someone to be so closely associated with the Les Paul (such as, well, Les Paul), the difference for him would be so huge that I could definitely see him not liking them at all. Also it seems to me like SG's would be a little bright for jazz.

I own one of each and I have to say I prefer the SG. Love the Les Paul too though, they're both great for what they do!
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Quote by Weybl Himself
I think there were a lot of reasons, one I heard was that he didn't like the pointed 'horns'.

But one reason I heard is that he was about to divorce his wife and it had something to do with assets and money being made from selling guitars with his name on him (obviously I'm no lawyer but I vaguely remember reading something along those lines).



i actually recall reading this too, i think it was on the gibson wikipedia page.
#7
As far as I remember from reading about this he said that the horns were too pointy - you could kill yourself on them - and that there wasn't enough wood in the neck joint.
#8
Probably because when he stood up to play it and reached for a beer, the damn headstock hit the floor.
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#9
I've read it was because he didn't like the design of the SG, with all of the pointed horns and the smaller body. Also the SG was designed without Les Paul's consent, IIRC, and they put it into production with Les Paul's name on it without his consent, so as soon as he knew about it he demanded they remove his name, so they renamed it SG for solid guitar.

Not completely sure if thats the reason, I remember readig it somewhere though.
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Probably because when he stood up to play it and reached for a beer, the damn headstock hit the floor.

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The SG was designed without Les Paul's consent, IIRC, and they put it into production with Les Paul's name on it without his consent, so as soon as he knew about it he demanded they remove his name, so they renamed it SG for solid guitar.

Not completely sure if thats the reason, I remember reading it somewhere though.


I was about to post the same thing.
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But one reason I heard is that he was about to divorce his wife and it had something to do with assets and money being made from selling guitars with his name on him (obviously I'm no lawyer but I vaguely remember reading something along those lines).

This is the correct answer. He was married to Mary Ford, and knew he was going to get a divorce. So when the new Les Paul model came out in '61, he had Gibson take his name off of it. He divorced Mary Ford in '62, and when she re-married (thus eliminating alimony) the production of "Les Paul" models resumed.

Rumor has it Gibson paid him royalties on the SG under the table in the mid-60's.
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#13
I read the thing about the horns being able to kill someone and there not being enough wood there, but the beer thing makes a shit load of sense.
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#14
The funny thing is that the SG original name was Les Paul.
SG is a quite stupid name actually. Solid Guitar? Oh please...
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