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So recently i was browsing Gibson and discovered this intriguing yet somewhat disturbing SG.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SG-50s-Tribute.aspx

50's Sg what a strange concept considering Sg's came around in '61 if i remember right.

"Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute SGs, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great SG equipped with components from one of four different eras."

Okay so Gibson celebrates Les Paul by making a guitar that he disliked so much he actually had his name removed from it?

"The SG ’50s Tribute represents the look, feel, and tone of the set-neck, double-cutaway solidbody as it would have appeared equipped with features of the 1950s"

Ahh Gibson why? Why?
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I remember reading that Les Paul didn't want his name on the SG. Seems odd that they would do that, as if no one knows that. Still, guitar politics are dumb, so I really don't care about something so trivial.
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That is strange.

Doesn't really mean anything but it's odd.
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I remember reading that Les Paul didn't want his name on the SG. Seems odd that they would do that, as if no one knows that. Still, guitar politics are dumb, so I really don't care about something so trivial.


I remember there being some interview with him years after in which he explains why his name was taken off. The early prototypes he didn't like because they had a number of issues that he didn't like. He said that you could change the key of the guitar just by pulling on the neck and to fix those issues before putting his name on it. In the same interview he states that it was a mistake to tell them that since it sells so well.

Lets also not forget that he was about to divorce Mary Ford at that time... so do you think it would be good for him to sign some sort of contract to have his name on it at that time? Especially when she would get part of it. He did not like giving her money at all...
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First year of the SG was 1961. I should know, I have one
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Well, if you'd look around most shopping sites, Gibson's 2013 models are up (didn't see a thread about it). There are a lot of new SG's and Les Pauls up, the lowet priced being around 700 bucks IIRC. That said, a lot of new models do seem wierd. I think they're doing something they called a ''Future Tribute''. Still, wierd to see no new Explorers, Flying v's or Firebirds.
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i think it's pretty silly to call that guitar a "50s tribute", but it's only a name.
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Quote by XgamerGt04
I remember there being some interview with him years after in which he explains why his name was taken off. The early prototypes he didn't like because they had a number of issues that he didn't like. He said that you could change the key of the guitar just by pulling on the neck and to fix those issues before putting his name on it. In the same interview he states that it was a mistake to tell them that since it sells so well.

Lets also not forget that he was about to divorce Mary Ford at that time... so do you think it would be good for him to sign some sort of contract to have his name on it at that time? Especially when she would get part of it. He did not like giving her money at all...


I think he said that more jokingly, in regards to him putting his name on it, but i do remeber seeing that in an interview too.

Also a while ago I was watching Pawnstars and someone brought in an SG-Les Paul that Mary Ford had owned. They estimated that some work on it had actually been done by Les himself.
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I don't see why they couldn't call it the SG studio or something.
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It says it comes with the features it would have if it had been released in the '50's...including robot tuners, apparently...
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A silly name but probably not a bad guitar. It's not as outlandish as Gibson's other recent efforts. Besides, Fender have been doing this sort of thing for years (see: Pawn Shop series)
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The guitar looks nice but the whole "what-if" thing is kind of ridiculous, slap on an "SG" truss rod cover and I can dig it.
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(prepared for a hell of alot of hate) i actually kinda like it
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I like the look of the tuners

What's in a name anyway? It's a cool looking SG.
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Am I the only one that can`t see the back of the headstock when I`m tuning my guitar, sounds inconvenient.
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The SG was supposed to replace the Les Paul guitar it wasn't going to be an addition to the catalog it was going to completely replace the Les Paul. Of course Les Paul did not approve of this, he wasn't too keen on the double cut of the guitar and refused to have his name licensed on it. So they called it an SG, which I think stands for Solid Guitar or Solid body Guitar. Technically it was a Les Paul and would have been but thankfully Les Paul didn't want his name on it so instead of scrapping the single cut Les Paul we now have two awesome different guitars. I like that guitar except for the the headstock tuner crap I could do without that but I mean 24 frets and P90 pickups probably just screams.
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The SG was supposed to replace the Les Paul guitar it wasn't going to be an addition to the catalog it was going to completely replace the Les Paul. Of course Les Paul did not approve of this, he wasn't too keen on the double cut of the guitar and refused to have his name licensed on it. So they called it an SG, which I think stands for Solid Guitar or Solid body Guitar. Technically it was a Les Paul and would have been but thankfully Les Paul didn't want his name on it so instead of scrapping the single cut Les Paul we now have two awesome different guitars. I like that guitar except for the the headstock tuner crap I could do without that but I mean 24 frets and P90 pickups probably just screams.


He had more issue with how they set the neck in. He thought the guitar would break easy.
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I personally think SGs look kind of plain without a pickguard.
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They've had great success with the Tribute line of LPs, why not expand the line to the other body shapes?

Though the SGJ and 70s Tribute SGs are what've caught my eye.
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#29
The hunt for the elusive '59 SG continues.........


But in all seriousness I kinda dig the model, though the fretboards are wayyyy too dark to be rosewood. And it for sure shouldnt be called a 50's tribute SG. But an intresting model either way
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There is a severe lack of Explorer love.


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24 fret P90 Explorer.....?


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And far too much Flying V love...

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What? WHO SAID THAT? PITCHFORKS ETC. RAAARRWW
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or...... hear me out here....


An Explorer BFG.
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Gibson was all, "well we got these extra parts so what can we do?"

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An Explorer BFG.

How about a 58 Flying V that isn't a custom shop? (ie. people can afford)
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There's also a severe lack of Firebird love.

dafuq, Gibson.
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Who wants a V?

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I do as a matter of fact.
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