Guitar Review: Gibson SG Standard with Coil Taps


This week’s review brings me to the new Gibson SG Standard with Coil Taps. The SG Standard has a slim lightweight mahogany body with the unmistakable twin cutaways. Now with this new SG, Gibson claims it to have the fastest neck in the business. That is a bold statement given its competition.

The SG standard has the 50’s rounded neck profile which is a staple of all the Gibson models. The new standard of necks on Gibson models are made by hand. This means no two necks are the same, they all have slightly different subtleties to them. This can be great or bad depending on your taste, do you prefer consistency or do you prefer a unique experience with every guitar you try. Like all classic Gibson guitars the necks on the SG’s are distinguished by a glued neck joint. Gluing the neck to the body ensures a wood to wood contact, no air space in the neck cavity allowing the neck and the body to function as one single unit. The result is better tone and better sustain as well as no misaligned necks.

The SG’s body is a 24-3/4” scale with a satin ebony lacquered finish. This finish giving it a beautiful presence along with classic tone and sustain. The SG neck is a set joint made of mahogany with a 50’s profile. The SG comes standard with a corian nut (nut width 1.695” + .050”) giving this guitar supreme string tension. The SG also has an adjustable truss rod for fine tuning you desired angle.

The fretboard is made of hand picked rosewood that has a 12” radius. The frets are custom made of nickel and silver alloy numbering 22. The SG’s hardware has a chrome finish complimenting the subtle color tones of this model. The SG comes standard with the Tune-O-Matic bridge and keystone tuners. The SG has two custom designed burstbuster pickups, one in the neck and one in the bridge position. The SG has two volume knobs, two tone knobs, one of them being a coil tab switch as well as a 3-way toggle switch. This model also comes with a Gibson hard-shell case with a silkscreened logo.

My over all opinion on this guitar is mixed. I have always thought that the SG models were to top heavy, meaning that the guitar will fall forward dropping the neck towards the floor when not holding on to it. This has always bugged me about them; however it is hard not to love this model being that this is the first SG model that has the coil tap ability. This is a huge plus that you can now get that classic SG tone with the ability to now get single coil tones out of it. YAY! I have always loved AC/DC guitarist Angus Young’s tone, it is legendary but till now if you wanted similar tones as well as have that strat sound you needed two guitars. But now Gibson has finally joined the coil tap era on the SG model.

With the new SG model I have found a whole new appreciation for these guitars. Although I am a fan of this guitar I am not a fan of the price tag, but I guess that’s the price you pay for this iconic guitar. So if you are a fan of the SG, check it out. It’s definitely worth considering. My only real complaint is the neck is still a bit too thick for my taste; I don’t have meaty hands so in turn this neck is not fast for me, other then that it is a well rounded guitar with lighter weight and a better feel then previous models. I give it a thumbs up. Check it out and let me know what you think? I am always curious about SG players and what draws them to it. Till next time, keep shredding.

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