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SG Special 2015
Powerful tones with two full octaves
$1,079
Featuring theGibsonTuning System
A full two octave reach from the new 24 fret neck on Gibson's best value SG.
Gibson G FORCE™ Building on eight years of continuous development, G FORCE extends the innovations introduced in Min-ETune by including new firmware that greatly improves ease of use. Combined with increased speed and accuracy, G FORCE provides the best and simplest user experience yet in an automatic tuning system. Zero Fret Adjustable Nut (patent applied for) The patent applied for Zero Fret Adjustable Nut increases sustain, promotes accurate intonation, and improves action by offering a wide, range of nut adjustments. Slide guitarists can raise and lower action easily. Wider Neck and Fingerboard A wider neck and fingerboard increase playing comfort for hammer-ons, pull-offs, and bends, yet the same string spacing retains a familiar, consistent feel. Comprehensive Wood Selection Gibson USA matches the rarest and finest woods to every guitar based on the quality of the match, consistency of the figure, intensity of the figure, clarity, and wave. Thicker Rosewood Fingerboard The increased mass of a thicker, one-piece rosewood fingerboard extends sustain. Pearl Inlays Genuine pearl inlays enhance the guitar's appearance and increase its value. Smoother Sanded, Buffed and Oiled Fingerboard A new, unique oil-treated buffing process upgrades the fingerboard to a silkier feel. Comprehensive Setup A new comprehensive setup and PLEK program combined with a lower fret height on every Gibson USA 2015 Model Year guitar provides a silky smooth feel, accurate intonation, and easy bending. Improved Output Jack The re-designed jack houses a more secure, multipoint connection for better signal transfer and holds cables more firmly in place. Heavier Gauge Wire All Gibson USA guitars now use thicker, stranded wire that provides more surface area for making strong internal connections. Les Paul's 100th Anniversary Gibson is proud to honor the creative genius who not only invented the most iconic guitar ever, but pioneered home and multitrack recording for all musicians. Gibson USA is dedicated to continuing his legacy of innovation. Les Paul Hologram This unique hologram verifies the authenticity of the 2015 Model Year guitars, while paying tribute to the man whose is synonymous with the most coveted guitar in the world. New and Improved Hardshell Case The new and improved hardshell case for 2015 upgrades the look and strength. Made to withstand an up to 15-foot drop (up to four times more resistant to drops than other cases), the tough, ergonomic, molded exterior and cushioned interior provide maximum protection as well as insulation from temperature and humidity extremes.
 
Body
Body
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: multi matched
Grade: medium
Binding: None
Weight
Average Weight (body only): 1.86 kg / 4.1 lbs
 
Materials Used
Glue: Franklin Titebond 50
 
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: A Solid mahogany body has the most sustain
 
Body Contour
Carve: Flat
Wood Selection Scale
Body Grade:
Body Contour
Neck
Neck
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
 
Details
Truss Rod: SG
Profile: Slim Taper™
Thickness at Fret 1: 20.32 mm / .800"
Thickness at Fret 12: 22.225 mm / .875"
Other Materials: Franklin Titebond 50
Average Weight: 544.31 gm / 1.2 lbs
 
Peg Head
Type: SP1–B
Inlay: Silkscreen
Peg Head Binding: None
Silkscreen: Gold "Les Paul 100"
Headstock Angle: 17 degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The mahogany slim taper neck provides a sleek platform for fast playing and the mahogany adds a rich tonal quality
 
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 3.5 degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec
Type: Mortise and Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge, Alignment Gauge
Nut
Style: Zero Fret Nut
Material: Cryogenically treated Brass
Width: 4.5993 cm / 1.795"
Slots: E: 1.4732 mm / 0.058 inches
A: 1.2192 mm / 0.048 inches
D: 0.9652 mm / 0.038 inches
G: 0.7112 mm / 0.028 inches
B: 0.4826 mm / 0.019 inches

e: 0.3556 mm / 0.014 inches
 
Fingerboard
Wood Species: Rosewood
Pieces: 1
Shade: light
 
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.48 cm / 12"
Frets: 24
Nut/End of Board: 4.5993 cm / 1.795" @ nut, 6.04 cm / 2.380" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: Cream
Side Dots (Color): Black
 
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Dot
Material: Mother of Pearl
Dimensions: 6.32 mm / .249"
Average Weight: 117.93 gm / 4.16 oz
Wood Selection Scale
Fingerboard:
Neck Profile
Finishes
Translucent Ebony
Color Code: BL
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: Natural
Sealer: 1–1.5 mils
Top: Ebony #410–B5V–5267
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7–8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides and Nut
Heritage Cherry
Color Code: HC
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: Walnut
Sealer: 1–1.5 mils
Top: Faded Cherry #508–D5V–1169
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7–8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides and Nut
Fireburst
Color Code: FI
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: Walnut
Sealer: 1–1.5 mils
Top: Sunburst Yellow #508–Y5V–1167, Cherry #508–D5V–1169, Ebony #410–B5V–5267, and VS #508–1185D H5PRS
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7–8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides and Nut
Electronics
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: 61 Zebra 61 Zebra
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5261/5000 5261/5000
Material of Wire (gauge): 42E 42E
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 mm / 2.61" x 0.68" 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 mm / 2.61" x 0.68"
Coil Material: ABS black and cream ABS black and cream
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 49.21 cm / 19.375" 59.52998 cm / 23.437 inches
Slug Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 4.7498 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187 x 0.489" 4.7498 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187 x 0.489"
Magnet Material: Alnico V Alnico V
Magnet Position from Nut: 50.16 cm / 19.75" 58.7375cm / 23.125"
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5" 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5"
Polarities: Screw side is the south pole of magnet Screw side is the south pole of magnet
Cover:
Qfactor: 5.39 5.39
ResistanceDC: 7.74k ohms 7.74k ohms
Resonant Frequency: 2806 Hz 2806 Hz
Tonal & Resonant Advancements: Classic humbucker tone with matched bobbin windings for vintage humbucker tone with enhanced highs.
Control Pocket Assembly Lead Volume Rhythm Volume
Type: 500K Non–Linear 500K Non–Linear
Peak Voltage: 500V 500V
Range: 0–500K 0–500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: +/– 20% +/– 20%
Minimum Resistance: 200 ohms 200 ohms
 
  Lead Tone Rhythm Tone
Type: 500K Non–Linear 500K Non–Linear
Peak Voltage: 500V 500V
Range: 0–500K 0–500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: +/– 20% +/– 20%
Minimum Resistance: 200 ohms 200 ohms
 
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm
  .022 uF .022 uF
Hardware
Tuning Keys
Style: G FORCE
Material: Zamak
Weight: 31.1845 gm / 1.1oz
 
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 40:1
Gear Type: Synchronized spur gear system
What is allowable turn: +/– 2 degrees
Plating specs: Nickel
Part numbers: 430–14299B / 430–14299T
 
String Dimensions
E: 1.1684mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4064mm / 0.016"
B: 0.2794mm / 0.011"
e: 0.2286mm / 0.009"
 
Bridge
Style: Tune–o–matic
Material: Zamak base
Plating Specs: Satin Nickel
Part number: 430–10418SN
Weight: 72.5748 gm / 2.56 oz
 
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 1.4732mm / 0.058"
A: 1.2192mm / 0.048"
D: 0.9652mm / 0.038"
G: 0.7112mm / 0.028"
B: 0.4826mm / 0.019''
e: 0.3556mm / 0.014"
 
Tailpiece
Style: Stop Bar
Compensated: No
Material: Zamak
Plating Specs: Satin Nickel
Part number: 430–10416SN
Weight: 82.21 g / 2.9 oz
 
Output Jack
Style: 1/4" mono
 
Strap Buttons
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 430–19160 / 430–19160E
Weight: 4.0 gm / 0.14 oz
Plastics
Truss Rod Cover
Style: black bell hot stamp white "Special"
Part Number: 430–19423
 
Knobs
Style: Black top hat
Part Number: 430–19669
 
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: No
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: Stainless steel infused polycarbonate for Electrostatic Discharge Protection
Part Number: 380–12210
 
Switch Washer
Style: dark cream hot stamp black
Part Number: 430–19281
 
Trim Rings
Style: Humbucker Dark Cream
Part Number: Low 430–13895/ High 430–13896
Accessories
Case
Style: Hard Shell
Color: Gold Molded
 
Strap Locks: No
Tools: Truss Rod Wrench, .050" Allen wrench, G FORCE Charging Adapter
 
Manual: Gibson USA Owner's and G FORCE QUICK START
COA/Other: None
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