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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Gibson USA Angus Young SG is constructed from one piece of solid, quarter-sawn mahogany.
The neck on the Gibson USA Angus Young SG is carved to Angus’s own requirements and models the super-slim, yet extremely comfortable profile of his own original ’68 SG Standard. It measures 0.775” thick at the 1st fret, and 0.850” thick at the 12th.
Like the original SG Standard, the neck of the Gibson USA Angus Young SG is attached at a 4-degree angle.
The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested technique has been used for millennia in all the great woodworking arts – from shipbuilding to cabinetry – to create one solid wood unit from two separate sections, and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the instrument was made from a single piece of wood.
The Gibson USA Angus Young SG headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Gibson’s traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The Gibson logo – one of the most globally recognized logos of all time – is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of the headstock face of the Gibson USA Angus Young SG, and is paired with Gibson’s distinctive crown inlay in the center of the headstock.
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
WWhen fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Gibson USA Angus Young SG is equipped with a rosewood fingerboard. Rosewood has a warm, rich, responsive tone that has clear and tight bass projection without overshadowing sparkling midrange or trebles. This fingerboard caries a single-ply, vintage-white plastic binding.
The Gibson USA Angus Young SG sports 22 medium-jumbo frets.
Rosewood has a warm, rich, responsive tone that has clear and tight bass projection without overshadowing sparkling midrange or trebles.
The Gibson USA Angus Young SG fingerboard has the 12” radius that is preferred by the vast majority of rock players. It provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
The Gibson USA Angus Young SG fingerboard carries acrylic “lightning bolt” position-marker inlays, as a custom appointment requested by Angus himself.
The nut on the Gibson USA Angus Young SG is made from Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. This popular synthetic alternative to bone offers a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made in the slotting process. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson’s PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle and string spacing.
The width of the nut on the Gibson USA Angus Young SG is approximately 1.550” to reflect the width of the nut on Angus’s original ’68 SG Standard, which he has always preferred for its comfort and slimness.