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The body of each SG Standard is crafted from solid mahogany, one of the best-loved tonewoods in the history of the electric guitar. Mahogany not only offers classic resonant characteristics, but also yields a lighter instrument than many other wood combinations. Body Species
Tonal Characteristics
Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good midrange presence.  
The SG Standard follows the classic lines of the SG of the early and mid- 1960s. It has a beveled body edge for increased comfort, and slightly asymmetrical dual horns on its double-cutaway body, that not only look distinctive but also provide outstanding access to the upper frets. Body Design
Average Weight
The average weight of a raw SG Standard body is 4.03 lbs, which is in the normal range for a Gibson SG-style guitar. Weight
Available Finishes
The SG Standard is finished your choice of Heritage Cherry or Ebony Black. Heritage Cherry Ebony
Surface Texture
A hand-buffed, high-gloss finish with 90-sheen lacquer gives the SG Standard a high-quality appearance in keeping with its heritage.
The SG Standard is hand-finished in nitrocellulose lacquer in a process that is carefully monitored to ensure minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance. The final coat is hand buffed to a high-sheen gloss. Unlike many other manufacturers, who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time.