SG Special

As part of its “Vintage Vault” series, Premier Guitar recently presented an in-depth look at a 1961 Gibson SG Special sporting a beautiful “TV Yellow” finish. As the author points out, the formerly dubbed Les Paul Special was renamed “SG” in late 1959, and then later, in 1961, was given a new slim shape and beveled contours.

“These comfortably rounded edges were especially important,” observes the author, “since they were positioned where a player’s arm would rest. The new double-cutaway body left easy access to all 22 frets.”

The “Vintage Vault” SG’s TV Yellow finish was a standard feature for the model prior to the redesigned thin body shape. “The color was replaced later [in 1961] by an opaque creamy white,” states the profile. “The 1961 list price was $210. The current value for one in excellent all-original condition is $7,500.  Artists known for using Gibson SG Specials for recordings and live work are Carlos Santana, Robby Krieger from the Doors, and Pete Townshend from the Who.”

To read the full article, click here. And be sure to check out the Gibson SG Special 2017 Traditional model as well.