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A Powerful SG Dressed Down and Fired Up! SG Special Humbucker
SG Special Humbucker
The SG Special was born in 1961 as a rough ’n’ ready alternative to the flagship model, the Standard, and has been a favorite of countless rock, blues, punk and fusion players ever since. To celebrate this Presidents Day, Guitar Center has commissioned a unique SG Special from Gibson USA—a guitar that includes all the features that made its predecessor legendary, with upgrades in the power department to slam the tone home for the 21st century. The Presidents Day SG Special with Humbuckers is built with the no-nonsense, stripped-down ethos that makes this guitar accessible to the modest gear budget, but is equipped with two of Gibson USA’s most popular hum-canceling pickups, and dressed in two great new nitrocellulose satin finishes: Dark Cherry and Dark Walnut. The result is a gently aged and played-in feel in a guitar that’s powerful enough to take you wherever you want to go, all at an unbeatable price, and only from Guitar Center.

Just like the classic vintage SGs of the ’60s, the Presidents Day SG Special with Humbuckers from Guitar Center has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical “double-horned” double-cutaway design. A light and supremely resonant wood, mahogany gives this guitar outstanding tonal richness and depth, with plenty of clarity and sustain, resulting in a tone that’s suitable for a wide range of musical styles. The SG’s beveled body edge works in conjunction with the mahogany’s light weight to create a guitar that’s easy on the strap, and extremely comfortable to play. The SG Special with Humbuckers’s quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a slim but rounded profile that feels superb in the hand. It is glued into the body with Gibson’s acclaimed deep set-neck joint, and topped with a baked maple fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets. A lack of fingerboard binding and the simple acrylic dot markers visually tie the guitar to its roots, as does a large, four-point, late ’60s-style pickguard.

To fire up the Presidents Day SG Special with Humbuckers for maximum tone, Gibson USA replaces the SG Special’s original single-coil pickups with a pair of its most popular humbucking pickups. The 490R in the neck position is made with an Alnico II magnet and wound to vintage specs for plenty of warm vocal tones with impressive clarity. The 490T in the bridge position also uses an Alnico II magnet and yields vintage-voiced crunch and bite, while still being capable of wailing lead tones and singing sustain through a high-gain amp or overdrive pedal. Sticking with the stripped-down Special esthetics, the guitar has a unique control complement of an independent volume control for each pickup, with master tone control and three-way toggle switch. Your tone is anchored by a timeless “wraparound” bridge, known for its solidity, resonance and sustain, characteristics that are further enhanced by a PLEK-cut Corian nut. A set of vintage-look TonePros™ tuners with pearloid tulip buttons tops it all off. Wrap it up, and it’s a supremely toneful package of stripped-down SG goodness, only from Guitar Center this Presidents Day.

Each guitar includes a Gibson gigbag and owner’s manual, and is covered by Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
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Pricing & Finish Options
  • Dark Cherry
  • Dark Walnut
Product Features
  • Genuine Mahogany body available in two nitro finishes
  • Mahogany neck availble with slim, rounded neck profile
  • Baked Maple fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
  • Powerful 490R Humbucker in the neck and hotter 490T Humbucker in the bridge
  • TonePros™ Vintage style tuners with 16:1 tuning ratio
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