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❌ Sold ❌ Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry, 1996

❌ Sold ❌  Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry, 1996

The Gibson SG Standard is the successor to the Les Paul Standard, by way of Gibson’s 1961 complete redesign of the Les Paul models, and the loss of the Les Paul name that followed. There are a few small dents here and there, which have not broken the finish. Fret wear is light and the guitar plays well and is a comfortable weight – interestingly both examples weigh the same, 3.25kg or 7.15 pounds.

Price: $1000 CAD

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Gibson SG Special Heritage Cherry, 2002

Gibson SG Special Heritage Cherry, 2002

Differences between the Gibson SG Special and SG Standard don’t jump out at first. The main visual elements are the same – the same wood selection, shape, and gloss lacquer finish. However, the Special has an unbound fingerboard with dot markers, gold-decal Gibson logo and ‘SG’ engraved on the truss rod cover. The SG Standard has a bound fingerboard, trapezoidal markers, Mother of Pearl Gibson logo plus the ‘Holly’ inlay on the headstock. As well, the pickups are uncovered on the Special, while the Standard pickups have metal covers.

Price: $1000 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SG SR VOS 1961 Les Paul Custom Shop Cherry, 2006

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson SG SR VOS 1961 Les Paul Custom Shop Cherry, 2006

Here’s a wonderful piece that takes us all back. This is a Gibson SG SR VOS 1961, a reissue of the reworked 1961 Les Paul Standard with Lyre Vibrola and Cherry finish. This was the second version of the SG build – the initial production run had a side-to-side vibrola tailpiece. That was quickly replaced with the Maestro Lyre Vibrola, and this form was the SG Standard until the mid 1960’s. By 1963, the Les Paul name was removed for contractual reasons.

Price: $3200 CAD

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Gibson SG Special P90 Cherry, 1966

Gibson SG Special P90 Cherry, 1966

The Gibson SG Special first appeared with the new Les Paul body shape in 1961, and renamed to SG as the endorsement contract lapsed. It was built until 1978.

Price: $4999.99 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SG Custom Natural Mahogany, 1974

❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SG Custom Natural Mahogany, 1974

The Gibson SG Custom appeared in 1963, though originally as the new, slim double cutaway 1961 Les Paul. By 1963, Les Paul’s endorsement with Gibson had ended, so his name was removed. Featuring the now-familiar solid mahogany body, the SG Custom differs from ‘lesser’ SG models with bound neck and headstock, ebony fingerboard with Mother of Pearl block inlays, gold hardware, either a Vibrola or Stop tailpiece, and often three pickups.

Price: $2800 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SG ’61 Reissue Cherry Red, 2007

❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SG '61 Reissue Cherry Red, 2007

The Gibson SG ’61 Reissue is a very practical guitar. It’s got all the key elements – an interesting shape, good balance, tonewood choice that provides a wide-ranging rich tone, light weight and full sound from a pair of humbuckers. First introduced as a new version of the very poorly selling Les Paul model, what became the SG appeared at the end of Gibson’s license agreement with Les Paul and co-incidentally with Paul’s divorce. Not wanting to further complicate that legal matter, the license agreement was ended and the 1960/61 Les Paul was quickly renamed the SG, for Solid Guitar.

Price: $1500 CAD

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