You’ve gotta’ love NAMM week––there are so many new guitars & amplifiers being released that it’s hard to keep up with them all, let alone write about them. So for the sake of my sanity I’ll try to stick to the ones that actually intrigue me.
One of the more interesting new models to come from Gibson for 2007 is their new SG-3––the latest addition to the venerable SG line of guitars.
Presumably named for its three gold humbuckers, the SG-3 appears to be a more sonically versatile instrument than the majority of its predecessors, as it boasts a pair of ’57 Classic pickups in the neck & middle positions, a ’57 Classic Plus at the bridge, and 6-way pickup switching via a chicken-head rotary selector.
Other stand-out features include: mahogany body & neck (SG profile,) rosewood fretboard with 22 frets & trapezoid inlays (not to mention ‘antique’ binding,“ 24 3/4” scale length, gold hardware, black ‘top hat’ knobs (tone & volume,) and all the traditional goodies––stopbar tailpiece, tune-o-matic bridge, and green key tuners.
The SG-3 will be built in Nashville, TN. No word yet on expected price, but the guitar will be available in Heritage Cherry & Ebony finishes.