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Gibson Announces Guitar Of The Week #10 :: SG Standard With 3 Single Coil Pickups

Disclosure Policy | Tue, Mar 27, 2007 | 449 |

Sg Standard SinglecoilsI have to admit that Gibson caught me totally off guard with this one… the guitar maker has just released specs on this week’s installation of their Guitar Of The Week series, and it’s a unique instrument to be sure––introducing the SG Standard with 3 Single Coil Pickups!

While most of the guitar’s specs will be right in line with Gibson’s traditional SG Standard, including a mahogany body, mahogany neck with SG profile (24 3/4″ scale length,) rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, and of course a stopbar tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge, this limited edition SG will sport some not so standard features as well.

Unique modifications are expected to include a natural satin finish, antiqued trapezoid inlays, antiqued fretboard binding, a trio of single-coil blade pickups for producing “a twang that’s bright and clear,” and a thoroughly retro 6-position rotary dial pickup switch.

The SG Standard with 3 Single Coil Pickups will be built in Gibson’s Nashville factory, in a limited run of just 400 instruments, and the price will include a hard reptile case with white plush interior.

14 Comments For This Post

  1. Mark Kardwell Says:

    Are the three single-coil pickups P-90s? If not, I call heresy!

  2. Cary Says:

    Hehe… they don’t look like any kind of P-90 I’ve ever seen.

  3. Clark Says:

    They look like the pre P-90 “Charlie Christian” pickups from the 1940’s.

  4. Dean Says:

    I bought one today. The single coils sound fantastic through my Mesa Lonestar. This SG is a Tele Killer. One piece body and it’s a lite 5 pounds 3 ounces.

  5. placeboemotion Says:

    Dean – can you give more details on the sound and handling? This sounds like an interesting hybrid. Do you have any issues with hum?

  6. Matt Bedrock Says:

    I love my new SG-3 (GOTW #10). The blade pickups are hot for single coils and put out a great crisp clean tone. The 6 position chicken head gives you all of the settings of a strat 5 way plus the two outside pickups. The lead and middle pickups together sound a lot like that in between strat sound that Clapton uses so much. Light weight and comfortable, it plays like a Gibson (and stays in tune) but sounds like a hardtail strat. This is not Gibson’s first attempt at copping the strat tone – I have a ’65 Non-reverse Firebird III with 3 P-90’s, an S-1 and a Corvus III that are prior attempts as well. While this is no vintage Firebird, it is a very respectable instrument and is extremely practical on stage as a complement to your typical humbucker loaded Les Paul, SG or other Gibson.

  7. Stratoblogster Says:

    Yeah, they almost nailed it with that one!

  8. Doug Says:

    Bought new off of ebay. Combines my favorite 2 guitars, S-trat-G…. (hey, I am copywriting that!) Couple of minuses up front… HATE the satin finish- so much so that I may get it sprayed. Really bad ground buzz from the jack, and will have to replace. Lastly, the acoustic tone is terrible… compared to my Orville By Gibson ’61 RI which sings unplugged. But plugged in (when the jack cooperates) I get over those issues quickly. Cops the strat #2 and #4 nicely, and to my ears is very tele-ish on the bridge pup. Once I work out the bugs, I think this will be the perfect gig setup for me. Pups do seem hot overall as others have said. If I had the spare change, I would have gone for the cherry 3-h/b model and swap them for h/b sized P-90’s but I could not justify the $1400.00. I think I will end up really liking this one tho’.

  9. Doug Says:

    sorry for the duplicate.. meant to say “could not”

  10. Kacey Quinn Says:

    OMG That is going to be the sickest thing EVER! I have only dreamed of a guitar with the feel of and SG and the Tone of a Strat, I’m getting one!

  11. Louis Says:

    i love the natural wood style clear coat finish, but single coils? It doesnt sound like the gibson i know, i would totally go for this guitar if it had p-90s in it though

  12. Jose Says:

    the hum and buzzing are ridiculous for a 3-year od guitar. I just played one, put it down quickly. Say bye-bye. No wonder they only made 400. It’s the equivalent of a General Motors car, full of problems right from the assembly plant, they can’t pass their own “quality control”. Frankly my dear, not worth $500.00.

  13. Jon Says:

    I have no hum what so ever… Great build quality

  14. C. Miller Says:

    Jon, that’s great to hear. I’d still love to get my hands on one of these. Where did you find yours, if you don’t mind me asking?

    I’ve got Guitar of the Week #37, and I love it. Great build. Premium instrument, though I did switch out the P-90s for Fralin noiseless.

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