Wow… while reading through the coverage of this year’s Musikmesse show (Europe’s big music trade event), I came across mention of one of Gibson’s new 2007 models that I’d somehow completely missed until now–the SG Select.
This guitar is being billed as “Gibson’s most exquisite SG,” and to that end it completely breaks away from the SG’s traditional mahogany body, boasting instead a carved body of solid bookmatched AAA flame maple, and a 3-piece maple neck to boot.
According to Gibson, the SG Select’s all-maple build lends itself to an “incredibly resonant, singing tone,” while gold hardware and antiqued body & fretboard binding add to the guitar’s top-shelf aesthetics.
Other features look to be pretty standard SG fare, including a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, dual humbucker pickups (490R at the neck, 498T at the bridge,) dual volume & tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, black “top hat” knobs (w/gold inserts,) and Grover tuning machines.
The SG Select will ship with a hard case, and is expected to sell for a heart-clutching price of around $3,000. Whew!