Gibson today unveiled the newest member of its Limited Edition Guitar Of The Week line, and while the instrument isn’t overtly customized––by all appearances only the finish is truly “custom”––to my eyes it’s one of the better looking guitars to come out of the program so far this year.
Dressed in a classy Satin Antique Walnut finish, the guitar is otherwise a straight-up ’61 SG Reissue, and it sports all of the hallmarks of that model, including a 1960s “slim taper” neck, smaller SG pickguard, and of course that sharply defined early-SG body design.
Specs include a traditional mahogany body, mahogany neck (24 3/4″ scale length,) MOP Holly headstock inlay, rosewood fretboard with single-ply binding and trapezoid inlays, 22 frets, black “top hat” knobs with silver inserts, green key tuning machines, and nickel plated hardware, including a stopbar tailpiece and tun-o-matic bridge.
Electronics are expected to include a pair of chrome ’57 Classic humbuckers (Classic at the neck, Classic Plus at the bridge,) dual volume and tone controls, and standard 3-way pickup switching.
The ’61 SG Reissue in Satin Antique Walnut will be built in a limited edition run of just 400 guitars.