Over the past thirty-seven weeks Gibson’s put out a few real lookers, a few clunkers, and a wide array of just so-so semi-customized Guitar Of The Week instruments, but yesterday’s release of the ’67 SG Special Reissue with P-90 pickups is easily the one guitar from this program that I’d really like to own.
Week 37 effectively marks the triumphant (if short lived) return of the classic SG Special, black soapbar P-90s and all––an instrument perhaps most associated with The Who’s Pete Townshend, who played early-model SG Specials extensively from late 1968 through 1971 (including legendary performances at Woodstock and Isle of Wight.)
Basically a budget guitar––with what could be considered an unnervingly light body for anyone who really thrashes around on stage––the SG Special still managed to throw off a huge amount of sustain, while those early P-90s packed a heavy, growling mid-range punch (particularly when pushing a tube-amp into overdrive.)
It’s of course too early to tell how Gibson’s new re-issue ’67 SG Special will stand up to the originals (or even Gibson’s official Pete Townshend Signature SG,) but for now we can at least take a look at the specs––
The Specs The guitar will feature a mahogany top & back, mahogany neck with SG-profile (24 3/4″ scale length,) rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and 22 frets, single-ply fretboard binding, nickel plated hardware, stopbar tailpiece, Nashville bridge, black “top hat” knobs, and classic green key tuning machines.
Electronics, of course, will include a pair of black soapbar P-90 pickups with Alnico magnets, dual volume controls, dual tone controls, and 3-way pickup switching.
The ’67 SG Special Reissue will be made available in a limited edition run of 400 guitars, but so far there’s no word on pricing. Here’s hoping it will be inline with current production-level SG Specials (roughly in the $999 range.)