Wow… this thing sure is gaudy ;)
Apparently not ready to repeat last year’s rather “love it or hate it” Guitar Of The Week program (we gear hounds sure can be picky, can’t we?) for 2008 Gibson has slowed custom guitar production a bit and will instead be offering the Guitar Of The Month.
First up, the blazing gold and red beasty pictured here––the aptly title Gibson SG Diablo.
Forget all those slightly beveled SGs, the Mahogany body on this thing has apparently been heavily carved (front and back) to accentuate the instrument’s already curveaceous lines, and the whole thing is decked out in a Metallic Red Nitrocellulose finish… not to mention gold hardware across the board.
Gibson has also eschewed the standard 22-fret neck for a full 24-fretter (still 24 3/4“ scale length,) giving you access to just a little more high-end fretboard real estate, and controls have been simplified down to just a single tone and volume control, plus the traditional 3-way pickup switch.
To top it off, the volume knob has been moved closer to the bridge (possibly dangerously close depending on your playing style,) to make for quick and easy volume swells, and the SG Diablo is outfitted with a pair of Burstbucker pickups with old-school ”unmatched“ bobbin windings and Alnico IIs––just like vintage PAFs from the heyday of rock and roll.
Other features are pretty much standard to the species… production is limited to just 1,000 guitars, and Gibson’s asking an MSRP of $3249. Ouch.