Intro OK, I know I promised photos, but so far I haven’t had a chance to take anything decent… still, I wanted to give you my first impressions since receiving my latest toy––Gibson’s Guitar Of The Week #37.
First off, while you should never judge a book by its cover, or a guitar by its finish, I have to say that the ‘67 SG Special Reissue P-90 is just a drop-dead gorgeous instrument from top to bottom.
The heritage cherry finish is stunning, with the actual tint falling somewhere between coffee brown and orange. The guitar’s mahogany body shows a fine but subtle wood grain beneath a lacquer finish, and the simple dot inlays give the instrument a classic, bare bones look.
Fit and finish is all top-notch, as I’ve come to expect from Gibson, but unfortunately (as I’ve also come to expect from the big G,) set-up from the factory left quite a bit to be desired.
Nothing that I’d consider a deal breaker, mind you, but my new guitar came with the intonation completely out of whack, and the the factor-installed strings binding badly at the nut, making the instrument nearly impossible to tune.
Still, a new set of strings, a bit of lubrication at the nut, and a few minutes tweaking saddle-lengths at the bridge had me up and running fairly quickly––and with very excellent results.
The Goods The ’67 SG Special sports a thick but comfy ’60s profile neck, and it is fast, smooth, and surprisingly easy on the hands. I played this thing for a number of hours when I first pulled it out of its case, and I’m happy to report that I didn’t suffer from any unruly hand fatigue at all.
Tone wise, GOTW #37 is a monster… if you like the thick, powerful growl of P-90s then you will definitely enjoy the pickups on this beast.
With humbuckers I tend to stay at the neck position, but I’ve found that with the intense mid-range on the P-90s, the neck position is just a tad too throaty for my liking. Playing in mid-position (with both pickups howling,) serves up just the perfect amount of bite and bark.
In fact, punched into the high-gain input, the red-hot pickups on the ’67 SG Special throw my amp right into pure, creamy, overdriven tube heaven.
Be that as it may, the guitar cleans up well, and offers a versatile selection of thick tones for jazz, funk, or softer blues.
Of course, it all comes packed in a surprisingly light and petite Gibson hard case––actually, it looks absolutely tiny propped against the wall next to the huge vintage case of my ’62 Strat.
Anyway, so far I’m quite impressed with my new guitar, and besides the bad set-up, the ‘67 SG Special Reissue P-90 is everything I’d hoped it would be.
I’ll try to get some photos up soon…