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The word zoot is jazz slang meaning extravagant style'certainly an apt description for the Gibson USA SG Zoot Suit electric guitar. The radical design starts with a body built with multiple birch wood laminate pieces (each one approximately .075" thick), each dyed with a different color then compressed and bonded together to form one solid block of wood. No paint is used. Each body is given two coats of satin nitrocellulose lacquer. The average weight of a Zoot Suit body is 5.7 lb., which is slightly heavier than normal but actually creates more balance, a solid feel, and brighter tones that prove compatible with the pickup configuration.

The Gibson SG guitar's solid body yields maximum sustain and enhanced resonance. Gibson's traditional rounded profile is hand-carved into the neck, delivering a comfortable, super-fast feel to one of the quickest necks in the industry. The headstock is carefully angled at 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.

The Zoot SG is loaded with Gibson's legendary 496R and 500T pickups, which feature clear coil forms and mounting rings to display the copper wire and ceramic magnets. The magnets in both the 496R and 500T pickups are Ceramic Five magnets manufactured at just the right temperature to ensure high intrinsic coercive force. The 496R produces incredible sustain and cutting power, adding more highs with increased definition and no muddiness at all. The 500T is one of Gibson's most powerful pickups, and contains a three ceramic magnet structure, which enables a no-holds-barred rock and roll crunch that never loses its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.

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  • Style: Double Cutaway SG
  • Body: Laminated layers of dyed birch
  • Neck: Set Mahogany
  • Neck joint angle: 3°
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Profile: Traditional rounded
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • No. Of Frets: 22
  • Fingerboard Inlays: None
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Neck Pickup: 496R humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: 500T Humbucker
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
  • Knobs: Clear top hat
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatic
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Case: Deluxe Gigbag included