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The SG is an undisputed icon in the world of electric guitars, thanks to its distinctive looks, incredibly playability and raunchy, roaring tone. There’s a reason why its been wielded by a laundry list of guitar legends since its 1961 introduction.

Channel the unmistakable spirit of rock icons like Angus Young, Tony Iommi and Derek Trucks with our outstanding selection of SG guitars. Renowned for its striking double cutaway silhouette, lightweight mahogany construction and potent humbucker pickups, the SG guitar has earned its place as a mainstay in the electric guitar realm since its debut in the early 1960s.

Our diverse collection of Epiphone and Gibson guitars includes the Epiphone SG Special, Epiphone SG Standard, Gibson SG Standard and Gibson SG Special, catering to musicians of all skill levels and budgets.

Explore our impressive array of SG guitars, whether you seek the classic SG sound, characterized by warm, sustained tones, or the brighter, more cutting tone produced by single coils or P-90 pickups. Boasting a solid mahogany body for exceptional resonance, easy access all the way to the 22nd fret and a comfortable neck joint, the SG guitar delivers effortless playability and inspiring tone. Adaptable to a wide range of music genres, from AC/DC-style hard rock to blues, jazz and pop, the SG guitar has been favoured by a huge list of influential guitarists across many styles.

At GAK, our dedication lies in helping you find the ideal SG guitar to fulfil your needs. Alongside popular models like the Gibson SG Standard and Gibson SG Special, we also provide an assortment of affordable Epiphone SG guitars, including the Epiphone SG Special and Epiphone SG Standard. These models deliver the iconic look and feel of the SG at a more budget-friendly price point.

We invite you to browse our extensive selection of premium electric guitars and other Gibson models, such as the legendary Gibson Les Paul and ES-335, to compare and discover the perfect instrument for your musical endeavours. If you’re having trouble deciding which Gibson guitar is right for you, contact us or head down to our iconic Brighton store for friendly, expert advice from our guitar team.

What does SG stand for?

SG stands for “Solid Guitar,” referring to the solid mahogany body construction that provides the rich and resonant tone associated with this iconic instrument.

Should I get a Les Paul or SG?

Choosing between a Les Paul and an SG depends on personal preference, playing style and budget. Les Pauls are known for their thicker, warmer tone, while SGs offer a brighter, more cutting sound. We recommend trying out both models to determine which best suits your needs.

Why is an SG cheaper than a Les Paul?

The lighter and simpler construction of the SG guitar contributes to its lower price point compared to the Les Paul. The thinner body and reduced use of materials in the SG design still deliver excellent tone and playability that's distinct from the LP.

What kind of wood is an SG made of?

SG guitars typically feature a solid mahogany body and neck, with a rosewood or ebony fingerboard. This combination of tonewoods gives the SG its signature warm and resonant sound.

What are SG guitars good for?

SG guitars are versatile instruments suitable for various musical genres, including rock, blues, jazz and metal. Their distinct tonal characteristics, comfortable playability and iconic design make them a popular choice for musicians across styles and skill levels.

Is an SG guitar a good starter guitar?

Yes, SG guitars, particularly Epiphone models, are excellent starter guitars due to their comfortable playability and affordability. Their slim necks and lightweight design make them easy to play for beginners, while their versatile tone caters to a variety of musical styles.

Who plays an SG?

Famous SG players include Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Angus Young of AC/DC, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, Pete Townshend of The Who, Daron Malakian of System of a Down, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa and many, many others.

These artists have chosen the SG for its unique design, powerful sound and exceptional playability, showcasing the guitar’s adaptability across different musical genres.

A History of the SG Guitar

The history of the SG guitar began in the early 1960s when Gibson sought to create a new design that would compete with the growing popularity of Fender guitars. Introduced in 1961 as a revamp of the Gibson Les Paul model, the SG (which stands for “Solid Guitar”) offered a sleeker, thinner body and a double-cutaway design that granted easier access to the higher frets. At first, the guitar retained the Les Paul name, but after a few years, Les Paul himself requested his name be removed from the instrument, as he was not involved in its design. Thus, the guitar officially became the Gibson SG in 1963.

The SG quickly gained popularity among guitarists due to its lightweight construction, unique appearance and versatile tonal range. As a result, it became one of Gibson’s best-selling models and famous musicians such as Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Angus Young of AC/DC and Derek Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band adopted it as their instrument of choice. The SG’s distinctive sound could be heard in various music genres, from hard rock and blues to jazz and pop.

Throughout its history, the SG has undergone numerous modifications and iterations, including the SG Standard, SG Special, SG Junior and various signature models. Additionally, Gibson’s sister company, Epiphone, also produces SG models at more accessible price points. Despite these changes, the core design of the SG remains largely unchanged, maintaining its iconic status among electric guitars. Today, the SG continues to be a go-to choice for guitarists worldwide, beloved for its sleek design, playability and roaring sound.