Gibson announces the SG Standard Sam Ash Exclusive in two finishes 04-Aug-11
Gibson has announced the SG Standard Sam Ash Exclusive guitar. Here's what they have to say...
From the minute it hit an unsuspecting guitar scene in 1961, the Gibson SG was destined to be a classic. This sleek double-cutaway rocker had a slim, light body but no shortage of power, and the kind of fast playability that the guitar world had not previously experienced. Although the single-cutaway Les Paul that it had replaced would be back in play later in the '60s, the SG was here to stay, a new rock icon in its own right. Now Gibson USA presents a classically appointed SG with all of the tone, features and playability of the original vintage model, but dressed in two killer new nitrocellulose finishes: the SG Standard Sam Ash Exclusive, available in your choice of Bullion Gold with gold hardware, or Pelham Blue with chrome hardware. Both are crafted from traditional tonewoods and carry classic electronics and hardware, for timeless tone and power that has made its presence felt for five decades.
Like the original SGs of the '60s and all of the classic variations since, the Gibson USA SG Standard Sam Ash Exclusive has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical "double-horned" deep double-cutaway design. A light and supremely resonant wood, mahogany gives this guitar outstanding tonal richness and depth, with plenty of clarity and sustain. Coupled with the SG's characteristic beveled edge--a big part of this model's distinctive styling--the mahogany's light weight also enhances playing comfort. The guitar's quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a rounded profile that feels superb in the hand. It is glued into the body with Gibson's acclaimed deep set-neck joint, and topped with a rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets, dressed in vintage cream binding. Acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, a mother-of-pearl headstock logo and holly inlay, and a late-'60s style pickguard round out this eye-catching package.
To load it all with certified classic tone, Gibson USA equips the SG Standard Sam Ash Exclusive with a pair of its most popular humbucking pickups. The 490R in the neck position is made with an Alnico II magnet and wound to vintage specs for plenty of warm vocal tones with impressive clarity. The 498T in the bridge position has an Alnico V magnet for more punch, and a few more turns of coil wire for a hotter performance overall, giving you everything from meaty crunch to searing lead tones. Your tone is anchored down by the classic pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, with a set of vintage-style keystone tuners installed at the other side of the PLEK-cut Corian nut. Add it up, and the SG Standard Sam Ash Exclusive is one cooking slab of mammoth vintage mojo.
Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Features
Solid Mahogany body with nitrocellulose finish
Comfortable, rounded neck profile
Bound Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
Warm 490R neck pickup and more powerful 498T bridge pickup
Vintage-style keystone tuners with tune 14:1 tuning ratio
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