Gibson introduces the Jeff Tweedy Signature SG '61 23-Feb-12
Gibson USA has introduced the Jeff Tweedy Signature SG '61. They tell us that it stays true to the specs of the inaugural year of this iconic guitar, with the decorative "Lyre" vibrato tailpiece cover, two of Gibson's most accurate PAF-style humbucking pickups, and the rare and highly desirable Pelham Blue finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer. Gibson believes that it's a beauty of an SG that looks every bit as good as it sounds. Here's all the details in their own words...
The body of the Jeff Tweedy Signature SG '61 is crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany in the classic 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 Grade-A mahogany neck is carved in a slim but rounded early '60s profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th, with a natural satin-finished back for a smooth playing feel. It is glued into the body with Gibson's acclaimed deep set-neck joint, and topped with a fingerboard made from premium rosewood. Acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, a mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo and holly inlay, and a cream pickguard all subtly enhance its style.
To help this vintage-inspired SG sound as good as it looks, Gibson USA loads the Jeff Tweedy Signature SG '61 with a pair of BurstBucker 1 pickups with nickel covers, some of the most accurate PAF-styled humbuckers available today. Made with genuine unpolished Alnico II magnets, and wound with 42-AWG enamel-coated wire just like the originals, these pickups employ unequal turns of wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF bite and edge. The pair is wired through the traditional four-knob Gibson control section, with upgraded "Orange Drop" caps on the tone pots. For added playing versatility, the guitar also carries an authentic Maestro-style vibrato tailpiece with decorative Lyre cover, partnered with a Tune-o-matic bridge, with vintage-style Tone Pros tuners. Features
Grade-A Mahogany body with high-gloss nitrocellulose finish
Mahogany neck with slim, rounded early '60s profile
Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
Pair of BurstBucker 1 humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
Orange Drop capacitors on the tone controls
Tune-o-matic bridge with Maestro-style vibrato tailpiece
Vintage-style TonePros with pearloid buttons and 14:1 tuning ratio
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