“ Brand: Gibson „
Gibson guitars for me when I was growing up was something I always aimed to own. They looked so good, played by some true legends and they had that distinct sound that could only be a gibson.
Now guitarist generally fall into 3 camps, Fender, Gibson or other. The non Gibson camps generally point out that Gibson have had issues with quality control and also that they are very heavily priced compared to say a US Fender.
In my experience with a 2002 Gibson Les Paul, the critisism is fair but, and this but is all that matters, the Gibson inspired me to play the guitar more, thus learn more and enjoy it more and can you really put a price on that.
The quality control on the guitar I had was spot on, as was the set up out of the box. It came with a nice hard case and some nice case candy.
The first time I opened the case the smell of wood was stunning, most guitars these days look as if they are coated in plastic, but this Gibson was wood and there was no mistaking it, with the thing nitrous finish it was allowed to breath.
The sound was exactly as I wanted it to be, the note would sustain forever and playing blues or blues rock is just wonderful.
For all their bad points, if you have to have a Gibson then only a Gibson will do.
I saw this guitar advertised brand new for $579.00, and ever since I saw Frank Zappa on the cover of Roxy & Elsewhere album I fell in love with the body style of the Ginson SG. I noticed when researching reviews that there were not too many so I offer this: I ordered the guitar and the first one came with an "intolerance" at the 2nd fret. So I sent it back. I noticed this from setting the intonation and had quite a time playing it at the gig the first night...it just seemed to not want to stay in tune as well as my other guitars, but sounded great nevertheless. Bridge pickup was a little thin but would bite quite well when needed- Neck pickup was thick and rich without sounding muddy - the low end was full and clear and I ended up playing most of the solos with the neck pickup. The 2nd SG arrived factory sealed and upon opening the box and taking it out of the free beato-bag there was a gash-ding in the body with no damage to the shipping carton- so I sent it back. (quality control? - probably did the boo-boo when packing) When the third one arrived I almost sent it back, but at the last minute decided that I needed to adjust my playing style to fit the guitar. I found myself pressing harder unnecessarily for some reason...maybe I was getting used to the wider neck, but I would end up playing a little out of tune, so I got hip to this really quick when I sat down with the guitar for a while, alone. I also noticed that while sitting and playing, the guitar neck positions itself a little outwardly and takes a moment to get adjusted the a slightly different anatomical feel if you will. As well as the guitar hangs "neck-heavy" and will drop downward should you let go of it while picking up, say, a cowbell so the first thing I did was put on Strap-Locks and got myself comfortable playing, holding and strumming/picking in a more "outwardly" fashion. The Neck-Joint is quality and quite soli
d. I read in another review of someone who was skeptical of the "glued to the body" one-piece neck construction, but I can assure you that it is rock solid, and nothing to fear. Gibson is good stuff and strong... just be careful about the neck slipping downward...any guitar will crack the neck when dropped - I did it to a BC Rich Neck-thru-Body and had it repaired to fine playing again. With all three guitars, I would personally change the strings to my flavor, adjust the action and then set the intonation. I found out immediately that the tuning keys HAD TO GO! I called Gibson tech support a couple times, had a great "guitar discussion" and found them to be fast, friendly and helpful to anybody who would call for any reason. Here's their number: 1-800-444-2766. They stood behind their machine heads (Klausson type traditional) and claimed they were 12:1 ratio, but they were just plain cheap. I bought a set of great quality Grovers which DID NOT fit to the pre-drilled holes as exactly as they should, but I fastened them tightly, but on a slight angle inward and they are just fine. This made a big difference and made tuning much easier and straightforward. To round it out I decided to put on a TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece (stock Gibson) and replace the Stopbar Tailpiece. This might have been unnecessary, but I like the convenience of "right-hand tuning" as well as the ease of micro-adjustments. It also made it look much cooler as well as add a little weight to the very light body and balanced out the appeal factor. heh! Complete with the hard shell Gibson case I ended up investing around $760.00 ($579 + $15 strap locks,$35 for Grovers, $95 for case, $32 for tailpiece) When replacing the tailpiece the body adjustment screws had a VERY HARD TIME tuning, and Gibson tech was purplexed about this... also the tailpiece had to be knocked off with the butt-end of a screwdriver (Gibson's recom
mendation) and in doing this I put a slight ding in the body (My fault.)But all ended well with a tight fit and a strong turn...though I did make the set screws a little damaged due to the hard turning required and I used a smaller than I should have screwdriver, but they should not have been so hard to turn. Possibly the lacquer finishing process got into the threads? I am not too concerned because I wanted a guitar to play, and I got another pair of set screws with the TP-6. The mohogany wood is good quality, not the best, and the grain does have a slight flaw with what looks like a knot but it more of a grain thing, I dunno, I concluded that it rang out well while played unplugged and it probably wouldn't affect the tone or sustain. As with everybody else, I feel the pickguard is a little large, looks nice and balanced, but hides a nice finish if you are the type that appreciates this cheap finish. It also feels a little oily on the body and neck, but I am sure this will rub off soon! (eh, whaddaya want, perfection for $500 bucks?) I also wish Gibson would have placed the input jack on the side as opposed to the front of the body. But it does make a nice CLUNK sound through your amp when inserted or removed! lol! I found out that if I raised or lowered the action a little bit, the bottom end would sound more "in tune" - in that there seemed to be a point that everything was in tune but still sounded "funny" at the second fret, but I fixed this by "fiddling" with the combination of string height, tailpiece height, but I also have to note that our lead singer has a deep low voice and we have succombed to tuning down 1/2 step. ???? I got it right now and I had a hard time putting it down to write this review. The half-moon fret markers are unique and quite lovely. Nice inlay. Though, the Gibson logo is a cheap decal, but again, for the money it's nothing to cry over. BE GLAD you are s
aving money on a quality axe. I think this was Gibson's whole intent with this model. ONE THING I DID NOT LIKE- When I pulled the G string downward it came right out of the nut! It also pulled the B and high E out with it! Again, upon consulting Gibson, they suggested taking it to a local rep and paying for it, for it would be cheaper than the shipping it to Gibson for the free service! After hanging up, I took a pair of manicuring scissors and dug out the grooves in the nut a little bit, being careful and it works great. (Don't tell Gibson!) It seemed that the grooves on all 3 guitars were hastily cut and not quite deep enough. Nothing to freak out about! If you like Gibsons, this is probably the sexiest body style, a solid rocker and good for ballads too. Takes a little getting used to, but worth ever effort. A wonderful rhythm guitar, full on strumming and I wonder how it will work in a slide situation...Hmmm?? Might as well buy it, it's a great deal, but it's not a Fender type guitar...it's all Gibson and well worth it!
Being an experienced guitarist, I’m often asked the question “I’m looking for a guitar that sounds heavy, and that I can play rock with. Which one should I choose?” First of all, there are several things that need to be determined; Buyer’s price range – I’d say if you have a large budget and are looking for a good rock guitar, to opt for a Gibson. These are the heaviest guitars I’ve encountered while testing many guitars, but they also carry a price tag to match. You will not find many other guitars with the same build quality, tone and action as a Gibson. For the guitarist with a small budget, or that just doesn’t want to spend a lot, I suggest an Ibanez. These are very well made for the price and have a nice heavy tone to them. You wont find many others of the same standard within that price range. Ibanez guitars are commonly used in nu-metal bands such as System of a down, whereas Gibsons are more of a real metal guitar and are used by bands like Guns N Roses and Black Label Society. Their level of experience – For the experienced guitarist, the Gibson would be a better choice as you would notice the difference in action and find it more enjoyable to play in the long run. As for the beginner, I would strongly advise you against the Gibson. Before you spend this amount of money on a guitar be sure you’re going to keep playing and its not just a phase, so you don’t end up wasting money. As a new guitarist, it’s also true that you’re more likely to damage your guitar at this stage than later on, and it wouldn’t be logical to pay over 1000 pounds or dollars for a Gibson, then to find out you’ve broken it. Prices for original Gibson guitars range from around 700 up to the thousands, depending on the model you want. Ibanez guitars can be picked up cheaply for about 150 and upwards, and so making it an ideal choice for th
e beginner. Before you actually go out and buy a guitar, it’s a good idea to go to your local guitar shop and try various sorts out and find out which one is best for you. See which one you feel comfortable with, then when you have a rough idea which sorts you like, shop around and try and find the best price available for the guitar. Remember, having the best equipment can only do so much for you, at the end of the day it’s the guitarist that’s playing not the guitar. Always remember that. Thanks for reading.
Theres is no mistaking the look of this classic guitar, with the double cut away, to resemble the devils horns, this guitar plays like a devil too. plug it into a marshall stack, (depending on the amp) you can get any sound, from sultry blues tones, to a hard metal type edge. with the 2 humbuckers (and an additional single coil, depending on what model you have) all are responsive from low to high end. This guitar is favoured by players such as Kelly Jones (stereophonics), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Brain Molko (Placebo) Gizz Butt (guitars on a number of The Prodigy's album) amongst many others. Not only will this guitar make you look the mutt's nuts, it's chunky fret's will also help you play faster, without getting that fret burn on your fingers. Overall a brilliant guitar, that looks, and plays like a dream.
Sunburst, 22 frets, mahogany body, rosewood neck, 2 humbuckers, 2 tone controls, 2 volume controls. 24.75 inch scale length. Very fast neck, comfortable too. The sound out of this thing is what you would expect from a Les Paul. Very midrangy. You can nail Gary Moore's sound (obviously) with a good amp. Handles all types of music well, except maybe country. The clean sounds are not great but when you pile on the dirt this thing really whails. Very thick sound. Good for all modern rock styles.
Ahhh that classic sound so admired in my youth - from The Who to the Sterophonics via AC-DC, Supergrass and many others - the sound of the Gibson SG has recorded its own special notch in the history of music. So when I decided it was time I treated myself to a new guitar last year there was only one choice for me. unfortunately with prices around the £1000 mark and higher I began to think I'd have to look at a second hand version - fortunately i discoved Gibson now make a slightly cheaper version the 'Special Edition'. Essentially the same guitar with a a only a few differences to the standard (namely a different fretboard in-lay and non-covered humbucker pick-ups) but costing a mere £600. My guitar has lived up to exactly what I hoped for it - a beautifully rich and raucous sound and one of the 'fastest' fret boards Ive ever played. Its a guitar where you always seem to know where you are on the fretboard without looking - something I couldnt say for the Fenders Ive played in my time. So a viable, well-made alternative to the full price SG, delivering the same legendary sound and shape for slightly less. And anyway , you can always change the pick-ups..... Lovely job.