Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Gibson SG 61' reissue

Okay, okay. Wipe off the drool everyone. It isn't polite to stare at a lady, especially one as beautiful as this. That's right, this wonderful specimen here is the Gibson SG 61' reissue. 

Lovely isn't she?

Well, quit staring!, we've got some reviewing to do!

Features:  It has a slim 60s neck, 57 classic pickups, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fret board, chery paint and nitro finish. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge, 2 volume and 2 tone knobs with a 3 way selector. It came with the case and owners manual. // 8

Sound: Like all SG's, its highly versatile. It excels in hard rock and metal, but if you want a clean tone as well, this baby will pull it off for you. The SG achieves this versatility by having a mahogany body like the Les Paul which gives it that dark tone. However, unlike the Les Paul, the SG is thinner like the fender, thus producing a lighter sound than the Les Paul. I absolutely love the 57 classic pickups, the tone is amazing with every amp I have used it with. The bridge tone is quite bright with plenty of bite, the neck tone is muddier but still has lots of definition and power. My favourite tone comes from the neck rolled right back and both pickups selected. // 9.5

Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar is built to last, the knobs feel very sturdy and precise, the binding and inlays are spot on. It has a wonderful one piece mahogany body, larger '60s style headstock and small type pick guard. The figuring on the one piece body is to die for. I couldn't fault it in the looks department. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This is a very dependable guitar. The strap buttons were extremely secure. I am very heavy handed and this guitar looks very elegant and delicate but it can withstand a good bashing by my shovel hands. Some people have said the shallow neck joint is a problem but I have found it to be solid, it also gives you excellent access to the lower frets. A word of caution however, its very neck heavy so you need to watch out that it doesn't come swinging down to the floor when you let go of the neck. // 9

Impression: With the right amp this guitar can cope with anything. This is a very light instrument, and is very easy on the shoulders. All in all, this one is to die for. // 9


  1. Wow that one looks amazing, I think a little drool came out of the cat, not Pat..haha

  2. Im digging the mahogany, one of my favorites so far!

  3. I'll stare and drool all I want. You can't tell me what to do. :|

  4. Looks like my guitar but mine isn't a Gibson :X