Gibson Custom Shop 1961 Les Paul SG Standard

$ 5049.00

Born Under a Bad Sign
Back in 1961, the folks at Gibson decided it was time to refresh and re-imagine the Les Paul, and boy did they ever hack and slash! They did away with the maple top and the sunburst finish and instead presented Les Paul with a sleek, contoured horned devil made out of lightweight mahogany. ‘Ol Les was NOT pleased and asked them to kindly take his name off the truss rod cover. This left the Gibson marketing team in a bit of a lurch, so they scrambled to find a name for their new axe and landed on “Solid Guitar.”

After its inauspicious birth, the SG did indeed prove itself to be a Solid Guitar in every sense of the word (who knows, maybe the SG works so well for rock and roll because it was born under a bad sign–it does have horns, after all!). Its aggressive styling and muscular tone quickly made it a favorite of a whole host of guitarists from Angus Young to Pete Townshend to Tony Iommi to Dickey Betts, and when you step back and think about it, it’s pretty wild that the dude from Black Sabbath played the same guitar as the dude in the Allman Brothers! That list is a testament to the SG’s incredible versatility and universal appeal.

We believe that the Custom Shop example of the 1961 SG provides discerning players with the pinnacle of SG tone. Two Alnico II Customuckers and a supremely resonant mahogany body produce exceptional tone. Also, the Custom Shop Les Paul SG Standard’s handfeel is superb thanks to the classic ’60s Slim Taper neck profile and its authentic medium jumbo frets. We’re proud to showcase such an exceptional instrument, and we know the ’61 SG will inspire you to reach new heights in your musical journey.

  • Model: Historic Collection 1961 SG Les Paul Standard
  • Finish Color: Sapphire Blue
  • Finish Type: Gloss
  • Limited Series: 6.48 lbs.
  • Body Wood: 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Neck Joint: Hot Hide Glue
  • Neck Shape: 1960 Slim Taper
  • Neck Dimensions: .810 1st – .920 12th
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue
  • Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid
  • Scale Length: 24.75″
  • Width at Nut: 1.69″
  • Nut Material: Nylon
  • Frets: 22 Authentic Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 Alnico III Custombuckers
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Selector Switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuners: Kluson Single Line Double Ring
  • Bridge: ABR-1
  • Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
  • Case: Gibson Custom Shop Hardshell Case
  • COA: Yes