Is the SG Popular?

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  1. UTGrad

    UTGrad Member

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    Question for you guys. Is the SG popular in the realm of Guitar ownership? IMO I think the SG offers a lot but takes a back seat to the Strat and the LP. I think it has qualities of both the Strat and the LP. Should it be more popular?
     
  2. mtsv

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    The reason Strats and LPs seem more popular is the majority of the artists who use these guitars and the fans who chase after their tones. Otherwise SG is also a very good guitar, where sometimes supercedes mentioned brands/models.
     
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    Can't answer, I'm biased :D. The Gibson SG is my favorite guitar! And of the SGs, the plain old Standard is my SG of choice. Don't get me wrong, I have many other guitars, but if I could only have one 'til the end, it would be an SG Standard. :smile:

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    No, but my online casino is....
     
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    SGs are quite popular with me. I've tried, but I just don't like Les Pauls.......:shock::D
     
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    Well, for me the SG is my favorite guitar although it was not love on the first sight. When I first saw SGs I didn't like their look at all. Now I can't get enough of it...

    But I do agree. The SG does not seem to be very popular nowadays. I guess mtsv is right: There are not many famous artists using it which certainly affect the popularity.

    In another thread we also wondered if the statement you read everywhere ("The SG is Gibsons best-selling guitar") really holds true. I can't believe it... Its probably based on the 1960's sales figures.
     
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    The SG seems to be definitely taking a back seat to the other solid body electric guitars. When I started learning I envisioned myself with a les Paul or Strat. I own a Strat and a Les Paul but have gravitated toward the SG and Telecasters. They just seem perfect for me.
     
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    Now that is a beautiful family picture!! :cheers:
     
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  9. mtsv

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    It seems unreliable to me, too. During the booming days of rock/hard rock by the end of 70’s and 80’s, Les Paul popularity exploded but the numbers probably say better. In the meanwhile, I wonder where those SGs of big numbers are, while we see all kind of Les Pauls around :rolleyes:
     
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    The SG Standard is the best selling Gibson guitar ever manufactured. That should say enough
     
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    Big statement, backed up by what evidence?
     
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    I remember when I was 15. I went to a local guitar store and picked up different shaped guitars to get an idea of the weight of them, and always thought that the Les Paul was way too heavy.
    I picked up an SG and thought it was much nicer because it was lighter. Although I do have an Iceman, which is heavier than my SG it’s still not as heavy as a Les Paul.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about a guitars popularity. At the end of the day, the only person that has to like your guitar is you. Nothing inferior about any of those 3.

    Strats and SG's are different guitars. kinda like 2 different sound palettes so learn both. Definitely not a this or that situation.
     
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    Ah, I said unfortunately just because the statement has not been driven from some other sources but Gibson’s own web site. Otherwise, sure we can still jump up and down :rofl: (or roll right and left)
     
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    To say that the SG isn't popular is really relative. As others have mentioned, I think next to the Les Paul, Strat, and Tele, it's not as popular because it's not what you see in the hands of pros as often. But compared to whatever spiky-metal-guitar flavor of the month happens to be (Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, etc.), or whatever small original startup happens to be popular at the moment (Reverend, Chapman, etc.), the Gibson SG is relatively very popular.
     
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    Have you tried doing the maths with the numbers in that article? That alone should tell you something... The article (perhaps too grand a word) is quite clear in comparing 3 year sales of LP/SG Standards, but suggests the introduction of the SG Standard resulted in an increase in sales of more then tenfold. For a mostly cosmetic redesign, that would be the stuff of legend in the world of design. And those numbers would mean sales of a minimum of 18,003 SG Standards from 1961-1963... When do you think Gibson actually made the 18,000th SG Standard? (Clue: It wasn't in the 1960s).

    Of course, the claim in the title (for six decades of sales) can't be justified by providing sales figure for just six years, even if they were accurate.

    The title of that article might make me roll right and left.... but only because it's a joke. :rofl:

    The 'evidence' is out there folks, and you don't have to look that hard.
     
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    To me it seems as though Les Paul's and Strats out number every other guitar by a lot. Even people who don't play have them. But what does it matter? I used to play only strats, I gravitated toward gibsons, and now I like my SG perhaps the most.
    Maybe hipsters and indie music people will start playing them , like when they all had to have a Tele , then offsets, next flavor of the month.
     
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