Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Dagger, Feb 7, 2020.
For me, my addiction to the SG came from looking at the album cover " Love it to Death " from Alice Cooper and seeing what guitars made that awesome music.. Michael Bruce just looked so f'ing cool.. Still have my first SG, and the album as well, and I " Love em to Death "
There are more but here are #s one and two (in no particular order.)
For me it was some of these folks:
James Gurley and Sam Andrew of Big Brother & the Holding Co.
This guy and that guitar!
I wanted an SG before I ever started playing guitar because of Angus. Watching him running around, flopping all over the stage and not missing a beat just amazed me as a kid... and still does
My first electric guitar was a cheapo black strat clone that I had for about a week and sold it back to the place I bought it at for half my money back. I went to a guitar store in town and all I knew was a wanted a real guitar from a brand I recognized. It was the mid 80s and pointy guitars were hot but I liked the old style ones that went with my classic rock love. Oh, yeah, it had to have humbuckers, because ... hair metal and stuff. I'd have preferred a shiny new one but alas, the only name-brand I could afford was an old early '60s SG Special that someone had modified with humbuckers. It was dirt cheap, like $200 and it even had the original case, albeit just a chipboard one with fake alligator skin vinyl on the outside. And it was a Gibson, I real brand that real rock stars played (although at the time people who really knew stuff thought they were passe'). Perfect.
At that point i actually noticed who else had an SG. My then-hero Clapton in his Cream days, my other then-hero Pete Townshend, and then Iommi and Young and Zappa. And I was happy! I was an SG player.
Honestly my attraction began long before playing a guitar hell even before i became an ACDC fan. Oddly as much Sabbath I jammed to back in high school I never got into guitar brands and models, but I loved that Iommi sound! I had an early affinity for guitars but didn't have the people or community to get into it or learn so the only guitar i could name was the Fender Strat. Gibson guitars always had a majestic mystique to me (the mustache brand i would call them), i just never got around to familiarizing myself with the models yet. Fenders always looked like 50's cars to me and never appealed to me, and I never had a liking to metal-centric guitars even tho i love metal.
Fast forward, I ended up being a photographer for a local band, and the lead guitarist had this pointy looking red faded SG Special. I would stare at that thing whenever he performed more than the band itself sometimes, I think I eventually asked him what guitar was that and he said some simple two letters that at the time puzzled me even more..."its an SG". I was perplexed how something so sexy and devilish was simply called two letters versus the more whimsical names like Stratocaster, Jaguar, Casino etc. Anyway a few years later after that left a permanent mark in my brain of what a beautiful/gorgeous guitar I had never noticed before was, I ended up being a 3D artist working on a few Rockband video game titles, one of those happen to be AC/DC Trackpack...... I was not an AC/DC fan yet but was familiar with like three of their songs. Due to ignorance I had no clue there were two different singers in the band and while working on that game I was more intrigued with the older Bon Scott 70's AC/DC tunes. I bought a bunch of their cd's which were on sale and popped in High Voltage one night, after hearing Live Wire, Little Lover, and a few tracks from Dirty Deeds like Problem Child....I WAS HOOKED!
Angus became my sole guitar hero, I got free tickets to see AC/DC play that year and saw him rocking that same guitar the guitarist i used to photograph he called the SG.... After that I sold my cheap Squire Strat bought a Epiphone SG Special and never looked back. And now I own three Gibson SG's and way too much AC/DC and Black Sabbath nonsense lol. Oh one honorable mention is Bernard Sumner playing an SG, as Joy Division sits right below ACDC and Black Sabbath of my fave bands.
Oh and Samantha Fish is coming to my town this summer, I can't even express the excitement of seeing that beautiful woman making her SG scream live....lord help me!....
Link wray excellent choice! Makes me wanna f@cking rumble haha hey where's my switchblade? Lol
I got a Norlin 1972 SG II black mini-humbuckers uncompensated bridge in 1975 and that is all i have played. I never really knew the bridge was not quite right.
My brother bought an SG very similar to mine with an expense adjusting bridge because he like the way my SG sounded: badass.
He eventually got rid of the guitar because he did not sound as "good" as mine and we could not understand why.
I know, we were very ignorant people and we did not think Gibson would do such a stupid thing as putting an uncompensated bridge on an electric guitar, I for one am very glad they did!!
This SG has a mean foreboding sound that is unconventional and willful when played with BIG BALLS.
Anyone can play with BIG BALLS by the way it is only an expression of an emotional connection to the guitar.
This guitar was made for beginners but likes to be treated aggressively and loud.
My SG II is one SUPER BADASS OUT OF TONE GUITAR AND DOMINATES.
Got a 1972 SG II that is exactly like that one but is dark walnut.
Would love to see a picture of it if you can post one. That era of SGs are really not spoken of much at this site.
I have liked them since1967 with Robbie Krieger amd the Doors. My 2nd reason is they are light
For me, the influences were Pete Thownsend, Angus Young and Kelly Jones. I loved the music they made and the look of the Cherry Red SG. Then I picked up my SG in the store and I was hooked from the very first strum. That resonance!
She's coming to my area in April with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. I bought tix without even knowing Shepherd was on the bill too, even though technically he's headlining.
For me, it was Clapton with Cream ‘In my white room’, and the sound of his guitar with bull’s horns that blew me away. I was nine years old, didn’t know then they were the devil’s horns! Then came Carlos Santana, playing that same sort guitar. That’s why I wanted to play guitar, because of that sound!
Fast forward to 2020, a zillion years and as many electric guitars later, still suffering from longtime Tele affliction, I finally bought my first SG, it’s dark and faded, and I love it! Never too old to learn!
Has to be Tony Iommi and Angus Young for me, as i am sure it is for many others :)
I was in search of an American guitar that was dark red and under $600, and God said, “Let there be an open box at Musician’s Friend” and it was good.
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