- May 22, 2017
- Reaction score
- N E USA/S E ASIA
We don’t know for sure if Gibson still uses the same grading system they used up to 2017. In 2018 their spec sheets became much less detailed. However, there is enough evidence to suggest Gibson at least still weighs their body blanks and allocate them to models according to weight.
If we go to LPs where weight it more of an issue and compare a few models, it seems to suggest Gibson weigh mahogany blanks. For instance, if we compare the Les Paul Classic and Standard ‘60s. Classic has 9-hole weight relief, while Standard ‘60s has no weight relief. However, they roughly have a similar average weight. Furthermore, I did find sub 9lbs Standard ‘60s, while I don’t remember ever finding a sub 9lbs Classic.
Comparing the Slash Standard with the Standard ‘50s. Again on average, very similar weights. On median and mode if I’m being more technical. However, the ease which you’ll find sub 9lbs Slash Standards are in my experience much greater than on Standard ‘50s. I did find several Standard ‘50s in the 8lbs 10oz range or less. However, you’d need to look much harder than if you were shopping for a Slash Standard. It looks like the Slash Standard and Standard ‘50s & ’60s have the same body bank cutoff weight. However, when they find a particularly light body blank they end up using them on a Slash Standard more often.
However, that’s an aspect of a guitar that might spark interest from a guitar nut like myself and maybe others here, but it doesn’t objectively establish that Standards are better. In fact if I subscribed to that, I’d not be an SG guy.
I bought an 2018 SG Standard ‘61 that sounded absolutely amazing, but I hated how it played. The guitar fought back like crazy. There was nothing wrong with the guitar. I think the neck profile just wasn’t my thing or was one of those ghosts in the guitar thing. However, what had me not give up on SGs were a used SG Classic (can’t remember the year, but I want to say 2010 or 2011), a used SG gothic, and a new 2017 SG Faded T that I had played an year before I got my 2018 SG. The 2017 SG Faded T to this day has been one of the most comfortable easy to play guitars I ever picked up. Granted I think the 2018 Faded line were not as good for having sharper fretboard edges and many had frets sprouting issues. Some of those things were not addressed with the current leadership very early batches, but in my experience they’ve gotten much better in subsequent batches. In summary that particular 2018 Standard ‘61 was absolute terrible, the very worse guitar I ever owned (my first electric guitar was a Samick Gregg Bennett Avion 3 and my first guitar was a Fender Acoustic solid top Dreadnought that came in a kit) and that 2017 SG Faded T was absolutely amazing.
Just to clarify, I think the current Standard ‘61s are phenomenal. I even considered keeping mine and returning my custom shop SG. In fact I got the original collection Standard ‘61 just after the 2019 winter NAMM show when Gibson was being hyped. I went to try one of the new ones and was blown away. Went home to pick up the 2018 SG to put it towards the original collection Standard ‘61.
You are correct, and saw the same pages we all see !