Why the SG?

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  1. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    We here, all love SGs for one reason or another. Whether it be the long list of great players who use them, or the easy high fret access, we like to look at them, talk about them, and play them. So, why did you choose the SG? What are your reasons for it? What made you try one out?

    I'll start with why I did; I wanted to get a USA made guitar that I could use to replace my Tele. So I looked at US Strats and Teles, but I was leaning towards a Gibson. So I played the Les Pauls in my local music store (this was last January) but none of them felt right except for the weird Les Paul Recording, but I wouldn't be able to afford it at the time, so I kept looking. Then my dad kept bugging me to try the 2015 Fireburst SG Standard, but I was reluctant to try it as it was pretty pricey for me being a 13 year old at the time and from all the 2015 Gibson bashing I had seen. The robot tuners, the zero fret, the wide neck, and the Les Scrawl, what was there to like? So after a month of my dad trying to get me to try it, and me doing research on all of the features, I gave in and tried it. Pulled it off the wall, sat down with it, and played an E chord. Let's just say, I put the guitar in layaway that day :D

    Now as for my favorite player, I've been a huge Gary Clark Jr. fan, and at that time, he was still playing Casinos as his main guitar. So for me, my main reason wasn't the players that played it, but simply on the merit of the guitar and how great it was :D
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    To be completely honest, I just wanted an SG simply because they look cool. If it wasn't going to be an SG, it would've been a Strat. I saw a very nice looking 90's Fender Strat for $1300 AUD that I almost bought. My Uncle encouraged me to give a Gibson a go. And I'm glad I did. My SG can get that big Rock 'n' Roll tone, but also that glassy blues tone that you'd usually find in a Stratocaster.

    Why an SG over a Les Paul?

    Cost.

    SGs here in Sydney, SGs are HALF THE PRICE of a LP (I'd imagine it's similar for the rest of the world). I have no clue why, since SGs are IMO pretty much the same as Les Pauls. SG's just do some things better :thumb:
     
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    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Back when I got my SG, I had already had a great Tele, so I had all the Fender bases covered. I was just hankering for a Gibson, and the SG fit the bill because after playing long sets with the Tele (like 2 hrs) it hurt my back, so I couldn't go with a Les Paul for that reason alone :D
    And now that I got my Strat, my Tele hardly gets any use because the Strat is so much easier on the back and the vibrato on the Strat is way more reliable than the B5 on the Tele :D
    Another thing, what is it with our family members knowing what guitars we will like? My dad has probably been the most influential on my guitar purchases, because he was the one who got me hankering for a Strat and he helped me decide on the Modern Player Telecaster Bass :hmm:
    I imagine the cost is justified to Gibson because the Les Paul has that bound maple cap which adds a little bit more to production time, and they have a thicker slab of mahogany in the back than the SG. And yes, the price is double here in the US too, the SG costs half of a Les Paul and plays twice as good :D
     
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    Why the SG?

    Look at it, man. Just look at it!

    Coolest looking guitar ever made. Looks mean and classy at the same time.

    As for playability, the easy upper fret access is a plus. I like the contoured body, and combined with a 60s style neck profile, I'm in heaven. Mind you, my first SG was an SG II with a baseball bat neck.
     
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    Because I was looking for a P90 guitar and and I started playing bass, late teen with a Gibson MM SG.

    A used Epiphone 50th Anniversary"1961" SG Special appeared on local CL and I knew I had to have it. I don't appreciate heavy guitars, weight is the first thing that will make me consider a guitar or putting it back where I took it. It has to be light and this one was like a feather. I like the way it felt in my hands and the P90 growl, that's all.
     
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    For me. At the time. They guys I played with at church either had Strats, Teles or LPs. I was looking for something different. Contributing factor also was names like Iommi, Young, early Clapton and Townsend.
     
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    Why the SG?
    I don't know why. Honestly, I thought I wanted an Explorer, but none of them felt right. Epi, Gibby, Ibanez Destroyer....

    The moment I "met" my G400 I knew. I shopped around a bit but everything was compared to my inevitable axe.
     
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    I lucked out. I chose the SG because of conscientiousness. I wanted a Les Paul super duper special. I have just begun playing 7 weeks ago. I wasn't sure if I would stick with it. I've had a few rough go's with frustration but continue anyway. I didn't want to spend $3200 and then quit. So for perhaps the first time in my life I listened to that voice of reason. I spent $1300 instead of $3200. I chose the SG because it was light, thin, and attractive. Since then I found this site and have learned a great deal more about the SG. Personally it's still a PITA, my heart says one thing and my fingers say another.
     
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    I know the feeling quite well.
     
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    Since I was a kid it was a design that always attracted me. Any double cut guitar for the matter.

    But than I saw a Gib SG standard on the wall of a guitar shop, the real deal. And I fell in love completely. When I finally had the money to buy a Gibby I was (and still am) more into faded finishes, I was already a more "experienced" guitar player and I knew that I prefer the feel of faded, so I got my SG Special, and its my main axe since than.

    I had american strats and teles, PRS SE, les pauls, Ibanez artcore and a reverend guitars. All of them came and went, the SG remains solid.


    ps: I think I finally found another guitar that I deeply bonded with, my LP special. but I always come back to the SG and it always feel right, feels like home.
     
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    An SG is like a board with pickups bolted to it that sticks right close to your body. Its set up perfectly to encourage the artist to express themselves.
     
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    I had lucked into a deal on a 61' reissue some years ago and traded it off.

    I never got over it.

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    Just over 2 years ago, I went looking for another guitar with a Les Paul format, a 50th birthday present for myself. I fell in love with a cheap SG because it played so well. It was my first SG, so I joined this group. No, I take that back. My first guitar ever was a 1970s Lyle SG copy. My new SG looks very similar (high gloss, p/u covers...). I have mostly owned Strats.
     
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  14. hraffe

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    My SG-craze began around a decade ago with an Epiphone Special II. It certainly wasn't an SG, but the weight and thickness of the guitar wasn't that far off. The next logical upgrade for me was the Epiphone G-400... and then I was hooked. :D

    I'm kind of sad that I sold the Special II, it was a nice feeling guitar.
     
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    Two reasons:
    Ian Mackaye of Fugazi played 1970 walnut and white SGs
    My bandmate Mark Thomas played a black SG Standard.
    So when I picked up guitar naturally I was going to play an SG. No other guitar was even considered. It is the essence of rock when plugged into a high gain Marshall amplifier.
     

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    Love my LPs but I am a recent convert, the SG is very comfortable to play because of its body thickness (compared to LPs) and the sound is very similar to an LP. Its simply a cool guitar, Love it!
     
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    Well, let's see... Back when I was a young teen we had a store in my home town called Lynn's Gutars that had a wall of used guitars about thirty feet long and two guitars high. These were the classics that people had traded in: '50s Les Pauls, Firebirds, Explorers, SGs, Flying Vs, etc. On Saturdays I would take a bus (with two transfers) across town to this guitar store to try out gear. The owner was really generous with the used guitars. As long as you treated them well you were welcome to try them out. I spent hours of my life in that store learning the various kinds of guitars and amps of the '50s and '60s.

    My first solid electric guitar was a Les Paul that I bought in '77 and still have. Somewhere along the line I started playing recording sessions and producing and all those years of playing different guitars and amps at Lynn's payed off. I had learned that guitars are flavors that can be added to a recording in combinations, and that I needed to be able to provide those flavors to the projects I worked on. So, I've been seeking out some of the classic gear to use in my work.

    The SG adds a really interesting classic flavor: a humbucker-equipped mahogany guitar that has some rhythm chunk but doesn't have as much girth as a Les Paul. The SG Standard '61 Reissue type also allows you to pull off the volume and get a stringy lead sound and then crank it back up and fill it back out. Also, as my back "matures," the SG form factor and its reduced weight become mighty attractive. :naughty:

    Bob
     
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    It was 1979 and I was 13 years old. My mom got a deal from one of her clients for a Japanese SG, a solid state amp, a MXR distortion pedal and a Crybaby Wah pedal for $300. I was the happiest kid in the world...after all my favorite guitarist, Tony Iommi played a SG.
     
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    I wanted to buy a LP Trad from Sweetwater on credit. I was only approved for $1200. So I bought a SG Standard.

    I'm absolutely in love with it.
     

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