Gibson 2010 SG Special Glossy Series Electric Guitar, Black Finish w/ Gigbag
Body and Finish
- The body of each SG Special is crafted from solid mahogany, one of the most revered tonewoods in the history of the electric guitar.
- The SG Special follows the classic lines of the SG Standard, with a flat top, contoured body edges, and deep cutaways that yield two slightly asymmetrical pointy body "horns".
- Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good midrange presence. It has long been acknowledged as a classic tonewood for rock and blues instruments in particular.
- The average weight of a raw SG Special body is 4.03 lbs, which contributes to the relatively light weight of the finished guitar.
- A hand-buffed, high-gloss finish with 90-sheen lacquer gives the SG Special a high-quality appearance in keeping with its heritage.
- The SG Special is hand-finished in nitrocellulose in a process that is carefully monitored to ensure minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance. The final coat is hand buffed to a high-sheen gloss. Unlike many other manufacturers, who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time.
Neck and Headstock
- The neck of the SG Special is constructed from solid mahogany, cut using the superior "quarter sawn" orientation for improved strength and resonance.
- The SG Special headstock is carefully angled at Gibson's traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
- The neck on the SG Special is carved to Gibson's comfortable, rounded '50s profile, which offers a smooth playing feel in the hand. This neck shape has been a favorite with many players since its arrival on the SG Standards of the mid '60s.
- Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
- The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
- The Gibson logo – one of the most globally recognized logos of all time – is silkscreened in gold across the top of the headstock face of the SG Special, and the "SG" model name is imprinted in the truss-rod cover.
- Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested technique has been used for millennia in all the great woodworking arts – from shipbuilding to cabinetry – to create one solid wood unit from two separate sections, and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the instrument was made from a single piece of wood.
- The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
- When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
- Joint Angle: 4.25 degrees (+/- 15 seconds)
Fingerboard and Nut
- The neck of the SG Special carries a granadillo fingerboard. Granadillo is non-porous, straight grained, very dense, and has a ringing warm tap tone that is well balanced.
- The SG Special fingerboard carries acrylic dot position markers.
- The SG Special sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, all immaculately dressed and polished.
- The nut on the SG Special is made from Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. This popular synthetic alternative to bone offers a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made in the slotting process. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson's PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing.
- Granadillo fingerboards are known for their well-balanced, ringing, warm tap tones.
- The 12-inch radius of the SG Special fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
- The width of the nut on the SG Special is approximately 1-11/16", the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars.
- The headstock of the SG Special is equipped with vintage-style tuners with pearloid tulip buttons and an efficient 14:1 turn ratio. These tuners provide a classic look in line with the model’s lineage, and smooth, robust performance.
- In 1954, Gibson revolutionized guitar hardware when it debuted the Tune-o-matic bridge, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. Included on the SG Special, the Tune-o-matic provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. This bridge is made from Zamak then plated in chrome, and each one weighs approximately .118 lbs.
- The truss rod cover on the SG Special is made from black vinyl plastic. It is shaped like an antique bell, and imprinted with the “SG” model name.
- Every Tune-o-matic bridge is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that’s designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The SG Special’s stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamac then plated in chrome, and each one weighs approximately .24 lbs.
- The SG Special’s aluminum strap buttons are the same style and design that Gibson has used since the early 1950s.
- The control knobs on the SG Special are Gibson’s black “top hat” types with silver inserts, as found on many vintage and modern Gibson guitars.
- The SG Special has a three-ply black/white/black pickguard designed in the image of the larger pickguards of SGs from the mid to late ’60s. In addition to providing protection from pick scratching, this larger ’guard provides the mounting surface for the guitar’s two pickups.
- The SG Special is fitted with genuine Gibson strings, sizes .010 - .046.
- Two popular units from the Modern Classics series, Gibson’s 490T and 490R pickups (“T” for treble, and “R” for rhythm) have the traditional characteristics of the original “Patent Applied For” pickups of the late 1950s, with a few upgrades.
- These pickups take advantage of wax potting, which does away with any air space inside the pickup, therefore lessening the chances of microphonic feedback. The result is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. Used as a set, this pair is also calibrated for outstanding output balance, with the slightly overwound 490T in the bridge position easily matching the output of the 490R in the neck.
- Gibson’s 490R and 490T both use Alnico II bar magnets.
- Used together, the 490R and 490T constitute an extremely versatile humbucking pickup set. In the neck position, the former yields juicy, warm vocal tones with outstanding clarity, while the latter in the bridge position excels at everything from bright jangle through a clean amp to wailing overdrive with outstanding sustain through a high-gain amp. Selected together, the pair gives you everything from funky to greasy, depending upon amp and effects settings.
- The SG Special uses an individual volume control for each pickup, which consists of a quality 300k linear potentiometer for a smooth, natural volume roll-off.
- The SG Special features one three-way Switchcraft toggle switch. In the down position, only the bridge pickup is active. In the middle position, both pickups are active. In the up position, only the neck pickup is active.
- The SG Special features individual tone controls for each pickup, comprised of 500k non-linear potentiometers with.022mF tone capacitors for a smooth transition from bright to warm.
- The guitar features a 1⁄4” output jack made by Switchcraft. Its super heavy duty construction holds your guitar cable securely in place.