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The SG Custom was introduced in 1961, slotting above the SG Standard as the top of the line model. It has been one of the longest-lasting variants of the SG, only shortly being discontinued from 1980-1986. In 1993, it became a Custom Shop model as part of the Historic Collection, and in 2000 it was redesigned for more historical accuracy. Since 2014, they are not a standard production model anymore, but can still be ordered through the Custom Shop.

Note: when it comes to vintage Gibsons, generally, older parts would continue being used longer for SG Customs because less of them were produced than Standards, so supplies of Custom-specific parts (like gold plated PAFs, for example) would take longer to run out than they did on Standards.

Related:

1961-1966 Edit

60 LPC

1960 Prototype

  • 1962: $425

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Hot hide glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 14o headstock pitch (1965-1966)
  • 22 "Fretless Wonder" frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 1 5/8" nut width (1964)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (1965-1966)

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Multi-ply, headstock
65ish cst

Ca. 1965

Electronics:

  • Three covered "PAF" humbuckers (1961-1963)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets (mostly)
    • Long AlNiCo II magnets (late 1960-mid 1961)
    • ~7-9K Ohms DCR
  • Three covered "Pat. #" humbuckers (1963-1965)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7-8k Ohms DCR
  • Three covered "T-Top" humbuckers (1966)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Patent # sticker
  • 3-way switch
    • Center pos. selects neck & middle pickups
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (1960-1963)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines (1963-1966)
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Gold Keystone buttons
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
      • Blank
    • 2-ply, standard bevel (1965-1966)
      • Blank
  • 3-ply w/b/w tenon cover
    • "Les Paul Custom" engraved (1961-1962)
    • "Custom" engraved (1963-1966)
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Sideways vibrola (1961-1962)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Ebony Block vibrola (1962)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola (1963-1966)

Finishes:

  • White 

1967-1971 Edit

70 cst 2

1970

  • March 1970: $525
  • September 1970: $565

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel (1967-1968)
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (mid 1969-1971)
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute (1970-1971)
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970-1971)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 "Fretless Wonder" frets
  • 24 5/8" scale (1967-1969)
  • 24 9/16" scale (1969-1971)
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Multi-ply, headstock

Electronics:

  • Three covered "T-Top" humbuckers
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Patent # sticker
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Gold Hardware
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines
    • Keystone buttons
  • 3-ply w/b/w "Batwing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (1967-1968)
    • Shallow bevel angle (1969-1971)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black and white
    • "Custom" engraving
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs w/ pointers (early-mid 1967)
  • Black/Gold Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers (mid 1967-1971)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola

Finishes:

  • White (1967-1968) 
  • Walnut (1969-1971) 

1971-1972 Edit

72 cst
Not only a significant redesign of the appointments including the controversial front-mounted control plate, this model marked a change to the body shape, with a wider waist, which would remain through 1979.
  • Mid 1971 - Mid 1972
  • $565 (1971)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Un-beveled cutaways
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • No angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Ebony fretboard w/ block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Multi-ply, headstock

Electronics:

  • Three "T-Top" humbuckers
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • "Gibson" embossed covers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots
    • Front-routed

Hardware:

  • Gold Hardware
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (Sporadic use)
  • 5-ply Les Paul pickguard
  • 5-ply Half-Moon front-mounted control plate
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black/white
    • "SG Custom" engraving
  • Black/Gold Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola

Finishes:

  • Walnut

1972-1979 Edit

73 cst

Late 1972 / Early 1973

75 cst-0

1974 (Unusual pickup & tailpiece placement)

  • June 1973: $605 (Stopbar Tailpiece)
    • $620 (Bigsby Tailpiece)
  • 1974: $620
  • January 1975: $670 (Stopbar)
    • $685 (Bigsby)
  • 1976: $699 (Stopbar, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $729 (Stopbar, White)
    • $710 (Bigsby, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $740 (Bigsby, White)
  • 1977: $749 (Stopbar, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $779 (Stopbar, White)
    • $760 (Bigsby, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $790 (Bigsby, White)
  • 1978: $799 (Stopbar)
    • $820 (Bisgby)
  • 1979: $849

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
78 cst

1978

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 "Fretless Wonder" frets (1972-1975)
  • 22 medium frets (1976-1979)
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck
78 cst 2

1978

Electronics:

  • Three covered "T-Top" humbuckers (1972-1974)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Patent # sticker
  • Three Bill Lawrence "Super Humbuckers"
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.4K (neck & middle), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots (1972-May 1973)
    • CTS 300k pots (July 1973-1979)
      • 100k tone (sometimes)

Hardware:

  • Gold Hardware
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines (1972-1974)
    • Keystone buttons
  • Schaller M6 tuning machines (1975-1979)
    • Keystone buttons
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (Sporadic use)
    • Keystone or Kidney buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG Custom" engraving (1973-1975)
    • 2-ply b/w with "S-G" engraving (1976-1979)
  • Black Speed knobs
    • Pointers (1972-1976)
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Bigsby vibrato

Finishes:

  • Walnut
  • White (1974-1979)
  • Cherry (1976-1978) 
  • Tobacco Sunburst (1978) 
  • Ebony (7 units, 1975) 

1987-1991 Edit

91 cst

1991

The Custom returned after the introduction of the SG-62 in 1986, sharing the same body and neck design. In fact, for the first year, it was referred to as the "SG-62 Custom" in the catalog. Unfortunately, this means that the shape is not quite accurate to that of a 1962 SG, with the biggest issues being the too-small lower horn and pickguard shape. However, that makes these models a good deal for anyone who doesn't mind. In the last production year, the pickguard shape was fixed.

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile (.800/.875")
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Headstock, multi-ply
  • Fret-edge binding

Electronics:

  • Three Tim Shaw humbuckers (1987-1988)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5-8.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Three Bill Lawrence "The Original" Humbuckers (1987-1989)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~8k (neck & middle), 14k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
    • Circuit board baseplate
  • Three 490R/490T Humbuckers (1990-1991)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.4k (neck & middle) & 8.1k (bridge) Ohms D.C.R
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
89 cst kahler

1989 w/ factory Kahler

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (1987, 1990-1991)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines (1988-1989)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black/white, blank (1987-1989, 1991)
    • 2-ply b/w with "Les Paul Custom" engraving (1989-1990)
  • 3-ply tenon cover, blank (1987-1989)
  • 3-ply tenon cover w/ "Les Paul Custom" engraving (1990-1991)
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Kahler tremolo w/ locking nut (1989)

Finishes:

  • Antique Ivory 

1992-1999 Edit

With the introduction of the '61 Reissue, this model received its new pickguard, which was true to the original shape (although, for some reason, the old pickguard would occasionally reappear). With the creation of the Custom Shop as a dedicated division in 1993, the Custom became exclusively a Custom Shop model as part of the Historic Collection and always bore the Custom Shop logo on the back of the headstock. In 1994, Gibson corrected the major inaccuracies of the body shape. In 1996, the serial number switched to the Custom Shop format and the Custom Shop logo was deleted.

93 cst 2

1993 (Ebony)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile (.800/.875")
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Headstock, multi-ply
  • Fret-edge binding
97 cst

1997

Electronics:

  • Three '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Grover Keystone tuning machines (1993, late 1996 - 1998)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (1992 - early 1996)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines (1992)
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black/white, blank (1992-1993)
    • 2-ply b/w with "Les Paul Custom" engraving (1996-1999)
    • Wide bevel angle (1996-1999)
  • 3-ply tenon cover, blank (1993)
  • 3-ply tenon cover w/ "Les Paul Custom" engraving (1992, 1996-1999)
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Antique Ivory 
  • Ebony (1993) 

2000-2013 (Historic Collection) Edit

These models are produced in smaller numbers (less than 1,000 per year) by the Custom Shop, to vintage-accurate specs.

While the Custom was the first SG model introduced to the Historic Collection in 1993, it didn't receive a redesign for increased historical accuracy until 2000, when the Historic Standard and Special were introduced with this new design as well. This included a new heel design, deeper beveling and a more accurate headstock shape including a real Holly veneer.

In 2006, they introduced the "V.O.S." (Vintage Original Spec) treatment with lightly dulled finish and hardware as the standard finish, with a gloss finish being optional.

  • $5,880 MSRP (2009-2013)
12 cst hist 3

Body:

  • Solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • One-piece construction
  • Historic deep beveling
  • Tapered horn tips
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
    • Aniline dye (Faded Cherry, 2013)

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim Taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • Hot hide glue (2013)
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
    • Leveled by Plek machine (2006-2013)
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • Nylon nut
    • Cut by Plek machine (2006-2013)
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
    • Thin vintage style
  • Multi-ply, headstock

Electronics:

  • Three '57 Classic Humbuckers (2000-2008)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms DCR
  • Three Burstbucker 1 & 2 Humbuckers (2008-2012)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 6.5k (neck & middle) & 7.0k (bridge) Ohms DCR
  • Three Custombucker Humbuckers (2013)
    • AlNiCo III magnets
    • ~8k Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • "Green Key" buttons
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    99 cst inv-1

    1999 Inverness Green

    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
    • "Les Paul Custom" engraving
  • 3-ply tenon cover w/ "Les Paul Custom" engraving
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Maestro vibrola
03 tv white hist cst

2003 T.V. White

Finishes:

  • Classic White
  • Faded Cherry

Limited Runs:

  • Inverness Green
    • 1999
    • Nickel hardware
  • Inverness Green
    • 2000
    • Gold hardware
  • T.V. White
    • 2003
    • Two pickups
    • Black stinger
  • Sparkle
    • 2008
    • Silver or Blue Burst
    • Nickel hardware
  • Antique Pelham Blue
    • 2010
    • Two pickups
  • Antique Gold
    • 2012
    • Two pickups

2014-Present Edit

Custom Vint burst

Vintage Sunburst, 2-pu, Chrome hw, Maestro

Since 2014, as a part of Gibson's "Made 2 Measure" program, this model can be custom ordered with almost any option desired (even with a Batwing pickguard) and different levels of aging. However, the regular production of Customs ended, making them only available by order, or when offered as a limited run. Another result of this change was the proliferation of limited runs, which are listed at the end of this page under "Other Variants".

Brittany Howard Coral SG

Coral Pink (for Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes)

Finishes:

  • Cherry (Non-Faded)
  • Ebony
  • Alpine White
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Cardinal Red
  • Wine Red
  • Natural
  • Antique Gold
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Candy Apple Blue
  • Verdoro Green
  • Kerry Green
  • Pelham Blue
  • Inverness Green
  • Heather Poly
  • Silverburst
  • Gold Mist Poly
  • Sparkle
  • Frost Blue
  • Coral Pink
  • Brunswick Blue

Other Variants Edit

Elite / Custom (1987) Edit

87 elite cst2

30th Anniversary 1961 Reissue (1991) Edit

91 30th anniv-1

25th Anniversary 1967 Reissue (1992) Edit

92 67-0

10th Anniversary Historic Custom (2003) Edit

03 10th anniv-0

Classic Custom (2007) Edit

07 classic custom-1

Custom Sparkle (2008-2009) Edit

Red/Gold, Blue Burst

Custom 3-Pickup (2017) Edit

17 cst 3pu-1

Limited Edition Custom (2017) Edit

17 sg cst-0

Limited Edition Models (2018) Edit

18 cst bat 2-0

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