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Historic std

The SG Standard was introduced in 1961, slotting above the SG Special and below the SG Custom. It has been one of the longest-lasting variants of the SG, only shortly being replaced by the Deluxe from mid-1971 to mid-1972. As they transitioned back from the Deluxe, there were some models with a mixture of features from both.

In 2016, the Standard was split into two variants; the T (Traditional) and HP (High Performance). For 2019, the HP became it's own model, while two new variants of the Standard were introduced, called the Standard Tribute and Standard '61.

For a full history of the Gibson SG, see: History of the SG

1961-1966 Edit

  • 1962: $290
62 std

1960 Prototype

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
  • Brazilian Rosewood fretboard w/ trapezoid inlays
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (~1965-1966)
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 14o headstock pitch (1965-1966)
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 1 5/8" nut width (1964)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (1965-1966)
65ish std 1

Ca. 1965

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck

Electronics:

  • Two covered "PAF" humbuckers (1961-1962)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets (mostly)
    • Long AlNiCo II magnets (late 1960-mid 1961)
    • ~7-9K Ohms DCR
  • Two covered "Pat. #" humbuckers (1963-mid 1965)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7-8k Ohms DCR
  • Two covered "T-Top" humbuckers (mid/late 1965-1966)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Chrome Hardware (1965-1966)
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
    • Single line, double ring (1961-1963)
    • Double line, double ring (1964-1966)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
      • Blank (Late 1960)
      • "Les Paul" engraved (1961-1962)
      • Blank (1963-1964)
    • 2-ply, standard bevel (1965-1966)
      • Blank
  • Black 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)
    • "ABR-1" stamping underneath (1961-1964)

Finishes:

  • Cherry 
  • Pelham Blue (Custom Order) 

1967-1971 Edit

70 st2

1970

  • March 1970: $355
  • September 1970: $375

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
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard w/ trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute (Mid 1969-1971)
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970-1971)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale (1967-1969)
  • 24 9/16" scale (1969-1971)
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck

Electronics:

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

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
    • Double line, double ring
    • "Gibson Deluxe" (1969-1971)
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (1967-1968)
    • Shallow bevel angle (1969-1971)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black and white
  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers (early-mid 1967)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers (mid 1967-1971)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut (1969-1971)
  • Natural (1971)
  • Pelham Blue (Custom Order)
  • Sparkling Burgundy (Custom Order)

1972 Deluxe / Standard Edit

72 dlx

Version 1 (Photo Credit: Cream City Music)

After a short hiatus, being replaced by the Deluxe, the Standard returned mid-1972 as the last Deluxe parts were being used up. The first change was moving the control cavity cover to the back of the body again. Then, the pickguard changed to something similar to the early '60s Angel Wing style, but with less of a curve for the cutaway, which was fixed by 1973 as the cutaway beveling returned.

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Un-beveled cutaways
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
72 std v2

Version 2

Neck:

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

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
72 super HB ad

Late 1972 Super Humbucker ad (Ver. 2)

Electronics:

  • Two "T-Top" humbuckers (Version 1)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • "Gibson" embossed chrome covers
  • Two Bill Lawrence "Super Humbuckers" (Version 2)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.4K (neck), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots
Hardware:
73 std

Late 1972 / Early 1973 (Compare pickguard to Custom)

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller M6 Keystone tuning machines
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (Sporadic use)
  • 5-ply Les Paul pickguard (Ver. 1)
  • 5-ply pseudo "Angel Wing" pickguard (Ver. 2)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Single-ply black
  • Black Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers (Ver. 1)
  • Black Speed knobs w/ pointers (Ver. 2)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Natural

1973-1979 Edit

73 standard

Late 1972 / Early 1973

Note: The late 1973 - mid 1975 models with Ebony fretboards were not limited edition models, despite what some books claim. This was listed as standard specification in Gibson's catalog for those years.

  • June 1973: $425
  • January 1975: $479
  • 1978: $589
    • $569 (Satin Walnut)
  • 1979: $629
    • $679 (Left-Handed)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
75 std

1974 / 1975

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • (Early-mid 1973, late 1975-1979)
    • Small block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Ebony fretboard
    • (Mid/late 1973 - mid 1975)
    • Small block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width
    78 Std 2

    1978

Binding:

  • Neck (Early-mid1973, late 1975-1979)
  • None (Mid/late 1973 - mid 1975)

Electronics:

  • Two Bill Lawrence "Super Humbuckers"
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.4K (neck), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots (January-May 1973)
    • CTS 300k pots (July 1973-1979)
      • 100k tone (sometimes)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller M6 tuning machines
    • Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Single-ply black
    • 2-ply b/w with "S-G" engraving (1976-1979)
  • Black Speed knobs
    • Pointers (1973-1976)
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Bigsby vibrato

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Natural (1973)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (1974-1979)
  • White (1976-1979)
  • Satin Walnut (1976-1979)

1980-1991 Edit

80 std

1980 Walnut

This bodystyle was produced until mid-1991 as it was replaced with the Batwing style Standard that same year.
  • $679 (1980)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (1980-1982)
  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany (1983-1991)
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Small block inlays (1980-mid 1985)
    • Trapezoid inlays (Late 1985-1991)
    • 12" radius
  • Volute (1980-1981)
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
83 std

1983 Cherry and Tobacco Sunburst

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply

Electronics:

86 std

1986 White

  • Two Bill Lawrence "Super Humbuckers"
    • (1980 - Early 1984)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.4K (neck), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
  • Two Tim Shaw humbuckers
    • (1984 - 1986)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5-8.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two Bill Lawrence "The Original" Humbuckers
    • (1987 - 1989)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~8k (neck), 14k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two 490R/490T Humbuckers
    • (1990 - 1991)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 8.1k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • Side-mounted output jack
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k pots
      • 100k tone (sometimes)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller M6 tuning machines (1980-1983)
    • Keystone buttons
  • Green Key tuning machines (1984-1991)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Kahler tremolo (~1982-1985)

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • White
  • Candy Apple Red (1990-1991)
  • Candy Apple Blue (1990-1991)
  • Golden Mist (1990)

1991-2012 Edit

2012 std

Heritage Cherry

  • $2,517 MSRP (2009)
  • $1,500 Street est. (2009)
  • $1,998 MSRP (2010)
  • $1,200 Street est. (2010)

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
  • Rounded '50s profile
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut (2009?-2012)
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
Std nat burst

Natural Burst

Electronics:

  • Two 490R/498T Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II (neck) & V (bridge) magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 9k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k volume, linear
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
      • Sometimes 300k (Early 1990s)
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board (2008-2012)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover Keystone tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • (Used occasionally in early 1990s)
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece (1991-2002)
  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece (2003-2012)
    • Zamak (2011-2012)

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Natural Burst (2000-2004)

Limited Run Finishes:

  • Candy Apple Red
    • 1991-1993
  • Candy Apple Blue
    • 1991-1993
  • TV Yellow
    • 1991
  • Emerald Green
    • Gold hardware
    • Pearloid pickguard
    • 1993
  • Natural Burst
    • Late 1998-1999
  • Metallic Teal
    • Gold hardware
    • Pearloid pickguard
    • 2000
  • Ebony
    • Gold hardware
    • Pearloid pickguard
    • 2000
  • Silverburst
    • Guitar of the Week model (Week 3)
    • 400 units produced
    • 2007
  • Red Sparkle
    • 2007
  • Emerald Green Sparkle
    • 2008
  • Purple Sparkle
    • 2012

Historic SG Standard (2000-Present) Edit

Historic maestro

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

Originally, it was offered with aged hardware as an option. In 2006, they introduced the "V.O.S." (Vintage Original Spec) treatment with a lightly dulled finish and aged hardware as the standard treatment, with the gloss finish and hardware becoming optional. 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. Since then, it has been intermittently produced as a regular model.

  • ~$3,099 Street (2008-2016 w/ Maestro)
  • $4,499 Street (2018)

Body:

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

Faded Cherry w/ Maestro

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Medium profile
  • Set-in construction
    • Hot hide glue (2013-Present)
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Cellulose trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Crown
  • 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
18 std m2m card rd-0

Cardinal Red (Painted Over Binding)

Historic tv yellow2

TV Yellow w/ Heavy Aging

Binding:
  • Single-ply, neck
  • Painted over (Opaque custom finishes only)
Electronics:
Vintage sunburst

Vintage Sunburst

  • '57 Classic Humbuckers (2000-2005)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • ~7.9k Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers
  • Burstbucker 1 & 2 Humbuckers (2006-2012)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 6.5k (neck) & 7.0k (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers
  • Custombucker Humbuckers (2013-Present)
    • AlNiCo III magnets
    • ~8k Ohms DCR
    • Nickel plated covers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots
Frost blue

Frost Blue

Hardware:
  • Nickel hardware
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • "Green Key" buttons
    • "Single Ring"
    • "Double Ring" (2018)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
      Candy apple blue

      Candy Apple Blue

  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
    • "Les Paul" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Maestro vibrola
  • Optional Bigsby tremolo
Batwing hist std

Custom Order Cardinal Red w/ Batwing

Finishes:

  • Standard:
    • Faded Cherry
    • TV Yellow
    • Classic White
  • Limited Runs:
    • Ebony (2001, 2005)
    • Oxblood (2007)
    • Faded Cherry w/ Grovers (2017)
    • Lamp Black w/ Grovers (2018)
    • Antique Metallic Teal VOS (2018)
  • Custom Order:
    • Cherry (Non-Faded)
    • Ebony
    • Alpine White
    • Vintage Sunburst
    • Cardinal Red
    • Wine Red
    • Natural
    • Antique Gold
    • Candy Apple Red
    • Candy Apple Blue
    • Kerry Green
    • Pelham Blue
    • Inverness Green
    • Antique Teal Metallic
    • Heather Poly
    • Silverburst
    • Gold Mist Poly
    • Sparkle
    • Frost Blue

2013 Edit

13 std ch

Heritage Cherry

This redesign brought most of the specifications from the discontinued '61 Reissue to the Standard, such as the '57 Classics, Slim Taper neck, beveling, heel design, pickguard shape and knob placement, only excluding the wide headstock and Nickel hardware.
  • $1,039 - $1,299 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • Deeper beveling
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile (.800/.875")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width
13 nat bst

Natural Burst

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k volume, linear
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • TonePros Keystone tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Optional Min-ETune automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Classic White
  • Natural Burst

2014 Edit

14 std walnut

Walnut

  • $1,471 - $1,645 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • Deeper beveling
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
120th banner

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile (.800/.875")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • 120th Anniv. banner inlay at 12th fret
    • 12" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Black TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
14 std fireb

Fireburst

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Push/Pull coil split
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Min-ETune automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "ETune" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Natural Burst
  • Alpine White
  • Fireburst
  • Manhattan Midnight
  • Walnut

2015 Edit

15 std
This model year would represent the first time Gibson ever used a compound radius fretboard on an SG, as well as the first time Mother of Pearl was used for the fret marker inlays on an SG Standard.
  • $1,499 - $1,879 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • Deeper beveling
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
15 std TE

Translucent Ebony

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3.5 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile (.800/.875")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • Buffed and oiled fretboard
    • Compound 10"-16" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Silkscreened "Les Paul 100" signature
  • Les Paul hologram
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
    • Lower fret height
    • Leveled by Plek machine
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable brass zero-fret nut
  • 1 13/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Push/Pull coil tap
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
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G Force

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • G Force automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
  • Zamak stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Translucent Ebony
  • Fireburst

2016 Standard T Edit

16 std t 2
This redesign marked a return to most of the 1991-2012 features.
  • $1,875 MSRP
  • $999 - $1,199 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rounded '60s profile
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
16 std t

Electronics:

  • Two 490R/498T Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II (neck) & V (bridge) magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 9k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2016 Standard HP Edit

16 std hp 2
  • $1,549 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Deeper beveling than T model
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rounded '60s profile (.818/963")
  • Smaller "Fast Access" heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
    • Fret-over-binding
16 hp heel

"Fast Access" heel

Electronics:

  • Two 490R/498T Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II (neck) & V (bridge) magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 9k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 3-way switch
    • Improved durability
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
  • Multi-contact output jack
16 std hp

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • 2nd generation G Force automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black "Notched" Speed knobs
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Zamak Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
  • Zamak stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2017-2018 Standard T Edit

17 std t

This redesign has a mixture of features from previous models, with the beveling and heel shape of the 1991-2012 model but the Angel Wing pickguard and Slim Taper neck of the 2013 model.

  • $1,169 - $1,399 Street (2017)
  • $1,459 Street (Pelham Blue 2017)
  • $1,539 Street (2018)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
17 std t cb

Cherry Burst

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
18 std t AS

Autumn Shade

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic Humbuckers (2017)
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • Two '61 Humbuckers (2018)
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • 7.74k ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover locking tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Bell knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    18 std sparkle 2-0

    Red Sparkle

    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Cherry Burst (2017)
  • Pelham Blue (2017 Limited Run)
  • Autumn Shade (2018)
  • Red Sparkle (2018 Limited Run)
  • Blue Sparkle (2018 Limited Run)

2017 Standard HP Edit

17 std hp-0
  • $1,799 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Deeper beveling than T model
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile
  • Smaller "Fast Access" heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut
  • 1 12/16" nut width
16 hp heel

"Fast Access" heel

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
    • Fret-over-binding

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic/Classic Plus Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.5k (neck) & 8.3k (bridge) Ohms D.C. resistance
    • Chrome covers & mounting rings
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
17 std hp 2

Cherry Burst

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • 2nd generation G Force automatic tuning system
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Chrome plated w/ "SG High Performance" engraving
  • Chrome plated, knurled "UFO" knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
    • Locking thumbwheels
  • Locking Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Cherry Burst

2018 Standard HP I & II Edit

18 std hp

HP-I in Blood Orange Fade

HP-I is the early 2018 specification. Most are HP-IIs.
  • $2,199 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • AA flame Maple top
    • Deeper beveling than T model
    • Slightly thicker for balance
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile
  • Smaller "Fast Access" heel
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (HP-I)
  • Richlite fretboard (HP-II)
    • Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 24 frets
    • Lower fret height
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut
  • 1 12/16" nut width
18 std hp 2

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
    • Fret-over-binding

Electronics:

  • Two '57 Classic/Super '57 Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.5k (neck) & 8.6k (bridge) Ohms
    • Chrome covers
    • Direct mounted
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • Push/Pull (see below)
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board
  • DIP switch (5 slide switches inside control cavity)
    • DIP 1: Neck pickup split (true single) or tapped (P-90 type tone)
    • DIP 2: Bridge pickup split (true single) or tapped (P-90 type tone)
    • DIP 3: Neck pickup treble bleed circuit (On/Off)
    • DIP 4: Bridge pickup treble bleed circuit (On/Off)
    • DIP 5: Transient suppression (Spike control) for recording
      • Neck Volume: Pull for split or tap (depending on DIP 1)
      • Bridge Volume: Pull for split or tap (depending on DIP 2)
      • Neck tone: Pull for neck pickup phase reversal
      • Bridge Tone: Pull for Full bypass (Bridge only in humbucking mode with disabled controls)
18 std hp 3

Finishes

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • 2nd generation G Force automatic tuning system (HP-I)
    • 40:1 ratio
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (HP-II)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Chrome plated w/ "HP" engraving
  • Chrome plated, knurled "UFO" knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
    • Titanium saddles
    • Locking thumbwheels
  • Locking Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Blood Orange Fade
  • Cobalt fade
  • Hot Pink Fade
  • Mojave Fade

2019 Standard Tribute Edit

19 trib
  • $1,099 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Mahogany body
  • Satin nitrocellulose lacquer over stain
    • No grain filler (open pores)

Neck:

  • 1-pc Maple
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silkscreened Gibson logo
  • Silkscreened crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
  • 1 11/16" nut width
19 trib 3

Maple neck

Electronics:

  • Two uncovered 490R/490T Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 8.1k (bridge) Ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    19 trib 2-0

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover Kluson-style tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • "Green Key" buttons
  • 4-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Single-ply black w/ "Tribute" engraving
  • Black Bell knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Vintage Cherry Satin
  • Natural Walnut

2019 Standard Edit

19 std
  • $1,499 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 4.25 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rounded '60s profile
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic Trapezoid inlays
    • Increased fretboard thickness
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Fret-edge binding
    19 std 2-0

Electronics:

  • Two 490R/490T Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo II magnets
    • 7.4k (neck) & 8.1k (bridge) Ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • 500k non-linear
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Poly-carbonate control cover
    • Prevents electrostatic discharge
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2019 Standard '61 Edit

19 std 61

This model returns the features of the discontinued '61 Reissue, with the exception of the wide headstock and '57 Classics.

  • $1,799 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Grade A Mahogany (Translucent finishes)
    • Deeper beveling
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Franklin Titebond 50 glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Slim Taper profile (.810/.910")
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic Trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
    • Grade A Rosewood
  • Narrow Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl crown
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • TekToid self-lubricating nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width
19 61-0

Binding:

  • Neck, single-ply
  • Fret-edge binding

Electronics:

  • Two '61 Humbuckers
    • AlNiCo V magnets
    • 7.74k ohms D.C.R.
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k volume, linear
    • CTS 500k tone, audio
    • "Quick-Connect" circuit board

Hardware:

  • Nickel Hardware
  • TonePros Keystone tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG" engraving
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Switch ring delete
  • Aluminum ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Vintage Cherry

Other Variants Edit

Click a model name for a link to its page:

Standard/Special (1978) Edit

77 std special 2 2

The "SG" Standard (1980) Edit

80 the sg 2

Standard Celebrity (1991) Edit

91 celeb 4

Standard Korina (1993 / 2001 Custom Shop) Edit

93 korina 2

Historic 1962 Reissue Standard (2005-2007) Edit

05 62 ri 3-0

Guitar Center exclusive. Same specs as Historic SG Standard except Grover Rotomatic tuners and lightly aged finish (pre-dating VOS option). Contrary to popular belief, the heel shape is no different. $1,999 Street

05 62 ri

Historic Standard Sparkle (2007-2009) Edit

Black, gold, silver, red, "stadium"

Standard 3 Single Coil (2007) Edit

07 sg 3 sc2

Historic Standard Korina (2008-2009) Edit

08 korina 22

Standard Coil Tap (2009-2012) Edit

12 coil tap

Standard Limited (2011-2012) Edit

12 std ltd

Standard Exclusive (2011) Edit

11 std exc2

50th Anniversary Standard 24 (2011) Edit

11 50th 2

Standard P-90 (2012 / 2016) Edit

12 std p90

Standard 24 (2014-2016) Edit

14 std 242

Standard 120 (2014) Edit

14 std 120

Heavy Aged Historic Standard (2014) Edit

14 hvy-0

Brian Ray Signature Standard (2015) Edit

15 ray std 2

Historic Standard Maple Top (2017) Edit

18 mpl top

Heavy Aged Historic Standard (2017) Edit

17 hvy-0

Standard Gold Series (2017) Edit

17 gold wr 3

Heavy Aged Historic Standard (2018) Edit

18 sage 2-0