This model was never documented in a catalog by Gibson, and therefore has no official name, but is something of a mix between Standard and Special features. Around the time these were produced (the very last few days of 1977 and midway into 1978), production of the Special was winding down, and it essentially bridged the gap between that and the 1979 The "SG" as the budget-friendly model (and appears to have been the basis for the The "SG"). It also was the first SG to return to the wider 1 11/16" nut width.

Features Edit

77 std special 2


  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish


  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard w/ dot inlays
    • Inlay at 1st fret
    • 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 11/16" nut width
78 std special 3


  • 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 300k pots
      • 100k tone (sometimes)


  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "S-G" engraving
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece


  • Ebony
  • Walnut