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The "SG" was conceived by Nashville plant manager Whitey Morrison in 1979 to fill the gap in the budget end of the SG lineup, following the discontinuation of the Special. This model introduced the change in control layout that the SG Standard would undergo the following year. It also had a unique finish with black splatter and small dings throughout to create a distressed appearance. In May 1980, it was renamed "The 'SG' Standard" and got a new branded-in Gibson logo, while a new version called "The 'SG' Deluxe" was introduced with a Mahogany body and neck for a slightly lower price. The models also became collectively referred to as the "Firebrand Series" that year (including the Les Paul variants). Some examples of The "SG" Deluxe were labeled "SG Firebrand", for no apparent reason. While the last catalog these models were featured in was from 1981, the last models were shipped as late as 1985. Most examples seem to have been produced in 1980 and leftover stock of Deluxes were refinished in new full-gloss colors with black headstocks and silk-screened logos throughout 1981. The Standard was discontinued in 1982. New production of teh Deluxe appears to have been done from 1982-early 1984 before they were phased out in favor of the newly returned Special.

The "SG" (Standard) Edit

80 the sg
  • 1979-1981
  • $499 (1979)
  • $599 (July 1980)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Walnut body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
    • Semi-gloss distressed

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Walnut
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Rosewood fretboard w/ dot inlays (early 1979)
  • Ebony fretboard w/ dot inlays
    • Inlay at 1st fret
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo (1979)
  • Branded Gibson logo
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • "The SG" Humbucker (Neck position)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnet
    • 7.2K Ohms DCR
  • "Velvet Brick" zebra Humbucker (Bridge position)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnet
    • 7.5K Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k pots
      • 100k tone (sometimes)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Grover Keystone tuning machines (1979)
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "The 'SG'" engraving (1979)
    • 2-ply b/w with "Firebrand 'The SG' Standard" engraving
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Switch ring (early 1979)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Natural Walnut

The "SG" Deluxe Edit

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  • 1980-1984
  • $529 (July 1980)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
    • Semi-gloss distressed
    • Gloss (1981-1984)

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany (1983-1984)
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Ebony fretboard w/ dot inlays
    • Inlay at 1st fret
    • 12" radius
  • Rosewood fretboard w/ dot inlays (~1983, uncommon)
  • Volute (1979-1981)
  • Large Open Book headstock
  • Narrow Open Book headstock (1982-1984)
  • Branded Gibson logo
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo (1982-1984)
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
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Bahamas Blue

Electronics:

  • "The SG" Humbucker (Neck position)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnet
    • 7.2K Ohms DCR
    • Designed by Tim Shaw
  • "Velvet Brick" zebra Humbucker (Bridge position)
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnet
    • 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 300k pots
      • 100k tone (sometimes)

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines
  • Grover Keystone tuning machines (1981-1983)
  • Green Key tuning machines (1984)
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "Firebrand 'The SG' Deluxe" engraving
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG Firebrand" engraving
    • 2-ply b/w with "The 'SG'" engraving (1983-1984)
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Harmonica Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece (early 1979)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • 3-Point Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece (1982-1984)

Finishes:

  • Natural Mahogany
  • Antique Mahogany
  • Wine Red (1981-1984)
  • Ebony (1981-1984)
  • Devil Red (1981-1982)
  • Bahamas Blue (1981-1982)
  • Goldburst (1981-1982)
  • Silver (1981-1982)
  • Holly Green (1981-1982)
  • Candy Apple Red (1983-1984)
  • Electric Blue (1983-1984)
  • Yellow Mist (1983-1984)
  • Tangerine (1983-1984)
  • Ultra Violet (1983-1984)
  • Walnut (1983-1984)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (1984)
  • Silverburst (1984)