The original SG Special is still a well-revered model, and it has returned for 2017. Maintaining that distinct, traditional double cutaway body with some new, updated appointments to go with it, the 2017 SG Special HP is truly built for incredible, high performance as its title suggests.
The SG Special has a body constructed from mahogany, a predominant choice of tonewood in Gibson's history due to its beautiful tone delivery. The double cutaway body has been given a satin-nitrocellulose finish for that tidy appearance. Gibson have also equipped the SG Special HP with a sculpted fast access heel for exceptional, easy reach to every fret.
The 2017 SG Special HP is fitted with a smooth, Soloist mahogany neck that is shaped to the very favourable Slim Taper profile. The Soloist neck width allows a much faster playing feel with more room, so shredding riffs is easier than ever.
The neck is topped with a 12 inch radius rosewood fingerboard, providing the most sumptuous playing surface beneath the fingertips. Decorating the frets for a traditional look are small Mother of Pearl block inlays to guide you. For total control over the string action and for better sustain there is a titanium zero-fret adjustable nut.
For a modern, accurate take on vintage PAF-style Gibson tone, the SG Special HP is fitted with a pair of humbucker pickups. A 490R is fitted in the neck position joined by a 498T in the bridge position. This pickup duo provide a great range of tonal depth, just as you would expect from Gibson humbuckers. Each pickup works to prevent unwanted interference or hum.
Despite having some new, updated features, the 2017 SG Special HP still has four main control pots for rhythm and lead Volume and Tone, plus the usual 3-way toggle pickup switch to shape your sound.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
The headstock may look traditional with the chrome bell-shaped truss rod cover, Gibson logo and crown, however it has been fitted with the updated G-FORCE tuners. The G-FORCE tuners provide a much faster way of retuning your strings and with great precision, too. Gibson have also ensured that the tuning gears have been quietened to avoid unwanted noise.
The body is fitted with a traditional chrome-plated aluminium Tune-o-Matic bridge with titanium saddles and an aluminium Stop Bar tailpiece with locking studs for quality sustain and resonance.
The SG style pickguard protects the body, keeping the finish looking neat. To help the owner keep this guitar in the best possible condition for years to come, Gibson include a padded HP gigbag, guitar strap and polishing cloth.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2017 SG Special HP Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Neck Profile Slim Taper No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Small Blocks Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic / Stop Bar tailpiece Active/Passive Passive Tuners G-FORCE Pickups Neck: 490R Bridge: 490T Controls 2x Volume (Lead, Rhythm) 2x Tone (Lead, Rhythm) Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Included Accessories Gibson HP Gig Bag Gibson USA Guitar Strap, Gibson USA Polishing Cloth, Truss Rod Wrench, 2.5mm adjustment wrench Gibson USA Owner's Manual
- Customer Reviews
Write Your Own Review