Gibson SG Standard 61


The SG Standard ’61 returns to the traditional design that made it relevant, playable, and adored – defining sound throughout decades and musical genres. The Les PaulTM model was discontinued in 1961, and an entirely new design evolved into what is now known as the SGTM or “solid guitar.”

The Gibson SG Standard ’61 keeps the original’s design, with a SlimTaperTM mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard. The body is made of mahogany and has beautifully sculpted body scarfing, a 5-ply teardrop pickguard, and a 22nd-fret neck joint.

The nickel-plated hardware includes a Tune-O-MaticTM bridge in the classic style and Keystone tuners. The pickups are BurstbuckerTM humbuckersTM in the 60s for a vintage sound with additional power and top end. Audio taper potentiometers and Orange Drop® capacitors are used in the controls.


  • NItro-finished solid mahogany body
  • 24.75″-scale mahogany neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Dual Gibson BurstBucker 61 pickups, 3-way switch
  • ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, Vintage Deluxe Keystone tuners

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Gibson SG Standard 61 Vintage Cherry

The Gibson SG Standard 61 is a rock legend, immortalized by Santana at Woodstock and broken onstage by Townshend. Gibson’s Nashville-made Gibson SG Standard 61 reissue transports you to the legendary solidbody electric guitar’s inaugural model year, complete with small pickguard and antique cherry finish.

The Gibson SG Standard ’61 reissue has a pair of powerful humbuckers, a fast, comfy SlimTaper neck, and a bound, Plek’d rosewood fretboard with nearly no motion.

Even if you play all night, the Gibson SG Standard 61 lightweight mahogany body provides tremendous sustain and little pain. The weathered nitro finish looks and feels terrific, and it adds to the tone of this iconic rock machine. Own a piece of rock and roll history with the Gibson SG Standard ’61.

Burstbucker pickups deliver timeless humbucker tone

Nothing rivals the sound of 1960s Burstbucker pickups for capturing that classic Gibson tone. You’ll enjoy the tight bass end, intricate midrange, and sweet highs produced by these pickups – it’s everything you’d expect from a Gibson!

That’s because 60s Burstbucker pickups were created to perfectly replicate the sound of genuine 1960s-era humbuckers. So, if you want the traditional Gibson SG tone, the SG Standard ’61 is the guitar for you.

SlimTaper neck carve and Plek’d frets for optimized playability

When creating the Gibson SG Standard 61 , Gibson’s key considerations were comfort and playability. You’ll love how well the quick, early-’60s SlimTaper neck profile of this instrument suits your hand.

The rosewood fingerboard has been buffed to a velvety smoothness and bonded so that no fret ends obstruct your agility.

For optimal playability, the frets are dressed to perfection with a Plek Pro machine. Typically reserved for high-end bespoke guitars, this method precisely aligns the frets, giving you the most playable fretboard you’re likely to possess.

Nitro finish for the look and feel of a classic

The Gibson SG Standard 61 is finished in a stunning gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. Nitro finishes, which were once common, are substantially thinner than polyurethane finishes, allowing the instrument to “breathe.” Nitro coatings not only look fantastic, but they also improve the instrument’s tone quality. This guitar has the look (and feel) of a well-loved classic that will only become better with age.

Gibson SG Standard 61 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • Comfortable, lightweight, iconic doubled-horned mahogany body
  • Fast mahogany SlimTaper neck with rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets
  • Plek’d frets for effortless playability
  • 24.75-inch scale length; 1.695-inch-wide Tektoid nut
  • Pickups: 60s Burstbucker (neck), 60s Burstbucker (bridge)
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Classic black top hat knobs
  • Vintage Deluxe tuners with keystone buttons
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls; 3-way toggle pickup selector

Gibson SG Standard 61 Tech Specs

  • Number of Strings6
  • Left-/Right-handedRight-handed
  • BODY
  • Body TypeSolidbody
  • Body ShapeSG Standard ’61
  • Body MaterialMahogany
  • Body FinishGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • ColorVintage Cherry
  • NECK
  • Neck MaterialMahogany
  • Neck ShapeSlim Taper
  • Neck JointSet Neck
  • Radius12″
  • Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
  • Fingerboard InlayAcrylic Trapezoids
  • Number of Frets22, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length24.75″
  • Nut Width1.695″
  • Nut MaterialGraph Tech
  • Bridge/TailpieceABR-1 Tune-O-Matic with Stopbar
  • TunersVintage Deluxe
  • Neck PickupGibson 60s Burstbucker Humbucker
  • Bridge PickupGibson 60s Burstbucker Humbucker
  • Controls2 x volume, 2 x tone
  • Switching3-way toggle pickup switch
  • StringsGibson, .010-.046
  • Case/Gig BagHardshell Case
  • Manufacturer Part Number:SG6100VENH1


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