Gibson SG: The Lesser Paul? | Friday FretworksJun 11, 2021
Hey guys, I'm Chris Buck, I give you a warm welcome to Ferrari Fratworks and this week we're going to take a look at a guitar that I've always felt has been a bit contradictory in terms of being criminally underrated or underrated and at the same time being the model of best selling guitar of all time by its maker, what is it and how can it be, is of course the
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fridays frets work. I saw a video that I published a few weeks ago taking a closer look at a 1964 Gibson es 335 that was for sale in France for 22,500 euros.
Now one of the reasons the guitar was so valuable or so expensive is its considered the 1964 Clapton Cream Spec factory stocktail and of course Captain Cherry Red playing that guitar at Cream's farewell show in Albert Hall in 1968, is one of the most enduring images of the 1960s and as someone who grew up a huge Clapton fan trying to learn that. Crossroad solo taken from Creams Wheels Of Fire. All I wanted when I was younger was a cherry red 335, but in doing some research for that video, it quickly became very clear that it was the one I had idolized growing up and whose shade I spent hours testing. to replicate on various cs335 style guitars, after all, it wasn't actually recorded on a 335, but on his
gibsonsg's 1964 sg, aka the Fool, all known photographs of the show that generated that recording, taken at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in March 1968, they show Clapton. not playing his 335 on guitar, which he is arguably most widely associated with having played despite actually using it at a handful of shows throughout his entire career, but his psychedelic now 64 335 sg will set you back roughly 20,000 pounds, while an sg of the same pedigree will set you back about half that and considering this is a guitar that has undoubtedly been used on some of the greatest rock and roll recordings of all time, I would It made us think that the Gibson SG is the most famous to date. prized guitar of all time, the gibson sg has quite an interesting history, to say the least, and anyone who has played an early example will know that they haven't always bought into the sg name now, in 1959, sales of the gibson les
paulno They had met the requirements.
The company's expectations that the 1959 Les Paul's would not sell is quite incredible, but it did and in 1960 Gibson decided to revamp the model with a slimmer neck and a paint finish that would not fade in the shop windows according to the customer and The dealership request surprisingly the renewal was met with an overwhelming meh Gibson decided that after nine years of a rather turbulent journey for the Les Paul, a reset neck angle, two different types of pickups, three different finishes and three different types of bridges , it was time for a change, so Around mid-1960, president Ted McCarthy Gibson assembled the team led by chief designer Larry Alles to design the new Les Paul.
No one person has been credited with the exclusive design of the SG, although people at the time are quick to point out that Larry Alice did it. We have a lot of input, but looking back it's very easy to see the influence of the Fender Stratocaster, which at the time was more than likely one of the inspirations for redesigning the model. We had beveled edges and double cuts that gave easier access to the top. frets and a lighter, thinner body than the Les Paul that preceded it, the guitar also received a new set of castaway-flaunting Florentine cutaways, which are essentially any type of trumpet that reaches a point that is largely synonymous of the sg, but which may actually be Gibson's history dates back to at least 1957, when it appeared in the Double 12, a
lesser-known model that at the time was a custom order;
Only the first Les Pauls with the new design came off the production line in the late 1960s, initially it should be said alongside the old Les Paul designs, but it is clear to see the impact the new design had practically overnight. tomorrow. The guitar, according to Gibson, had the fastest neck in the world, which was a big part of its advertising. He sold more than 6,000 guitars in his first In three years, compare that to only 1,700 guitars between 57 and 60 of the old Les Paul. It is very clear to see the impact this new design had. The guitar carried the name Les Paul until mid-1963, at which time it changed to the company's internal designation for the instrument as simply sg solid guitar.
Now, unfortunately, the real reason for the name change has been lost to the animals of the story, which certainly didn't help for less Ponchon, should we say, to develop or embellish his stories, the account of the offer to tell is that he apparently hated the new design, but since he appeared in several advertisements with it, he doesn't It is more likely that the real reason was his rather acrimonious divorce that he was going through with Mary Ford at the time and that it was more than likely that he was advised to strip her name of as much equity as possible, which led him to leave His contract with Gibson expired in mid-1963.
Either way, the SG has gone through a couple of subtle changes over the years since a pick-guard change. of neck joint, but it is one of the few Gibson guitars that has been in continuous production since its introduction in Queens. So how does the sound of an SG differ from that of a Les Paul? Of course, it replaced the Les Paul until 1968, when thanks to its new popularity among the likes of Mike Bloomfield, Peter Green, Keith Richards and ironically Eric Clapton Gibson revived the model now in terms of construction, they are relatively similar, solid mahogany body Of course, Les Paul Dan has a carved maple top on top, but there's no point in pontificating too much about the sound differences because everyone has a difference of opinion and of course it will vary greatly from guitar to guitar, but the rule is general is that the sg has a slightly more prominent aggressive midrange at the top end, while the less poor, a little more cultured, a little more rounded, now for the next clip I'm going to use my totally original 2007 standard sg, compare it with a totally original gibson les
paulforeigner 2001, so why then?
Do I feel like the Gibson SG is underrated after all? It's Gibson's best-selling model and has some of the biggest names in music fighting its corner. George Harrison used one as a lead guitar in the Beatles. Revolver Tony Aiomi and his 64 SG Special Monkey Pretty. single-handedly pioneered the sound of heavy metal, while angus young recorded back in black the fourth best-selling album of all time in 71 sg couple that with jerry garcía pete townsend derek trucks frank zappa robbie krieger jimi hendrix dwayne allman the sg certainly has a fantastic pedigree, but with the exception of tony aiomi and angus young, you wouldn't necessarily say that any of those players are household names who are particularly synonymous with having worn an sg when compared to players more widely associated with les paul slash billy. gibbons jimmy page paul kossoff gary moore peter green joe bonamassa not necessarily bigger names, but those who for whatever reason have been a little more monogamous with their guitar choice over the years, obviously les paul along with the stratocaster They are some of the most copied. guitar shapes of all time, making it one of the most instantly identifiable pairs, and the fact that the sg is considerably cheaper to buy than the les paul, both in the top range of phone and from gibson, it rather adds to the public perception that the sg is a lower quality instrument, of course this is not the case and the price difference practically comes down to the fact that there is less production or less manufacturing involved in the sg than the les paul with carved maple top, but the unfortunate byproduct of that is, it seems that for many an sg is a stepping stone to owning a les paul, not so much an image problem or a public relations problem for the sg but rather an unfortunate consequence of its chronological place within the company's history and its lower price tag, hey, whatever the case may be, the Gibson sg is undoubtedly responsible for some of the most important and iconic recordings of all times and digging up mine for this video was really to remind me what a truly brilliant instrument, it's cool that they have.
They no longer have the fastest neck in the world and yes, they are a little prone to sinking and that's okay, they are not as pretty as a Flame Top 335 or less poor, but there is a professional simplicity to an SG that is almost reminiscent of the Defender Telecaster. Everything you want, nothing you don't want, is quite addictive to play and as Angus Young once said, I just go wherever the guitar takes me. There are clearly plenty of miles left in the SG's tank. A very happy 60th birthday. I'm a rock and roll workhorse as always.
I'm Chris Buck. Thank you very much for watching Friday's fraternity work. Subscribe. Tap the bell icon if you haven't already. See you next week for another episode. Greetings guys, take care. I will see you soon so foreign
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