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The SG Special guitar comes equipped with a pair of mini-humbucking pickups delivering bright, crisp tone. Impressive looks via small inlays in an un-bound rosewood fingerboard, teardrop pickguard and a satin-nitro finish that perfectly blend style and simplicity. A Slim Taper neck delivers increased comfort and ease for faster playing.

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• Mahogany Body and Neck
• Slim Taper Neck Profile
• 1.695" Nut Width
• Rosewood Fingerboard
• 24.75" Scale Length
• Tektoid Nut
• Acrylic Small Block Inlays
• Aluminum Tune-O-Matic Bridge
• Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
• Black Top Hat Knobs w/Silver Inserts
• Vintage Style Keystone Tuners
• Nickel Hardware
• Mini Humbucking Pickups
• Available in Satin Cherry and Satin Natural
• Includes Gibson Softshell Case

Excellent SG at a great price!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
I've had this for a while now. I love the '70s vibe this SG has. It's identical to some '73 and '74 SGs I've seen for tons of money in vintage shops. The mini-humbuckers are the same as the ones that go in Gibson firebirds. They're like P90s in output and articulation, but are quiet like humbuckers. I find the tighter low end they produce to be great for heavier music. I keep my SG special in drop C. Overall craftsmanship is great, too. I found no flaws and it's very comfortable to play.
Posted by Jon on May 15, 2020
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2018 SG Special1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. Catharines, Ontario
One of only 6 remaining in Ontario came home w me today. A real player's guitar w the stripped down look, gunslinger pickguard and those mini pups! saw a pic of a '74 SG Standard and this Special looks exact. I would describe the tone as somewhere between a Strat and Les Paul w lots of useful sounds. Worked a deal for a hardshell case so I got everything I wanted. Thanks L&M St Catharines!
Posted by Andrew on Nov 5, 2019
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simple and awesome2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBedford, Nova Scotia
I've had this guitar for a couple months now and love it. Tone is excellent and focused, with the mini pups being less muddy than some full sized humbuckers you might be familiar with. After the free setup at L&M, it plays perfect with no tuning issues. Wood grain is more subtle that some pictures available but the satin finish is understated, and feels very comfortable. Different feel and sound than my SG standard but overall great cleans and over driven sounds. Excellent guitar for the money.
Posted by Mike on Feb 2, 2019
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Let There Be Rock17 of 19 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePeterborough, Ontario
This is a wonderful guitar. Arrived the day after L&M shipped it. It came as a one piece body looking much as advertised with slightly less contrast in the wood grain. It's got a nice, natural rustic look and feel. I love the satin finish. I'm used to seeing white trim on the side of the fret board on a gibson, but in fact I really like the look of the rosewood sides as it adds to the nature boy feel. I don't like to see the fret anchors on the side, but there they are. The fret board is incredible. It's flawless. I really like the medium frets on this. All 24 of them! I like this 24 fret layout much more than the plastic covered end of neck gap in other SG models. It looks very clean this way. Perfect cut on the nut. No adjustment required. I had to tweak intonation as expected. No truss rod tweaks. It's perfect with NYXL 10s. The neck is great. Nice and thin for a gibson, but not a butter knife. The satin finish on the back of the neck is really nice. With a gloss gibson you sometimes have to wait years for the neck finish to feel good, but this satin finish glides great even while I can still smell the finish drying. You can feel the wood grain in the back of the neck. It's a great neck finish, imo. Tunners are gibson deluxe. They don't lock, but they work well and look good. Better than the grovers you tend to see on specials. The one visual miscue, imo, is the head stock should have been gloss instead of flat. If I could have one thing then I would wish for the Gibson logo to be an actual tradition inlay instead of cheap looking epi style paint. My only tears : The holly/pineapple thing is placed about 1/8 inch left of center. I don't understand how this can happen, but there it is. If my OCD were one degree higher I would send it back, but in fact I love it too much to replace it. I own a gibson les paul special from 20 years ago and I expect that specials are made by the less experienced staff and come with a few hammer and chisel marks, I don't mind some character, but how can you screw up the holly, the cherry on the top? Inside is a card that says - We sweat the details and a check list of items. I think they need to add "Is the holly in the center?" to the check list. How does it sound? It sounds really good! I've never had mini buckers. I know p90s and 490s well and p90s are my usual choice. These mini buckers are not really like either. They sound very focused. They don't have a lot of low end and they don't have a lot of high end. They are honky, aggressive and hot. It doesn't sound like boosted mids, more like lowered bass and trebs. They sound more usable than full size buckers unless you are glued to the cliche high gain sound. I find a wide range of sound with the guitar volume. Full volume is like someone stepped on an OD pedal compared to a p90. When you roll off the volume the fuzzy edges go away and the brightness remains. Gets funky with the volume half way. I thought I might swap out the mini's for p90s, same hole in the guitar, but in fact I am loving the mini's more and more to the point where p90s are starting to sound a little off to me. The natural sound of the guitar is loud and bright. The wood sounds brighter than the pickup output. It's acoustically louder than my les paul which was my previously loudest guitar! The pots and input jack are on a printed circuit board. A one piece drop in unit. The toggle switch is stand alone. All pickups connect to the board with plastic ends. The capacitor is part of the board. I don't love the pots. They function, but they don't feel like the usual quality pot you might expect. Everything is so clean there that it will probably function for a million years, but I think I might replace them to allow me to fool around with wiring layouts. Some other things! It comes with a pickup selector washer thing that you can put on yourself. Gibson is shipping 2018s with a new soft case. This case has a lot more protection than the older black triangle bag soft case. It has a nice furry inside, but a kind of cheapy looking fake brown leather exterior. I prefer the older clean black triangle bag. Overall I am blown away by this guitar. I can't stop playing it. I can play it for hours and hours. It's super comfortable to hold and super comfortable to fret and pick. It's got a traditional, but unique, sound and look. Love it.
Posted by Les on Feb 18, 2018
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