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Introduced in 1961, the Gibson SG is Gibson's biggest-selling guitar of all time, and is synonymous with Angus Young (AC/DC lead guitarist), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Robby Krieger (The Doors). The SG was originally produced as a more easily manufactured 'mass-production' version of the Les Paul, sales of which were diminishing at the time, but the solid-bodied SG ('Solid Guitar') soon became a revered instrument in its own right. Superbly illustrated and designed, this manual includes case studies of key models - everything from a vintage SG 'Les Paul' to a 2011 SG 50th Anniversary model - but also gives appropriate attention to today's affordable Epiphone versions, Specials, Juniors and Melody Makers.
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Buying a Gibson SG, used and new options, pitfalls, authenticity matters, getting the right SG for the job. Pre-gig checks, tuning, stageside repairs. Routine maintenance and servicing. Set-ups and careful 'customising'. Dimensions and weights, buying spare parts, model identification. 'Under the hood' with celebrity users: how the pros set up their SGs and related hardware. Case studies of a range of SGs, including SG Standard, Epiphone SG, SG Les Paul Special 1959-type, Tony Iommi signature Jaydee SG, 'Pete Townshend' P90 SG, Gibson Les Paul Junior Double Cut and Jimmy Page SG Double-neck re-issue.

About the Author

Paul Balmer has played and taught guitar for 50 years. His background includes broadcasting (TV and radio), video/DVD production and authorship of several books. Besides Haynes's highly praised series of guitar manuals, and the Drum-Kit Manual, he has written the acclaimed official biography of Stephane Grappelli, the jazz violinist, and is a contributor to the Penguin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music.

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