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.
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. He lives in Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire