Gibson Debuts New 60th Anniversary 1961 Les Paul SG Guitars

Gibson's 60th anniversary SGs
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First announced, with few details, back in January, Gibson has pulled back the curtains on a pair of new 60th anniversary Les Paul SG guitars.

Recreations of the very first SGs – which at the time still bore Les Paul's name – the 1961 Polaris White SG Custom and 1961 Cherry Red SG Standard both feature a non-weight-relieved mahogany body, a ‘61-shape mahogany neck, and a Sideways Vibrola.

The guitars' fretboards – which are Indian rosewood with cream binding and ebony with white binding for the Standard and Custom, respectively – both feature 22 medium jumbo frets and a 12” fingerboard radius. Both guitars also come fitted with an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge.

As for model-specific specs, the Standard boasts aged nickel hardware, Kluson Reissue Double Ring tuners, and two Custombucker pickups.

The Custom, meanwhile, instead features three Custombuckers, with gold hardware also serving to set the guitar apart from its Standard counterpart.

The Gibson 1961 Les Paul SG Standard and Custom guitars are both available now, for $4,999 and $6,699, respectively.

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Gibson's new 60th anniversary SG models

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