Gibson SG Special Vibrola Aged Cherry

This post is in English to help desperate people like me to find any information on this special guitar. I bought mine a week ago at thomann.de

After paying for the guitar in eshop my curiosity went through ceiling and I started to look for details. However, to my surprise, the internet search was completely blank. So was the official Gibson site. Despite the fact the guitar is 2019 model so it should be easy to find it in the current product line. So, I contacted the customer support of Thomann.de asking for any details of the guitars origin. It took them a little while and they informed me that this guitar is special run ordered for Japan market and Thomann obtained a dozen of them or something. Thats the mysterious story. My secret advice is go and grab them while in stock. Not only very stylish looking, this particular guitar sounds way better than what I’ve experienced with Gibson models of recent years. The sustain, the neck, playability, relatively high tune stability (with Vibrola and Lightning Bar bridge combination), lightweight mahogany instrument, good pickups and still a rosewood fingerboard make this guitar a pleasure to play.

Further reading: How did I end up in Thomann last week? I and my son, we went to buy a gift for my son’s 18th birthday hoping this multi-talented musician will fall in love with one of the guitars in Thomann’s showroom and we will experience this dad/son guitarists moment. We ended up with this beautiful unusual guitar. And we tried a few. My son really likes my 1967 Gretsch Rally so we were after similar guitar, but Gretsches were the biggest disappointment of the day regardless any price range. Two of them (out of ten, I would say) played well, sounded very close to what is the image of Gretsch sound but even the winner was a soulless and not very inspirational copy of expensive furniture rather than a dream come true instrument. Price/value ratio blinks red alert. I’ve been trying these Japanese guitars so many times over last 15 years. I always approach them with great lust and they always let me down. I do believe people can love these guitars and they are truly solid made instruments with all respect. But not for me. Anyway. We didn’t try any of Fenders as it wasn’t simply a Fender day. We focused on SGs and tried half a dozen of them. Gibson SG 61 Standard Maestro Vibrola looks simply stunning but sounds rather thin compared to this P90 equipped guitar. It doesnt have to be particularly a bad thing – with the right amp it can scream and roar exactly the right way. But we both are simply more alternative souls than AC/DC freaks of rock. So, in the end of the day, we kept this Gibson SG Special, went to the counter and….

…bought Sequential Circuits Prophet Rev2. Yes, he is better keyboard player and he wished for a proper hardware synthesiser. So he got it.

We came back to Prague and I was still thinking about this SG we left behind. The next day I called the shop asking for the showroom SG still hanging on the reservation hook. End of story. Everybody happy.

  • Mahogany Body
  • Slim Taper Profile Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Dot Inlays
  • 24 3/4″ Scale Length
  • 12″ Radius
  • 1.695″ Neck Width at Nut
  • 22 Frets
  • Gibson P-90 Pickups
  • Lightning Bar Bridge
  • Vibrola Tailpiece
  • Vintage Style Tuners
  • Chrome Hardware
  • 7 lbs, 6 oz.
  • .820″ Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
  • .930″ Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
Gibson SG Special Vibrola Aged Cherry

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