When the original Les Paul evolved into the Les Paul/SG Standard in 1961, it ushered in a new lineup of sleek double-cutaway guitars that would become legendary in their own right, with rock and blues players in particular. Decked out in the upmarket features of the original SG Standard, but with a twist, the SG Standard 2016 T carries a pair of screaming P-90 pickups like those used on the original SG Special of the ’60s, a favorite of Pete Townshend, Robby Krieger, and other rock greats. The result is a popular alternative tone in a guitar with classic looks and specs, all at an unbeatable price for a genuine American-made Gibson electric guitar.
Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. www.gibson.com