Gibson celebrate 60 years of the SG with new SG 61 Anniversary models

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Gibson celebrate 60 years of the SG with new SG 61 Anniversary models

Words by Will Brewster

Two Custom Shop models to add to your collection.

This year marks 60 years since the release of the Gibson SG, a guitar that many consider to be one of the most iconic solid-body guitars of all time.

To mark this huge milestone, Gibson have announced a run of limited edition Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1961 Les Paul SGs complete with sideways Vibrola tremolos, with the new models shipping globally today.

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Comprising two different models – the 1961 Cherry Red VOS Standard and the 1961 Polaris White VOS Custom – these new guitars seek to celebrate the earliest era of SG production when Gibson aimed to replace the coveted Les Paul, as indicated by the Les Paul logo on the truss rod cover.

Each guitar features a non-weight relived mahogany body and an era-correct ’61 mahogany set neck, as well as a 12″ fretboard radius with 22 medium jumbo frets and that classic sideways Vibrola with an ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge.

For those who want to channel their inner Angus, the 1961 Cherry Red VOS Standard offers an Indian rosewood fretboard with deluxe cream binding and aged trapezoid fretboard inlays, as well as a pair of vintage-voiced Custombucker pickups. Kluson Reissue Double Ring tuners and aged nickel hardware are also thrown into the occasion to make for one hell of a riff machine.

Alternatively, the 1961 Polaris White VOS Custom offers aged gold hardware and an ebony fretboard with white binding, and is fitted with Grover Kidney tuners and block mother-of-pearl inlays. There’s also three Custombuckers to play with here, letting you tap into some classic ’60s and ’70s rock ‘n roll raunch should you please.

Find out more about both models here. For domestic enquiries, get in touch with Australis Music.