History of Gibson SG Guitars
In the early 1960s, sales of Gibson in the segment of solid body guitars were not satisfactory. Michigan firm with its line Les Paul was unable to stem the rise of rival Fender.
The problem was "simple", he had to do a guitar, as stated above, to replace the Les Paul. It would be lighter, more "comfortable", a production cost lower while still retaining an air of quality stringed instruments, have a modern, a bit subversive, to reach young customers of the nascent wave groups Pop Rock.
When Gibson introduced the new "Les Paul" the eponymous guitar, it did not like the design. He would have said in an interview with Tom Wheeler, a journalist specializing in music, "It could kill with sharp horns of the kind". This created a serious dispute between himself and Gibson because he wanted his name removed from these guitars.
The case was not settled immediately. The binding contract for ten years at Gibson Les Paul was to expire in 1963. In 1961 when the first models were marketed, the guitarist's name was engraved on the plate covering the adjustment bar, then in 1962, more discreetly, on the plate at the base of the button. Finally it was in 1963 that Gibson stopped to include the name Les Paul. It should be noted that at this time, the popularity of the guitar was clearly on the decline.
In 1961, Gibson launched on the market a range comprising the Standard Model, the Custom model and EB3 bass, and this with different options for the number of microphones and the presence or absence of vibrato. Subsequently over the years, the GS range has never ceased to be produced, Gibson has sold a large number of models have their own characteristics but never very far from the original models.
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