Can we please break the Gibson SG from its “metal only” stereotype?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by cmm71, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. cmm71

    cmm71 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I happen to love the SG. I own two and they still inspire me after all these years. I’ve gotten to the point that I almost hyperventilate every time some kid, and they’re usually kids, say “the SG’s a metal guitar”. Angus ain’t metal. Angus young is one of the tastiest players in hard rock, but he’s not metal. Furthermore; the SG is THE guitar of the counter-culture 60s hippy scene. From Quicksilver Messenger Service to Big Brother and the Holding Company, the SG reigned over the Fillmore West before metal was born. More recently, Gary Louris and The Jayhawks are one of the absolute finest bands to come out of Minneapolis, and there have been a few. He chicken-picks that SG of his and I can’t get enough. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco seems to love his. Everyone knows Zappa played one...not metal. Townsend played one. Clapton played one. Carlos played one. Garcia played one. I guess there was some band from the south called the Allman Brothers, they played them...the drummer from that band had a son that’s been know to play one, too.

    Here are a few pics to help spring the SG from its stereotype.

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    Carlos Santana

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    “Captain” Kirk Douglas

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    Dicky Betts

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    Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)

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    Jeff Tweedy

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    Jerry Garcia

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    Some guy named Jimi...I think he played a bunch of SRV songs before SRV played them

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    Gary Louis (The Jayhawks)

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    Sister Rosetta Tharpe
     
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  2. EsquireOK

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    I've never noticed a "metal only" stereotype for the SG. It has been played across a huge variety of rock-n-roll and R&B sub-genres, and I don't think I have ever thought "metal" upon seeing one. I just think "rock-n-roll," for the most part.

    I don't think it's a problem that needs solving.
     
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    AC/DC. Metal. Thats it. Case closed.........

    Seriously, really not an issue.
     
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    Derek trucks man, he gets whatever tone he wants out of his SG and is an INCREDIBLE guitarist.
     
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    You want kids to stop thinking SGs are metal guitars, so you're posting this on TDPRI? I see a slight flaw in your plan.

    Great pics though :)
     
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    Drop tuning, palm muting, & chugga chugga is what Gibbons is all about.
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    I've never heard anyone say the SG was a "Metal" guitar & can't recall ever seeing a strictly Metal band (limited experience here) use an SG. To me the typical "Metal" guitar is a Jackson, Ibanez, E.S.P., Dean or B.C. Rich. If a Gibson is involved in Metal it's usually an Explorer of Flying V.

    Any guitar is what you want it to be I guess, but to me an SG is an all around Rock guitar.
     
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    Has AC/DC started playing Metal now? Was not aware.
     
  10. EsquireOK

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    The most iconic "strictly metal" guitarist of all time is known for playing an SG...with stock P90s at that (not considered very "metal" pickups by most, though I heavily disagree). The same guitar model as Santana, Townshend, and others of the era – an SG Special – is the most famous one, but he had countless others as well.

    This is not to say that I think SGs have the metal guitar only stereotype. But the most well known metal guitarist of all time is associated with one far more than any other type of guitar.
     
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    This guy liked them so much he played two at the same time.

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    And Who played this one.
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    My 2 cents is that the SG has always felt like the Tele of Gibsons. It just has that feel.
     
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    Any Gibson Les Paul or SG are all around rock guitars. I am not a metal person and have these. Yesterday for whatever reason I couldn’t download my SG. So here it is and I don’t play metal.
     
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    I assume we're talking about Tony Iommi now? If so, then I think we have different views of what "Metal" is. The Metal I think of is built on stuff like Black Sabbath, but I don't consider Sabbath to be "Metal".

    Sabbath is credited with creating "The Metal Genre" but they themselves don't particularly like what most people call Metal & didn't like touring as "A Metal Act". I call them hard rock but not metal.
     
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    That could be a funny joke, but what's the punch line?
     
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    The only reason to put AC/DC & "Metal" together is for shock value.

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    As in this is the last site a "Metal" lover would be on. You're likely right.
     
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    I was thinking more of the age demographics here...not so many 'kids', but I think you're right too. All meant in good fun. My SG was my main guitar back when I was playing metal so I'm probably not helping with the stereotype either :D
     
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    I never thought the SG had a "metal only" rep. That must be a new thing. Robbie Krieger of the Doors preferred the SG because it was the electric guitar that was closest to the feel of a flamenco guitar (flat radius fretboard, wider at the nut) which is what he played all the way up to six months before they recorded their first record.
     
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