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. Marc Morfei

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    I’ll stay out of the “metal” debate. But just as a meaningless aside, I literally cannot think of an SG without picturing Angus in those stupid schoolboy shorts. Maybe that’s why subconsciously I was never interested in one. I’ll have to get over that and try one. Especially if, as someone said above, the SG is “the tele of Gibsons.”
     
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    Don’t get much further removed from metal than this


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    I bought a 61 ReIssue recently and when I was ruminating over the purchase I frequented YouTube to help make an informed decision. I play through blackface Fenders, and I play mostly clean. Really hard to find anyone on YouTube not “rocking out” with their SG reviews. Mark Lucas at N’Stuff Music provides one of the few reviews that covers an SG doing something other than blistering rock tones. That was where I started feeling like the SG has come to be misunderstood. Angus is THE iconic SG player, absolutely no doubt that most young players are familiar with the SG because of him. I’m 47 years old. The first SG I remember seeing was when my brother bought AC/DC’s Flick Of The Switch album...probably 1984. I thought it was goofy looking but that changed soon enough. I know that ESP has an SG-style guitar that’s In the hands of a couple metal-heads. Then there’s Black Sabbath...and I think Judas Priest had and SG player??? I suppose I’m just frustrated that people these days associate a guitar that sounds really nice cleaned up as an aggressive rock and roll machine.
     
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    SG stands for "Satan's Guitar"
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    Didn't anyone tell you to say "cheese"?
     
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    I'm bad. I'm holding Satan's Guitar.
     
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    In my thread I just posted about first guitars, there's an image of an Epi SG, which was my first electric guitar. I wanted a Les Paul, but tried the SG and liked the cut and weight better. I much prefer the look of the Les Paul, but you buy a guitar to play it, right? Plus, the SG is almost indistinguishable in tone. Very versatile instrument.

    Heck, I played big band jazz in pubs for the better part of 4 years with it. The SG just works. I see it as the Gibson Telecaster in a sense...
     
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    "People" consider Black Sabbath to be the pioneers of Metal, but Tony & the rest of Sabbath don't (or didn't) consider themselves to be Metal. They didn't like what most people considered Metal. At first they didn't like that label for them but after hearing themselves being referred to as metal eventually just gave up & accepted the title (& lifestyle).

    Saying Black Sabbath is "Metal" is like saying Lou Reed was "Industrial" when all he was, was angry at his label. His "Metal Machine Music" was an angry attempt to get out of his contract & inadvertently influenced the "Industrial Sound". Interestingly enough, Lou Reed claimed to have invented "Heavy Metal".

    Or saying Led Zeppelin was Progressive Rock because their later music heavily influenced Prog Rock.

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    The first metal band?


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    SG is Satan's Guitar because it has devil horns. And yeah Tony Iomi but also
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    Duh.

    Rosetta Tharpe gets a pass, of course
     
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    Why do you care what other people associate the SG with? What bearing does that have on your personal enjoyment of your instrument? Just play what you play and stop worrying so much about other people’s preferences.
     
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    Duh. This is the internet.
     
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    The lead player in my old band had his dad's early70's SG. His dad used it for Country.

    Recently I saw a band where the dude was playing a typical Metal style guitar. That RG style guitar with EMG HBs. Obviously this cover band was not his main focus because he was playing 50's/60's, Surf and Rockabilly.

    Any guitar can be what you need it to be.
     
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    Surprised that no one has posted a pic of Gary Clark Jr. with his triple-P90 SG.
     
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    I recall seeing some video of the Filmore East show and Duane used his Les Paul for slide with open E tuning. After they finished Statesboro Blues he spent a few minutes tuning it back to standard. Dicky Betts played an SG at that show - one more example of how an SG is anything but a metal guitar.
     
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    This thread is giving me a case of SERIOUS SG G.A.S. :confused:

    I've been wanting an SG lately (even though I have more guitars than I really need, 3 Telecasters, a Strat, 2 Gretsches, several home-built guitars) as it does have a distinct tone versus a traditional Les Paul and the upper fret access makes it a great slide guitar. My only concern is the balance - they seem neck heavy, but maybe by adding a strap button on the upper horn (or a Bigsby :D) you can get them to balance better. Thoughts?
     
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