In 1961, Gibson was looking to pep up the Les Paul line with a radical new design for the solidbody electric guitar. What they came up with was a thin, double-cutaway design that combined easy access with a fiery sonic output. It was called the “SG” (for “Solid Guitar”), and it would alter the course of popular music history forever in the hands of artists like Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Angus Young and a myriad of others.

Now 50 years after the SG’s introduction, Gibson USA is launching a line of 50th Anniversary models to celebrate the legacy of this six-stringed icon. Every month, a new model will be launched, each paying tribute to a classic SG design or legendary artist associated with the guitar.

To kick off the year-round celebration, Gibson USA is pleased to present the first in this historic line of guitars: the Gibson SG Standard 24. With two PAF-style 57 Classic humbuckers and 24 frets to do your dirty work, it’s the perfect little firecracker to kick off this massive celebration.