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SG Standard and SG Special: What’s the difference?
The headstock of the SG Special is equipped with vintage-style tuners with pearloid tulip buttons and an efficient 14:1 turn ratio. These tuners provide a classic look in line with the model’s lineage, and smooth, robust performance.
The truss rod cover on the SG Special is made from black vinyl plastic. It is shaped like an antique bell, and imprinted with the “SG” model name.
The SG Special’s aluminum strap buttons are the same style and design that Gibson has used since the early 1950s.
The SG Special has a three-ply black/white/black pickguard designed in the image of the larger pickguards of SGs from the mid to late ’60s. In addition to providing protection from pick scratching, this larger ’guard provides the mounting surface for the guitar’s two pickups.
In 1954, Gibson revolutionized guitar hardware when it debuted the Tune-o-matic bridge, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. Included on the SG Special, the Tune-o-matic provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. This bridge is made from Zamak then plated in chrome, and each one weighs approximately .118 lbs.
Every Tune-o-matic bridge is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that’s designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The SG Special’s stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamac then plated in chrome, and each one weighs approximately .24 lbs.
The control knobs on the SG Special are Gibson’s black “top hat” types with silver inserts, as found on many vintage and modern Gibson guitars.
The SG Special is fitted with genuine Gibson strings, sizes .010 - .046.