The SG Guitar Book
The SG Guitar Book
50 Years of Gibson’s Stylish Solid Guitar
by Tony Bacon
Backbeat Books’ acclaimed author Tony Bacon has written a new book that will appeal to all vintage guitar aficionados: The SG Guitar Book hits the shelves this month. In the tradition of Tony Bacon’s bestselling series of guitar books, The SG Guitar Book is three great volumes in one package: a collection of drool-worthy pictures of the coolest guitars; a gripping story from the earliest prototypes to the latest exploits; and a detailed collector’s database of every production SG model ever made.
To many guitar fans, it seems inconceivable that in 1960 Gibson dumped the sunburst Les Paul and, during the following year, introduced a completely new design. We know that design now as the SG – a name that stands, quite simply, for Solid Guitar. At the time, sales of the Les Paul were faltering, and Gibson decided to blow a breath of fresh air through its solidbody electric guitar line.
The company described the result as an “ultra-thin, hand-contoured, double-cutaway body.” The modernistic mix of bevels and points and angles was a radical departure, and this new book tells the story of all the SG models that followed and the success of this sometimes overlooked and underrated guitar.
All the stories are here of the classic Standards, Specials, Juniors, double-necks, Customs, and TVs, and also the lesser-known SGs, such as the Tributes, the Deluxe, the Supreme, and the Diablo, as well as related guitars like the Melody Maker and signature models for guitarists from Robby Krieger to Jimmy Page.
The book features also interviews with and stories about Gibson personnel through the years, and all the major SG players, including Pete Townshend, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Angus Young, George Harrison, Gary Rossington, Tony Iommi, and Derek Trucks.
The SG Guitar Book is another title that guitar players will not want to miss in their collection.
8.5″ x 11.0″
BackBeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tony Bacon writes about musical instruments, musicians, and music. He is a co-founder of Backbeat UK and Jawbone Press. Tony’s books include The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book, The Ultimate Guitar Book, and History Of The American Guitar. He lives in Bristol, England.