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==Models and variations==
At the launch of the SG in 1961, [[Gibson Guitar Corporation|Gibson]] offered four
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At the launch of the SG in 1961, [[Gibson Guitar Corporation|Gibson]] offered four variants of the SG; the [[Gibson SG Junior|SG Junior]] (a stripped-down version of the standard, analogous to the Les Paul Junior), the [[Gibson SG Special|SG Special]], the '''SG Standard''', and the top-of-the-line '''SG Custom'''.
| image1 = Gibson Les Paul(sg) 1962.jpg |width1=220
| caption1= {{nowrap|1962 [[Gibson Les Paul#SG|Les Paul]] Standard}} {{nowrap|('''SG Standard''')}}
| image2 = Gibson SG 61 Reissue 2007 (front).jpg |width2=110
| caption2= 2007 SG '61 {{smaller|reissue}}
| image3 = Gibson sg Custom 1963.jpg |width3=220
| caption3= 1963 '''SG Custom'''
| <!-- image4 = Gibson sg custom standard 2007.JPG |width4=110 -->
| <!-- caption4= 2007 SG '61 reissue -->
| image4 = Epiphone G-400 "Les Paul Custom" Custom Shop.jpg |width4=56
| caption4= <div style="line-height:100%;"><!-- [[Epiphone G-400]] Custom -->Les Paul Custom {{smaller|'63&thinsp;reissue}}</div>
 
| image5 = Carlos Santana's Gibson SG Special @ HRC Cairo.jpg |width5=54
| caption5= '''[[Gibson SG Special|SG&thinsp;Special]]'''
| image6 = Gibson SG Pro @ SHG 30.jpg |width6=52
| caption6= SG Pro {{smaller|(1971&ndash;72)}}
| image7 = Gibson SG Junior.jpg |width7=57
| caption7= '''[[Gibson SG Junior|SG Junior]]'''
| image8 = Gibson SG-100 (1971-1972), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), HRC Punta Cana (clip).jpg |width8=57
| caption8= SG-100 {{smaller|(1971&ndash;72)}}
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At the launch of the SG in 1961, [[Gibson Guitar Corporation|Gibson]] offered four variants of the SG; the [[Gibson SG Junior|SG Junior]] (a stripped-down version of the standard, analogous to the Les Paul Junior), the [[Gibson SG Special|SG Special]], the '''SG Standard''', and the top-of-the-line '''SG Custom'''.
 
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|caption1 = SG&thinsp;F<span style="font-size:90%;">aded</span>&thinsp;S<span style="font-size:90%;">pecial</span> {{smaller|(batwing pickguard)}}<hr>SG Supreme &rArr;
|image1 = Gibson SG Special Faded.jpg|width1=95
|<!-- caption2 = SG Supreme -->
|image2 = SG-supreme.jpg |width2=65
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However, Gibson's current core variants as of 2010 are the SG Standard and the SG Special. Over the years, Gibson has offered many variations of the SG, and continues to manufacture special editions, including models such as the Special and '''Faded Special''', '''Supreme''', Artist Signature SGs, '''Menace''', and '''Gothic''', as well as the premium-priced VOS reissues of the sixties SG Standard and Custom.
 
In 1979, a low-cost SG made of walnut wood was introduced called "The SG." It had a clear finish and an ebony fingerboard and was accompanied by low-cost "Les Paul" and "ES 335" type guitars. "The Paul" was also made from walnut, but "The ES" was made out of solid mahogany (rather than the semi-solid body they usually produced). All three guitars were discontinued after about a year, replaced by the "firebrand" series, again made of mahogany. Also in 1979 a limited edition model, the SG Exclusive was produced. Visually similar to the SG Standard of the time, the special features included an ebony fretboard, two Dirty Fingers humbucker pickups, and a master volume, two tone controls, and rotary coil tap that gradually eliminated one coil from each humbucker. The finish was black with cream color plastics and the truss rod cover read "Exclusive"<ref>Guitar History Volume 2, Gibson SG, P. 28</ref>.
 
[[File:Gibson SG with amp.jpg|thumb|right|150px|A Gibson SG with a [[Peavey Electronics|Peavey]] amplifier.]]
 
In 1980, the first SG manufactured with "active" factory pickups was introduced. Gibson experimented with an SG that included the same Moog active electronics that had previously been used in another Gibson model, the [[Gibson RD|RD Artist]]. The resulting SG had a slightly thicker body to accommodate the extra circuitry, and was dubbed the "Gibson SG-R1". The SG-R1 was renamed the "'''SG Artist'''" in 1981, and was discontinued shortly afterwards. Approximately 200 active SGs were produced.
 
[[Epiphone]] also offers a range of value-priced models, including a model with 1960s styling, sold as the [[Epiphone G-400|G-400]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Epiphone SG G-400|url=http://www.epiphone.com/Products/SG/G-400.aspx|publisher=Epiphone.com}}</ref> These models often feature simpler construction than their Gibson counterparts, although they also often implement a number of features missing from production Gibson models; examples include the period-correct 1961 SG Special's wraparound bridge (unavailable on any Gibson SG Special production model as of 2013), the 22" scale '''SG Express''',<ref>{{cite web|title=Epiphone SG Express|url=http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Electrics/SG/SG-Express.aspx|publisher=Epiphone.com}}</ref> the metal-oriented ''Prophecy'' line (equipped with high-output humbuckers and unique inlays), and a replica of the [[Gibson EDS-1275]], popularized by [[Jimmy Page]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Epiphone G-1275 Custom|url=http://www.epiphone.com/Products/SG/G-1275-Custom.aspx|publisher=Epiphone.com}}</ref>
 
===Images===<gallery>
|File:Gibson caption1=Les {{nowrapPaul(sg) 1962.jpg|1962 [[Gibson Les Paul#SG|Les&nbsp;Paul]] Standard}} {{nowrap|('''SG Standard''')}}
| image2 = File:Gibson SG 61 Reissue 2007 (front).jpg |width2=1102007 SG '61 reissue
| image3 = File:Gibson sg Custom 1963.jpg |width3=2201963 SG Custom
| <!-- image4 = File:Gibson sg custom standard 2007.JPG |width4=1102007 SG '61 -->reissue
| image4 = File:Epiphone G-400 "Les Paul Custom" Custom Shop.jpg |width4=56[[Epiphone G-400]] (Custom Les Paul Custom '63 reissue)
| image5 = File:Carlos Santana's Gibson SG Special @ HRC Cairo.jpg |width5=54[[Gibson SG Special|SG Special]]
| image6 = File:Gibson SG Pro @ SHG 30.jpg |width6=52SG Pro (1971-72)
|File:Gibson caption7=SG '''Junior.jpg|[[Gibson SG Junior|SG Junior]]'''
| image8 = File:Gibson SG-100 (1971-1972), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), HRC Punta Cana (clip).jpg |width8=57SG-100 (1971-72)
[[File:Gibson SG Special Faded.jpg|SG Faded Special (batwing pickguard)
[[File:SG-supreme.jpg|SG Supreme
</gallery>
 
==Unique SGs==