Gibson SG: Difference between revisions

The name “Solid Guitar” was incorrect. Gibson sources have said that SG means “Spanish Guitar”. To rockers SG means “Screaming Guitar.”
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(The name “Solid Guitar” was incorrect. Gibson sources have said that SG means “Spanish Guitar”. To rockers SG means “Screaming Guitar.”)
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However, the redesign was done without knowledge of [[Les Paul]] himself (who had nothing to do with it).{{citation needed|date=April 2019}} Although the new guitar was popular, he strongly disliked it. Problems with the strength of the body and neck made Paul dissatisfied with the new guitar. At the same time, Paul was going through a public divorce from wife and vocalist partner [[Mary Ford]], and his popularity was dwindling as music tastes had changed in the early 1960s. Paul asked friend and former President of Gibson, [[Ted McCarty]], for his $1 royalty per guitar to be withheld. Gibson mutually agreed to end the contract. This is from a 1992 interview with Ted McCarty, who wrote the contract and was a lifelong friend of Les Paul.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Former Gibson Chief Ted McCarty on Tonewoods and the Problems of 'Top-Heavy' Management - Bacon's Archive|}}</ref>
Gibson also honored Les Paul's request to remove his name from the guitar, and the new model was renamed ''"SG"'', which stood for "SolidSpanish Guitar". Les Paul's name was ''officially'' removed in 1963, but the SG continued to feature ''Les Paul'' nameplates and truss rod covers until the end of 1963.{{citation needed|date=April 2019}}
In the early-to-mid 1960s Gibson's parent corporation, [[Chicago Musical Instruments]], also revived the [[Gibson Kalamazoo Electric Guitar|Kalamazoo]] brand name for a short time. Later models of the KG-1 and KG-2 featured a body style similar to the Gibson SG, effectively creating a budget-line model until the brand was dropped in the late 1960s. Gibson currently releases lower-cost, internationally sourced versions of the SG through their subsidiary, [[Epiphone]].
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