Gibson SG Supreme
Electric Guitar! With A Flame Maple Top & 57 Humbuckers
Gibson SG Supreme
The flame maple top gives Gibson's now-discontinued SG Supreme its distinctive look.
The ‘57 humbuckers gets the attention of guitarists who aren’t already drooling over the look.
In other words, if the upgraded look doesn’t get you, the upgraded pickups will.
But aren’t all Gibson SG models just minor variations on the venerable SG Standard, a well-regarded and often-chosen electric guitar for all sorts of rock and blues applications?
It’s true that most SGs don’t vary much from the Standard, but the Gibson SG Supreme is a different kind of animal.
Because of the AA flame maple top, many reviewers argue that the Supreme sounds more like a Les Paul than like any other SG.
When it was available new and standing in the SG lineup beside the Standard, guitar players were left with a tough choice.
Should you choose an SG Standard or pay as much as a thousand dollars more for a Supreme?
The look of the flame maple top takes some getting used to.
Add on the gold hardware that most color choices sport and it gets even more intense.
You may at first think it’s gaudy, flashy or over the top.
If that’s how it hits you, move on.
The sound difference isn’t worth having to look at it.
Lots of players like look, though, saying it adds a touch of class to their live shows.
They also suggest that classic rock and blues fit right in with the look of the Supreme.
If you play hard rock or metal, though, you’ll want to take a pass, too.
You’ll probably want an SG with the 498T pickup in the bridge position to get the sound you’re after.
In addition to the ‘57 humbuckers and the distinctive flamed maple top, the SG Supreme sports a bound ebony fretboard with split-diamond inlays to complete the look.
It’s a 24-fret model with a braided wiring system that keeps the sound clear and creamy.
It features the popular 1959 slim-taper neck for a fast feel.
SG Supremes made in earlier years have P-90 pickups, so you’ll get a completely different sound.
When looking for an SG Supreme used, keep that change in mind and make sure you know which pickups you’re getting.
Gibson's SG Supreme really is an upgrade over the Standard, and if you play the kind of music that plays into its strength, it might be worth the upgraded price.
Still readily available used, they’re ready to rock.
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