Used standard, for sure
Dave's Guitar had a gorgeous used SG Standard 61 RI no vibrato (stop tail) for slightly over $1000.I'm in the market for a new guitar and I'm really interested in Gibson SGs. I've got about $1000 to spend, and I know there are some really affordable SGs out there. I don't have much experience with them though, having only played one SG in the past. I believe it was a Gibson Faded Special from the mid 2000's.
I know the Standards are well regarded around here. What do you guys recommend at this price point?
I've never experienced that wobble/tuning issue with a SG once I've got used to them and nobody I know who regularly plays a SG complains of a wobble/tuning issue.You really need to play them. On my opinion. Many SG'S suffer from the "neck warble" or "neck flex". How hard the wood of the neck is will vary from piece to piece. Many can have neck dive too. Mercy on you if you get both in the same guitar.
I've got a 2018 Gibson SG Standard, which seems an awful lot like they were using that as a test bed for the new '61 style versions of the last two years.
regarding neck wobble; The neck on my '18 standard has some wobble if you really yank on it either way forward or back [I don't get anything up and down though], but it's one of the better ones I've played in that regard, and probablythe finest SG in playability I've ever come across (which is why I bought it). I've got to say I've never played an SG that didn't exhibit some neck wobble - even the ones with thicker neck profiles. I suspect it has to do with the extreme double cut away, exacerbated by the shorter tenon - not much support. Some you would only notice if you're trying to force and some feel like they are made of rubber. My standard is pretty good and it has the 60's neck; If you play it with a steady hand it stays in tune just fine. I've played some bad SG's however… and the bad ones are truly awful - like tune the guitar, play an E Maj cowboy chord and its Ok, play an A Maj barre chord at the 5th fret and it sounds "out of tune"... because the neck moved from your hand pressure. By adjusting the angle of your hand and the amount pressure you can get "back in tune"... but as you can imagine it becomes a miserable experience real quick. When testing an SG for purchase I would always play them standing up and on a strap and play all the types of styles of music you would want to play. If there are no issues while doing that it will be fine, just play it calmly. If you having issues with holding tune for chording its a bad neck [some used to call them whippy necks or wobbly necks or spaghetti necks] and you just plain don't want to buy it.
If you can fi d of the SGJ models they had maple necks... that might help some. Again, I'd just to to the store or stores you can and play all of them. One may speak to you.
regarding neck dive - the lighter the SG the more prone they are. Howeve. Even if you have a bit of neck dive, a 2" or wider strap with a rough backing [suede, rough leather, rough cotton, etc] will eliminate this. Even the heaviest SG is nice and light for an all night gig, so as long as you aren't going nuts on it, you can play it all night with no issues and no sore back.
Hope that helps!
Used SG standard should run $700-$800. I'd definitely go that route over any of the lesser models because they just are much more premium guitars. I sold mine for like $760 and a Faded SG with moon inlays for like $700. The standard was twice the guitar that the faded was.You can find them used for around a grand, yes.
For instance, it took me all of 30 seconds to find this one just now on Ebay...
I’ve got a 1998 standard that is great. I think OP should consider a mid 90s to early 00s standard for sure.I played with a guy who had a black standard , large guard. I think it was made in the 90’s . Damn thing was as solid as a les Paul. Not super light and not super heavy.