The Epiphone SG Standard 61 Maestro Vibrola from the new Inspired by Gibson Collection recreates the original SG from 1961 with a newly designed 60s style Maestro Vibrola. Featuring a classic mahogany body in a Vintage Cherry finish and powered by ProBucker™ humbuckers with CTS® potentiometers. (Previously called SG Standard '61 Maestro Vibrola). This wonderful guitar weighs in at a mere 7 lbs 6 oz.
A Mahogany Body starts the recipe off right. This wonderful tonewood has been the main ingredient in just about all solid body Gibson Guitars. The neck is also made out of Mahogany, just like on a Gibson SG. The fingerboard is made from Indian Laurel, a perfectly appropriate substitute for Rosewood. Tone-wise, one would be hard-pressed to hear. the difference between Laurel and Rosewood. The SlimTaper Neck Profile allows for fast and furious riffing. A 12" fingerboard radius, 24.75" scale length, 1.69" nut width, and 22 medium jumbo frets round out the details.
A ProBucker 2 Humbucker in the neck position carries some decent output. If you want fat singing lead tones, this pickup is a great choice. The bridge pickup is a ProBucker 3 and is a real ripper! This pickup pushes tube amps into blissful overdrive nice and easy. A 3-way toggle switch allows access to each pickup individually or in tandem.
Epiphone's ProBucker humbucker has quietly become one of the most talked-about pickups in the industry. It has fooled experts, vintage purists, and even luthiers who have worked with the best vintage examples from the late 50s and early 60s. Epiphone ProBucker™ humbuckers are the real deal--made with 18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers, the same alloy used by Gibson at the Kalamazoo factory when the humbucker was first invented. The use of Nickel Silver reduces the occurrence of eddy currents due to low conductivity and provides a more transparent and crisp output. The size and shape of the bobbins also have a great impact on tonal response. And the bobbins used on ProBucker™ pickups duplicate the size and shape of the gold standard in the industry, Gibson humbuckers. Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups also feature sand-cast Alnico II magnets, high-quality 4 conductor lead wire, and are vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.