The SG Guitar Book
Tony Bacon
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The SG Guitar Book: 50 Years of Gibson's Stylish Solid Guitar
Tony Bacon
Backbeat Books
136 pages
August 2015
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The SG was and is one of the most iconic guitars Gibson every built. Made famous by the likes of Tony Iommi and Angus Young, the angular instrument with the twin horns has long been a part of rock history. Who better than Tony Bacon to trace and document that evolution? Here the esteemed author brings together a plethora of remarkable photos to complement text that follows the instrument from inception to current day.

Additionally, Bacon has brought together a collection of terrific interviews with many of the players who made the instrument famous, including the aforementioned Iommi and Young as well as Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Gary Rossington, Pete Townshend, and George Harrison.

What comes out in this wonderful history is how, in 1960, Gibson had trashed the now legendary Sunburst Les Paul. To replace it, they came up with the SG--solid guitar--in 1961, which featured a completely different design and sound. It's amazing now to think that Gibson would abandon the Les Paul, but had that instrument done really well, there's a possibility we would have never had the SG at all.

Bacon is a master at translating facts and figures into readable history. He has done it again with the SG in his new book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2015

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