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The SG models were, needless to say, Samick's Gibson SG-style offerings.

Despite featuring a small pickguard like early 1960s SG models, the rest of the features are closer to late 1960s SGs; a thicker heel, slim neck profile, shallower bevels, chrome hardware and a dark Wine Red finish (on later models).

SG-450

91 SG450

1991 SG-450 BK

  • 1989-1994

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Alder body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Slim profile
  • Medium-long tenon
  • Rosewood fretboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Mother of Pearl holly and Wave logo inlays (1989-1995)
  • Mother of Pearl "S-Diamond" inlay (International models)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
91ish SG450 HS

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers (covered)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gotoh tulip style tuning machines
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover (1989-1991)
  • Pointed bell shaped truss rod cover (1992-1993)
  • Headstock-matching truss rod cover (1994)
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)
  • Black (BK)

SG-450 (Artist Series)

98 SG-450 4

1998 SG-450 WR

  • 1995-2001

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Alder body (1995-1996)
  • Beveled, solid Nato body (1996-2001)
  • Thin Polyurethane finish
98 SG hs-0

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Slim profile
  • Medium-long tenon
  • Rosewood fretboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Silk-screened Artist logo
  • Silk-screened Artist logo V2 (1997-2001)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers (~8K Ohms D.C.)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
98 SG-450

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gotoh tulip style tuning machines
  • Headstock-matching truss rod cover
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
98 SG heel

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)
  • Wine Red (WR)
  • White w/ color-matched headstock (WH)
  • Black (BK)

Also branded as:

  • JB Player JBP Artist
  • Silvertone SSG
  • Vantage VG-405

SG-612 (Artist Series)

The SG-612 had a different body shape from the SG-450, coincidentally more like it's successor, the Signature Series Torino.

  • 2000-2001
00 SG-612

2000 SG-612 WR

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato necks
  • One six-string, one twelve-string
  • Slim profiles
  • Medium-long tenons
  • Rosewood fretboards with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Deluxe headstocks
  • Ornate Artist logo silk-screens
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets (each)
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply, necks

Electronics:

  • Four ceramic humbuckers
  • 3-way neck switch
  • Two 3-way pickup switches
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Headstock-matching truss rod covers
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridges with stopbar tailpieces

Finishes:

  • Wine Red (WR)

SG (Japanese Market)

90 SG-7

1990 SG-7 CH

Renamed SG-7 in 1990.

  • 1987-1991
  • ¥38,000 Yen (1988 MSRP)
  • ¥40,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck w/ scarf joint
  • Slim profile
  • Medium-long tenon
  • Rosewood fretboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Open Book headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Holly inlay
  • Mother of Pearl Script logo inlay (Version 1)
  • Silk-screened Script logo (Version 2)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers (covered)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gotoh tulip style tuning machines
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • White (W)
  • Cherry (CH)

Also branded as:

  • Diamond (by Aria) ASG-42

SG-1P (Japanese Market)

90 SG-1P

1990 SG-1P W

  • 1989-1991
  • ¥36,000 Yen (1989 MSRP)
  • ¥40,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)
  • White (W)

Also branded as:

  • Diamond (by Aria) Beat Master

SG-2 (Japanese Market)

Because the neck on the SG-2 is bolted on, it was set further into the body, pushing the neck pickup and the tailpiece further inward, while the bridge pickup was not moved (likely because it would require a new pickguard design, for a budget model). This unique arrangement results in the bridge pickup sounding more like a middle pickup would in a 3-pickup arrangement.

  • 1987-1988
88 SG2-CH 3

1988 SG-2 CH

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish
88 SG2-CH 6

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Nato neck w/ scarf joint
  • Rosewood fretboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Open Book headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Holly inlay
  • Mother of Pearl Script logo inlay (Version 1)
  • Silk-screened Script logo (Version 2)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers (covered)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)
  • Black (B)
  • White (W)

SG-2H (Japanese Market)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck w/ scarf joint
  • Slim profile
  • Medium-long tenon
  • Rosewood fretboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Open Book headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Holly inlay
  • Mother of Pearl Script logo inlay (Version 1)
  • Silk-screened Script logo (Version 2)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Three ceramic humbuckers (covered)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
  • Gold Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)

SG-3P (Japanese Market)

90 SG-3P

1990 SG-3P B

  • ¥45,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck w/ scarf joint
  • Slim profile
  • Medium-long tenon
  • Rosewood fretboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Open Book headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Holly inlay
  • Mother of Pearl Script logo inlay (Version 1)
  • Silk-screened Script logo (Version 2)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Three ceramic humbuckers (covered)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • White (W)
  • Cherry (CH)

Meriken SGB (Japanese Market)

90 SGB

1990 Meriken SGB CH

  • 1989-1991
  • ¥45,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Nato body
  • Belly carve
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck w/ scarf joint
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Meriken logo
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 21 frets
  • 34" scale

Electronics:

  • One EB-style humbucker, one EB-style single coil
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover
  • Black Witch Hat knobs
  • Individually adjustable bridge

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)

Vantage VG-405

  • 1996-1998
  • $509.95 MSRP (1997)
96 VG405

1996 VG-405 CH

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Alder body
  • Thin Polyurethane finish

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Slim profile
  • Medium-long tenon
  • Rosewood fretboard w/ acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Vantage headstock
  • Silk-screened Vantage logos
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers (covered)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gotoh tulip style tuning machines
  • Deluxe headstock-matching truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)

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