Iconic Guitars

Vintage guitars, re-issues and relics found on the web or in stores

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Gibson Custom Robby Krieger SG - the Sound of the Doors

This blog is about iconic guitars and here is a good one. The Gibson Custom Shop just announced a limited batch of replicas of Robby Krieger's 1967 SG Standard.

Robby Krieger has composed, recorded and gigged with a Gibson SG throughout his entire career with the Doors and to this day.

150 of those Krieger signature models will be made available, all coming with a signed certificate: 100 in VOS finish, 50 aged to recreate "the body of his beloved 1967 SG Standard, right down to the tiniest scratches, dings and belt rash." The Aged Dark Heritage Cherry finished solid mahogany looks beautiful and the color definitely matches the faded brown of vintage SG's from the 60's.

The 22-fret neck is made of one piece mahogany with an hybrid profile. As many SG from this era, the Inspired-by Robby Krieger model features a maestro tailpiece. Last but definitely not least, the pickups: a pair of '57 Classics (PAF). All you need to get that beasty SG sound I was writing about a few days ago.

So, the Inspired By Robby Krieger Custom Shop SG is a very nice electric guitar overall. And it is not as expensive as you would think. The VOS version is announced at $3,399 on GuitarCenter.com. That could even be seen as cheap for a Custom Shop reissue.

And for those of you who want the real deal from the 60's, you might find a few bargains on eBay (thank you recession!) for 60's / 70's Gibson SG's. But don't be surprised to see a $20,000. (See below for a quick list).

Krieger playing his Gibson live in London in 2007 (source Wikipedia)