Best Guitarists Who Use the Gibson SG

Gg2000
As the name implies, this is a list about guitarists who have used the Gibson SG as their main guitar or are historically associated with the SG. Guitarists who used it more frequently take precedent over others who don't use it as much. With that lined out, feel free to add to the list; if you do, tell me about the guitarist's association with the SG.

The Top Ten

1 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.

Originally, he bought a right-handed SG as a backup guitar and used it on the first album when his Fender Stratocaster gave out. He found a right-handed player with a left-handed SG and decided to swap guitars. This SG became the first of several SGs that followed. - Gg2000

2 Angus Young Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while ...read more.

Angus has used several SGs throughout his career; his favorite is a 1968-70 SG Standard. - Gg2000

3 Robby Krieger Robby Krieger Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors, and as such has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Robby bought his first SG in 1965. He said that it never occurred to him that his guitars would become collectibles since they were all new at the time and there was no such thing as a "vintage guitar". - Gg2000

4 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks

Derek has used a wide variety of SGs over the years. - Gg2000

5 Mick Taylor Mick Taylor Michael Kevin Taylor is an English musician, best known as a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones.

From 1969 to 1971, Mick Taylor used an SG frequently while on tour with the Stones. You can see it in the Gimme Shelter film, the Marquee Club show, and the Hyde Park show. - Gg2000

6 Glen Buxton

Lead guitarist for the original Alice Cooper band. His main guitar at the time was a white SG with three gold-plated pickups and a Bigsby tremolo. - Gg2000

7 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sister Rosetta Tharpe

One of the early pioneers of rock and roll and blues rock, Sister Rosetta Tharpe frequently used a white Gibson SG. It's ironic to see a gospel singer like her using a guitar with "devil horns". - Gg2000

8 Frank Marino

A dedicated SG user throughout his career. If you haven't hear him, check it out. He's a very underrated guitarist. - Gg2000

9 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Although not a dedicated SG user, he was the owner of one of the most famous SGs, the Fool Guitar. It was a 1964 SG that received a psychedelic paint job from Dutch art collective The Fool. He used it all throughout his time in Cream. - Gg2000

I think he is best known for playing a fender Stratocaster

Yes, but I think the Fool Guitar is an iconic enough guitar that he is worth mentioning on the list. - Gg2000

I am totally ignorant to what guitar Mr. Clapton plays; I just know that I love hearing him play that Gibson SG thing. He's really rather good at it, methinks. - Britgirl

I agree. He's used a bunch of different guitars over the years and still sounds good, irregardless. - Gg2000

10 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.

Pete first discovered the SG in 1968 and used it frequently in The Who's live gigs over the next few years. It's the guitar most associated with him on stage. - Gg2000

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