Blog: Gibson Unveils the 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG

June 15th, 2011

By Richard Bienstock

In joint celebration of  the legendary Doors guitarist’s vast achievements and the 50th Anniversary of the Gibson SG, Gibson USA presents the 50th Anniversary Robby Krieger SG. It features a pair of humbucking pickups with phase switching and a Maestro Vibrola with vintage-style “Lyre” tailpiece.

The guitar’s quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved in a slim but rounded profile that measures .800” at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. It is glued into the body with Gibson’s deep set-neck joint and topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and vintage cream binding. The back plate covering the controls is adorned in Robby Krieger’s own musically themed artwork, while a 50th Anniversary graphic on the headstock declares the guitar’s pedigree.

The 57 Classics in the neck and bridge position are made with genuine Alnico II magnets, and wound with 42-AWG enamel-coated wire just like the originals, but are wax potted to combat microphonic squeal for high-volume playing. And for added versatility, a push-pull pot on the rhythm pickup’s tone control provides funky phase-reverse switching.


  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Heritage Cherry finish
  • 22 frets
  • ’57 Classic (Alnico II) pickups in neck and bridge
  • Maestro Vibrola tailpiece
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Kluson-style tulip-button tuners
  • MSRP: $2839

For more information visit Gibson

  • Mike

    C’mon Gibson, enough of the tribute models, ok? You’re packaging a regular SG with the old style vibrato, doubling the price, targeting boomers about to rock out their twilight years. Make something decent and affordable, for cryin’ out loud!

  • jon pratt

    I just bought one last week and the back plate is adorned with black plastic…
    there is no artwork on it at all.
    Gibson won’t respond to my emails asking about this either.

  • paul

    i would agree with you my friend but only in a part. These 50th ann series guitars eg Townsend or Krieger are affordable. Some other custom shop models or VOS guitars aren’t.