Gibson has finally announced specifications for its Custom Shop Brian Ray ’62 SG Junior. There’s also an accompanying video where Brian talks us through its feature set.
Gibson Custom Shop Brian Ray ’62 SG Junior
Based on a ’63 Standard SG that Brian owns, this new Gibson Custom Shop Brian Ray ’62 SG Junior model has a few specifications that you wouldn’t normally see on your average SG.
Dog Ear P90
The guitar has a single custom-wound dog ear P90 pickup in the bridge position. You also get a passive induction circuit to help combat the hiss you can get when playing a guitar equipped with P90s at stage volume. The system can be turned on or off via a push/pull control.
This guitar has a mahogany body with a set solid mahogany neck. The body is an eighth of an inch thicker than your typical SG, as Brian wanted a bit more girth to the tone. It also has an ebony block behind that trem which was a feature Gibson only used for one year during 1962.
All the hardware is nickel and the guitar has a unique convertible bridge system. You can remove the plate so you can convert it to either a Tune-O-Matic ABR-1 with a Vibrola tremolo system or a wraparound bridge.
The model also has modern Dunlop 6100 jumbo frets, so it should be easy to play and make string bending/vibrato ought to be a breeze. Mr Ray is the lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s band, and these tweaks will probably make his life easier.
It is a nice-looking guitar in a lovely pale White Fox finish. The guitar ships in a black Custom Shop case with yellow lining case and a Certificate Of Authenticity.
RRP – TBC