Watch: Brian Ray demos his new Gibson Custom Shop ’62 SG Junior

This white beauty boasts a discrete passive “induction coil” circuit.

Gibson Custom Shop Brian Ray signature 72 SG Junior Portrait
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Back at Summer NAMM 2019, Gibson announced a new Custom Shop signature model for veteran sideman Brian Ray. Details about the ’62 SG Junior have now been revealed – the guitar builds on Ray’s ’63 SG Standard axe with new sonic features and design elements.

The instrument’s standout feature is a passive “induction coil” circuit concealed under the pickguard. When engaged by a push-push tone knob, the circuit is designed to reduce both RF interference and high-gain harshness while retaining the tone of the custom Dog-Ear P-90.

Another neat component is the axe’s convertible bridge design, which allows you to configure the bridge to either a tune-o-matic ABR-1, or a wrap-tail with a Vibrola tremolo, or a stopbar tailpiece. According to Gibson, the time taken to modify the bridge is similar to the time taken to change strings.

Gibson Custom Shop Brian Ray signature 72 SG Junior landscape

In the tonewood department, this signature model features a solid mahogany neck and body. The latter is slightly thicker than a normal SG, a design element that’s said to enhance the guitar’s low- and mid-range punch. The ’62 SG Junior also features a 12-inch-radius Indian rosewood fingerboard that’s decked with custom celluloid trapezoid inlays.

Aesthetically, the guitar comes in a sleek White Fox finish, and is topped off by an ebony block tailpiece along with a custom Brian Ray Hot-stamped truss rod cover.

Here’s Ray introducing his new signature model:

Retails at $4,199. More info at gibson.com.

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