Gibson has introduced a very sinister-looking, Dark edition run of its SG Standard and Les Paul Studio featuring alternate electronics, black hardware, inlays and logos as well as Richlite fingerboards.
The limited-edition run of instruments is available exclusively to US customers through Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend. The guitars not only feature a dark new look, but specs different from what you would find on their standard edition counterparts.
The SG Standard Dark comes in a red finish and is decked out with a Super ’57 humbucker in the bridge and a ’57 Classic humbucker in the neck (in lieu of the usual 490R and 490T models). Its build however, stays true the SG spirit with a solid mahogany body and a mahogany neck.
On the black-finished Les Paul Studio Dark, there are new coil-tap and phase switching talents for additional tones. The guitar has a mahogany body with a maple top and a mahogany neck with a SlimTaper neck profile.
Both guitars also have fingerboards made of Richlite, a sustainable synthetic substitute for ebony which is known to be highly durable. Other hardware appointments include Grover kidney bean tuners and Tune-O-Matic bridges, both finished in black.