Gibson SG vs Gibson Les Paul: what's the difference between these Gibson heavyweights?

Gibson SG vs Gibson Les Paul: what's the difference between these Gibson heavyweights
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For many, Gibson guitars are the epitome of rock 'n' roll. From their drop-dead gorgeous looks, gut-punching tone and effortless playability, these guitars are as much a part of the genre as leather jackets, questionable tattoos and too much drinking. Of course, Gibson has many iconic models in their diverse catalog, from the punk-ready Junior to the bluesy ES-335. Still, no models are quite as legendary as the formidable Les Paul and the devilish SG.  

Now, while it's fair to say that this duo of guitars are two sides of the same Gibson-shaped coin, they do offer their own unique spin on the dual humbucker formula you've come to expect from the Nashville guitar titan. One is a flamed-topped beauty that's often found slung low from the shoulder of full-time guitar hero and part-time top hat collector Slash, while the other is a handsome collection of bevels and contours that has become synonymous with the world's oldest schoolboy and certified rock god, Angus Young. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.