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Best SG Shape Guitars in 2022

Here you'll find the best SG shape guitars.

We've found exactly 48 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. ESP E-II Viper

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ESP E-II Viper
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 79
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP E-II's 2014 Viper series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 57TW (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 66TW (Humbucker/Active)
  • Gotoh TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II Viper
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

2. ESP E-II Viper Baritone

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ESP E-II Viper Baritone
Playability 85
Sound 76
Build quality 79
Value for money 75
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP E-II's 2014 Viper series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 60 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Gotoh TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II Viper Baritone
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

3. ESP LTD Viper-1000 Evertune

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ESP LTD Viper-1000 Evertune
Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 72
Value for money 78
Overall Score 78
  • From ESP LTD's 2020 Viper series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany w/ Maple Cap body
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Evertune (F model) bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD Viper-1000 Evertune
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

4. Gibson SG Modern

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Gibson SG Modern
Playability 78
Sound 75
Build quality 78
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • From Gibson's 2019 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 10" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • AA Figured Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gibson Burstbucker Pro + Lead (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gibson Burstbucker Pro Rhythm (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper Set neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Mini Rotomatics tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson SG Modern
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

5. ESP LTD Viper-1000

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ESP LTD Viper-1000
Playability 82
Sound 76
Build quality 72
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77
  • From ESP LTD's 2020 Viper series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD Viper-1000
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. ESP LTD GT-600

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ESP LTD GT-600
Playability 80
Sound 81
Build quality 67
Value for money 76
Overall Score 76
  • From ESP LTD's 2010 Signature series
  • Glenn Tipton Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG Glenn Tipton Signature Bridge PU (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG Glenn Tipton Signature Neck PU (Humbucker/Active)
  • Kahler Hybrid bridge
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD GT-600
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

7. Epiphone Prophecy SG

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Epiphone Prophecy SG
Playability 82
Sound 80
Build quality 66
Value for money 81
Overall Score 76
  • From Epiphone's 2020 Prophecy Collection series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Mahogany with 1/2 Maple cap body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Proprietary (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Proprietary (Humbucker/Active)
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper Set neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Epiphone Prophecy SG
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split, Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. ESP LTD Viper-1000 Baritone

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ESP LTD Viper-1000 Baritone
Playability 82
Sound 76
Build quality 70
Value for money 76
Overall Score 76
  • From ESP LTD's 2022 Viper series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany / Maple Cap body
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 60TW-R (Humbucker/Active)
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD Viper-1000 Baritone
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Gibson Brian Ray 62 SG Junior

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Gibson Brian Ray 62 SG Junior
Playability 77
Sound 74
Build quality 75
Value for money 60
Overall Score 75
  • From Gibson's 2019 Artist Collection series
  • Brian Ray Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Mahogany body
  • Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gibson Custom Dog-Ear P90 w/ Switchable Induction Coil Circuit (Humbucker/Passive)
  • ABR-1 with convertible options bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • Custom 1962 Slim Taper Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Vintage tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Brian Ray 62 SG Junior
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

10. ESP LTD RM-600

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ESP LTD RM-600
Playability 85
Sound 73
Build quality 67
Value for money 75
Overall Score 75
  • From ESP LTD's 2019 Signature series
  • Reba Meyers Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Tonepros Locking TOM w/ String Thru bridge
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • LTD Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP LTD RM-600
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Killswitch Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock