Slide Guitar Tone – Gibson SG and Fender Blackface Vibrolux

In this video I want to show you the many different tones you can get from a Gibson 61 SG Reissue and a Blackface Fender Vibrolux. There are no effects being used other than reverb from the amp.


That will give an idea of what kind of tone you can get from using this combination of guitar and amp. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or comments.

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6 thoughts on “Slide Guitar Tone – Gibson SG and Fender Blackface Vibrolux”

  1. Am really loving your slide guitar technique and how it gets incorporated into the various tones. Sometimes the only way I know that you are playing slide is the position of your thumb. Really excellent. Great addition and technique in the world of blues guitar. If you had a chance, would love to know what guitar tuner you use. Have a great day-

  2. Hi John,
    That’s the tone(s) we’d all love. Since a 61 SG Reissue is financially out of reach I was wondering what you might think of an SG Special which has the modern Gibson 490 pickups? Like you I am a fan of the Allman/Trucks sounds, but unlike you I can’t play (yet!).
    I was thinking of getting the SG Special and a Fender Blues Jnr III amp, and combining with the Slide Method DVDs which I’ve already bought.
    I’d hate it for the pickups in the Special to be too “hot” or modern sounding. Vintage all the way!
    Thanks for the videos and DVDs, I have finally started the journey.

    • The SC Special should sound good. I think you would be better off getting a Deluxe Reverb instead of the Blues Junior. The Blues Junior is good but can’t come anywhere near the Deluxe. Thanks a lot!

    • The 61 reissue and the 2013 SG Standard (Basically the same guitar) have 57 classics and if you are lucky you can find those pickups for very, very cheap. I grabbed a SG Standard in February and love it. It really is an awesome guitar.

      I have seen a few sets of 57 classics go for ~$70 recently if you just look around for them so you could probably get the same tone by just grabbing an Epiphone SG copy and slapping a set in it.

      • I recently went looking for an SG and agree with Nick. There is very little different between the SG Standards (from 2013) and the SG ’61 reissue (now discontinued). NOTE: This is not true when it comes to the 2012 Stadards. Same ’57 classic pickups, same neck, everything really, the only difference I could find was the shape of the headstock (’61 RI is slightly more flared and larger) and I read (unverified) of the ’61 RI’s were made with a one piece body.

        Since the 61 RI was discontinued recently, I got it on sale for slightly less than a 2013 Standard (about $1000-$1200). If it were not for that deep discount, I would have happily gotten a 2013 Standard.

        Not sure what your budget is, but given the 2013 Standards are much less $$ than the ’61 RI’s, it might be worth a shot.

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