Im saving up for a Gibson SG Standard, than i saw the 61 reissue and i wondered... which is better? I play classic rock (AC/DC, Van Halen, Metallica, ETC.) and i was wondering which would be better to get and why? What is the difference between the 2 guitars?
I guess if you want to get closer to the classic vintage SG sound the '61 does the job better because it comes with PAF copies right off the bat, but considering how much more it cost, you could probably do just as well by getting the standard and sticking a new set of pots and caps and PAF style pickups superior to Gibson's PAF copies and have it all come out to be cheaper.
The necks are also different, I prefer the 61 re issue, but it is quite a big difference in the price compared to the difference in the guitar. I have seen good used Re issues go for around the £7-£800 mark. The standard is still a very nice guitar as well.