Price paid: C$ 485
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 8
Upon using this guitar with a Marshall MG100HDFX half-stack, it has excellent clarity on the clean channel with the neck pick-up, giving really nicely balanced bright clean tone. Also sounds great on the cleans with the neck and bridge pick-ups engaged. On overdrive on the neck pick-up a very nice smooth and soft warm lead tone is achieved with out muddiness. On the bridge pick-up it has a very warm biting overdrive that isn't muddy. Overall tone has nice mids. Excellent for playing along with AC/DC and classic rock in general.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is an excellent guitar for its price. It is excellent for playing classic rock and hard rock, sounds great, looks great, feels great. Couldn't have asked for more. I've sought after this guitar initially a few years ago after stumbling upon it on Musician's Friend and then eventually ended up having to purchase it!
Reliability & Durability — 9
So far it has lived up to my playing standards, I haven't had any issues with it, with the SG you don't have to worry too much about strap-locks due to where the strap buttons are placed. The finish is perfect, not too thick and not too thin with excellent consistency.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Out of the box the action was only a tad bit higher than I wanted, but I quickly adjusted the action to my preferences and the guitar felt great after. The neck pick-up was set to perfect height but I raised the bridge pick-up a bit to get more sensitivity and output from the pick-up. The body is one entire piece of mahogany, connected to a two piece neck. There is a small crack in the finish on the back-side of the guitar neck near the neck joint but it is only a cosmetic flaw. Tone knobs roll on and off smoothly and firmly, input jack is nice and tight.
Features — 9
The guitar was made during 2010 in the Qingdao factory located in China. The body is made out of Mahogany and the fretboard is of Rosewood. 22 frets with pearl trapezoid fret inlays. Frets are smooth along the edges of the neck, edges of the fretboard/neck are rounded/smoothed off giving a very smooth and comfortable feel. Silver grover tuners, Alnico Classic neck pick-up and Alnico Classic Plus bridge pick-up along with locking bridge and tail-piece. This model features the "Gibson SG Standard" full pick-guard as well as a 3-way toggle-switch and 2 volume knobs and 2 tone knobs. Out of the box it came with a free patch cord, a poster, and the warranty card & manual.