Price paid: $ 456
Purchased from: Cecere's Music
Sound — 10
I play mainly, punk, rock, alternative, some blues, a little bit of metal and the odd pop. This guitar can handle it all. I used to use it through a 10Watt Drive amp and it managed fine. I know use it through a Marshall MG50DFX and it kills. It can produce an amazing dirty sound perfect for playing songs ranging from Blink 182 to AC/DC to Metallica. The sound can vary from bright and crunchy, to dull and mellow. There is no unwanted noise either. It sounds incredible clean also, with a clean crisp tone. The dirty channel is better than the clean but with some fiddling, you can achieve a very nice clean tone also. I play mainly on the bridge pickup with my volume and tone at 10. For a very bluesy, creamy, thick solo sound I play on the neck pickup (which gives a ridiculously warm sound) with the Volume at 10 and the Tone at 0.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar matches the types of music I play perfectly. I've been playing one year and I couldn't have asked for more in a first guitar. If it was stolen I'd definitely buy it again. The one and only drawback is the strap button behind the neck which causes the headstock to floor dive, but this is the case with most SGs. Although this is the "cheaper" model of a Gibson SG, I think it competes quite nicely and runs laps around other guitars in the same price range. This makes an amazing first guitar and unless you are playing in front of 1000+ people on a daily basis, this guitar will suffice Live just fine.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is extremely durable. I have gigged with it without a backup and it does just fine. The strap buttons are solid but I would advise getting some strap locks. I have knocked it around many times with no sign of damage. This guitar will last me a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I could play this straight out of the box. The action was perfect. The pickups were setup beautifully. There were no flaws in the guitar what'soever, I did however replace the strings asap. All the hardware was fit perfectly and the finish is unbelievably durable.
Features — 10
It has two alnico humbucker pickups, chrome hardware, a 24.75" scale, a set (glued on, not bolt on (better)) neck, and trapezoid finer inlay. It's a solid body guitar, available in cherry or ebony finish. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge with passive electronics. The pickups have an individual Volume and Tone knob each. Well, that's the "features". Boring I know, read on.