Price paid: $ 2000
Purchased from: online
Sound — 10
I play AC/DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and other classic rock, as well as a little soundtrack music, and some beatnick music. This SG is best for it, just play the Godfather on that one, it is wonderful. The whammy bar is the best on almost any other model. I used to play Strats, but the Gibson whammy bar is a ton of alot better than the Fender whammy bar, just a finger tip on the bar is wonderful. You can pull up and down on the bar. For amps and effects, the guitar carries it self. I need little to no gain, and sometimes a little reverb, pending on song. The sound is great and the way it vaires is outstanding.
Overall Impression — 10
It is a good match for any rocker out there. I own one other SG, but this one is my main axe. If it where stolen I would not hesatate to get a new one, except comming up with the money would be a little hard.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I used I live and it sounded perfect. The hardware is still perfect, and I never had a problem with the strap buttons. There is no real problem with wear, but when I rest my forearm on the back top arch, after a wile a little fill builds up, but you can scratch it off with you pick, just be delicate, to not scratch the paint.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I have had it for about five months now and the only problem was I had to change the D string twice. It came to me in what I believe to be near ment condition. The wear and tear was caused by me. The nickel does spot alot compaired to the crome that I usually use.
Features — 10
The Angus Young is made in the USA, like most Gibsons. Mine is a 2000, but bought brand new in early 2005. The SG has 22 frets with trapizoid inlets. The neck is rather flat but almost perfect with my small hands. The SG is made of mahogany and is painted a realy nice red-brown look, just like Angus' early SG. (Back In Black and before). It lookes like any other SG, but there is a devil school boy painted on the head. For the accessories, it has the classic two tone and two volume controls but the knobs are larger than most Gibson's, it also has the three way selector Switch. The accesoried are nickel. There is a tail piece with the harp logo and isted of "Gibson" written on the bottom ti say "Angus" of course it also has the whammy bar. The pickups are great, in the neck is a classic '57 humbucker, and at the bridge position is a Angus young signature humbucker. Both have nickel covers. It also comes with a special Gibson hardcase. The case has a custom inlining with the school boy devil emblem on it. The features are outstanding. I love it. I set it up where the front pickup has a tone of ten and the back has the tone of 0, and I have a perfect sound for a solo, rhythm, and during verse. And for the whammy bar, it is icing on the cake.