Price paid: $ 750
Sound — 9
The sound is amazing. I've read quite allot about this guitar and almost everyone thinks that the guitar doesn't sound so good with clean settings on, but I really love the cleans on this baby! And with distortion it really shines, oh baby it can blow down an audience! It has a full warm sound, which is what you get when you mix mahogany with humbuckers. I play mostly thrash-metal but I also play rock, punk, pop and more. And I think it fits 'em all, just tweak with the tone-knob and the coil-tap and you'll get what you want. I use an old Marshall called Master Reverb 30 (made '86), which sounds really good in clean mode and thrashy/stoner in distorted mode. I also use it through a Zoom 7.1ut and you can get every sound you would ever want throgh that (but it needs quite much tweaking).
Overall Impression — 9
I mainly play thrash-metal and this baby fits it damn good. I can tell you that I'm no expert of playing but I know a lot of guitars. This is my first Gibson but I've played some before and I really love the quality of 'em. I own a modified Gregg Bennett Avion 3, a modified Ibanez Roadstar II and as you see I like to modify my guitars, what should I do with this one (maybe strip the neck down to the wood, that wold look nice). If it were stolen I would be damn sad because I'm a student and as we all know students are quite poor so it would be hard for me to get money for a new guitar, but if I had the money I would definitely get the same model again if I could find a new one. Actually I love everything about it, of course it could have tonepros bridge and tailpiece, sperzel tuners and other extravagant features but what the hek, it does what it suppose to do! When I was in the store I was there to try an Epiphone Firebird Studio (limited) but the neck was heavy and the bodyshape wasn't made for my knee, so I tried almost every guitar theyv'e had and the one that was the nicest was actually an cheap Epi SG. So I went to another store to try this SG and damn I'm glad I did. So if you find any of these guitars, try 'em and you'll probably go home happy with a new guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This baby WILL stand a Live gig, that's fore sure. Unless you throw it into the ground with the neck first, real hard. It's build like a tank. The only thing that's bad is that it has small strapbuttons, but as always you should change them to strap-locks. The finish seems good, and I think it's nitro-celulose, and it will wear of in time just as it should. So gig with it without a backup, if you don't wanna destroy it on stage.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I don't know how it was set at the factory as I bought it 2nd-hand. When I got it the action was a little too high for me, but just a little (even though it was quite low). The pickup was a little low, so I raised it a bit. It looks like the frets were taken care of not long before I got it. The neck was straight as an arrow. The body and headstock had a few dings, witch I prefer (I like when you see that they have been used). When I got it I were going to clean it a bit, but didn't think before I did it, I used a little deodurant spray because I thought I smelled a little bad and it wasn't good for the laquer and I got two circle shaped marks on it. But they doesn't show so much thou.
Features — 7
The guitar was made in Nashville, Tennessee (in the USA if you didn't know). It has a 24 3/4" scale neck with 24 frets, which looks like narrow jumbo frets to me. The neck is fat like a baseballbat and has a rosewood fretboard. Both the neck and body is in mahogany as Gibson usualy uses. Mine is a clean black (called ebony) finish but also was made in a finish called 'Dark Wineburst'. The brige is a Tune-O-Matic as usual for the SG models. The tuners are Die-Cast I think. It only has one microphone and it's in brige position, it's a 500T humbucker. The controls are simple, 1 tone, 1 volume and a coil-tap switch.