Purchased from: Fromager Music
Sound — 10
I play mostly rock, some metal, and this guitar is perfect for it. I don't have a very good amp but this guitar still sounds amazing. It sounds great with lots of distortion and pretty good clean too. The lead setting on the three way Switch is great for soloing and the rhythm setting is great for backup.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is perfect for rock. I got it for a great price and even though I've only been playing a year I hope I will get better so I can play the SG Special like it deserves to be played. This was the best looking guitar I saw in the whole store when I bought it. It looks amazing, plays amazing, and sounds amazing!
Reliability & Durability — 8
I don't play any concerts, but I'm pretty sure I could with this guitar. It's solid all aroud. Sometimes the strap falls off but that's probably the strap not the guitar. I wouldn't use a backup with this guitar, mostly because it wouldn't sound half as good! The finish hasn't worn off at all, but I haven't had the guitar very long.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought this guitar at a scratch and dent sale, so the only thing wrong with it is a tiny little scratch you can barely see. Other than that, everything fits perfectly. The double cutaway is awesome for reaching high frets. The paint finish looks awesome and everything is sturdy.
Features — 10
The Gibson SG Special: - Made in: Nashville, TN - Body: mahogany - Neck: mahogany, rounded, neck joint at 19th fret - Fingerboard: 22 frets, no inlays (on mine anyways) - Color: platinum (super cool looking) - Finish: brushed chrome - Tailpiece: stopbar - Bridge: Tune-O-Matic - Pickups: 2 Alnico magnet humbuckers - Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone and 3 way Switch (lead, rhythm or normal).