Price paid: $ 1150
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
I mainly play Country, Folk, Americana, Jazz, and Blues. Everyone thought I was crazy getting an SG for that style of music, especially to play through a Peavey Triple XXX 212 Combo. However, the guitar has a wonderfully full, mellow sound when played through the clean channel of the amp, with the bass turned up and the highs cut down, and using Gibson Vintage Reissue VR-10 strings, I get such a warm, rich sound that it gives the Gibson ES-137's and ES-335's a run for their money. The stock humbuckers are very quiet and surprisingly clean. They aren't as crisp as the Classic '57 Humbuckers, but they are very close.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing guitar for over 20 years, and this is absolutely the best electric guitar I've ever had the pleasure of owning. If lost or stolen I would buy another Gibson SG Standard if on a budget, or if funding was available I'd upgrade to a Gibson Les Paul Standard. I compared this guitar to the Fender American Stratocaster H/H before buying. I went with the Gibson because of the shorter scale and a slightly warmer, richer tone than the Fender. Had I wanted a brighter, sharper sounding guitar I would have gone with the Fender Am-Strat H/H for its sheer tonal versatility.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've been using this guitar regularly for almost two years now, which is a short time in a guitar's life, and so far it has held together just fine. Nothing has loosened, fallen apart, or cracked. The finish is still as good as the day it was new, except for the normal battle scars any guitar gets through normal use. So far the guitar has been 100% dependable, though I've never abused it or dropped it or subjected it to unusual harshness.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar came from the factory set-up perfectly, the inotation was right on the money. The fit and fisish was typical Gibson quality, meaning it was practically flawless. Everything was better than I expected, and I have no complaints in this dept. The guitar was even in tune when I took it out of the case for the first time, and I've found it holds it's tune for an exceptionally long time.