It pains me to see SG body shells for sell. Stripped out, yet still in great shape. I search for them, and good buys that I can make work. I re-enter these into the world, either as a personal keepsake (most of them), or for someone else to enjoy and love like this wonderful animal should be. I can't say I agree with the folks that sell these wonderful items, but I am so proud when it re-enters the world as a whole entity and becomes what it was meant to be once again. Fortunately, I have the resources and ability to make this happen. Plus, it keeps me sane in this crazy world life we are in. This one is no exception, all done up in Gold factory Gibson parts (would not have it ANY other way). You won't find a Phoney part on my guitars head to tail, down to the last freekin' screw. It's not an ad, it's a PASSION for the Gibson SG. This "Black Beauty" went from a purchase of a "blank shell" to a BEAST, and I'm VERY proud of her. All that I can tell you is this is NOT a "SHELL" it is in the world to be played! And that is ALL I need to know! 2013 was a GREAT year for the SG Standard IMO. This one holds a 57 Classic in the neck, and a 57 Classic + where it matters. Just a MONSTER! ROCK ON!!!