So here's a challenge for us all... I just got done working out on my SG for more than an hour. And I set it down on the stand next to my amp with the comment: "What a great guitar." So... what's so great about it then, eh? Play yer durn SG for an hour, and then tell us about it. I took this one down about five days ago, and cleaned it thoroughly. I took the pickups out and photographed them for another thread we had going, prolly still going. I cleaned the frets and the board with Gorgomyte, and rubbed down the body with Music Nomad's Guitar One. Then I re-installed the pickups, and cranked them all the way down in the body, intending to raise them up slowly, and listen. I installed a new set of D'Addario balanced tension tens, using the self locking method, and played it hard for about twenty minutes. Guys seem to argue about whether stretching the guitar strings is a thing to do, or if it's a hoax or an illusion. Me, I just play it vigorously for twenty minutes, and then I can go right onstage with a new set of strings, and have no trouble. Playing it vigorously seems to settle everything and stabilize the new strings on the posts. So this method works for me, whether I'm actually stretching the strings or just firming up the windings. Doesn't matter to me, I just do this and it works. That SG has been sitting on its stand next to my Orange Micro Terror for about five days, and has stayed in tune (mostly) ever since. I have to tune it before every song, of course... because I have to tune any guitar before every song. I even check my basses, which seldom go out of tune. But the SG has stayed pretty stable. I attribute this stability to the Maple neck that Gibson gave it. I loved the feel of this neck right away. It's very rigid by comparison to other instruments, and just feels solid as a rock. Also, new strings are crucial to stability, and sound great, and don't break (much). So what's so great about this 2012 SG special? The Corian nut works fine with no issues, the guitar has no inlays, no binding, no nibs, no problem. Frets are in good shape. Tone Pros tuners work fine, look cool and balance the guitar properly. I've been getting great tone out of the '70s tribute" mini hum buckers.... this last hour I was playing mostly clean, using the native oomph of the Orange Micro Terror 20W and stomping my Blues driver to practice solos. This works well for me, and makes for a very streamlined peddle board. Sustain is to die for... (at least it's all I need). I really like the tone from the mini hums, and the feel of the maple neck and baked maple fretboard, and this guitar seems to facilitate my music... it does everything I know how to ask of it, and then once in a while I surprise myself and play something I didn't think I could do. Been listening to highs, mids and lows from this rig, and enjoying myself. Not a very posh rig, when you think about it, Low level Gibson, teensie little amp that looks like a toy (but isn't) Eminence speakers (not the highest priced), but I'm happy. Let's hear about YOUR setup, all you lot. The Orange amp is driving a pair of Eminence Legend speakers, an 8" and a 10" in the two home finished cabinets illustrated. The output of this amp is 8 Ohms, and the two 8 Ohm speakers in parallel run at 4 Ohms, but this doesn't seem to bother the amp at practice levels. It sounds great with just the ten, or just the eight as well. So if I just run one cab, it's a very compact setup, but that 20W amp can rattle the windows inside my house. I have a bigger home made cab, with a ten and a twelve (Patriots I think) in it, 4 Ohms each, run in series for an 8 Ohm cabinet. That one runs quite efficiently and really moves a lot more air. The Orange amp and the Gibson SG play well together, lucky me. Love the cleans on the Orange at lower gain level, but it's got a good amount of grind to it when you want. There you have it... step away from the 'puta now and play your guitar, run it through a number of stylistic functions, and then return and report. PICTURES, OR IT NEVER HAPPENED.