Hi there, all you SG-worshipping maniacs! This is my first post, as I finally got me a membership. No more lurkin' round, no. And what timing for a membership! It couldn't be better: Two weeks ago I got me a hell of an extremely soundful 2018 SG Standard, in delicious Autumn Shade! My two daughters, aged 6 and 7, got at the same time their first guitars , so the guitarfanatism round here will be just worse from now! I'm 46 and have (between a few other guitars) played Gibsons (mostly Les Pauls) since I was 16 (started off with a Les Paul Jr), but for the last years (both due to the fact that SGs is the coolest guitar ever AND a f'''cked shoulder) its been SG all the way and beyond. Anyways, I've always loved SGs, reminds me of AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Sabbath. I think its worth mentioning that my elder brother, who rocks out with Malcolm Young, Bon Scott and the lot now - RIP, brutter'n - had a Ibanez SG-copy when he was 16. When I got home earlier from school than he did, I used to borrow that guitar, knowing my brother would kick my ass if he found out, and I always thought that guitar looked so extremely cool, and, of course, it was a supersmooth player. (At least I thought so then, 12 years old.. ) I play lead guitar in a Norwegian hardrock/punkband called SKADA, and this new SG, which I had (profesionally) souped up with new pickups, this MOTHER of delicious supertone and playability, is gonna get down to work! It will be used for both live and recording the next months. Years, that is! Out of the Gibsons I have owned, its been mostly Les Pauls, but I did get me a very, very loyal Epiphone G-400 in 1995 (a guitar which has been to hell and back many a time ), then I got me a white SG 60s tribute in 2011 (killer guitar!), and now, finally, the best Gibson I've ever owned: SG Standard Autumn Beast! Specs sickups. Bridge: Bare Knuckles Riff Raff Neck: Dimarzio EJ Custom The bridge pickup, the stock 61 sound alright to me, but ... Maaaan.. the Riff Raff pickup is just awesome, and a few notches above than the 61. The Riff Raff has very good highs and mids, balanced low ends. And the CLARITY! Wow! Even with the sound distored and all, the clarity of this baby is mindboggling! Also I've found it very responsive and dynamic, small adjustments on the pots changes a lot! Now the neck. I love P-90s, and wanted something like that for the neck (I've never really been a big fan of the sound of PAFS at the neck). I also thought a little extra crisp would not hurt. Enter: the EJ Custom! It sounds fantastic in neckposition! Supercrisp but warm, and all I ever wanted from a singlecoil-type-humbucker at the neck! I play through a point-to-point-modded Marshall 1987x 50 w Plexi and a 1976 Marshall cabinet loaded with four "greenbacks" , with a Ibanez tubescreamer sometimes for extra fun, and people, not to be braggy, but yesterday I got myself an absolutely stellar attenuator, a Koch Loadbox LB120 (recommend it very, very warmly!), and the sound of this guitar - The Autumn Beast - through that rig - just amazing! Neverever have I had such a killer guitartone, and, as we all know, this would not be possible without a Gibson SG in the first place! Yeah! Cool to be here and I'm really looking forward to endless threads about headdives, witchhats knobs, Alnico 2 VS Alnico 5 and everything SG! PS. Regarding neckpickupcover: I've ordered it, but guess what, I will not use it! This guitar just HAS to look like it does now! I absolutely love it! WARNING: NO GUITARPOLISH!