I recently bought a 2005 Epiphone Elitist SG and posted about how much I love it. But, It got me to thinking, what the hell was Gibson thinking when they released this model? Its Gibson level quality (ie hand selected woods, USA pickups and hardware, etc) but it was twice the price of the rest of the Epiphone line and almost as much as a Gibson Special. Granted, it had neck binding/inlaid headstock/trapezoid fret inlays that the Special didn't have, but it was still an Epiphone albeit an expensive one, I imagine people would have picked an entry level USA Gibson Special over an imported top level Epiphone every time since they were about equal in quality. Since they only made about 1500 of them, I imagine they realized their mistake. But with all that said, I owned a 2017 Gibson Special Faded T and as much as I loved it, the Elitist is better all around. Anyone else have any additional info or opinions?