Hi all...new guy here. I used the serial number decoder yesterday and was surprised to see that my SG was "birthed" today Aug. 17 in 2011 making it 8 years old. It was a limited edition for Sam Ash and was available in either Bullion Gold w/ gold hardware or Pelham Blue w/ chrome hdwr. This one was hanging around a year or two and was the gold version. 50's rounded neck which I like. Next string change I will verify the pups. I saw a discrepancy in some literature re: both 490's or 490/498 (going from memory here). It needed strings when it arrived so I tried a set of GHS boomers ala David Gilmore 10-48. The most amazing overtones or zingers would come from outta nowhere from above! I don't know if it's the strings or not. I will try regular boomers or EB's next time. Ok here's the disclosure: I have no current host since Photo Bucket and am transitioning to a new laptop so...it didn't happen, at least 'till I get squared away and provide a pic. It's a flashy sweet thing!