Hello all. First time poster here, but long time lurker. I noticed that there isn't a ton of info/reviews on newer Custom Shop SGs, so I figured I would post about mine. I have been looking for an awesome small guard SG for a long time. About 3 years ago, I purchased a used USA 61 RI that I really liked. I ended up putting some upgraded nickel hardware and a ABR-1 conversion from Philadelphia Luthier Supplies on it. That made a noticeable difference in sustain for whatever reason. But I kept gravitating to wanting a Custom Shop. I have two Custom Shop Les Pauls, so I wanted to try a CS SG. Shameless plug: the 61 RI is up for sale in the classifieds... It really is a great guitar. I live in rural AZ, so I don't have a lot of options to try out gear anymore. So I ended up purchasing two at the same time from Chicago Music Exchange: a 2013 and a 2018 with the plan of returning one. CME was extremely helpful through the process and I can't thank them enough. Both guitars had the newer historic specs including hide glue, custom buckers, new dyes, etc. After having both guitars for the weekend, it was a pretty easy decision. In reality, both guitars were very similar. They both played and sounded very similar. The 2018 was essentially brand new, while the 2013 had a decent amount of dings and the finish on the front of the guitar had faded to that orangey brown. I wanted to the deeper cherry, though I know it will eventually fade a bit. So the 2018 is a phenomenal guitar. It still smells brand new. It plays fantastic. It has a similar but unique sound when compared to my Les Pauls and ES-335. I love the Custombuckers. It is exactly what I wanted in an SG.