Up until recently I had 3 guitars: a cheap acoustic that I haven't played for a long time, a Yamaha Pacifica (my first electric) that hasn't really been played since I got my Epiphone Iommi two years ago and well...my lovely Epiphone Iommi SG. A while ago I decided that I don't want to have any guitars that I don't play. so I sold the acoustic and the Pacifica. Nonetheless I had the need for a second guitar, preferably an SG, so I can have one in standard tuning and one setup for D#, D and C# standard (mainly to play Black Sabbath songs ). I took my time with this decision, considered a lot of options, safed up money and eventually planned to get a lower end Gibson SG like the current Tribute. I never thought about getting a Standard because: 1. too expensive, 2. I like satin finishes, 3. I don't like gloss cherry at all and already have a black SG. But then the guy at my local guitar store showed me a 2019 Pelham Blue Standard. It was made for the japanese market but they somehow got hold of a single copy of it. Although it had a very good price tag and I liked the look I neglected it at first because it felt quite heavy and I presumed that it would neck dive like hell with those locking grovers on the headstock. I didn't even gave it a try. But at home I regretted it. I should have tried it to really know that it was not the right one for me. So I called the store a few days later, asked if they still had it and went there again. And man...it was worth it. Played like butter and felt like home right away. Never tried an SG that was so well balanced despite the heavy tuners. I couldn't find any flaws in quality, it was just perfect. Still the (already good) price was a bit more than I wanted to spend. But because I hesitated and due to a minor scratch in the body finish (it was demoed before) I got offered a good discount. Got it for the money the SG Tributes usually go for here. Awesome! I would have never dared to dream of owning an SG Standard some day and certainly not in this color. I love it. It was produced in May 2019 and these are the differences I noticed compared to the other current standards: * 61 pickups * small pickguard * knobs without silver inlay * brown Gibson hard case (!) * locking tuners I am not to fond of those heavy tuners and might change them to some light weight vintage ones some day. But for now I leave it like that. The only thing I changed are the strap buttons as I like to use the Shaller security locks. I figured out that this model is not only sold in Japan but also at a few selected shops in the US. Never seen it here in Europe though. If anyone knows more details about this model I would love to hear it. The rosewood fretboard is beautiful, with some nice stripes. I just oiled it because it looked a bit dry. And I really like the binding which is really bright white. Japanese case candy included. Anyone knows what is written on that black sticker?!