I was in a conversation with someone on these forums a little while ago about whether Gibson 57 Classic pickups were suitable for high gain. I play a lot of high gain - and have had no problem pulling it off. Granted, I don't play modern types of metal, I'm more an 80's metal head - but I'm pretty sure a stock SG Standard with 57 Classics are more than enough to pull it off. I found a sound clip I recorded quickly to demo to the person I was having the discussion with. I noticed I still have it up on soundcloud (I usually delete most of the demo stuff I do up there - but have kept a couple clips I linked to other forums). What do you think? Sufficient for metal, and possibly newer metal?