Hello Everything-SG Community, this is my first post at the forum and I wanted to give some hints about the "mystical" 2013 Standard. Short story about how I got mine: I bought it via online-used market in Europe. It was the 2nd "reserve/save-up" guitar from a Wedding-Coverband musician. He sold it to me for 600,-€ which are 672,21 US-Dollars and he claimed to not even have put it out the case since he bought it brandnew in 2013 until 2017 when i got it and believe it or not: It was STILL in tune! :) Because i had a cherry Special faded years before, which i sold because of massive tuning-problems, i new this one is a top-quality occasion for me! It is an ebony- coated one, which was not my favourite colour, but since that day i LOVE it! The laquer although it was untouched, had many scratches above the cap-knobs. Maybe it was played in a shop by customers before... What i can tell you (if it´s interesting anyway): 1. Very often we read that it has point to point wiring. Yes, it´s odd but true... 2. It has a long neck tenon and a seamless VERY accurate Joint, just checked it... (see Pic) 3. For me the most curious fact: It has a 2 piece Body, which seems to be a completely straight, strong and obvious patterned mahogany. It looks like the same timber used for acoustic guitars, which means it´s quarter sawn. You can see the (boring looking) grain-stripes under the laquer by moving it against daylight. Very often one can see beautifulbeautiful swirly kind of woodgrains on clear-coated SGs, these are then made out of riftsawn mahogany. They´ve been sawn longitudinal to the timber and they are less desireable for acoustic!!! guitar luthiers. The sonic vibrations tend to spread better from annual ring to annual ring, if the wood was sawn perfectly perpendicular out of the tree trunk. (Just think of a spruce top of an high-quality acoustic...) I´m not a professional, but the fact that this guitar, while unplugged, is nearly as loud vibrating as an acoustic guitar, indicates a relationship between the wood straight grain-pattern and factors like weight or the density of the mahogany wood. Concerning the myth of the 2013 standard, maybe it´s the sonic qualities of the straight grained logs they used back than, which makes this year so well known and often discussed. Plugged in, i doubt that this guitar sounds much different to others. Regarding to the more or less unspectacular wood pattern i´d say it´s good to own the ebony version.... It seems not clear to me yet, if an electric guitar unplugged has the same plugged-in-qualities. What I can say is, that a vibrating guitar is the maybe most beatiful thing on planet earth! Please share pictures and oppinions! About 2013 Standards, or 61`RI: I would be interested if the wood grain pattern contributes to your experiences!