Hey guys, I'm a bass player by nature but usually had a cheap guitar laying around to strum on and upgrade as projects. After getting a great deal on a Jaguar bass a couple years ago I thought I'd keep an eye out on some great internet guitar deal for about $100. Well during black Friday week while looking at paint on wally world.com (yes thats right, walmart.com) I stumbled upon a Maestro by Gibson beginner guitar package (SG) for only $65! Better yet buying with a cord brought the price down to $52!!! The list price was normally $160 for the package which consists of a SG Jr. Style guitar, tiny practice amp (actually sounds good) a strap, pics, strings, lesson DVD. Made in China, not sure where Epis are made nowadays. Maestro by Gibson warranty card and Gibson owners manual. I have always obsessed about owning an SG since childhood. I suck at playing guitar but want to learn properly now at 41. I know my guitars and I've worked at George's Music and Guitar Center. I have a sweet behringer ultra metal petal to use in my ampeg bass amp . I owned a short scale SG bass years ago but honestly it was top heavy for me. Back to the Maestro. This thing is full of possibilities due to the loaded pickguard setup. You could add whatever you wanted in here. Im sticking with the one passive humbucker for now. In anticipation I ordered Wilkinson locking tuners (black), Wilkinson adjustable wraparound bridge (black), Guitar Madness (good reviewed) hex bucker, CTS pots, orange drop cap, black screws, strap buttons, Ernie ball power slinkys. I'll post pics as I build her up into a metal machine. You'd never believe this, but after tuning her up she plays perfect right out of the box! Tuning keys feel weak but hold for a bit. No buzzing, nice low action. No noise. Holy crap. But what do I know. This tiny little 5 watt no name amp has a kick stand and a gain channel that sounds like a fuzz box. I'm in love. Guys this looks like it is the equivalent of the base model epiphone SG special -1 or SG Jr with one piece wrap around bridge that goes for about $120. Im curious as to whats under the pickguard because the special has the extra humbucker and switch but appears to be layed out the same. Bridge placement appears further back than on a typical SG JR. The body looks beautiful and straight. Paint is nice. Looks like they just screwed on a Maestro unpainted neck and put it in a package. Satin finish smooth neck. Wide 1 11/16 LP style plastic nut. Not sure what the body is made of but she's very light. I think the special is mahogany so it's prob the same. Hopefully you guys accept me it's still a Gibson made SG!! If there's one place I thought I could find people to appreciate this bargain it's here. Needless to say if you come across this deal pick it up!