I have a standard and it’s got the usual 490/498 combo but I ended up swapping their magnets. I think it added clarity to the neck and a less hot bridge. I mostly did it because when I play with modelers the bridge always seemed to easy overdrive and compress more than I wanted. It was a good move!
I’ve been very slowly acquiring higher end guitars to fill out my personal collection and still my 2009 SG standard is my favorite.
QC has seemed to improve on production models but still I think you’re best served being a pest at shops and playing as any as possible.
I also would recommend...
I somehow missed some of these responses last year.
Update: I oscillate between 90s SoCal punk for higher gain, gritty Reverend Horton Heat/stray cat rockabilly, and even Bakersfield country.
I took the basic advice of sticking with the 490/498 combo and tweaking amp along with volume/tone...
I’ve got a Peavy Classic 50 that does great clean with a solid crunch channel. USA made and reasonable price.
You sound pretty set but for any other potential SG players in need of a tube amp: don’t overlook used Peavy
I have a 2009 Gibson SG standard. It’s all stock and no matter what other guitar I own/play the SG feels like home.
I have the 490r/498t combo in along with the PCB. Great for higher gain in my opinion but a little bland on cleans. The 498 certainly overdrives easy.
For fun I’m going to throw...