I got my hands on one this weekend to check out in the local music shop. My first impression was the slim tapered neck was so thin and narrow, I wasn't sure I liked that, I'm used to a chunkier neck that's pretty much on every guitar I own no matter what the brand. My other concern was the weight of the Grover tuners, the guitar was balanced well, the Grovers did not affect the balance of the guitar what so ever, no neck dive to worry about. The fit and finish was top notch Gibson all the way although the fretboard looked pretty dry and could've used some oil. Plugged in and sound wise the 57 Classic pickups produced some nice classic tones, if I got one of these guitars I'd probably replace the bridge with a 57 Classic Plus to be a little hotter. Overall I give the guitar two thumbs up, being I'm a lefty I'll have to wait until the lefties are released so I can really play one and determine if I will trade in my 2005 faded SG for one of these. At the moment I'm thinking not, that I like my faded better but I wont really know until I get to spend some time with a new one. I do have a Tele with a thinner neck than the rest of my guitars and it didn't take me too long to get used to it, I suspect the SG slim tapered neck I'd be able to get used to it too, unless Gibson has something else released with a fatter neck which I do prefer. I'll have to look and see. So there you have it!