I'm far enough along in the game not to be foolish enough to believe an ABR-1 is an "upgrade". We don't care about which styles you find more "sexy". You've actually proven yourself to be the newbie around here time and time again.
After playing my SG Classic (and what a great guitar those are) - the SG Standard Batwing is certainly a more subtle feel than going from a Classic to the 61.
I guess the slightly beefier neck is most friendly for me. My buddy's got a 61 and loves it...thinks my Classics neck has too much neck.
At least I don't have to worry about him stealing it.
I have a 2004 and 2006 SG Classic.
Been my favorite guitars for some time. Had a custom built SG made recently with really beefy neck and now the SG Classics feel like a Slim Taper neck by comparison.
Also been playing a custom shop LP Special with a monster 50's neck that I really like. Every time I get another guitar with a fatter rounder neck, it ruins it for all my other guitars.
If the SG Classics had a wraparound lightning bar bridge instead of the TOM and stop bar tailpiece and had more shoulder on the neck, especially at the 1st fret, they would be the most ideal SG ever produced.
I have owned many SG's. I like them all, some more than others...but never because of the pickguard. Just the individual feel and sound of an individual guitar. Sure, if I am working on a guitars wiring, it's nice to not have to remove the entire guard etc. to work on the electronics...but not a big deal in the scheme of things.