Note: I posted this over at "My Les Paul" forums a little while back. Soon discovered there was an SG forums so seemed like 1.) I probably belong here. 2.) This site recieves more SG related traffic so probably worth reposting here. Sorry for reposting across websites! With that said... Hello! A few years back I was given an acoustic guitar, played it for half a year and then it slowly became a dust collector :-/ My love for music and desire to learn guitar still hasn't died but I'm going to try another angle. Considering my favorite genres of music are classic rock, ska, and doom/sludge/stoner metal I think I'm going to invest in a starter electric and hope that learning black sabbath albums whilist learning theory will interest me more than trying to play black sabbath on an acoustic and feeling unsatisfied. I see that Gibson Melody Maker SG is for a sweet deal and getting an American made guitar as a first electric would be sweet. I won't lie I do have a certain pride with buying American :-X But I'm also fairly rational and have noticed that the SG G-400 fares for the same price, has better woods, more accurate of representation of the SG standard, etc. To summarize: Pros of Melody Maker - Simplistic - Better quality electronics - well electronic - Gibson :-) Cons of Melody Maker - I hear that the vol. knob gets in the way? Doesn't seem to hurt fender strat sales so not sure about this. - from what I understand maple isn't as of a quality tonewood as mahogany? Pros of G-400 - Better representation of papa bear Standard SG - More range of tones - Knobs out of way Cons of G-400 - Hear it suffers from being very neck heavy, more than the Gibsons. - MIC :-( General Questions: 1.) If someone could address if the vol. knob gets in the way that would be much appreciated. 2.) Is the SG the same size/thickness as the Standard SG? What do you folks think would be better in the long run once the, "Wee Gibson, first guitar thrill" goes away. Then again, as materialistic as it may sound - I'm sure that does cause a certain attachment too.... Thanks, Rav.