I put a new chrome scratchplate on my black SG today (it looks the dogs nuts ) but in doing so had to remove the pickups. I was shocked to see just how bad the finishing was inside the pickup cavities. All the edges were really rough and uneven which means that the pickups sit and an angle rather than parallell with the strings. Also, there were routing marks inside the neck cavity and the tenon was really badly finished (like someone had cut it with a swiss army knife). Not sure if anyone else has noticed flaws on their SGs but Gibson really do seem to let a hell of a lot go. I recently tried out a Gibson Explorer. The finish on it was awful... all along the fretboard edge the paint job was really shoddy with orange peel effect all the way along. Considering the money they go for I think its pretty bad. Compare that with Schecter - parts made in Korea and assembled in the U.S. Almost always consistantly flawless and really well set up form the factory - not to mention a hell of a lot cheaper too. I also play bass and go on a Gibson bass forum now and again and a lot of users there complain that their Gibsons, although they sound and play ok are roughly finished. Anyone else noticed this ?