So I'm the proud new owner of a Gibson SG Junior, a guitar I've wanted to own for years! At nearly 70 years old, I decided the time had come, so I pushed the button and purchased a new one from Musician's Friend. While I can't say enough 'good things' about that company, sadly I can't do the same for Gibson. As someone who's been owning and playing guitars for over 55 years, it's pretty obvious to me that this guitar has some serious problems!! The unfortunate fact here is that Gibson needs to stop making just plain STUPID mistakes, and build a guitar that has the damn measurements correct! Case in point would be my SG Jr. This guitar suffers from bridge post body location that does not allow for proper set-up with respect to bridge placement for proper intonation. Simply put, the bass post needs to be back about 1/8" at minimum, and perhaps even 1/4" would be more appropriate. As it is, I have the set screw out to the end where it's actually falling out of the bridge at the post side, and it still needs to be pushed back further. This has created the additional problem of 'bridge roll', so now because it's pushed back so far it no longer sits snugly under the post heads and it's starting to roll upwards. I mean 'REALLY'???!!! How long has Gibson been building guitars of this basic design, 60, 70 years? When was the first LP Jr introduced, back in the 50s if I'm not mistaken? Anyway, it doesn't stop there. The construction of the guitar is done such that the bridge itself has to be 'angled' up on the bass side by a good 1/8" above the treble side in order to get the string placement 'level' across the fret board. This is not a 'twist' in the neck, it's more like the neck just got set in 'high' on the treble side. So, to compensate, the bass side has to be tweaked up. The treble post is all the way locked into the body, so if I wanted the action any lower, I couldn't do it! And, this is NOT a 'Custom Shop' guitar where maybe one could point the finger at some one builder and say; "Hey, get your act together or pack your bags and go home!!". This is a 'production' guitar, the result of design parameters and construction techniques prety much controlled by machines and programming. They use Lazer Measurements to make kitchen cabinets, so I gotta believe the same is true in the Gibson Factory! So, IMHO, there's really no excuse for this. Not being able to drill two holes in a piece of wood so the location for the bridge can be achieved properly, or having a neck set that is flat and level to the body, is simply unforgivable! And, the worse part of this is, I believe they know about this and are doing nothing about it! My guitar is a 2021, and I have the ability to compare it to a good friend's 2019. My guitar was clearly made differently, as mine came with a lightning bar bridge vs the older 'rolled' bridge.....the kind from back in the 50s and 60s. His 2019 has the bass post moved back further than mine which is more the 'vintage' style of construction. My Lightning Bar bridge required the posts to be essentially straight across from each other, as the compensating is done by the bridge saddles cast into the bridge. So WTF couldn't Gibson make this change and do so properly? They obviously changed it, so why is the 'production' guitar so far off? I just don get it!! And, I won't even get in to issues with neck shape and carve at the head stock. Or if the fret board itself is made correctly. Suffice it to say this guitar is an embarrassment to the Gibson name, and what's worse is that it seems to be that it's consistant with what's coming out of that company these days! It's only forgivable if they change.....and even then, that has to be done now, not 'down the road'. So that's the question: Do you think writing a letter to the Gibson Company HQ and it's new CEO is worth the effort, or do you think it would just be met with some 'form letter' response from some under-paid company spokes-person; a Customer Relations personnel who would dismiss the issue without it ever being laid on the CEO's desk? My guess is the latter, but then maybe there's a way to get through to the executive office that someone out there knows about that I don't? If so, lease let me know and I'll give it a shot....complete with photos! So endeth my rant!!! Tom D.