Hey Folks, it's me. Whos me you ask? Hi, I am Marvin, about 23yrs old. I'm from Hamburg, Germany (or some lil town so close, that it's basically blended into the city), currently earning my money as an IT-Specialist. How did I get into Guitar? Well let's start how I did end up with such a refined taste of music: My Father always treated me with his favourites, so I grew up listening to Motörhead, Metallica, AC/DC etc. but also Aretha Franklin and some Blues (e.g. Howling Wolf) and such. When I was about 15 I discovered more modern metal for myself, from then on it was Equilibrium, Amon Amarth and Sabaton making me smile, even though I really got into RB's Rainbow and Black Sabbath at the time as well. We have always had a Western and two acoustics around, my parents played a little, but even though I tried them out here and there, I did just never commit to really learning the instrument, especially after failing to switch smoothly between two chords after trying for a week or so. Then in the early Summer of 2016 I discovered The Sword and Kyuss and the whole emergent Heavy/Stoner/Doom/Sludge scene. A little later I packed a big Bagpack and hiked through the Bavarian Alps all on my own for 2 Weeks. The only Music to accompany me were each two albums by The Sword, Kyuss and one by Spaceslug. Then two Weeks and a revalation on a Mountaintop later I got myself with my first Guitar: a Dean Razorback and an Orange Crush 20 amp. After immediately switching out the Strings for some Not even Slinkys (.12-.56) I was ready to go. I know it's a silly way to start playing guitar, but I am stubborn and I wanted a big bad heavy metalaxe, and thats what I got. I noodled away for nearly two years without sense, learning a few riffs, but also did not touch the Guitar for weeks here and there, I teached the few things I learned myself by means of the internet. You have to know that almost all my friends play multiple instruments. 4 of them are a funk/ska/jazz band (with an album out), they and others were in our schools orchestra and/or swingband, most of them still are in some kind of orchestra, or even persuing careers as music teachers or technicians. I tried jamming with them here and there, but on the one hand I always felt too inferior and more of a hindrance to them and myself and on the other hand all I played (and wanted to play) was heavy riffs, not exactly the funky,jazzy and progressive stuff they did. But lately between a few of us the idea grew, that we wanted to get some heavy/stoner rock-like stuff done just for fun. We never did much until the opportunity presented itself that we show that heavy stuff off for our friends in being the preband for ou friends funkband. Now that we have 2 months time to get something going I thought to myself, that a Guitar with better playability would be nice. Something you can also play comfortably while sitting down. At first I thought a LesPaul has got to be it, but even though it plays great evidently a Paula is even heavier than my Razorback. Not my gusto, so I tried out a SG. Lightweight, thick sound and decent reserved looking. But as i wanted to upgrade to a better(as in higher quality) and not just another instrument I had to save up. Last week it was about time: me and a friend with guitar-experience drove to the Flakturm IV: It's an old WW2 highrise-bunker for anti-air purposes and civilian shelter. Since it could not really be demolished after the war it has been repurposed as an event space and also hosts the biggest music/instrument store in town. It doesnt protect civilians from allied bombs anymore; now its meters of reinforced concrete protect the people outside from the noise of the concerts inside. And also amateurs like me trying out guitars. At first I really was into the SG Faded 2018. I really liked the way you could feel the grain of the wood, it actually felt like an Intrument made from a natural material. But the playability did just not compare to the Standard. Another option was the Epiphone Iommi Signature, but the neck felt so very weird, I knew after half a minute that it has got to be the Standard. So now I am a proud owner of an 2018 SG Standard Autumn Shade (which at least looks close to the faded worn bourbon). We (our musicproject/band-name translates to denimjackets-cannedbeer) had our first rehearsal that evening and it was great fun. I even wrote a few great riffs for one of our 3 songs so far all on my own. Yesterday I was at the bunker again, because I thought my guitar is faulty, turns out there is something called in/dependent volume control. I was used to independent control on my Razorback, and the friend I asked about it had a brainfart and said "yeah well, guess your Pickup switch is broken", even though his Hagstrom behaves like the SG with dependent volume control. The guys at the store were quite sorry as well, as they could have told me on the phone, and I had to carry my guitar through half the city only to find out that "it's not a bug, but a feature". Well you never stop lerning. Anyhow, over the 6 days that i own my SG I turned into an enthusiast, I have never played as much and even though i kinda sh** my pants when thinking about it I really look forward to our gig and the rehearsals leading up to it. I am in a damn rockband now, can you believe it? I cant. Last but not least the picture: cant be uploaded, because in 2018 1.2mb is still too much to upload Gotta try and get a smaller size picture done to convince you guys, that I am an original SG owner.