Call me a fool, call me a dreamer, call me whatever you like... ...just don't call me Ishmael (since it's not my name) . I've had some serious GAS for a white SG for a while now. I came close to finding The One a year or two ago: I bought a husk from The Stratosphere. I've actually bought a few from them, and on average had good luck. This one, though -- for reasons too lengthy to get into here -- just didn't "do it" for me. It sounded great, looked amazing... it just didn't go the 100% I wanted it to. And in my accumulating years (notice I didn't say wisdom), I've made a concentrated effort: if I don't absolutely love a guitar, I should move it along. And so, despite any efforts on my parts to make this one a "keeper," I ultimately threw it back. In the meantime, I bid my time. I knew what I wanted: a white SG, preferably a 61 because of the neck, but definitely had to have a small pickguard. Binding would be idea, as well -- I came close to a Special here or a Melody Maker there -- but never pulled the trigger. Patience would win out... probably. A few guitars come into my collection, and a few go out (this money gets puts into a NGF -- New Guitar Fund -- tell me I'm not the only one who does this ). I scour the internet. I set up keyword notifications on popular music gear sites. One pops up on Reverb: a 2013 White Standard in mint condition. Before I had the money enough in the NGF, it was gone. Another sighting: a 2007 61RI. Same story: by the time I had the money for it, someone else landed it. Finally... I find this one, possibly via dumb luck: Seller had it listed as a 2004 SG Standard. No mention of the color, which is why it didn't pop up on my notifications. I take a closer look. Yeah, that looks sweet. Got the small pickguard, which I like. Fret binding and big inlays, very cool. Hmm, that neck joint looks mighty appealing (and, contrary to the listing's description, not very "standard" to my eyes). I take a deep breath, and make the plunge.