Just bought a used 2007 SG, the one with the small pickguard. I remember playing this Epi LP Tribute in a shop for about an hour once and being blown away by the pickups. I asked the clerk what pickups they were, and upon hearing the answer, I immediately responded "Really?!" I can definitely see why so many people list these as their favorites, and they may well turn out to be my favorites so far. A little more time and playing will tell. My current top spot is held by the old PRS McCarty pickups. I'll have to do some back-and-forths with my new (old) SG and my McCarty to really judge, but gat dang, if this guitar doesn't sound snappy, growly, and clean all at once. Before pics are asked for, my phone doesn't have a good camera, so you'll be missing a lot of quality. Nice 1-piece body and grain, tho.