As you may know I put the Pelham Blue SG Special up for trade a few days ago. I didn't receive any really interesting trade offers but a lot of people wanted to buy it. I ended up selling it for almost as much as I paid for it new. Insearch of a SG Standard I took a trip to the local music store where I played a 2011 STD that I really liked but they wanted $1600 for it, that's $300 more than a brand new would cost. Today I had an errend to the neighbouring town, where my favorite music store is so I decided to pay them a visit. As I walked in I noticed that the place was packed with people, no social distancing there! The first thing that came to my mind was "oh no, not another bankruptcy clear out", as we lost two other music stores last year. This one is now the only one left in town to serve 300.000+ people. It turned out that it was just a regular Saturday. They had a brand new SG Std for $1800 (online stores sell them for $1330) and they had a used 2011 Std for $1100. I went for the 2011 and tried it, it played and sounded really well, had almost no fret wear, only a few minor dents and what looks like a rosewood fret board. To make a long story short it followed me home. The price was far from great as there was no case to go with it but they included a crappy $40 gig bag. On top of that the truss rod adjusting key I bought (as I no longer have one) turned out to be the wrong size. All in all I'm really happy, the price was high but they have given med unbelievably good deals on my trade ins in the past plus I got to play the guitar before I bought it rather than buying one untried on line. This one has none of the annoying issues the Special had and not even a tendency to neck dive.