I have heard it-we all have heard it/said it. Funny thing is: Being a new owner of a HCherry STD (2004 just decoded serial number from lessons on this site -even though I bought it in 2005) My SG, at least with my amP (65 Fender Deluxe RI) is not dark at all. I play alot of Southern Rock and really varied music all the way to hardrock/blues/AC/DC etc., I run it through a POD XT sometimes/sometimes with just a tube screemer/sometimes straight into the amp-where's the darkness? I play along with Skynyrd/Allman albums and sound pretty much like one of the boys. Play a bit o jazz too-still no darkness. IS the dark rep due to amps? Or is it because of the Deluxe I play through?( which is a pretty sparkley amp). Opinions pleez-solve the mystery. Maybe I don't know what darkness is. I'm a long time Tele player so you think I would notice a major contrast since tele's are anything but dark.