Hello, all. I own only one Gibson guitar: June 1979 Standard SG with Cherry finish and stop tailpiece. I bought it used in 1980 for $300. It has no mods whatsoever and is in completely stock condition. The finish is in fine condition with no belt buckle wear on the back. I've played the guitar very little, really, even though I like it a lot. I started playing Fenders about 12 years ago and I forgot how much I like my 79 SG. So here we are in 2010 and I've been reading on-line about this era of SGs. This is not a very highly regarded era for SGs. I'm not sure why. My SG is a fine instrument. The pickups are the Super Humbucking pups that the great Bill Lawrence had a hand in designing, and, Mr. Lawrence is a total GURU when it comes to electric guitar electric components. The tuners are Grover. The Schaller bridge and the pups are both made in West Germany, I think. These are top notch components! What are some of the thoughts of the groups with regard to Norlin Gibsons: Why the "bad rap"? Aren't they in fact excellent guitars? Any other musings on this issue? Thanks.