Champagne, I have a 74 (or possibly late 73) SG Standard, bought used in the late 90s. To me, there is simply no better SG. I love the harmonica bridge, which suits my playing style. I love the tone and the tarback pickups. I love the neck and the fingerboard - which on mine, appears to be an unbound ebony board. I like the speed knobs and the Grover style tuners. In my opinion, they are the best SGs ever made and since they don't have the panache of the 60s SGs, they are still affordable. In fact I just bought another walnut 74 Standard which I am in the process of cleaning up and getting playable. I've gotten some great feedback and comments from some of the guys on this forum and there are plenty of guys like JohnP and dbb who appreciate this era and are really knowledgeable. I will say this - to me, they aren't the prettiest SGs ever made - but if you want a warhorse, a real, functional player - they can't be beat.