Nothing really special about an SG '61 RI. They get too much hype IMO. It's just an SG Standard with a small guard. They aren't any better or worse than any other SG model. It's all personal preference. The one I had was just not working out for me. Sounded very ice picky to my ears and the neck was just not a good fit to my hand. I can't stand those shredder necks that are thin and flat on the backside. Maybe I just got one where they got a little too aggressive with the belt sander.