Hey everyone! This is my first post on these forums. I was not entirely sure where to start this thread, so, if it's in the wrong place, my apologies! After many years of playing cheap/borrowed guitars, I am finally ready to purchase a serious instrument. I've played classical, acoustic, and electric guitars, and of everything I have tried, the SG is my favorite by a mile. I have about $6500 saved up for this purchase. I am a player, not a collector. I want to play this thing daily, for years, wear it out, and not treat it like a Ferrari, but rather, like a heavy duty pick up truck. I want this to be the best damn SG my money can buy. That said, NO current Custom Shop SGs (I just don't dig the whole VOS/aging stuff). NO Epiphones. And, I care very little for glitz and glamour on guitars. Quality and value are what matter to me most. Here are the options I am weighing right now: - Gibson USA (People say the worst things about their QC, I don't know what to believe, but it worries me. I want this purchase to be a slam dunk.) - Vintage 60s/70s/80s/90s (I have my eye on a mint 1991 SG Custom 30th anniversary) - Jaydee Custom Guitars - Do you know of any luthiers that could build me an SG? Obviously, I would prefer not to spend all of the money. If a new Gibson USA 61 Standard gets me 99 percent to the quality of an SG 2-3x its price, that would be good enough for me. But if it's only 50 percent of the way there, I would spend more. I don't want to lust after another SG after this purchase! Looking forward to your suggestions!