Thank you for such a thorough response pancake81. No disrespect taken; you are correct in your assesment. Jaydee would probably be my top choice. But 3 years... I don't want to wait that long. The ONLY reason I am so anti-custom shop is the VOS and aging. It just turns me off. I don't want my brand new guitar to look old. I want to wear it out myself. And I have no nostalgia for the 60s at all. I do not have a doubt in the world they make world class guitars in the Custom Shop. But I just cannot buy something like that, out of principle. Unless of course, we are talking about that black SG Custom that goes for $4699. I would be all over that in a heartbeat. But it's been out of stock forever. I was considering the M2M program so I could get a custom shop caliber model, that quality, without the VOS and aging. And with some specs that are not super important to me, but would be nice (no fingerboard inlays, and a TV Yellow finish). But, you have given me cause to pause. That said, I saw this great comparison video on YouTube between the USA SG Special and Custom Shop SG Special, and I genuinely thought the USA sounded better. I really like the p90 pickups on an SG. The USA SG Special is probably my top choice right now.