kernel comes late to the party, skips all the hostility and offers a few choice words of wisdom: 1. The Gibson SG '61 RI is one of the best guitars Gibson has ever made. This is a fact. *grins Ignore all comparisons to 'vintage" guitars, and enjoy your '61 for what it is, one of the very best of modern guitars. Lucky you that you have this one. And that you got a great deal on it. The value of your '61 goes way way beyond what you paid for it. Shades of color are irrelevant to tone. Just rock that sucker. 2. Wood is an organic thing, and it varies. Especially now, in the 21st century when we are witnessing the collapse of the 'tropical tone wood industry..." If you want some insight into what guitarists face in these times, just google "Bob Taylor talks about Ebony." it's an excellent video from the owner of a very well respected guitar making company. He knows his tone wood, because with acoustic guitars, tone wood is EVERYTHING. Unlike electric guitars, whose tone is ruled by magnetism. 3. +1 on the "Fret Doctor" product. Get some, and apply it to your fretboard. It's an excellent product, and will darken the wood. I apply it to my instruments maybe once a year, when I take each one down for TLC. +1 on the Gorgomyte, this will be a nice addition on top of the Fret Doctor. Here's a picture of an SG I bought in 2013... it has a 'baked maple" fretboard. So these didn't sell well. Guitarists can be very narrow minded. (which is dumb...) So I was able to take advantage and get a tremendous guitar at a very reasonable price. The baked maple fretboard has given great service since 2013, and the instrument has a fine tough sound all its own. Which is why I bought it. This photo above is of the guitar right out of the box. The baked maple has an interesting reddish brown color to it, lighter than any rosewood or ebony, and darker than a Telecaster maple neck. The initial reaction to this from guitarists was scathing, and totally unjustified. Anyway, I treated the fretboard with fret doctor, and this is what it looked like in 2017: So it was darker right after I oiled it, but after five years of play, the baked maple has reverted a LITTLE, but it's still darker than it was when new. May you have this joy. The baked maple is hard and smooth and has given great service and no problems. *shrugs. That's all that really matters. 4. The Nashville bridge on my SG above is the stock part. It's now 2020 and shows no signs of collapse, it renders excellent tone with no problems. I've used 11s on this guitar with no problems and no bridge collapse. I'm using tens on it now, which is what it was issued with. Tens work fine for me. And so does the Nashville bridge. There are lots of bridge enthusiasts on this site, and everyone has an opinion. The reader gets to read the opinions and make his own mind up. The tone of this instrument is so excellent that I didn't mod it much... only some superficial changes. It's still got the stock bridge, Gibson mini hum bucker p'ups, Corian nut and 500K pots with factory "traditional" wiring. When it sounds and feels great, don't try and "improve" it. This applies to your '61 as well. there you have it... you own one of the best there is... enjoy that, and play it loud.