This was my first guitar, and I made the mistake of buying it used without examining it first. But otherwise, it's perfect for novices. It's light, has an easy setup, and doesn't break the bank. It's not the best guitar in the world, no, but for what you pay you get a pretty damn good guitar. The satin finish is nice, and the fretboard plays well (though I personally am not a fan of G or SG neck shapes)
The major downside is that it is prone to neck problems, like fret buzzing due to the neck falling out of alignment. If you're serious about playing, I suggest you get something a bit sturdier, as the necks are a little on the crappy side. Another warning, these types of guitars tend to be neck heavy, so be careful when playing using a guitar strap because I've had my fair share of slips.
This guitar sounded amazing when i first played her, then i didn't play her for a very long until i upgraded almost everything . Now sounds amazing , even, if i don't really like this kind of guitars anymore, I use her when I want that bunch of power and violence that her can give you if you ask for it.