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Good budget instrument
I originally bought mine as an opportunity to get into luthiership at low risk; $90 used or something like that. The only modifications I did were tuning machine replacement (it has high-ratio Grovers now) and a wicked paint job. Keep in mind that it was a used instrument, but: the tuners were in really poor shape, to a point that the plastic chrome coating was peeling back off the knobs. Cheap tuning machines are a bit of a given though when a guitar is a really affordable model.
Compared to other similar instruments I have, its not technically the "best," but I still use it regularly. Comparing to my Epiphone Les Paul, this SG has a bit of a tighter "throat" from its pickups: a bit less clarity in the range, where it doesn't produce higher pitches as "singingly" as my LP does. It does seem to have a bit of a louder output, but that might be a pickup height issue (though frankly I like how if I want more output for my fuzz pedal I can just switch to this guitar, so its not a problem for me.)
Its a lighter instrument; I didn't realize until having put the new tuners on it that its body wasn't as thick as the body on my LP (it now is a bit imbalanced, lol), but that shouldn't be a problem for most folks.
Parts are clearly a little cheaper. I'm not fond of the knob style and feel, as you can tell they're the cheap option. not a huge issue though.
All around a good budget instrument. If you want something more serious I'd avoid it, but if you're looking simply to expand your color palette or if you're a beginner, it won't do you dirty.
This is a piece of remarkable kit :D
This guitar plays extremely well and easily out performs both sound and play ability wise with guitars that cost several hundred pounds more and so this is an absolute steal. The only guitar that I have the plays better then this is the Angus Young special which cost me close to 2000 pounds. I have had mine for 9 years now and the only thing that has changed in that time is a pickup. The gloss on the paint wears really well and over this time it has only just began to show wear and tear from knocks.
Overall for the price you could not a buy a better SG.