... and not a single one left me impressed.
I love SGs. I owned one earlier this year : it got me into Gibson. To me, the 61 Sg model they have is one of the coolest guitars in the world, even though I don't like the neck. P90s on an SG is just icing on the cake.
But not with this model. First thing I thought of when I saw them was "Wow, these look terribly underwelming compared to the pictures." The red was light and didn't let the wood underneath give any character, like on the Faded Les Pauls I have seen. The pickguard on it is 1 ply, and it looks, very, very cheap. The brown was by far the worst looking finish I saw, and the white was the best. But that's just looks.
Played all of them. All of them decent, none of them what I was expecting. I had a LP Studio Mahogany a while back, and the satin finish was nice, since it felt raw and fast. The finish on these things felt raw, unfinished, but also tacky and uncomfortable to play. At my favorite guitar store, the two they had where set up beautifully, with great fretwork and action. The other 3 at the other store, not so much, so I won't judge them as much.
Plugged them into a Dr. Z Maz 18. Those pickups... amazing! They sounded really good. The bad thing is, they are in a guitar that gives me absolutely no desire to pick it up and play it, as it has the basic shape of the classic I have come to love, with none of the playability! Seriously, around these parts, those guitars are about 850$. If you get a SG classic, you pay 150$ new, and you get a guitar that is so much better than the 60s tribute, that it's absolutely mind blowing as to why someone would settle on this one.
I was disapointed. Very disapointed.
But on the bright side of things.... I did play 2 60s Tribute Les Pauls.... and those things are pure SEX! Nothing in Gibson's line delivers those features near that price range, and they just felt like they had more effort put into them. The finish with the honeyburst was beautiful, and the goldtop just had that classic vibe. They just felt more solid, like more care had been put into making them. The finish seemed smoother and the neck just played like butter.
Might of just been those I saw... but yeah, just my observations. Flame away if you disagree.