Today I tried some nice guitars just to see what I'm missing.
First I went with a Gibson LP Studio 60's Tribute. P90's and a thin translucent finish.
Then a new Traditional. In both guitars the tone was there (setups were goddamn horrid though) but I just can't gel with the fat heel and the lack of access to the higher frets.
Then I tried a Gibson SG Standard. And it left me wondering why I haven't got one already.
The neck access is excellent, the tones are gritty and percussive. Only thing I didn't like is that it probably doesn't lend itself to very sweet tones from the neck pickup, but I can live with that.
The thin body, everything is right there. The neck was really fat but it was comfy for my hands.
If I sell my Strat and my Cube 60, and add a bit of cash, I could buy one.
I'll have a NGD thread in a couple of months.