Worth every penny and then some
I bought a 70's model SG last year and the craftsmanship was terrible. Terrible fret buzz, neck warped, etc. I immediately returned it (different vendor) and bought a Jackson Pro Dinky from Sweetwater and was very, very pleased. However, with a Floyd Rose it's a pain to play alternate tuning songs, change strings, etc., so I decided that I need a hardtail guitar. I decided to give Gibson another chance and boy am I glad I did. For what's suppose to be a "stripped down" model, this guitar looks beautiful, plays great, no problem with the knobs, and sounds awesome. You'd be hard pressed to find an american made guitar with coil taps, set neck, quality wood (the fretboard plays just like rosewood), for less than a grand. I can't put it down and I just stare at it in disbelief that I own something this nice, let alone for what I paid for it. Sweetwater was awesome as usual. Set up was almost spot on, the truss rod needs relief, the action is a little lower on the 1-3 frets and higher on frets 12+, but not terribly and a minor set up will be all it needs. I was skeptical because I love the Jackson speed necks, very fast and easy to play. I found that playing the Les Paul from fret 1-12 is actually easier. Totally blown away, very impressed.