The SGJ exceeds expectations. If you're a fan of the lean-and-mean look of this guitar, bare stained wood, no binding or bells and whistles, then you're gonna love it, 'cause it's even better in real life than in photos. The neck is slightly thicker yet narrower than the standard modern Les Paul neck, unlacquered, and makes for lightning-fast playing. Body is about half the weight of a LP. Excellent balance between neck and body. Unlike the LP, it's easy to play while sitting down or on the couch!
Let's talk tone. At maximum gain through a 50-watt Marshall combo, you get the infamous SG snarly dog bite that we've come to know and love. Personally, with distortion I like the neck pickup better than the bridge, but both are sweet. (Both pups on was, oddly, my least favorite sound.) Played clean, you can get beautiful, singing, bell-like tones verging on Fender-esque, especially with the bridge pup.
You've probably read other reviews talking about how the guitar was perfectly set up, in tune and ready to play right out of the box, even after being shipped. It's true; mine was. The extensive quality check that the instruments go through is evident at first play.
Final note about my experience as a customer: I can say that Sweetwater deserve all the good words that folks say about them. I want to give a special thanks to the rep who handled my order, Paul Rowan. Not only did he call me immediately after I placed it just to make sure everything was correct, he followed up via email to let me know what was happening every step of the way--even sent photos of the guitar from the website (since they would be taken down after purchase). THIS IS A LEVEL OF CUSTOMER CARE AND ATTENTIVENESS THAT HAS ALMOST DISAPPEARED. Do yourself a favor: buy from Sweetwater. You'll be glad you did.