If you want a classic Gibson SG feel, the 2016 SG Standard T is the real deal. I own a 1999 SG, which I love, but in that era the neck is joined further into the body and thus doesn't give the extreme upper register access as most SG's. So I wanted another SG. I bought the 2015, but didn't like it, many of the innovations on the 2015 (very flat neck, compound radius fretboard, gizmo tuners) were not for me, so I sold it, and now I found a what I was looking for. The 2016 SG Standard T is the real deal; it's a Gibson through and through I had considered a used early 2000's SG, but I feel better buying new, and the 2016 is as good as the early 2000's SG's in my opinion.