I've never had the scratch to buy a USA built Gibson SG standard. Well, there's nothing standard about this any more. It's beat to hell, and modified to a single dirty fingers humbucker in the bridge, single knob for volume only, but plays and sounds great. And, it's in my price range. I may end up making it a project, put the other knobs and toggle back in, and a neck pickup. But maybe not. The simplicity is refreshing.