I have finally decided to give in and get my first SG. I've wanted one since before I stated playing guitar about 10 years ago (damn I'm getting old.) My only problem is that I'm not too familiar with most Gibson offerings.
I really like their 60s neck, but they don't offer it on too many guitars anymore. I remember, about 5 years ago I almost bought a used SG Supreme with that neck, but it sold the day before I had the cash for it. Probably my biggest regret in music gear losses. Are there any other models of SG that have that wonderful neck and humbuckers that aren't the $2000 61 reissues? I can't swing that kind of cash at the moment, and I wanna try and stick to used. Should I bother trying to find a standard profile neck I like? Would I be better off looking for a Viper with passives? If your suggestion comes in blue, it would be icing on the cake.
A few years ago I (stupidly) traded in my SG Faded Special (The limited edition with moon inlays and ebony board). They go for about $600 on eBay, and play, and sound amazing! The oil finish on them is a thing of beauty. The newer SG Faded Specials are nowhere NEAR as nice. The special editions were actually left over Gibson "Gothic" series guitars with red oil finishes.