I've always been a Gibson snob and looked down on Epiphone as "beginner guitars" or what you get when you can't afford the real thing. Yes, I was that much of a marketing victim. But I swallowed my pride (stupidity) and I got these because: The DC Pro looks to me like it's trying to be its own thing rather than just a more inexpensive Gibbo copy. You can of course argue that it's instead trying to be a PRS with that "shiny not-quite-a-24-fret-Les-Paul" vibe, but hey. Plus I've never had a guitar that has wiring to put the pickups out of phase (this last factoid brought to you courtesy of DesperateNewFeatureJustifications.com) For the SG, the big appeal was to try the Fishman Fluence pickups - yeah I know I'm behind the curve with this and they're not "new", but they basically claim to be the latest pickup Swiss army knife, with hot and vintage humbucker voicings as well as simulated coil splits. And there's shiny blue inlays.