I've never had much interest in humbucking guitars. Always played Fender single coils and loved 'em -- they sound like "my music." But last year when I was looking for an American Pro Strat, the only one I tried that I really bonded with was an HSS... I went back and forth on it, but ultimately realized I wasn't into that kind of guitar and found a wonderful SSS Am Std from 1988 that feels just right. Case closed... Until a few months ago... I was at the home of a guitar playing friend and he pulled out his SG for my to try. It was so playable and nice, and plugged in was very sweet with just a hint of edge to it -- and I started thinking, "This is something I could put to use" and started thinking again about humbuckers. So when Fender announced the Vintera Line I started getting the hots for some of their Tele Deluxe/Custom models and looked forward to checking them out. Meanwhile, I found a used "Bankruptcy Special" 2018 SG for cheap at my local GC. I played it, ostensibly to check out an amp, and it had a lot of soul. Still I couldn't see myself buying a Gibson, and when I realized Fender had put out an Am Pro Tele Deluxe I was excited to check them out and maybe keep things in the family. I found a good deal on a used one, but when I played it it was listless, felt really tight, and just not my thing. The next day I checked my GC and the SG was still there... So... I'm still kind of freaking out over this guitar. It felt SUPER WEIRD to buy a Gibson. Almost wrong. When I brought it home I had the knobs all the way up and it was wild, overtones from the open strings rolling around, and hot noise. Definitely not single coily. I brought it into my shop to have them take a look at it since I have 45 days to return it. The intonation needs adjusting, but he found nothing flawed about it. He lowered the pickups to back them off the strings a little, and that helped a lot. I was getting a lot of pick noise, so I switched to a heavier pick, and that helped too. Then my friend, whose SG I originally played, suggested I roll back the volume knobs to 6 or so, and once I did, wow, this thing started to sound GREAT! It's a whole new thing. Anyhow, I'm still conflicted. But this is one gorgeous guitar. I think I'm gonna keep her.