I have owned probably 15 SG's over the years (old guy alert)....but I didn't have one for the last year, and I have been wanting one again for awhile. So I ended up getting a 2011 SG Special (NOT FADED). I added chrome covers which I had already from a previous SG. I did plan on installing a 498T that I have from a previous build in the bridge but will hold off for awhile....the guitar plays and sounds great as it is. I believe this has a granadillo fretboard (very red, can't see in pix)....I like the feel of it, similar to rosewood, maybe a tad harder and smoother. I also wanted to own a Gibson again since they are having financial difficulties, although I personally don't think the company is going anywhere.