Well, I pre-ordered a new 2020 Epiphone SG Pelham Blue Special, the P90 thing that was supposed to kill upon delivery. The bad news is the pickup routes on mine were bumched and there were at least 3 dead-note frets. Everything else was hella bada$$ for a neck diving guitar. I really liked the almost green tint on the blue too. Along came the President’s Day sale at GC, and well, I just went Gibson instead. Before this, I tried all the Pelham Blue Gibby SG Specials in my cities, and they all had bad rosewood, you know the kind that looks like a Pau board that Indian Laurel can easily surpass. Yes, I prefer dark rosewood, but it’s rare. That’s just me. I passed on all those on sale, @$1099. I exchanged the Epi SG for a blowout LP Special DC in cherry, and you know what? This was the way to go @599. No neck dive, no dead notes, all the P90-wraparound tone and the rosewood was dark. Some minor tooling marks, sure, and a slightly skinny neck but it’s got some shoulder and width so I don’t notice. I’m happy—this thing is getting some DeArmond Model 2000 clone/Gabajo pickups....why not?