Mint-mint-mint. The SG Deluxe is a cool modern take on a ‘60’s classic model, the SG/LP Custom, which featured the same trio of humbuckers, bound neck and headstock, and nice fretboard inlays. Gibson chose split diamond inlays on this model rather than blocks, as well as no pickguard, and a more stable tremolo system. First impressions: first thing you’ll notice is the very noticeable color, Orange Burst (also came in Cobalt, Lime, and Red) which is topped by AA flamed maple (if you look closely). It has many coats of clear and with the deeper orange on the edges it presents a very striking look. Not for everybody perhaps but for those who want to stand out… Gibson also chose to use a bound 24-fret rosewood fingerboard and locking Grover tuners. For pickups this one uses a trio of 57 Classic humbucking pickups, some of the most popular recreations of vintage PAF humbuckers made, producing the blend of warmth and creaminess that made original PAFs the holy grail of pickups. The control setup uses a “TogPot” around the three-way pickup selector which lets you blend in the middle pickup for many tonal options. A solid, Grade-A, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued into the body and carved to a slim ’60s profile (.800” at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th) and is capped with a bound Grade-A rosewood fretboard with 24 medium-jumbo frets and split-diamond inlays on the fretboard and headstock. These sell for $2599 but this one is in dead mint, unplayed condition, for just $1699.