So I had been thinking about the Gibson SG Bass Standard Reissue – you know that one that's supposed to me muddy and flabby. I was certainly not going to buy without trying and playing so I went along on Monday to my local store (DV247 in Barnet) where they had one in stock. My real intention was to discover how awful this bass really was – and move on. I got sat down and plugged-in. The decision to buy happened about one minute later. One hour later it was at home and really I haven't put it down since. Is it Muddy? Absolutely not. The open E string is a lot more tight and controlled that my American P-Bass. Short Scale is Flabby? No – 3.25 inches less scale than a 34 inch, does not translate to the fretboard. There is some minor relief due to the scale, but I only noticed this when stretching from 5th degree on the 4th string to 6th degree on the 3rd. What About Neck-Dive? Yes – I moved the strap-lock to the horn and yet still when released the bass takes the fast route south. I got used to it after an hour. There is no Top-End? True, there is little to show past 1,000Hz. EQ can solve this – or you could use a Jazz Bass. What About the Low-End? I did a software frequency analysis of the SG and my P-Bass. The SG produced 8db more output below 120hz than the P. Yes – 8db more. That said, it produced 12db less at frequencies above 2k. It's Not Great for Finger Picking Partially true. It certainly can rival a good P-Bass when playing just the neck pickup but it is missing the high-mids and the fingers cannot tease them out. Is It Good with a Pick? Utterly and Absolutely. This is the very best picking bass. Not so that you can get the hollow tone that you would from a P-Bass. The bottom-end on the SG is so massive, that even with a pick you can get finger-style tones from it. A 2mm pick produces a tone that can be used where you might use a P-Bass with fingers – think of a Blues Boogie, it looks weird but it really works. So What Does it Sound Like? I have been planning this video-christmas-card for a while and had assumed that I would use my P-Bass to record it. However, the SG had its name written all over this. This was recorded today. http://youtu.be/2WZlY7LI5DU Final Word? Don't buy an SG Bass only because you think you have small hands or short fingers, there's really not a lot of extra relief on offer. Buy an SG Bass because it's small, light, looks weird, loves picks and will guarantee that you are crowned King of The Deep.