I've got a '68 SG Standard and a newer Strat Plus. Both are nice, but I prefer the Strat which seems to be more versatile. Since buying the Strat, I rarely play the SG anymore, but that's just me. Both are definately good guitars - you should spend some time playing them and see which one you like better. Strat with a bridge humbucker can get a little closer to that Gibson sound.