Dave Hunter's guitar book raved about Yamaha's SG 2000, what at first glance looks like a nice Les Paul/SG knockoff, but really is a rock machine, the progression and development of the instrument. Neck-thru body and a brass bridge sustain plate? Hellsyeah! Especially considering Gibson's lackluster quality in the late 70s and 80s, and the inflated price they demand, this axe is the shit.
And there's even one in 'Town. I wonder how it'd look with a gold Bigsby.