So after looking at current and recent production, and then playing a few vintage SGs-- the answer became clear. Go with vintage. I am torn between a Standard, Special and a Junior. I do know that I prefer the beefier neck and I want one before the narrower nut comes into play in 1965. So I have narrowed myself down to the years 1962-1964. I need to spend some more time playing some standards, specials and juniors. Of course, Standards go for more $$$ then Specials and Specials go for more than juniors-- all other things being equal. I really do not want the vibrato (whether it be a bigsby, the sideways, or the maestro). So, my question is this: are there any Standards in 1962-1964 that did not have one of these? If they all had them, is there a way to convert to hardtail without drilling or otherwise making irreversible mods? I tend to like the smoother sound of HBs so I am trying to see if I can roll with a Standard or if I should just limit my search to a Special or a Junior.