I got a KL-33 instead of an SG, I agree the a Mira ( and the Mira 245 if you like p-90 ) in a nice option I would also include a Starla for feel but mine has Lollar pickups in it and a good look at a Santana should be in your future
Guess I'm in the minority here. Never been able to stand SGs. Too thin and small of a body, too heavy of a neck, just a very dull sound imo. That being said, I'd say the Mira would be the closest. All hog, similar double cut shape. I much prefer the Mira to an SG though. Once you get one, you won't pick up an SG again
Everyone thinks that norlin era gibsons are terrible. Sure they're not like the 50's originals, and Gibson did make some "innovative" flops during the norlin time, but there were still some decent guitars that came out of the factory.Funny, I just acquired a 1974 SG Special, from when they were doing the plastic-cover mini humbuckers. Everything about it screams "Norlin era cost cutting!!!" Whereas my Mira is, despite its low-budget-by-PRS-USA standards origin, is a no-question professional-quality guitar.
Regardless, the SG totally goes toe-to-toe with the Mira, sound-wise (what it gives up in dynamic range it makes back in clarity and a high-end that is sweet and not a touch harsh as the Mira can be) and when I picked up my slide, damn it sounded sweet. As in killer slide tone that would cut it on any gig.
The first real USA-made guitar I owned was a 1972 SG Standard, by most measures a nicer guitar than this '74. The whole time I owned it I hated it for not being what I really wanted, which was an ES-175D. (Or even a good Les Paul!) I've carried that prejudice around ever since, going on 40 years now. This new-to-me SG is a great lesson in humility. Maybe it wasn't the SG back then, it was the player. (Some friends tried to tell me that at the time and I wasn't listening)
OK, it might have been the amplifier, too.