The Epiphone LP Special II that I talked about ordering back here arrived this morning (I ordered it Monday evening from Amazon). I ordered the "wine red" finish which turns out not to be the relatively bright red pictured on Amazon's page and here at Epiphone.com, but a deep, dark burgundy/blood color--I opened it in subdued daylight and it seemed almost black at first glance. It's not any of the 5 finishes shown in the Epiphone pic, but like the red one in the pic it has all black hardware, bridge and tuners; it's the only finish color that comes with black hardware.
After finding some e-tail sites offering the SG Special with pickguard, I tried to cancel this order but Amazon wouldn't let me (it was 12 hours before they shipped it ). I'd consider this color variation enough of an excuse to return it without penalty, but (a) packing it back up and taking it to a PO or mail store would be a non-trivial bother, (b) it would be next week before I got a replacement and (c) I don't dislike this finish--it's growing on me .
I tuned it but I haven't tried it with the game yet; I'll check it out later this afternoon when I have more time.