I didn't even know SGs came with different size pickguards for a long time. My SG Special was my primary guitar for years. All I know is after needing a more legit guitar over my 90s Danelectro 56 U2 reissue, I walked into Guitar Center, played it, then decided I was going to buy it, on credit (ha...). It has a full-face pickguard and snot green tuners and teal flip-flip finish. Also it's a funky color.
Did I know the history of who played SGs, what the "originals" looked like, etc? Nope. I think I might have known Angus Young played them.
But eventually because of the internet I was aware of the small guards and I don't like them. Especially with nickel/chrome tuners.
I was on the hunt for a Pelham Blue Standard for a long time. I finally managed to find a used one off the Sam Ash run with the snot tuners and full pickguard and larger neck (which my Special also had). I saw those ones a couple years ago Gibson had that had the Grovers and small pickguard. Nope.
But I'm willing to bet that had I bought a small pickguard version with grovers I'd think the large with snot green was weird.