A true icon guitar, the SG was originally a successor Les Paul model from '61 to '68. This edition of the prized 1962 Gibson SG boasts the power and merciless sustain you expect to shake you all night... Read More
A true icon guitar, the SG was originally a successor Les Paul model from '61 to '68. This edition of the prized 1962 Gibson SG boasts the power and merciless sustain you expect to shake you all night long. It's constructed of a Mahogany neck glued into a Mahogany body, and comes upgraded with Alnico Classic Pro humbucking pickups. Other appointments such as its trapezoid inlay and Wilkinson tuners round out this classic rock staple. Case sold separately.
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If I could give this thing 20 stars I would! I've had mine for almost twenty years and played countless shows with it. It survived me being a teenager in punk and hardcore bands and eventually it succumbed to the abuse but not after many, many long shows and years of awesome sound. I would buy another one in a heartbeat without question. It is neck heavy but it's an SG, what do you want! Killer sustain, tons of bottom end for heavier stuff but versatile enough to play reggae as well. It was my go-to guitar. The only fault I ever found in this guitar was that the plastic piece on the toggle switch was brittle and cracked. I replaced it with a gibson piece and never had another issue with it. If you're thinking about buying this and don't want to sound like a strat or a tele do yourself a favor and... BUY THIS GUITAR!
Let me say upfront that what the others have said sums it up really. Great guitar at very reasonable price. But I would add my own experience for what it's worth. I am a "mature" beginner and know very little of the correct terminology for the nuances of tone and playability on guitars so bear with me if I don't use the correct jargon. Firstly, I gave it 4 stars because I did have a few issues with the build quality. The pickups were not at the correct heights, the action was higher than it needed to be, some of the knobs are a bit off kilter, a couple of the fret ends are a bit sharp and the jack socket was loose when I got the guitar. Of course all of these issues are easily dealt with and at the price they are of little consequence. I find the high gloss back to the neck a little "sticky" for moving my hand up and down but since I'm not a high speed "shredder" this is a minor detail. But the main reason for my review is the tonal potential with this guitar. When I bought it as an attempt to regain my non-misspent youth, a foil to my midlife crisis, it was somewhat impulsive so I did not try it through an amp and just picked out a low price one to go with it; a Fender Champ 100. When I got them home I discovered the amp was WAY too loud for my purposes, yeah you thought that anyway, right? But worse, I found I couldn't get the kind of tone out of it I was expecting. It sounded brittle and bland (although LOUD). After six months experimenting with settings on the amp, effects pedals and playing technique I had just about given up on getting a close approximation of the sound I had been looking for... then I swapped my Fender Champ for a Marshall DSL40c...WOW! It became the guitar I had dreamed of! The tone was "rich", the difference between pickup settings (including coil split which didn't seem to do much before) gave a full spectrum of options, and subtle differences of playing technique came right back at you out of the speaker. It was a revelation! What a magic instrument! And I haven't even tried my pedals with them yet, this is just amp and guitar! They are like a symbiotic musical organism working together to produce sounds and tones that have played in my head all my life; and all yours for less than $1000! So the point of this review is not meant as a critique of the amp, that belongs elsewhere and will be done after I have lived with the thing for a while. Nor do I mean to put down the Fender Champ, when I traded it in the guy in the Guitar Center checked it out by playing a Fender guitar through it and that sounded GREAT. I am writing this to say if you choose to buy this guitar, and I highly recommend it, try it through the amp you plan to use and if possible make sure you pick a tube amp, not necessarily the Marshall as there are other options for under $1000 that I'm sure would do the SG justice too.
Wow! Incredible sustain, light weight but with great balance (due to the lighter Wilkinson tuning machines), great pickups (and especially versitile with coil taps), great all-fret access (with double cut-aways and set neck which is trimmer than bolts), perfect setup right out of the box (all I had to do was tweak the tuning a bit), and unlike most electrics it even sounds pretty good without plugging it in. Perfect? ... well almost. The one problem I had was that the sustain is so good that the harmonics in strings 5 and 6 ring when resonant notes in the other strings are played. This isn't a problem when playing 6-string chords or when playing strings 5 and 6, but playing a melody on strings 1 - 4 causes ringing in the open strings 5 and 6 unless they are muted. This can be done (with some practice) with your right thumb if you fingerpick, but is more difficult if you use a pick. The left thumb can damp string 6, but this can be cumbersome. ONE SOLUTION: What has worked for me so far is to take a rubber band (not a thin one), cut it open, wrap it once around string 6, pull it through to string 5 and again wrap once, then pull it further until the lengths are equal on each end. Pull the string 5 end over the top of the nut at string 4 and pull the string 6 end around the back of the neck. Tie the ends together behind the neck so that there is enough tension in the rubber band to dampen the harmonics in strings 5 and 6. If the loops around the strings are positioned too close to the nut then the harminics won't be damped. If the rubber band is too thick or too tight then the damping is too severe. If the loops are too near to fret # 1 then the rubber band gets in the way of playing note F on string 6 and B-flat/A# on string 5. About 1/2-way to fret #1 works perfect for me. Damping works when the string is open, but the string plays normally when fretted on any fret. When picking the open damped string I can hear the damping effect when the guitar is not plugged in, but when the sound is generated electrically by the pickups the tone of the damped open string still sounds good. The extended ringing of the harminics (beyond when the primary frequency fades out) is reduced enough to no longer bother me. Now it plays and sounds great. BTW, the cherry finish looks famtastic and plays well on the neck. [This review is for the Epiphone G-400 SG PRO (set neck) model.]
Bought this recently ,but been playing the heck out of it, its my new main guitar, others I'm used to playing on are PRS santana SE and ESP ltd-300, this one beats them both in my opinion, simply because of the coil-tapping technology the pickups are equipped with, just pull on the volume control and it clicks up and down,...you can get a wide variety of tones...can make it sound as bright and twangy as a telecaster with both knobs pulled out and select the neck pickup, switch to the bridge it sounds like a strat,etc. Humbuckers it's got provide amazing sustain,Great on distortion channel,and on clean channel is where you can really appreciate its coil tapping pickups because you can truly get a beautiful strat tone out of this guitar, its great for rock,metal,blues,jazz, really verstatile.the action is fantastic all up and down the fretboard, intonation is good, stays in tune, and Looks are amazing as well, everyone who sees it comments or compliments it,
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