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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry

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The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar is a Gibson-authorized version of their great '66 SG with a solid mahogany body and slim-taper set mahogany neck. Some subtle-yet-significant di... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar is a Gibson-authorized version of their great '66 SG with a solid mahogany body and slim-taper set mahogany neck. Some subtle-yet-significant differences make this one special. Instead of the small, lower horn-only pickguard, it has the larger pickguard so there aren't any pickup mounting rings around the high-output Alnico Classic humbuckers (the '66 SG had P-90 pickups). Separate volume and tone controls for each of the pickups give you complete control of your sound. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and make string changing easier. The deep double-cutaway lets you reach all 22 frets with ease.

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FEATURES

  • Double-cutaway solid mahogany body
  • Slim-tapered set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • Alnico Classic Plus bridge humbucker
  • Alnico Classic neck humbucker
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls
  • 3-way pickup selector
  • Grover tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
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4.8

(based on 169 reviews)

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Excellent Instrument

This is a real steal from Epiphone, this instrument is built to the exact standards of a Gibson guitar, with the exceptions of lower end pickups that you should replace with whatever suits your...Read complete review

This is a real steal from Epiphone, this instrument is built to the exact standards of a Gibson guitar, with the exceptions of lower end pickups that you should replace with whatever suits your sound, and the finish and woodwork is not as high quality as the Gibson model, so basically you save yourself about nine hundred dollars to get an instrument of about parallel quality.

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this guitar is an ok guitar. playing many different musical styles i need 2 move up down and back again along the neck and frets. this guitar is very neck heavy and i have...Read complete review

this guitar is an ok guitar. playing many different musical styles i need 2 move up down and back again along the neck and frets. this guitar is very neck heavy and i have broken its headstock off because of it dropping head first. pickups are kinda muddy and bland, like they have no special life to them. the finish is a very blood like red and the grovers are really nice. i wouldve given this guitar a better rating if wasnt so neck heavy.

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(116 of 136 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Instrument

By BTguitarist

from Farmington Hills, Michigan

This is a real steal from Epiphone, this instrument is built to the exact standards of a Gibson guitar, with the exceptions of lower end pickups that you should replace with whatever suits your sound, and the finish and woodwork is not as high quality as the Gibson model, so basically you save yourself about nine hundred dollars to get an instrument of about parallel quality.

(77 of 88 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ABSOLUTELEY AMAZING!!!

By MetalHead717

from Louisiana

This guitar is amazing! I was looking at the Gibson SG Standards, but I heard that I could get something just as good for a lot cheaper- great example, THIS! It is absolutely beautiful and plays great. It is a little heavy, but I play mostly sitting anyway. Epiphone really combined cost with quality in this guitar. Great guitar for a great price!

(71 of 87 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By sg 400 custom

from Pacifica, CA

This is such a great guitar. I got it as a Christmas present and I love it. I play in a rock band and this guitar has not failed to perform perfectly yet!!! I love how it lets you reach the lower frets easily. This is just as good as or better that a Gibson. No matter what anyone says.

(70 of 90 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love at first sight

By midsummernite82

from Knoxville, TN

I have always loved the look and sound of an SG, and this one is no exception. It feels as good as any upscale Gibson I have played, with an almost equally good sound to boot. The guitar seems to come alive when fired up through my Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier. Great clean, great overdriven, and for the money just an all around great guitar.

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ACDC Fans buy this guitar

By GnRMetallica

from New York

i bought this guitar a few years ago & the style of the pickups is great. its great for the standard acdc guitar playing but its a fifth of the cost of a gibson. im not going to say that its as good as a gibson but you are getting much more than a fifth of the quality. great guitar i recomend it for any1 who likes hard rock & classic rock. it sounds good with metal but it does not sound as good as a metal guitar. if you play specificly metal & thats it then dont buy this guitar but if you want a durable guitar that can play all types of music at a reasonable cost then this is the guitar for you

(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar, but its not for everyone

By Gitaxman15

from Lansing, IL

I bought this guitar and couldn't put it down. It was beautiful, the neck felt good and most importantly, it had the sound I was looking for. The only con would have to be that it needs to be setup when purchased but that is expected. However, one thing I did read in a lot of reviews that it has a muddy tone, but I don't think it does. Given, it has a REALLY warm tone at the neck pickup for blues-oriented sounds and the bridge gets some good gain. All in all, its a good choice but its not for everyone

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bulls-eye!!

By EZ Rocker

from Longview, WA

As a former owner of a Gibson SG Standard, (never should've gotten rid of that darn guitar), I bought this guitar when I switched from bass to guitar in the band I play in, and didn't have enough cash to get another Gibson like the one I had. I used to be one of those Gibson owners who "look down" on Epiphones, like they are the unwanted step brothers of their Gibson counterparts. I couldn't have been more wrong. This guitar sounds and plays every bit as good as the standard, and at less than half the price! I was very pleasantly surprised. All I did with mine was have the intonation set, which should probably be done with any new guitar after playing it for a month or so, and I've been playing the F out of mine ever since. Not a bad idea to give it a "once over" and make sure everything is nice and tight. There were a few things that I found loose, including the input jack. One thing I didn't care for, was that the protective plastic cover over the pick guard has the bridge mounted on top of it, which makes it really tricky to get all the plastic coating off of it. All in all, this guitar is WELL worth the cash, and I honestly couldn't tell you the difference between this and my old standard if I were blindfolded. Not saying there arent cheap, poorly made Epiphones out there, just that this one, (made in the custom shop), isn't one of them. Get over your "Gibson pride" and get yourself one.

(15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost like a real sg!

By Childrenofbodommonkey7593

from Staten Island, NY

Awesome guitar. Plays almost exactly like a real sg. The only thing is that the pickups kinda suck. You should pickup some better pickups if you are buyin this guitar. Overall its a sic guitar that any serious guitarist should own.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good guitar

By jerm-x

from west palm beach florida

ive been playing guitar for a couple of years and i own 2 strats so i desided to give an sg a shot so i gathered together some money and went to gc and i looked around and i saw this one so i played it and i fell in love with it but the only thing i didnt like about it was the fret buzz but it went away over time

(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rock solid guitar

By Stanley

from Chicago, IL

This guitar needed to be setup to avoid fret buzz. After setup it became a great guitar for the money. The OD sound is awesome. The only negative is the cleans with the stock pickups are a little lacking.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bday gift from heaven

By metal man

from Vancouver, Washington

I have had this guitar for a little under a year, and i have to say that this guitar really delivers. The sound is amazing and it feels great. The only problem i have is the jack on the guitar for the cable on mine is lose and can sometimes mess up the sound. But everything else on this guitar is amazing! Highly recomended!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Mike G.

from New York

I just bought this guitar yesterday, and it's amazing! It sounds so clear with my Spider IV amp. It transitions beautifully from clean to metal in the push of a button. It's a great guitar for Hard Rock songs like AC/DC and such. Unlike the other reviews, I had no problems with the neck; I thought the neck and body were pretty even in weight. The only minor problem I had was that sliding was a little difficult, but I'm sure that's because of the strings, not the guitar. Bottom line: I'd recommend this for an intermediate, like myself. If you're considering this guitar, do yourself a favor and BUY IT!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than Gibson SG Special Faded

By ElevenBravo

from Chicago, IL

I've played this guitar for a month now and here's my opinion. Why I bought it: I had my heart set on the Gibson SG Special Faded Cherry, but wasn't thrilled with the way it felt in the store. So I sat down with 4 guitars side-by-side and spent about 1.5 hours with them all at GC. 1. Gibson SG Standard 2. Gibson SG Special Faded 3. Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Heritage Cherry 4. Epiphone SG Special Quite honestly, the Gibson SG Standard had the best tone. It had depth and bite. It *sounded* like an SG, because well, it is an SG. Smooth neck and decent setup action from the factory. The SG Special Faded had an attractive price, but I didn't like the feel of the non-lacquered neck. It just felt "dry" if that makes any sense. Tone was decent, but it just didn't feel right in my hands. Sorry Charlie. Also, I didn't care for the dot neck inlays. I like the trapezoidal inlays on the Standard and the G-400. Next played was this guitar, the Epi 1966 G-400. I was immediately impressed by the appearance and finish (Heritage Cherry) and studied it for a few minutes to uncover any flaws, but could find *none*. The tone of this guitar a/b compared side-by-side with the SG Standard through the exact same amp (Egnater Rebel 20 which I own) was tough to tell the difference. The output of the G-400 pickups are a bit less that the Standard and there is a bit less higher frequency "bite" than the SG. Tone difference can be compensated though by some EQ on your amp or a stomp pedal. The neck on the G-400 is thicker and heavier than the Standard and is a bit chunky, but in a good way. Although the G-400 does not have binding on the sides of the neck, it's very smooth and no sharp fret edges. You don't notice the absence of binding when playing it. The last one played was the stock Epi SG Special, just to provide a point of reference for the bottom of the pile, entry-level guitar. I won't say much about this one except that it was simply adequate for a low-cost beginner's guitar. I wasn't expecting much from this one. After playing this 1966 G-400 for a month now, I'm a completely happy with this guitar and would be at twice the price. It only gets smoother to play the more it gets broken-in. The only criticism I have is that the soldering connection to the tone pot from the neck pickup was a problem and I had to re-solder it. In fact, the neck and bridge pickups were wired differently to each other (neither to a standard Gibson SG wiring) once I opened up the back plate to have a look. So I looked at a Gibson wiring diagram online and then re-wired both pickups all the way to the switch. Problem solved and sounds great. Bottom line: If you don't want to spend an extra $350 - $850 to have Gibson on the headstock, BUY THIS GUITAR, but be sure to compare it to the other models in the store so you understand what an amazing value this is.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Sgman30

from philadelphia, PA

I've had this guitar for about a year now and I couldnt be happier. It is an amazing guitar and the pick ups in my opinion are fantastic. The only flaws it has is it is a little top heavy and the place you attacth your strap is not a good one. My strap keeps coming off cause it is very insecure and its just placed in a bad spot on the guitar. Overall the guitar sounds great both the clean and distortion.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JUST LIKE ANGUS

By Angus Fan #1

from Oskaloosa, Iowa

I got this guitar in November of last year and there isn't hardly a day that goes by where I dont play it. The only problems I have with it are it doesnt like to stay in tune too well, but its A LOT better that most cheaper gutars, and its also neck heavy. Otherwise I love this guitar!!!! If I had the money for a real Gibson SG i'd get one but since I don't this is the guitar that (if your like me) you HAVE to get!!!! Trust me!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Much A Gibson

By Rusty Shackleford

from Arlen,Texas

Pretty much what Gibson did: Stamped 'Epiphone' on the head, and slashed away at the price. This is one of the best guitars ever to reach the market. Never had a problem with anything, no buzzing of strings or sound problems.EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY GUITAR for a very very very very VERY cheap price.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beast

By Daflyer

from San clemente, ca

This thing is the greatest epiphany I have ever played. It is much better than the entry level gibsons and more affordable. Also a very great guitar to learn on. I recommend this to anyone that has even thought of thinking of buying a sg.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my favorite guitar

By Nick Reddy

from Independence, KS

this guitar is awesome!!! ive only had it for a little over a year which is how long ive been playing. ive played many different versions of the Gibson SG and i still like this the best. the neck is just awesome. you can get the different harmonics and squeals out with no problem. ive only had one problem and that is where the nut for the plug in has twisted loose but it was an easy fix and just tightened it up. awesome guitar. perfect for a beginner like me or anyone for that matter. 5 stars hands down

(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Axe

By fireman464

from Columbus, Ga

Epiphone hit a home run with this one. Mine was set up perfect as bought. It has a low fast action with no fret buzz. I did change the pickups to SD's Hot Rodded set out of preference. The stock ones were okay, but, not what I was looking for. This one play as well as any of the Gibson models for a lot less cash.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Incredible Deal - Incredible Guitar

By SGBOSSMarshall

from Gold Bar, WA

Oh, man this is probably one of the least heard of Epiphones, but it is the best epiphone SG out there. And belive me, you can tell this thing was authorised by Gibson. It's just so wonderful. Oh and BTW... the machine heads... are Grover. No doubt about it, this is one great guitar. Though I'd swap out the pick ups sometime, they're still pretty good. An all around great guitar.

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