Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar  

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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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  • 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
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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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this is just like a gibson

By wilfredo rodriguez

from philly pa the guitarman

I own this guitar and I can honestly tell the guitar player world that this one is the best thing next to a real Gibson sg standard the sound is warm and awesome great for blues jass rock name it I play it off a fender 212r and the sound is real close to a regular Gibson sg standard if you cant afford a Gibson buy this one you will be impressed.!!!46 years guitar player!!!



By Thomas Cox

from Otego, NY

Picked it up yesterday (silverburst). What a great feel! Everything about this guitar tells me I got it for far less than I should have. GC had it set up for me when I got there. Plugged it in, and started playing. No complaints...AT ALL!!! I wouldn't think twice about playing a gig with this. Awesome looks, great movement, smooth fret board, awesome sound. Solid guitar for low cost.


Great bite

By Connor Voydat

from San Jose, CA

I've had this guitar for 3 years now, and I recently picked up an Epi Les Paul Trad Pro, and I realized that this guitar has some kind of bite to it that the LP just doesn't have. I plug it in after playing the LP, and, without changing any settings, it just has a deeper, meaner, slightly more distorted sound. It feels great, looks great (silverburst), and sounds great. I literally have no complaints, except maybe that the knobs aren't on quite straight, but that's true for all Epis. Classic SG feel and tone at a fraction of Gibson prices.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic guitar, shockingly affordable


from Portland, OR

I recently acquired one of these up and have to say I'm absolutely astounded by it. This is an exceptional guitar for the money (actually, low cost aside, it's just a great guitar!) I have a Gibson SG Standard as well, which cost nearly 4x as much. The Gibby is a beauty, for sure, but is it 4x as good? Simple answer is "no". I love them both. This guitar has some significant upgrades over it's lower end counterparts (i.e. G-310). It has a set, thin neck, not a bolt-on! It's very fast, which is great and as others have noted, it does indeed have a rosewood bound neck (unlike the plastic binding on my Gibson). It has Grover-licensed 14:1 tuners which are very nice, albeit heavy (I'll get to that later). The pups are decent, although a little muddier than my Gibby. It has a very nice warm sound to it and plays as crunchy as I like, when desired. The finish on the guitar is great. I got the heritage cherry version and it's beautiful. There were some minor imperfections at the heel of the neck, but they're not really noticeable unless you look very closely. One thing about SG's in general, is that they sometimes tend to be neck-heavy. My G-400 is a heavier guitar than my Gibson and certainly more neck-heavy. I suspect this is partly due to the Grover tuners vs. Kluson's on the Gibson. That said, the G-400's definitely less-balanced, but still easily compensated for. There may be some variation from guitar to guitar, so I recommend playing one in the store before buying (one should with any guitar, honestly). Mine simply felt great from the get-go. To sum things up, this is a wonderful guitar for any experience level. Even though I have the Gibson, I still spend equal time on the G-400 and wouldn't ever think of parting with it. I'm still amazed at how much guitar you get for $350-400. It's beautiful, plays and sounds great! It's a keeper!


Unbelievable Deal!

By James Tinker

from Houston, TX

I bought the 1966 G-400 because I have always been a Strat man, and I wanted to play an SG without investing what I pay for Strats. When the guitar arrived, I could not believe the level of quality for such an economical price. I would have been satisfied with a lesser instrument since I only intend to amuse myself with it occasionally, and now I cannot put it down! The guitar was setup very well before shipping, and all I had to do was plug it in, and start playing. You will want to invest in a guitar strap which doesn't slip; I bought a suede one, but a sturdy cloth strap will do. The weight of the neck wants to pull it down, but a non-slip strap solved this issue. The volume and tone adjustments are unbeievably precise for an instrument in this price range, and I'm happy with the humbuckers. I'm not a pro, but the guitar will do exactly what I want it to do, so I couldn't be happier with purchase.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


First guitar. Not for everyone

By joseph dutra

from Sacramento, CA

I bought this guitar a few years ago in Silverburst. I wanted a guitar that I could learn on and even if i was discouraged, look at and want to pick it up. This was that guitar. After learning more about guitars and how to play, I was a little annoyed with this guitar as it has a "muddy" sound to it. Since this guitar I have bought a fender with crisp tone and an acoustic guitar. Here's the thing, this guitar is great for blues. I constantly shadow The black keys and some of there cover songs. I recently picked this guitar back up and it sounds great for some good old dirty blues. I feel it was the purpose of this guitar. The neck is a bit bulky and heavy, but I still love the sound of this guitar. It's not for everyone. For the right style, this guitar gets nasty.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Epiphone Pride is Gibson's Shame

By James Bishop Brown

from SF Bay Area

Went to the local GC and stopped by the aisle with a bunch of Epi's down in front at waist level, and then 8 different Gibson SG's; Faded, Tribute, Standard, and a couple others I can't recall ranging in price from $700 - $1300. I played them all with only the most expensive one to be marginally interesting. The lower priced models were so awful, all one has to do is touch the neck and return to the display. I can't believe Gibson is putting their name on these things. I have an Austin at home with GFS pups that would put 3 of these guitars to shame. Then out of the corner of my eye I see the Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 hanging off to the side. I pick it up, so far, so good, I eyeball it. Like what I see, trad. cherry, my idea of what an SG should look like. The pickups looked a little off sitting so low at quite an angle but that is just due to the pick guard which I really like. The neck is fat but it feels good as do the frets. I can't tell you about the sound, but acoustically it played well and two days later I ordered mine. I have been playing a lot of really nice Epi's lately. I have been converted. The 57 Les Paul Jr. in TV Yellow, the Nighthawk, The Les Paul Special w/P90's, and now this. All these guitars for around three and a half bucks! Epiphone's workmanship demonstrates pride, Gibson needs to take a look at what Epiphone is doing and get the act together!


Running right off the tracks!

By Franko

from IL

This guitar is AMAZING! I got it a couple days ago after having a Crate Electra this guitar sounds amazing through any amp, at guitar center, I tried Fender, Marshall, Line 6, Peavey, and all of them sounded amazing. This guitar is stunning with its glossy heritage cherry finish. Good for anyone.


Just what I was looking for.

By Eric

from Radtown VA

I've been looking at guitars in the $350-$400 price range for quite a while and couldn't find anything I really loved until I came upon my '66 G-400. This guitar is fantastic. I love the solid neck and feel of it and it sounds fantastic through everything I've tried it with. Great heavy classic rock sound that cleans up really nice for the softer stuff. The only issue is the heavy neck which I easily remedied with a thicker leather strap. Overall an amazing guitar for the price, surely one that will not let you down.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


its a epiphone sg not a gibson sg know that

By mikey

from montycello ky

epiphone mens epiphone not gibson i dont care what epiphone you buy its not going to be any kind of gibson if you want a gibson buy a gibson or otherwise shut up no epiphone les paul or epiphone sg or a epiphone anything well be a gibson les paul or sg or a gibson anything now am not saying this guitar is good but its not a gibson sg its a epiphone sg i dont know ifs good i dont know i dont have it i cant tell you and i dont want it i like gibson sg and gibson les paul now gibson guitars are high and epiphone is more afordable than gibson but i dont think epiphone is as good as gibson now angus young plays gibson sg not epiphone sg

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