The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit faithfully turns back the clock and gives you an affordable iconic instrument that sounds and plays like you've stepped back in t... Read More
The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit faithfully turns back the clock and gives you an affordable iconic instrument that sounds and plays like you've stepped back in time.
Like the original, The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit features a mahogany body and mahogany neck with a SlimTaper 1960s 'D' profile. And like vintage SGs, the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit has a hand-set 24.75" scale neck with a 12-inch radius, a rosewood fingerboard, a 1.68" nut width for tuning stability during bends, Wilkinson vintage 14:1 ivory button machine heads, and a classic '60s-era Epiphone logo on the headstock.
No detail of the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit has been missed. The Alnico P-90R Soapbar neck pickup and the Alnico P-90T Soapbar bridge pickup are perfect for players who want elements of both single and double coil sounds in one pickup.
The mix of mahogany and Alnico P90s gives the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit a unique sound that is both modern and classic. The vintage style black controls with metal inserts include neck volume and tone and bridge volume and tone, allowing for an infinite variety of tone combinations.
The all-metal three-way toggle switch is designed by Epiphone, and the wrap-around 'Lightning Bar' combination stopbar adjustable bridge provides tuning and intonation stability.
Includes special 50th Anniversary padded gig bag.
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I just loved it when I ordered. But as soon as I lay my hands on it the love vanish. The painting was so thin that it was a little dark on the front. I got the yellow one, don't know the others. I even get it home but every time I look at it I get frustrated It sounds great and the bag is very nice.
You get a LOT of guitar for the price. The P-90s have that classic bright easily overdriven sound and the action is pretty good. The QA is the only questionable issue. Mine had two small problems, both taken care of now. One was that a few of the frets near the body were a bit high or not seated well. Since I was planning on replacing the strings, once I had them off two minutes with a block of wood and a hammer had them all seated snugly. The other was missing intonation adjustment screws for the wrap around bridge. Guitar Center's response was sub-optimal but Gibson responded within an hour, on a Saturday, and they screws are on their way. So this guitar keeps its 5 stars from me. On to the meat of the review. The sound is so very Gibson SG with humbuckers to me. I grew up with a friend with an SG Standard from the 60s with P-90s and was ALWAYS jealous of the sounds that guitar made. This guitar has that. Turn down the volume and you've got a nice sweet darkish tone. Crank up the volume into a good amp and suddenly it just sings. I can't say enough about how much I like the sound of this thing. The neck is perfect. I've always preferred the 1960s profile on SGs and I find this to be a very comfortable neck for people with smallish hands like me. Once the frets were hammered into place, I was able to lower the action quite a bit. The action on this is as good as on any Gibson SG I've played in the past. The tuners are smooth and easy to adjust. Honestly they're better than the ones on my brother's 1970s SG. All the hardware is tight and screwed in right. No lose pots or nuts and bolts rattling around.
I love almost everything about this guitar. The neck is the shape I prefer (the 1960s thinnish one) The P-90s are the early 60s medium-hot sounding ones, not the later 60s very hot ones, the typical 4 knob 1 switch Gibson Les Paul electronics, with the two pickups having opposite polarity so you can use the neck pickup, turned down a bit, to get some humbucking if you need it. Honestly though, this thing doesn't pick up a lot of hum when using a single pickup. The fretboard is nice. Mine had a couple of frets just barely sticking up a bit above flush, but this is as likely due to changes in humidity and being new as it is to workmanship. A change of strings, a block of wood and 5 minutes and they were all seated nicely. All the nuts and screws were tight but not quite firmly so. I could turn the jack nut by hand a bit, and two of the pots needed tightening. The paint job was reasonably well done. The minor issue I mentioned in the title is the wrap around bridge. It has no notches in it, and because of this some of the strings seem to kind of buzz with it. You have two options here, one is to get out a small triangular shaped file and make notches and the other is to replace the bridge with a better one with intonation. For most people taking a file to the bridge is the easier and cheaper solution. It makes a lot of difference and only takes a few minutes while you're changing strings. You can opt for a full adjustable wrap around bridge, but the way this guitar is put together you're going to get unacceptably high action. A file is easier, quicker, and cheaper. For what you get it's a pretty good deal. If Epiphone had gone with a traditional bridge it would have been perfect. As it is, it's close enough, and with a little setup work it's a wonderful guitar.
The guitar itself my son loved as a Christmas present. However there are imperfections in the finish. One large blemish on the front of the guitar just makes me sick to look at. Not sure what it is in the finish, may be dirt, fuzz, or maybe a piece of someone's sandwich. Whatever it is it should have never made it through quality control. I know this isn't a high end piece but it is a brand new guitar and should look brand new. If it was my own I'd have sent it back but it's my sons and I can't bring myself to take his Christmas present from him for what I'm sure would be a long return/ exchange process.
I played this at my local Guitar Center and absolutely loved it! I returned a week later and bought one in Alpine White. I'm on a budget but needed a guitar that could produce a nicer crunch than my Stratocaster. The playability is smooth and diverse. Looks fantastic! Very lightweight. Good quality for &400. If you want a simple, yet versatile guitar with an attractive look then this is a great choice! Try one!
Feb. 2012: Just purchased the Ltd. Ed. 50th Ann. 1961 SG Special. All I can say is wow! You have to test run this guitar. Highlights: P90s - Great highs & nice mellow jazzy tones once you roll of the treble. If you want the "Mississippi Queen" tones, you'll get them here. Neck: I have small hands (play Hofner basses and have an endorsement deal) and the neck is amazingly comfortable. Very easy to bend, chord and play for hours at a time. Weight: I compared 3 or 4 different Epiphone SGs, and in addition to the neck & P90s, it was the lightest and is very well balance. It barely feels like I have a guitar around my neck. For this price range, you have one rockin' guitar with classic tones. The same model in the Gibson is well over 1,200. Yea right. Don't think so. I gotta kid to put through college! Cons: Not really, except that you may contemplate swapping out the bridge for a wraparound bridge where each string can be adjusted for intonation...but mine stock bridge seems to be just fine.
I had been eyeballing this one... went to GC and played one... and it really can sing! All my GC had was Red and I wanted the TV Yellow! The GC.com had it, so merry Christmas to me! The pickups sign clean and scream dirty. The neck is a little wider than my other electrics (or so I perceive it to be) and It really makes for some smooth playing. The weight is great. I play mostly for fun, but I will play some live parties once in a while. I have yet to play this one live, but I definitely will be bringing it with me next time! The only con I see is the pots. I will probably be changing them out to better quality pots in the future, but for now they get the job done!
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