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Now you can enjoy the classic style and killer performance of the famous Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar without destroying your budget. Features include two open-coil humbuckers, an innovative in... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Now you can enjoy the classic style and killer performance of the famous Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar without destroying your budget. Features include two open-coil humbuckers, an innovative integrated killswitch/tone pot (push in the tone knob to activate killswitch), LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, chrome hardware, and rosewood fingerboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

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Features
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: 650R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 700T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: Yes
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
Specifications
    • Body: mahogany
    • Neck: Hard maple
    • Neck Profile: SlimTaper "D"
    • Neck Joint: Bolt-on w/tapered heel, 4-bolt recessed
    • Scale length: 24.75"
    • Fingerboard: rosewood with "dot" inlays
    • Nut width: 1.68
    • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    • Neck Pickup: 650R humbucker
    • Bridge Pickup: 700T humbucker
    • Pickguard: 2-layer, black/white
    • Controls: 1-master volume, 1 master-tone with KillPot
    • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
    • Tailpiece: StopBar
    • Hardware: Nickel
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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneSG-Special Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 196 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid, scrappy hard rock guitar of choice

I've had great luck with this solid, unpretentious beginner's guitar. This is just as, if not more reliable than the much more expensive "serious" guitars I've owned. Everything about it...Read complete review

I've had great luck with this solid, unpretentious beginner's guitar. This is just as, if not more reliable than the much more expensive "serious" guitars I've owned. Everything about it feels great. It's a light but sturdy guitar you won't feel guilty about putting through a little punishment. Unlike some other reviewers, mine has extraordinarily good tuners. it hardly ever goes flat or sharp, even after very heavy strumming. the input jack is chintzy, like all budget guitars, but replacing it runs you twenty to forty bucks at a reputable shop. As far as electronics go, the pick-ups are fair. the open coils are nice and bright, but put out plenty of noise. The instrument's weakness is its lack of tonal versatility. It only does one sound well: hard rock. that's (partially) the result of having only one tone knob. This is an excellent no-frills beginner's guitar, and a reliable mid-range one for an unbelievable value. F*@$ Squier!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Little Red Rock Machine!

I Got this guitar (used) as my first electric guitar, had a Rogue RD80 Acoustic before. I was a bit low on money, so buying this guitar seemed like the best decision....Read complete review

I Got this guitar (used) as my first electric guitar, had a Rogue RD80 Acoustic before. I was a bit low on money, so buying this guitar seemed like the best decision. I have to say, I was not disappointed when I finally plugged this guitar into my amp. For the price, this guitar has a really muddy, hard rock or metal sound which I absolutely loved. Would have given it a higher rating if the stock pickups held up better. A while ago I was practicing with it and the bridge pickup completely fell apart, and I had to have a guitar center employee fix it. It still plays surprisingly well after the experience though. I have gotten more professionally made guitars since then, but I still use this one for down-tuned stuff (because down-tuning a guitar with a Floyd-Rose trem is a pain). I would maybe recommend this guitar to a beginner or someone in a band who needs a cheap, good sounding guitar ASAP.

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(306 of 356 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Experience w/SG-Special Electric Guitar

By miniman3000

from trophy club, tx

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar for my 12 birthday about 7 years ago and it has been simply amazing for the price it has a real deep tone to it still plays like the day that i got it i would recommend this for anyone starting out only problem that i have had with it was about 2 years ago i had to get the volume knob saudered but thats been the only problem that i have had with it in the 7 years that i have had it

(135 of 162 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid, scrappy hard rock guitar of choice

By Boiler Room Joe

from Somerville, MA

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I've had great luck with this solid, unpretentious beginner's guitar. This is just as, if not more reliable than the much more expensive "serious" guitars I've owned. Everything about it feels great. It's a light but sturdy guitar you won't feel guilty about putting through a little punishment. Unlike some other reviewers, mine has extraordinarily good tuners. it hardly ever goes flat or sharp, even after very heavy strumming. the input jack is chintzy, like all budget guitars, but replacing it runs you twenty to forty bucks at a reputable shop. As far as electronics go, the pick-ups are fair. the open coils are nice and bright, but put out plenty of noise. The instrument's weakness is its lack of tonal versatility. It only does one sound well: hard rock. that's (partially) the result of having only one tone knob. This is an excellent no-frills beginner's guitar, and a reliable mid-range one for an unbelievable value. F*@$ Squier!

(80 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By SGRocker24

from Edwardsville, IL

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

The Epiphone SG Special is the perfect beginner to intermediate guitar. This was the first guitar i got a few years back and still plays like the day i got it. It has a very fat tone with the two humbuckers. You can play basically any style of music with it. I gave it a 4 for features because it only has 1 volume and 1 tone knob. Other than that, this is a very solid guitar.

(63 of 76 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Smooth playing

By EppyGibson Fan in VA

from Virginia Beach

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar a couple of months ago to go along with my Epiphone Les Paul Special II. The fretting is smooth and it fits just right. You get all of the features of a Gibson SG at a low price. I have been playing guitar for only six months now but this guitar makes me feel a lot more comfortable. This guitar will prep me well for when I graduate (financially) to a Gibson.

(60 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar for money

By nsk56

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

Knowing I wont be able to spend much on a guitar, I didn't have high expectations for this guitar. But, after playing it for about a month, WOW!! The neck pickup sounds great, it has a real heavy sound. I think this guitar sounds best when played clean, with the neck pickup. It has a great acoustic tone. You dont get a pickguard with it, but they are easy to buy, and I have one on my SG. Also think about switching the machine heads out, they feel cheap and insubstantial. But otherwise, great guitar!!!

(40 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great 1st Guitar

By JT Zambrano

from Lexington, KY

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year and a half ago for my 1st guitar and i love it. It has great tone and a great body plus it plays great. All around this is a great guitar that i recondmend to anybody looking for a good practice guitar or a 1st guitar

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar! Excellent Value!

By Or Bairey

from New Rochelle, NY

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

This is my second guitar, and I must say I'm extremely pleased with it. Visually, It's beautiful, I recommend the Red/Cherry color, it's vibrant and looks great if you install a black full pickguard. The pickups are fantastic, overall the sound can range from bluesy and jazz to heavy metal. The frets are really great, this thing'll resonate forever. It stays in tune reasonably long, just don't bang the tuning knobs on anything and you'll be fine. Overall it's fantastic. I'm very satisfied with it. Side note: It sounds really great with the Fender FrontMan 25R Amp.

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for both beginners and intermediates

By Ben

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I went to Guitar Center and bought this guitar because I play slide and have noticed that a lot of the expert slide guitar players use the SG. The pickups are great quality, although I am thinking about puting some Gibson 57 humbuckers on it to get closer to a Gibson sound. Everything about the guitar is great. It stays in tune most of the time and plays well. The only thing it is lacking is a pickguard but putting on a Gibson SG 1961 Reissue pickguard would fix this. It plays Blues and Rock very well. This guitar is good for both beginners and intermediates. It is well worth the money.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first love

By V. G.

from Elkhart

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

For a while I wanted to play the guitar so I went to the store and looked around for about three hours holding looking and strumming all kinds of guitars I finally decided to spend only 160 bucks on my frist guitar so I looked at some more then, i seen the special sg and grabbed it it was light had a great clean sound and looked cool so i bought it, took it home and havent put it down since, it does lack customization of tone but thats fine as long you have a good amp. Its been a month since i bought it and it still sounds brand new I love playing it and it is great for the cash. this is my first guitar and I don't think i'll be getting rid of it any time soon.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very nice guitar!!

By Trashton Porter

from Seffner,Fl.

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I am 53 & have been playing guitar & recording since I was 10 years old. I picked up this guitar the other day because I needed another "beater" guitar in the studio. I plugged into a 5 watt Fender "Vibro Champ Xd". To my surprise the SG Special, played like butter!! I was freaked! The action is to die for. There was slight fret buzz. I raised the bridge very slightly. Intonation was a bit off so I set it. The tuning keys could be better, however I played very hard for over an hour and amazingly only #1 & #2 strings were slightly out of tune.The pickup selector switch & control knobs are less than desirable but cheap to replace (if so inclined). I would recommend this guitar to any level player that needs an excellent guitar for a super cheap price. I am happily gigging with this guitar on Memorial Day weekend. I will leave my Gibson 335 safely tucked away in the studio.. So buy an SG Special! If you find it difficult to play practice, practice , practice... It ain't the guitar.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good deal

By SG4lyfe

from Pittsburgh, Pa

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I bought the Epiphone SG-Special about two years ago, and it's was one of the best decisions I've made. There's only one real problem that I have ever had with it, it can fall out of tune fairly easily. Aside from that, I recommend getting a pick-guard for it because after a few months of playing it starts to show. The sound is very good for its price and the overall value is great. I'd advise anyone that's a beginner-intermediate guitarist to at least try this guitar.

(9 of 66 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible

By Todd

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I never wanted this guitar. My mom pressuerd me into buying it. It is ugly and it's neck is nothing like an actual SG's. A real SG's neck connects to the body at the last fret. The epiphone special doesn't. When I got it it already had cracks in the finish. Mines finish is really odd. On the neck you can see the grains from the wood but the body is painted. The lack of a pickguard really takes away from the looks of this guitar. It has a boring tone and is really limited in the sounds it can make because of it's 1 volume 1 tone setup. Occasionally when I put it in the treble position it cuts off and wont make a sound. It doesn't stay in tune very well and it has alot of fret buzz. The only good thing Ive found is that its very solid. I threw mine into a door and it broke the door. Save yourself alot of fustration and invest in a higher quality guitar.

(7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar

By SGMan245

from OR

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I have played this guitar several times in stores, and it is not bad. It is very close to the Les Paul Special. The humbucker pick-ups don't sound too bad. The guitar plays well, and it is overall a not bad SG.

(7 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sucky guitar

By Big Dog

from Texas

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar 5 minths ago and about 3 months ago I noticed that the pickups kept falling in. So I went to get it fixed. The next night it fell in again. Iwent to get it fixed for that same problem for atleast 9 times and was very irritated. So I replaced the guitar with the same model. So I got home and noticed that the Volume and Tone knobs were going way too far. I unscrewed the access plate on the back and the potentiometer was screwed up. Please don,t get this guitar or you will be very irritated!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Guitar Ever!

By Admiring Sadie

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar with my christmas money three years ago and it's still kicking. The only problem with it is a screw in the front pickup came out but it still works. Bottom line, BUY IT!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The best guitar

By Dale

from Galt, ca

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

i just recently went to the guitar center in sacramento and now the proud owner of the epiphone specail SG. so far in the the three days i have owned it i am very satisfied with my purchase. it is beautiful to the eye and to the ear. once youve plugged in it sounds great. the humbucker coils really make a difference. and i got it at a sweet price.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing for the price

By matt

from Charelston SC

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

i got this guitar about a year ago and i have to give it its props this guitar is 1 awsome mechine and has the range to play anything from blues to hardcore the body is the perfect shape if u like playing sitting down or standing up the neck is perfect if u like to shread its got nice taste to the look of it and its plays so smooth on both distortion and clean i highly reccoment this guitar for people who are just begging or have been playing for about a year i was super satisfied with this product and you will be 2

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar but finish cracked

By Mark

from Temecula, CA

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

As a beginner I was looking for a guitar that was versatile and had great sound. The Epiphone SG did not disappoint. The body is lightweight so practicing is not back breaking. The sound is good for the price. I paired it with the VOX VT-15 that the GC Guitar Associate suggested and the sound is incredible. My only complaint is that the finish cracked only after 2 months. It cracked right where the amp plug goes. I spoke with Epiphone and they suggested that I send the guitar back for evaluation or take it to an authorized repair shop (Which is 75 miles from where I live)

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar!!!!

By Wessley Hudziak

from Germantown, Wisconsin

Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

I wasn't so sure i wanted this guitar, but now that i have it i am very happy with it. It has a great heavy sound to it and it sounds even better with a peavy vyper amp. its great for any kind of music.The only thing about it is that it doesnt come with a pickguard, but they are easy to buy and install. you will be happy once you have it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My son really likes this guitar

By Scooter

from Bde Air, MD

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

    Bought this as a birthday present for my middle son. He has been playing his stratocasters and telecasters for 20+ years. I asked him what he would like for his 35th birthday and he said a Les Paul SG. I asked if the Epiphone Special SG would fit the bill. He went to a Guitar Center in Jacksonville, played it and told me a cherry one would be great. He loves it so much, he convinced me to get back to guitar playing. I bought a Ephiphone Limited Edition Les Paul and I am so glad that I did. I live with my oldest son and my 7 year old grandson. My grandson has been taking piano lessons for 2 years now and I'm teaching him the guitar and he's teaching this old dog to play the piano. None of this would have happened if my son's birthday present wasn't so appreciated.

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