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staceap 01-09-2013 10:43 AM

Epiphone SG's any good?
 
What do you guys think about Epiphone SG's? I'm thinking about an SG-400 or a 310 and then changing the pickups to EMG's perhaps.

Charvel1995 01-09-2013 11:01 AM

My friend has a 400 that I played a while back. Really liked it, neck was just right for my hands, and it wasn't as heavy as I had thought it would be. Damn shame he had to pawn it to help his family pay bills

I played a 310 at a shop briefly, I prefer the 400 by far. But, the 300 is good value for the money.

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whoomit 01-09-2013 11:35 AM

I liked the Gothic, thought it felt fantastic.

Blompcube 01-09-2013 11:53 AM

G-400s are fairly solid. they make good workhorses. the stock pickups are a bit on the muddy side but if you're going to be replacing them anyway that's not really an issue.

having said that, i would recommend that you consider adding the money you'll be spending on a replacement set of pickups to your current budget for a guitar, as that might enable you to just get a better quality guitar in the first place ;)

LP1951 01-09-2013 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Blompcube
G-400s are fairly solid. they make good workhorses. the stock pickups are a bit on the muddy side but if you're going to be replacing them anyway that's not really an issue.

having said that, i would recommend that you consider adding the money you'll be spending on a replacement set of pickups to your current budget for a guitar, as that might enable you to just get a better quality guitar in the first place ;)


If I was using a SG as my main guitar, I would go for a used Gibson. The Epi pups, tuners and switches are simply not as good as Gibsons or even some other foreign made guitars.

its_minchew 01-09-2013 01:26 PM

They made G400s with EMGs stock. Might want to look for a used one to save some cash

Hypar 01-09-2013 04:56 PM

Might want to check out the prophecy series, they're Epiphones with EMGs stock and are slightly better build quality I believe, probably would cost more than buying a g400 and putting the pups in yourself but worth checking out.

Mephaphil 01-09-2013 05:10 PM

Are they light like Gibson SGs?

Huge Guy 01-09-2013 07:47 PM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the 310 basically in the same range as the LP100 and the 400 like an LP Studio?

Robbgnarly 01-09-2013 08:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by LP1951
If I was using a SG as my main guitar, I would go for a used Gibson. The Epi pups, tuners and switches are simply not as good as Gibsons or even some other foreign made guitars.

My G-400 has Grover tuners stock :shrug: so your information sucks. No they are not a Gibson, but my G-400 was $299 new the hard ware is completely solid as is the build. The only bad thing is the stock pickups. which is easily fixed ;) And I own/have owned some great USA made guitars

T00DEEPBLUE 01-09-2013 08:40 PM

Why not get a Prophecy SG that already has EMG's?

LP1951 01-09-2013 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Robbgnarly
...your information sucks...


If you are trying to infer that an Epi is as good as a Gibson then your comment applies to you. The pups, hardware and electronics on an Epi are simply not as good as a Gibson.

Robbgnarly 01-09-2013 08:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by LP1951
If you are trying to infer that an Epi is as good as a Gibson then your comment applies to you. The pups, hardware and electronics on an Epi are simply not as good as a Gibson.

Well if you read my comment, I don't say Epi's are as good as Gibson, but they are not bad guitars either. But but the Grover tuners on my G-400 are better than any stock Gibson tuners which are rebranded Grover 12:1 and my Epi came with grover 18:1 stock :shrug:

T00DEEPBLUE 01-09-2013 08:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by LP1951
If you are trying to infer that an Epi is as good as a Gibson then your comment applies to you. The pups, hardware and electronics on an Epi are simply not as good as a Gibson.

Actually, Epiphones come with very nice hardware.

deadsmileyface 01-09-2013 11:04 PM

I love my G-400 PRO. Just got it, but I can tell I won't be getting rid of it anytime soon.

peskypesky 01-09-2013 11:26 PM

i've really been pleasantly surprised with the Epi SG's i've played in GC. which is why buying one is in my near future

i'm leaning towards the 50th Anniversary 1961 Reissue because I want P90s and because it has a bound neck. but i'm also considering a G-400.

Charvel1995 01-09-2013 11:47 PM

I swear, every thread related to someone buying an Epiphone turns into someone bitching about another person's opinion on the guitar. It's not a Gibson. Who the **** cares?

@LP1951 The hardware on upper end Epiphone guitars is great stuff. Just because it isn't a Gibson, doesn't mean that it can't have hardware that's comparable to a Gibson.

peskypesky 01-10-2013 02:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Charvel1995
I swear, every thread related to someone buying an Epiphone turns into someone bitching about another person's opinion on the guitar. It's not a Gibson. Who the **** cares?


this

Gerard_xD 01-10-2013 04:01 AM

I had an SG400 and I really disliked it. I traded it in the other week.

It's really light, it doesn't feel like a 'real' guitar to me, haha.

danvwman 01-10-2013 04:20 AM

I had a epi SG400 for a while and thought it sucked , I will NEVER buy a epi(or a Gibson) ever again, the neck was weak and set wrong in the body, which the last part can only be found after trying to set it up after buying it. And the pups sounded like crap and howled when I turned my amp over 4 . The unfourtunate thing was this was the first Epi/Gibson that the neck felt good to me. I have tried over 50.

For the money you would b e better off finding a used Schecter s1, way better guitar IMHO in build quality and hardware the stock duncan pups are fine hb102s most likely and really a lot cooler looking. In my area a good used one with a case is around $300 to 400


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