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Old 02-01-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Epiphone SG G-400

I am aware that this is a very popular guitar and I'm sure there has been many other threads on it, but I had some of my own questions.

This will be the first guitar that I have bought other than the one I've had for ages which I am actually embarrassed to mention the name of . I've tried this guitar at guitar center and liked how it felt and its sound. The negative things I have to say about it is that it is very top heavy and I'm so used to having the guitar input on the side of the guitar instead of on the face of it.

A few questions I have for people who use or have used this guitar:

1. Does the "top-heaviness" affect your playing and is it bothersome?
2. I'm starting up a grunge/punk-ish band (hate me all you want), does it even really matter what kind of guitar you use for this style of music? Don't get me wrong, I do play all kinds of music, but that is just what our band is aiming for.
3. Is having a guitar input on the face bothersome, especially since I'm used to having it on the side?
4. Lastly, I'm looking to pay no more than $500 on a new guitar, do you think this guitar is my best bet or would you recommend any others?

Thanks for your input!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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For grunge/punk you could get a new Standard Telecaster for $500. Have you tried one of those?
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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Nope, but I'm kinda looking for something that sounds decent with all styles, if there is such a thing. But Ill look into one.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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4. Lastly, I'm looking to pay no more than $500 on a new guitar, do you think this guitar is my best bet or would you recommend any others?


You can get a used Gibson SG Studio for that amount....seen them as low as $399 on multiple occasions. Spend some time with them to see if the neck weight bias and jack location are an issue for you. Many guitarists have lived with these issues for years and don't have a problem with them.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:46 PM   #5
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i have an epiphone vintage G-400, which is pretty similar to the sg G-400. the difference is $50 and the finish. but anyways ive had it for almost 3 years and its pretty good for the value.
the "top-heaviness" is something that i got used to and it doesnt affect my playing, but it can be a little annoying, but while playing i dont notice it.
it plays pretty well for punk and is pretty versatile.
the output jack on the guitar face isnt much of a problem, i just run the cord through the gap between the guitar strap and the guitar.
for $500 id also check out some fenders.

thats just my opinion.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
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Most people will tell you, then, that for $500 a standard Stratocaster with an HSS pickup configuration is very versatile. You'll want to upgrade the pickups later on down the road but if you buy one used you'll have money left over for any upgrades you'd need.

Also, I'm gonna hazard a guess (based on your sig) that your first guitar is a Squier. No shame in that, dude.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:47 PM   #7
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Well, teles are pretty versatile. You can go from country, blues, classic rock, punk, indie, even to some hard rock. Joe Strummer used one, if that rings a bell.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:52 PM   #8
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1. There is no such guitar as the Epiphone SG G400.
2. I personally hate them.
3. Even if I didn't, you can do much better for your money.
4. If you go used, you can get much more for your money, such as a MIM strat with enough left over to change pickups, or a very nice Ibanez, or a Raven West Guitar.
5. Top-heaviness will affect your playing standing up. It takes a while to get used to. My second guitar was SG style and it took me a while. It's a pain in the ass to constantly readjust the strap which is why I know someone who moved the strap button.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:33 AM   #9
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You can get a used Gibson SG Studio for that amount....seen them as low as $399 on multiple occasions. Spend some time with them to see if the neck weight bias and jack location are an issue for you. Many guitarists have lived with these issues for years and don't have a problem with them.


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1. There is no such guitar as the Epiphone SG G400.
2. I personally hate them.
3. Even if I didn't, you can do much better for your money.
4. If you go used, you can get much more for your money, such as a MIM strat with enough left over to change pickups, or a very nice Ibanez, or a Raven West Guitar.
5. Top-heaviness will affect your playing standing up. It takes a while to get used to. My second guitar was SG style and it took me a while. It's a pain in the ass to constantly readjust the strap which is why I know someone who moved the strap button.


and this.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:38 AM   #10
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a bigger, thicker strap (especially a leather one) will help with the neck dive. more friction...and it will feel better.

get an instruemtn cable with a 90* fitting. front face solved.

the guitar will do fine for that music.

no...i think it is very possible to find a PRS SE of some sort that is without question a more quality built guitar. besides that, no there is nothing really wrong with a g-400. pretty solid eiphone SG copy.
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I'd go for a model a little above that personally. But epiphone does make some great stuff. Just get ready to pay for a fret job if you use low action and have some money ready for pickups if you plan on going with the cheap version.
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I'd go for a model a little above that personally. But epiphone does make some great stuff. Just get ready to pay for a fret job if you use low action and have some money ready for pickups if you plan on going with the cheap version.


Every Epiphone I've played that wasn't owned by a friend for a while needed a fret job.
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Every Epiphone I've played that wasn't owned by a friend for a while needed a fret job.


That tends to be the way all Les paul's or SG's are. Including Gibson's. Everyone of my Gibson's has needed fret work also. But most every guitar does these days. My epiphone wouldn't be noticeable to a lot of people but I play with low action so I couldn't take it. Had to get fret work.
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Every Epiphone I've played that wasn't owned by a friend for a while needed a fret job.

Well yeah duh. Every guitar at one point will need fret work.
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Well yeah duh. Every guitar at one point will need fret work.


...are you trying to be an idiot? Every guitar will need fret work, but does it really make sense that every single Epiphone I've tried where friends haven't already filed down the frets would need work? No. Epiphones are shoddily made. I'm just not impressed with how they finish their guitars.
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...are you trying to be an idiot? Every guitar will need fret work, but does it really make sense that every single Epiphone I've tried where friends haven't already filed down the frets would need work? No. Epiphones are shoddily made. I'm just not impressed with how they finish their guitars.

Sounded like you were referring to guitars that have been owned for sometime.
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