#1
How are Epiphone SG specials, I'll be using it as a beginner guitar.

It seems lot's of people love them, but lots of people also hate them.


Edit: Rofl funny vid about SG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWbgBWWAtAs&feature=related
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#3
As a beginner guitar, it's pretty solid. Pickups are kind iffy, and some get knocked out of tune real easy, but overall the best guitar for the money IMO.

I've had mine for almost two years, and I have not experienced a single problem at all. I'd recommend fixing it up a bit, because it's not the best guitar out there. Some better pickups are nice, and maybe some Grover tuners too.
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As a beginner guitar, it's pretty solid. Pickups are kind iffy, and some get knocked out of tune real easy, but overall the best guitar for the money IMO.

I've had mine for almost two years, and I have not experienced a single problem at all. I'd recommend fixing it up a bit, because it's not the best guitar out there. Some better pickups are nice, and maybe some Grover tuners too.



How long will it stay in-tune? I don't mind tuning every day. But will it stay in tune while I'm playing?

And getting new tuners will keep it in tune better?

Also should I get it set up after I buy the guitar?
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#5
they're good guitars for beginners but i'd recommend saving a little more and getting an Epiphone G400 Custom

Costs a bit more,but its ALOT better
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#6
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they're good guitars for beginners but i'd recommend saving a little more and getting an Epiphone G400 Custom

Costs a bit more,but its ALOT better



I'm just trying to get my footing here on the world electric guitars.
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#7
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How long will it stay in-tune? I don't mind tuning every day. But will it stay in tune while I'm playing?


Depends on the actual guitar itself. Mine can hold a tune for a while, but any large amount of ridiculous bends will throw almost any guitar out of tune.

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And getting new tuners will keep it in tune better?


Maybe, depends on which ones you get. Personally, I just like grovers, which is why I recommended them.

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Also should I get it set up after I buy the guitar?


You should set up any guitar after you buy it, but you might not have to depending on personal preference. Wouldn't hurt though.
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#8
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You're much better off with the G310, they're not much more coin but play significantly better.

No, he's really not. It's still quite subpar.
Get at least the G-400 vintage.
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No, he's really not. It's still quite subpar.
Get at least the G-400 vintage.



I don't have the money for that, sadly.
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I'm just trying to get my footing here on the world electric guitars.



how much are you wanting to spend?
and have you already got an amp? if not how much are you wanting to spend on that?

might be able to recommend some things in your price range
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#11
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how much are you wanting to spend?
and have you already got an amp? if not how much are you wanting to spend on that?

might be able to recommend some things in your price range



I'm going to take a look at a used SG special tomorrow, it comes with a Fender 15G, $180CAD for all.
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What's your top range?
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#13
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What's your top range?



Pretty low, it's 230.

But it seems I'm probably going to get the SG
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It will work good as a first guitar, get it!



Is there a big difference between the Special and G-310? Because I've played a G-310 before, and I loved it.
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#16
Well, one's plywood the other is alder.
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#17
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Well, one's plywood the other is alder.



What does laminated Alder/Maple mean? Fake wood?
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#18
You would be alot better off with a plain old G-400.Nice solid guitar,with fairly cheap hardware.The big difference is the G-400 has a set neck,whilst the G-310 and special both have bolt on necks.Some see that as a good thing,but IMO any Gibson style guitar really should be a set neck.The reason the special and G-310 use bolt on's is that it is alot cheaper to build.
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#19
Spare yourself of the abomination of the SG Special. If you want a beginner electric guitar, a Squire would be better. Maybe see if you can get one of these used:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=510422
It's a standard, not the Affinity. I have the affinity, but it gets a lot of crap around here, so that's why I'm suggesting the standard. Maybe I got a good one. Although, I don't know how much better the standard is compared.
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#20
Bolt on neck. Don't get it. The rest is just preference (dot inlays, no pickguard, open coil pickups etc. I think the neck might be maple rather than mahogany as well.) but the neck joint is not great. If you want a beginners guitar, get a cheap strat copy. If you want an SG, get the G-400. Save up if you have to. But don't get the SG special.
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#21
epiphone specials cost too much for the guitar that they are. get a used squier with a humbucker instead, or yamaha pacifica if u want value
It's all about feel
#22
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epiphone specials cost too much for the guitar that they are. get a used squier with a humbucker instead, or yamaha pacifica if u want value



I'm getting one for $100 CAD, they sell $235CAD new.
I've played my friends old Yamaha pacifica, it's not the greatest in the range.
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#23
The SG special isnt all that great, made out of a cheaper piece of wood which costs them about $40 to make and thats max. ultimatly i think you would be better off with a G310 or G400 as they are pretty solid if you find one you like the feel of

Good luck buddy
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#24
Hey hey now! What's with all the SG Special bashing? It's not as bad is it seems. Just fix it up if you have to.
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#25
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Hey hey now! What's with all the SG Special bashing? It's not as bad is it seems. Just fix it up if you have to.


Oh ya, how long does your SG special stay in tune? Does it go out of tune during a song, or do you have to re-tune it everyday.
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