#1
Whats the general "unbiased" UG opinion on the epiphone G-400?
im interested in the build quality as ive seen some pretty shoddy epi's.

can the stock pups handle high gain applications?
i plan on doing a swap to either a JB/59 combo, or a similar set of dimarzios once i get money again.
#2
if you're going to put expansive pups in it, why not just get a better guitar that already has better pups in it. Assuming your going to pay 200 bucks for 'em. You might want to consider that. But i know someone who has it and it looked pretty nice and not cheap at all. Haven't played it though so dont value my opinion on this matter too much.
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#3
I loved my G400.

Great guitar for the £100 I picked mine up for.

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#5
im wanting to get an SG style guitar for cheap. (looking to spend under 250 USD) because itll be a learning guitar for me to mod.
ill change the pups, and eventually tuners, jack location to the side of the body, probably add an EMG boost switch (the PA2, i believe)
#6
I didn't like the G400 I played(heavy, sounded really muddy, huge sticky-feeling neck and felt sorta awkward for me, though I usually play V-style so that could account for it) but everyone here likes them so I can only assume the one I played was a dud, plus a pickup swap should fix the tonal issue.
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#7
is there much of a difference between the G-400 SG and the Worn G-400 SG other than the finish?
i have rather large hands, so a thick neck doesnt bother me.
i have an esp/ltd ec-1000 and i LOVE the neck on it. how does this neck compare?
#8
I love the thick neck better my friend. The finish is more comfortable as I too find the gloss finished G400 to be sticky. Other than that they are the same.
#9
the pickups are absolute crap for anything like palm muting....other then that they have some good harmonic response and are really hot
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#10
Other than crap pickups, as most all factory pickups are "crap" in someone's opinion, is there anything i should look for in buying a used G-400?
is there such a difference between the chinese made and Korean made guitars, quality wise, that i should steer clear of chinese ones if i find a deal?

thanks for all your help so far, UGers, and please keep the wisdom coming!
#11
Go for a 2nd hand Korean one.

I love Korean made Epiphones.

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#13
i love my G-400, it handles high gain stuff pretty well, if you tweek the EQ on your amp a bit. good neck, comfortable, only downside is the huge neckdive
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#14
I've got a "Custom Shop" with stock Emgs. 81-85

I use 52-11 for standard and Drop-C sharp.
It does high gain stuff with ease.

I found the it to be a little neck heavy, but I changed the balance by moving the strap button on the body. Some players act like moving it is a cardinal sin. It's very easy to get it to rest where you want it to.

It is a great guitar for my needs, but a Gibson SG Special in fair condition
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Go for a 2nd hand Korean one.

I love Korean made Epiphones.

My Korean Lp-100 plays like a dream.

btw...Some 90's Korean epi lps have Gibson truss covers...so dont let it scare you away.
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#15
I wasn't a fan of the neck shape and thickness but that's just me.

Check the electronics to make sure everythings working.
My old G-400 had a screwy solder job and the neck pickup wouldn't work at times.
Simple fix, but it was still an annoying issue

The neckdive is terrible and one of the reasons I try to avoid recommending them to people, especially when trying to play faster music. (Not saying that it's impossible, the neck dive just complicates playing fast rhythms a bit too much for my preference.)

The stock pickups are just terrible and muddy as hell in my opinion. I compared them to some cheap Ibanez stock pups and the Ibanez ones sounded clearer to me.
I could hear a massive clarity difference between the SDs in my Edwards and the stock pups in the Epi through just my shitty Spider.
#16
I have the 1966 G-400. For the price you're paying, it's a very good quality guitar. I would recommend getting it used to save yourself a bit of cash on it, but it won't disappoint for the price. Really fat neck though, lol.

Like someone else said, if you plan on dropping like $200 for pickups then I'd recommend just getting a high quality guitar. Though the 1966 G400 has really quality build; it might be worth swapping the pickups to have a near-Gibson quality to it. The regular G400 didn't seem like it was built as well, or with as good quality materials.
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#17
Evil-BAY is my friend.
i wont drop near $200 for a set of pickups.
i'm mainly looking for an Sg style guitar as a beater/companion guitar, since i wont trust my ec-1000 in a gig bag and i love the feel of an SG.
#18
I ****ing love my G-400 but the stock pickups were pretty muddy and the soldering job on my output jack sucked but once I dropped in better pups and touched up the jack it's been a ****ing dream. If you're already planing on swapping out electronics then so long as you like the feel I can't recommend it enough.
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#19
The best advice I can give on that guitat is to stay far, far away. I've never played one that wasn't complete shit for the price - unfinished and unlevel/dead frets, falling apart solder jobs, hardware that breaks (The tone knob on the one I used to have literally fell apart).

They can be okay on a rare occasion, but they usually take a lot of maintenance. The only instance in which I would suggest a G400 is if someone really liked the way the neck felt.
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#20
Quote by Tom 1.0
Go for a 2nd hand Korean one.

I love Korean made Epiphones.

kind of "this" and kind of not.

i think you'd be better off going for a 1990s korean epi. i have 3 korean epis, my 1998 sheraton and 1999 G-400 custom are a lot better than their chinese made counterparts, but my 2004 G-400 is no better than any of the newer chinese made models - it's kind of a transition model between chinese and korean because it has grovers like the chinese epis but it was made in korea.

^i guess i was quite lucky not to have any fret problems with any of mine, because that's quite a common complaint with epiphones in general but not one i've seen too frequently.

the only gripe i have with epiphone SGs is the general instability of the neck - accidental neck-vibrato... and of course the infamous neck-dive. you have to treat them very differently in order to avoid these things but you can get used to them.
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