#1
I have an original Epiphone Genesis that I absolutely love, and about $350 saved up to put upgrades on it (tuners, bridge, pickups, etc.) I was looking at eBay and reverb and I can get a genuine Gibson sg or les Paul double cut for $700. I would pick the Epiphone without question of it wasn't so heavy (12+ lbs.) It is so heavy in fact it bent the handle of the hardshell case I carry it in. It's like 3 les pauls. So what should I do: Gibson les Paul doublecut special, sg special, or upgrade the Epiphone Genesis? Thanks in advance.
#3
Well 3 Les Pauls would be about 27lbs
But if the Epi is too heavy then get something lighter.If you like the Epi and its weight then it's up to you really.As said above the Gibby would hold its value better.Epi upgrades are only worth it if you're going to keep it and you love the guitar and the weight is'nt an issue.
#4
I'd go for the Gibson. Super heavy guitars don't inspire play..and frankly I think a Gibson is going to be a guitar you'll feel like holding onto longer and maintaining, if you're like me. I tend to treat cheaper guitars disposably
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#5
Another vote to try and get a real Gibson vs dumping money into an Epiphone. Sure, the Epiphone can be a great instrument with some upgrades, but understand that you will see minimal, if any value increase on it after sinking upgrade funds into it (High end pickups can help a bit), whereas a Gibson tends to hold it's value (That is, if you leave it stock/retain the original parts if you make mods to it). Plus, there's nothing you can really do about the weight of your Epi, unless you were to turn it into a project guitar, and gut the body for some weight relief. You'd have to DIY this if you wanted to keep it cheap.

On another note, The SG, and the LP double-cut are 2 different beasts. Go w/the LP if you want a Gibson version of what you have at the moment.
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#6
I think I'd first consider the "upgrades" you want to put on the Genesis. Tuners and bridge usually aren't necessary and don't do much. Pickups are a different story.

I'm not all that sold on the whole "real Gibson" thing -- you'll probably end up wanting to replace exactly the same hardware on the Gibson that you do on the Genesis, and that can easily include the pickups as well. Nothing all that great about a $700 Gibson, honestly.

The weight of the Genesis can actually pay off in sustain and sound (for all the same reasons that people went looking for discontinued Les Pauls in the '60's), so don't let that put you off unless you simply can't handle it.
#7
i would go gibson. thats just me. i have five at the moment and two on the lower end and quite enjoy them. as far as modding the Epi goes, only do it if you want to keep it for a very long time, as you are going to take a hit.

as far as gibson hardware and tuners go, i am not aware of a problem.

as far as pickups go, that is a opinion thing as well. i will say that the 490t is quite uninspiring though.

i would go gibson, but it is a personal thing.
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#8
If you love the way the Epi plays, and the weight doesn't bother you too much, mod it.

If you have the $$$ and the Epi's mass is getting to you, go Gibson...or something else. There's a lot of guitars out there.
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#9
I love the Gibson SG i picked up for $400 (before the faded lines). I put EMG's in it, touched up the nut, filed a little bit of a couple of frets, and its been very good to me. plays well, holds tuning well, doesn't have neck dive, great guitar.

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