#1
I have an SG G-400 I play very often. I bought the guitar for a pretty cheap price and honestly for the price I'm in love with it. It looks great and feels great to play. I've been considering doing some mods and upgrades for a while now, one thing I'd like it to change the tuning pegs to match those of the Gibson (they're kinda green looking) and mainly to switch the pickups. I've written a good amount of music with this guitar and generally I do clean parts and some parts with a good amount of distortion. I don't know too much about pickups as I tend to just use stock pickups unless they're horrid. Are there any pickups that are would serve me well for both clean and dirty? Also, if anyone out there has a G-400, any cool mods you've made to it? I really do love this guitar and would love to clean it up nice so it plays and looks even better
#2
Also got some EMG hz lying around. Are those better than stock g400 so I can use in the mean time? I know people dislike the hz's but they're not absolutely horrible
#3
What kind of stuff do you want to play with the modded axe? What's your budget?
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#4
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What kind of stuff do you want to play with the modded axe? What's your budget?
I generally play prog metal kind of stuff like Polyphia, Sithu Aye, and Nick Johnston to give a bit of an idea. Budget isn't terribly tight. Ideally I'd prob like to stay near 200 for a set..the less I can pay the better of course.
#5
OK. Here are some options for a $200 total budget.

BRIDGE/ /NECK
Lace Alumitone Deathbucker/ /Lace Alumitone Deathbucker
Lace Alumitone Deathbucker/ /Lace Alumitone HB
Lace Alumitone HB/ /Lace Alumitone HB
Railhammer Chisel/ /Railhammer Chisel
Railhammer Chisel/ /Railhammer HyperVintage
Railhammer Chisel/ /Railhammer Billy Corgan Humcutter*
Railhammer Chisel/ /Railhammer Nuevo 90 Humcutter
Railhammer HyperVintage/ /Railhammer HyperVintage
Railhammer HyperVintage/ /Railhammer Nuevo 90 Humcutter
Railhammer Billy Corgan Humcutter/ /Railhammer Billy Corgan Humcutter
Kiesel KL12B/ /Kiesel KL12N
Kiesel M22T-1/ /Kiesel M22N-1
Kiesel M22SD-1/ /Kiesel M22N-1


* "Humcutter" is Railhammer's term for noiseless HB-sized P90s
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#6
I have a 2014 Epi SG G400 faded. I'm like you...I love the way this guitar feels/plays and for the price I paid for it I could fumble it down two flights of concrete steps into a fire pit and it wouldn't break my heart. That being said, I replaced the stock Epi electronics with pickups/pots/switch from a 2015 Gibson SGJ (61 classic zebra pickups and the "circuit board" style pots/switch). For what I play (classic rock / AC DC etc.) it really woke it up. It did take a little bit of dremel routing of the cavity to get the Gibson bits to fit, but nothing drastic. Far as the Grover tuners go, I have no urge to replace them. The guitar stays in tune well so IMO swapping them out for anything else would be a lateral move at best (unless you prefer the look of the Gibson tuners better...then game on.) I've got less than $500 total invested into this guitar and IMO it sounds / plays just as good as the "real deal" Gibson SG.