#1
so i was at the pawn shop today and an sg arrived. They were wanting $230. I ask you guys would a mint cond Epi SG be worth this much. I dont know exact yr model type, but it has that wood finish. like if its not painted and its just wood. sorry i dont know the official name for the finish. Also I dont have experience with gibson/Epi so can the pickups be switched out for some new good pickups. any help would be appreciated asap cuz im gonna go take another look at it tommorow.
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#2
if it's an elitist, grab it. those go for alot more and are near gibson standard quality. if its just a standard epi, it doesn't sound liek a bad deal, but you might be able to do better.
#3
Natural maybe?
And yeah, i think the price is good. List prices for those are 250+. (for the cheaper ones, the g-400's list price is 400$)
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#4
so do i buy it?
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#6
i only tried it out for a few mins, cuz i was out for lunch from work. tommorow ill mess with it more and see how it feels.
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if it's an elitist, grab it. those go for alot more and are near gibson standard quality. if its just a standard epi, it doesn't sound liek a bad deal, but you might be able to do better.

I don't think it's an elitist, the price for elitist les pauls and casinos and sgs and such are over (NINE THOUSAAAND!) 1000 dollars.

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i only tried it out for a few mins, cuz i was out for lunch from work. tommorow ill mess with it more and see how it feels.


Ok man, good luck with that.
#8
No, I got my SG new out of the box for $275.

But they are nice guitars
Go to a local shop?
#9
sg elistists go for 600-800$ used usually. at least since they stopped making them. i got one for 500 cause it was beat up. the natural finish makes me think it might be an elitist. i've never seen an epi standard sg in that colour, but i know they make the elitists with it. i can easily imagine a pawn shop owner seeing the name epiphone but not being discerning enough to notice whether its an elitist or not, so it could be a great buy.
#10
I wouldn't touch it.

Firstly, you don't know the year. This is very important. If it was made more than two years ago, it'll be a mahogany/alder body, with every other part also being cheaper and lower-quality. If it was made within the last two years it'll be a solid mahogany body, with better quality hardware. Obviously, you're going to want the 'proper' body and the better hardware, right? So you need to make sure it's a newer Epi.

As far as model goes, two basic questions to answer:

1) Is it a set or bolt-on neck? If it's a bolt-on then it's a G-310, which is a horrible guitar (even the newer ones). If it's a set neck, it's likely a G-400 variation.

2) When you say it has a 'natural' finish, do you mean literally bare wood, or is it more of a dull, dusky brown colour? Epi make the G-400 Faded in Worn Brown that looks quite similar to natural mahogany though a touch darker and a tiny bit less red. If it's that, it's very common, and you can find them cheaper than the price you've been quoted. It could also be the Special Limited Edition, which is an awful guitar - you can tell if it's this or not by checking the pickguard. If it has no pickguard, then it's the Special, and should be avoided like the plague. If it's an actual natural wood finish, then it's been refinished by a previous owner, as no Epiphone SG has ever been released with a natural wood finish. If so then again, I'd stay away from it. You don't know what else has been done to it, if it was professionally refinished or not.




Or, to put it another way; no matter what it is, it's not worth that price.
#11
thanks for the info guys im gonna play the guitar tommorow and take a better look at it. also ask a few questions about it. Ill see if i can secretly take a pic of it and post it here.
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#12
Heres an example of a serial number
U8034853
U = Unsung, (Made in Korea)
8 = 1998,
03 = March,
4853 = manufacturing number
#13
I wouldn't do it.
Ask yourself why they would sell it if it was so good?
Pawn Shops often sell guitars that will just break. (or already have a problem)
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#14
It could just be a G400 in worn brown finish.

If thats the case you could probably buy one new for like $20 extra.
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#16
I would probably just go to guitar center and buy a new one for like 250ish, I got mine for like 280...
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#17
I personally love SGs. But post a picture. Do you mean it's unfinished, as in without the glossy lacquer, or do you mean it simply looks like wood?
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