Price paid: $ 345.87
Purchased from: MacCormaks Glasgow
Sound — 10
When i first bought the G-310 I was playing in a punk band playing traditional 4 chords fun music, the musics changed to a more metal feel but the guitar hasn't. The G-310 suits pretty much any style thats thrown at it. It sounds as good overdriven as does clean, however it lacks something in the bridge possition clean but the neck pickup makes up flly for this. My amp set up currently is a Peavy studio amp from arround 1993 with a Marshal Guvnor distortion pedal and through this the SG sounds superb. With the seperate volume pots a variety of effects can be used esecially if other effects pedals are used alongside the guitar allowin eve n novice guitarists to pull off Tom Morrello style noises. All in all its a great sounding guitar.
Overall Impression — 10
The G-310 suits most musical styles and can acomodate the novice guitarist to the expert and for the price of arround 200 nobody should complain because you're getting a quality guiatr for a fraction of the price it should be. When I bought this guitar I went out with every intention of buying an Epi Les Paul but was blow away with both the price and playability of the G-310. I would recommend this guitar to anybody looking for a guitar to play punk, metal, rock, blues and almost any kind of guiatr based music.
Reliability & Durability — 6
As I've not had the chance to showcase this guitar live as my band arent playing live yet im going on what I would think if we were playing gigs. The G-310 does seem like it would withstand a live performance but with all SG style guitars the G-310 does suffer from tuning problems (i.e. keeping the tunning while string bending and the like) the other problem I've encountered is the finish isnt that strong as I have dented the guiatr and chiped some of the paint affecting the sound of the guiatr while playinvg without an amp. But aside from that the G-310 is a realtively sturdy guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Don't really know much of the technical stuff so I'm gonna say yeah here.
Features — 10
The G-310 is basically just a stripped down version of the G-400. It has 22 frets the pickups aren't covered and wont be as good as the Gibson pickups that come with most other Epi's. It's a case of traditional Gibson pickup set up as usual (which means HH to the uneducated) each pickup also has its own seperate volume and tone pot and the standard treble and rythmn selecter. One of the most interesting things I've noticed while messing around with the guitar is the ability to turn off one of the pickups allowing you to pull off Tom Morrello style effects (think the octave solo fom Wake Up). The G-310 breaks tradition in some way from the more conventional SG in that the neck is a bolt on and not the more common thru neck you find on SG's. The bridge as with most Gibson style guitars is Tune-o-matic but the machine heads are not the more common plastic as Epiphone have opted to put metal tunning pegs on the guitar.