Price paid: $ 570
Purchased from: Buzz Music
Sound — 8
I play Black Sabbath and my own music so this guitar suits that well. I don't use it much anymore, it is now a backup guitar. The amp I use with this is a Laney GH50L 4X12 cabinet. A Korg AX10G Effects Processor handles all the effects that I use such as delays and chorus effects. I also use a Vox Brit Boost and a Zakk Wylde Wah. This guitar actually surprised me with the sound capabilities. The pickups in this guitar are actually pretty good. A little muddy but not too bad.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a good match for the music I play. It seems to be really good for clean tones so that is what I use it for now. I leave the heavy songs for my Gibson Tony Iommi SG. I have been playing for 6 years now and own a few SGs, 2 Epiphone, 2 Gibson SGs and 1 J&D SG. If it were lost or stolen I probably would get another one or maybe the G-400 Vintage. The only thing I hate about it is that the colour shows up all the fingerprints, but that's just what you get I suppose. I did compare this to a Standard Gibson SG but it was a little out of my price range at the time.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Well this guitar isn't used for live playing it is the backup. The hardware dose seem like it will last. The strap buttons are very solid. I think this guitar will be around as long as me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up fine from the factory. The action was low just how I like it and the pickups were exactly where I would want them. The guitar did not contain any flaws whotsoever.
Features — 9
The G-400 features a classic double cutaway shape with 2 humbuckers, chrome hardware, 24.75" scale, Mahogany neck and body, and Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoidal inlays.