Price paid: A$ 599.99
Purchased from: Guitarparadise
Sound — 8
I play mostly blues and classic rock and the SG seems to suit my style perfectly, handling most things I play. I'm currently using an RMS G80 with it, but have played through many other amps with it, generally having gain at 12 o'clock - 3 o'clock. The guitar can go from smooth, mellow sort of sounds to bright crunches easily, it's tone knobs are surprisingly sensitive, I was impressed by this. I've played things from Johnny Cash to Megadeth on it and it handles it all pretty well, the cleans on it aren't the best, but I can still cope with it.
Overall Impression — 8
As I said before, I play blues-rock mostly and the G-400 really suits it. I've been playing for three years and have only own crappy little eBay guitars before this, but have played various others (Ibanez, B.C. Rich, Gibson, Magnum, Aria etc.) and all in all this guitar seems to hold it's own pretty well. If it was stolen I'd probably get something else, not because I dislike the guitar, but because I'm after another sound. I love how easy it is to access the fret board and how light it is. I hate the fact that it's neck heavy, but beggers can't be choosers. From the other products I compared it to this is definitely one of the best in the price range. This guitar will always have a special place in my heart.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The guitar has withstood a year of my playing, so it can't be that bad. However my main problem is that since the body is so light the guitar is neck heavy. I've dropped it several times and contrary to popular belief the neck didn't break. Hell, the neck seems Bullet proof, however the body has been dented a little. The strap bolt near the neck is definitely the one you have to watch for, not that the bolts bad, but as I said, neck heavy. I'd gig it without a backup in a second, not a problem.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I first got it the action was painfully low, just about every note was accompanied by fret buzz. Once I raised the action it was great though. The pickups were adjusted fine till I decided "No, I think I'll have to change it" and even after I messed around with the pickups heights it still wasn't to bad. Aside from the action I have absolutely no problems with it's set up at all.
Features — 8
I'm fairly sure it's one of the new models built in Korea, not entirely sure of the year. It has 22 frets and 24.75" scale, with a mahogany neck and body, rosewood fretboard and a cherry finish. It has the double cutaway SG style body, two humbucker pickups made by Gibson, a three way selector with two tone and two volume controls and Grover tuners. I also was given an Epiphone hardcase with my purchase.