SG Special review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 7.4 (550 votes)
Epiphone: SG Special

Purchased from: Guitar Paradise

Sound — 8
I baught this guitar when I was fairly new and at that time I was mainly playing songs by Clapton, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and some Metallica. It seemed to handle these styles fairly well, but once again it could of been better. I played it though a Marshall MG50DFX amp and I could get a really nice acdc rock sound out of it and it does distortion suprisingly good. Also it handled blues really well. For it's price this guitar sounds excellent.

Overall Impression — 9
It handled playing my style of music fairly well but no where near as good as the Strat I own now, but for a beginner Who wants to play some tabs and get there skill level up then I'd recommend this over other beginner guitars and starter packs. Overall, it's a nice little guitar that would suit beginner guitarists or someone on a budget who wanted a decent guitar for the money.

Reliability & Durability — 7
I wouldn't play this guitar live without a second guitar handy. It doesn't play well standing up because it becomes unbalanced and the strap comes off quite a lot (this can be fixed easily though). The hardware seems of decent quality but it's certainly not a guitar to last forever, probably a few years. I haven't dropped this guitar yet or banged it and wouldnt want to even though it looks well built theres always a chance. The body doesnt have a pick guard, but from what I've noticed the finish seems pretty durable and only showed signs of wearing off after about a year or so of me playing it.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Unfortunately this guitar didn't come to me that well set up. The volume and tone knobs were loose and would come off, but I fixed that easy with a big of superglue. The action was set fairly high and I needed to adjust that, some of the hardware was lose like the washer around the jack input. The neck had a bit of overhanging wood at the pickup end and a few minor cosmetic flaws on the body. I adjusted some things and tightened up the loose screws and she was right to go though.

Features — 8
Made in Indonesia, this guitar features an SG shaped body in a very nice cherry red finnish. It has 2 Epiphone open coil humbuckers, 1 volume 1 tone 3-way switch, stop bar tailpiece with Tune-O-Matic bridge and chome hardware. It has a bolt on neck with 22 frets and a rosewood fingerboard. The neck is fairly thin and fast. It came with an Epiphone harcase, lead and allen keys. Its a nice looking, light weight, well built guitar for its money but there is certainly room for improvement.

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