SG Special review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (550 votes)
Epiphone: SG Special

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Sound — 9
The sound is pretty nice, with the equipment I use with it. I mainly use it on treble, to me the rhythm is just too flat sounding. My amp is a Rogue GS-100. So the amp is half of the sound, so it might make a difference, I haven't really played it on too many other amps. Anyway, on treble is nice and rich sounding, it's great for rock, metal, and punk. I play in a metal/punk band and this guitar suits me fine.

Overall Impression — 9
I think that this is a great guitar for the price, if your willing to spend more money, you can get a lot a way better guitar, but if your a penny pincher like myself, it's great. I play metal and punk like I stated, and it just fits in there and sounds great with the style. Some other effects that I use on it that sound really good are: Boss Metal Zone, a Dane-Electro Super Chorus and a Washburn Wah. They all sound really good with it. One thing that I really would like it to have is a volume knob for reach pick-up, because you can do a really cool effect with that.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Heres were this guitar suits me best. When I use it at shows it gets covered in sweat, it holds up nice with jumping. I did have to put some strap locks on, but that was the straps fault. I've had it for about a year now, and there isn't any bow or hump in the neck at all, that was the problem with my old guitar, it got a hump in its neck. The finish is still in mint condition, it does get finger prints on it, but I haven't had any flakes or chips yet, which is surpising from the use it, and some hits that it gets.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
One problem that really sticks out with me is the typically Epiphone problem: the tuning pegs arn't that great. As of right now, the only one that is really that big of a deal is the G string, it's really stiff. I didn't have any flaws from the Factory, but on Musicians Friend, some of it's reviews said that it had some damages. It's just something to look out for.

Features — 8
I bought this as a pack because I needed a new guitar really bad and I didn't have much money. I figured this would be something I would use until I got enough money, but this guitar is really nice for the price. It came with a gig bag, the gig bag isn't really that great, it has a small pocket and that's about it. The little 10 watt amp that came with is pretty good for practicing on, it has a nice tone to it. It comes in two finishes; cherry and ebony. It has 22 frets, 2 pickups, one volume knob, one tone knob, and your rhythm/treble switch. All in all, beginners or just looking for a decent guitar for the price, this is the one.

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    This guitar is a good beginner guitar, but nothing else. People who compare this to the gibson... I mean come on!! This is a cheap imitation. Although it is very good for its price, and good for a beginner, i dont think it should be used for anything else.