SG Special review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (550 votes)
Epiphone: SG Special

Price paid: € 200

Purchased from: Ad-Lib music

Sound — 7
Considering the price and rather cheap sounding pickups the overall sound it pretty decent. I play mostly rock and metal and hte guitar responds well. This guitar gives quite a wide range of sound considering it's limited tonal features the sound is decent to say the least, maybe not a guitar for a pro but excellent for any beginner up to intermediate players.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall a good quality very well priced guitar, perfect for beginners but a solid guitar for any player. Required some minor adjustment but mostly you can just plug n' play. Would recommend as a first guitar for anyone and if stolen would replace with another special or if the budget allow a possible upgrade to a G-310 or 400. Good sound, great looks all round excellent value for money.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I don't gig with this guitar but it seems to be standing up well to quite a lot of punishment. Having been dropped and knocked more than a few times the finish is still in excellent condition, no major noticeable marks or scratches. The hardware hasn't corroded or rusted and the tuners hold tune reasonably well, a minor adjustment every so often but nothing major. Overall seems to be holding up well and should last a long time.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I bought the guitar first the action was set marginally too low and gave fret buzz on the 6th string, this was no major problem a few minutes work and the action was set to a more comfortable and usable height. All the wiring and electronic components worked fine, pickups were ok and no real buzz from switches or pots. Finish was flawless and hardware all worked fine.

Features — 8
Made in China, not sure of the year. 22 fret bolt on maple neck with Dot inlays on a laminated Adler body finished in ivory. The entry level SG so two cheap sounding open coil pickups with one two controls, one tone, one volume. Comes with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and reasonable quality non-locking tuners.

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    Zeppelin_31 wrote: Ok, there's a huge difference between a Gibson and an Epiphone. One is good quality, and the other is crap. Why do you think they're half price to the real thing?
    well your also paying to have Gibson on top of your guitar too...
    Pretty awesome guitar, fast neck, and the pickups are good for the price
    I got this guitar for christmas, 8 months later i'm playing shows at 11 years old with nearly 1 thousand fans. This guitar is unbelievable! I dont care what you think but this is the best guitaqr ever! go ahead and shove my words right back down my neck, it wont change a thing