Vintage G-400 review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (125 votes)
Epiphone: Vintage G-400
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Purchased from: Musician's Friend

Sound — 10
I play all rock music and it fits the style great. I just have a really crappy 10 watt Crate practice amp and it sounds surprisingly good through it. I also use a Marshall Jackhammer overdrive/distoriton pedal. It has a very full or rich sound to it and not too bright. It can give you a great sound for anything from today's rock to AC/DC or Kiss.

Overall Impression — 9
Like I said, I play all rock and it is a great match. I have played for almost 2 years and the only other guitar I have is a Yamaha pacifica, and this guitar blows it out of the water. If it were stolen, I would get an Epiphone Les Paul Standard just because I haven't owned a les paul yet. I wish it had a cooler design on the headstock, came with a hardcase (probably a little too much to ask for with a $300 guitar). Overall a great guitar for the price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I would play it live without a backup. The hardware will last a lifetime and then some it seems like. I replaced the strap buttons with the schaller locking ones. The finish is never going anywhere. I think I could definitely depend on it. It is a very solid guitar, probably more than other guitars a little more expensive.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was really high on it and there was some fret buzz because it had been shipped in hot weather, but that was easy to fix with a little set up at a shop. I had to adjust the pickups a little bit but not much. There were a couple of spots on the left side of the neck about half the size of a dime or so where lacquer (sp) had been spilled but it wasn't very noticeable unless you were looking for it. Everyting else was fine. I love the finish. It looks so Vintage because of the satin finish, and also the aged frets look amazing. It looks so much better than in the pictures on the internet.

Features — 9
It was made in November 2005 in Korea. It has 22 fret jumbo rosewood frets. It has a mahogany body, a mahogany single piece set neck. It is an SG body style. The finish is a worn satin finish. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge and passive electronics. It has a volume and tone knob for the neck and bridge pickups and a 3 way pickup selector. It obviously just has a neck and bridge pickup, which are both Alnico V's. It has non-locking grover tuners and includes a crappy cable that's small.

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sampz
    im thinking of buying this for my bday.it sounds good and the only bad review out of them is by a guy who plays punk and metal (which i think sucks).
    hendrixmusicman
    they're not really original, they're just combinations of older guitars from gibson. and the first review, made in nashville? no. it's made in korea and i beleive it's assembled in america. if its made AND assembled in nashville, you have a gibson.
    angusyoung_sg
    ya so when i bought the guitar i played the floor model and they gave me the one in the back that was still in the box (never been played). right on the box it said MADE IN NASHVILLE, TN. i was like sweet and i never put it down since
    angusyoung_sg
    oh ya and my truss rod cover says SG on it instead of GIBSON. witch i have researched and it seem that only the gibson SG's say that on the truss rod cover. and also i opend up the back the other day and after looking closely i noticed that the tone/volume/input jack all say Gibson on them. anlso my price was in Canadian Dollars being as i am from Canada
    im_bored
    im planning on getting this, but im not sure if the frets are to big or not, im 11 almost 12
    RickyDude
    Got myself one of these about 4 months ago and it sure is worth the cash Though i figure it must be a knakered shop demo or something cause the metal disc on the tone knobs come off once and the pickups are screwing up a bit... guess i should get it looked at =P
    hop_goblin
    this guitar is just as good as a gibson, except maybe on the sound, but i would definitally recomend it. I lvoe the look it has....i have a cherry finish
    mjj4
    mrsi : can epiphone not make an original guitar, all they do is copy off gibson
    do you know anything?? epiphone are the licensed copies of gibson, they ONLY make gibson replicas, not like "vintage" or someone who copies everyone... idiot
    mjj4
    hop_goblin : this guitar is just as good as a gibson, except maybe on the sound, but i would definitally recomend it. I lvoe the look it has....i have a cherry finish
    mate ive played the gibbo version and the epi, they are VERY different, its not just the sound
    harlan42
    buy this guitar, put a gibson 496r and a 500t in it and you'll have a fukn screamer. I guarantee. And all for less than $600.
    cjagstang
    I think some people are confusing this with the Gibson Vintage SG if the prices paid are any idication...