Vintage G-400 review by Epiphone

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

Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: Texas Music Emporium

Sound — 9
When I got this guitar, I played simple power chords, I wanted to be like Angus and Tony Iommi. So for it's purpose it worked. That was until my drummer friend decided we should play some ungodly mixture of Acid and Black metals. Let me say this, for that purpose, it was kinda not so great, but I could blame the amp too, and my immaturity, Iw as running it through this great 2X10 Fender Princeton Chorus, that didn't quite have the gain for metal. But as I got to where I was a few months ago (when I still had it) it suited my Clapton riffs perfectly. Neck pickup with 1 or 0 tone. Woman tone heaven. Crank that bitch and get ready to jam some "Strange Brew". Bridge pickup and treble more of your thing? Alright, click it down to the bridge, get the amp on clean and you're in Liverpool. When I was naive, I cried for EMG's in this thing. But as I got older, I would've only swapped them for Gibson '57s, and even then, I'd be a bit hesitant.

Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression? Buy it, do it now. If you play classic rock of any sort, or Blues Rock even! Get it, get a Korean one, love it, cherish it, paint it with funky shit and be called "God", just whatever you do, buy it! I very much regret selling this thing, of course I had to do it to finance a tube amp, but now I'm wishing I had sold my Gibson "The Paul" II right now. This guitar was it for me, and if anyone, I mean anyone laid a hand on it in anger, they wouldn't have a hand to do it with again!

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar was a tank, in fact, if it were camouflage I'd say Epiphone nabbed one from a US base near the factory and dubbed it a guitar. The hardware never corroded, always held tight, the strap buttons were replaced with DiMarzio Cliplocks, which held it secure, but it still had the tendency like all SGs do, to neckdive. The finish like said before was it's weak point, looked good, but it a bit to0 thin.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I never played it when we first got it, it went right into the shop for the Maestro. I always had it set for 9s (I was quite wimpy, I'd prefer 11's now) and kept the neck pickup way low, than my bridge high up. Of course, I got older, loved that sweet bluesy neck pickup, and went the other way around. For flaws, when this guitar came over from the DMZ there was nary a problem, all the knocks and chips were of my own mishappening.

Features — 8
Ahhh, yes, the Epiphone Vintage G-400. Of Epiphone's Gibson copies, personally this was my favorite. But reminiscing aside, let's get to business. Mine was an '04 model, bought in '05. Built at the Unsung plant in South Korea, which by the way, Korean guitars trample Chinese ones. Talking about the neck, it had the basic 22 fret configuration, BUT with the nice inlays and neck binding, a feature missing on current or Standard G-400s. The body I'm pretty sure was Mahogany, if not, it was an Epi concoction of Mahogany, alder and maple. I could tell though that body, right down the middle had a separation, making it a 2 piece. It had a Satin Cherry Transparent finish that wasn't terribly durable, it was guite susceptible to cieling fans, careless friends, and an incident involving a drunk stepping on the cord (can you say crunch) As far as the bridge goes, basic Tune-O-Matic, but as a birthday surprise along with the guitar itself my dad had a Maestro vibrato installed! The electronics are so-so, like most Korean Epis, but the pickups are lovely, Epi's rendition of the PAF, the '57HB. For controls, you get 2 volume, 2 tone, and a 3 way selector Switch. The tuners are Grover's, but I highly suspect knockoffs, they didn't hold tune all that well, but I guess that was the Maestro's fault. The goodies with it included a USA Gibson gig bag, some pics and a cord.

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    Ali-b912 wrote: ur full of shit. all the parts say gibson on them on epiphones. its like how a chevy has GM parts. your guitar was not made in nashville. why would the gibson, not say gibson? and my brothers g400 says SG there and was made in korea. it says in big letters made in korea. also it has 2 alnico humbuckers not a hot-b (whatever the hell that is) or a 57' classic, and angus's signature sg doesnt have 57' classics, it has the angus pickups. also angus hates his signature model anyway. also you make the tune-o-matic sound amazingly special even tho its the most basic bridge design possible and is on just about every gibson or epiphone. and you dont operate the bridge, it holds the strings, its not an active component of playing.
    mine has a hot b HB in the bridge (i also have no idea what is is but thats what the site said) and a '57 HB in the neck. i looked on the epi website right after i bough it and thats what it said. they have changed the guitar since i bought it cuz now they call it the faded g-400 and it has alnico buckers. i can tell mines diferent because the epi name and little logo on the headstock are in gold, and the inlays are more of a goldish color. but on the epi site everything is silver. mine alos has the peices that run down the side of the fretboard(the name escapes me right now). the one on the epi website doesnt have that. and when i bought mine it was more than 100 dollars more than the g-400 standard. oh and also angus young signature sg has a '57 bumbucker in the neck position and an angus young signature HB in the bridge. check the gibson site bud. uitars/SG%20Specials/Angus%20Young%20Signature/