SG60 review by Tokai

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.4 (25 votes)
Tokai: SG60
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Price paid: £ 250

Purchased from: store in Denmark Street

Sound — 9
I play mainly rock, hard rock and metal, bands from Green Day and 30 Seconds To Mars to Slipknot and Metallica and for me the guitar suits what I play really well and produces a sound that can be compared to the sound from a Gibson SG. I play through a 15 watt practice amp with an analogue delay pedal and an overdrive distortion pedal. For distortion I generally use the bridge pickup as I have set up in such a way for maximum sound quality, the neck pickup sounds bright and full of tone. With gain up high it can get a bit noisy but nothing that is too awful but other than that no noise whatsoever.

Overall Impression — 9
Like I said I play a variety of rock and metal and yeah this guitar seems like a good match. I have been playing just over a year now and own this guitar and a Yamaha Pacifica 012 and a bass. If it were lost or stolen I would chase the guy down and wack him over the head with my bass but failing that I would buy an Epiphone G-400. I would recommend this guitar for the awesome upper fret accessibility and the SG look and style but for that there is Gibson, I would recommend this to beginners however. I just wish I didn't have to spend the money upgrading the tuners...

Reliability & Durability — 9
I am yet to gig with this guitar but it looks like it is solid and could easily take a gig without backup. The strap buttons are good but I have straplocks of course and the hardware looks good too that will definitely last. The finish is good but gets a bit fingerprinty but that is nothing a cloth can't handle

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Other than the now replaced tuners which were for 3 of them screwed on diagonally, the guitar set up was reasonable but the action and pickup heights needed adjusting. The is only 1 REALLY annoying problem with the jack input which was not put in correctly and, after taking it in to another store, needs replacing. Everything else is in top shape.

Features — 8
My SG60 has 22 frets and was made in China. Both the set in neck and body are in a glossy cherry red finish with a fixed black half pickguard, normal for most SG copies. It has the expected humbucker pickups and full controls with a Tune-O-Matic bridge but terrible stock tuners with a puke green plastic cover that can barely handle tuning between Standard and drop D (i have recently replaced them with grover machine heads). It is really comfortable and light, espcially good for a damaged left shoulder. Other than the let down with the tuners the rest of the guitar is really good quality.

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