Epiphone is Gibson guitars more affordable line of guitars. So this guitar is the affordable version of the Gibson SG but with the maestro tremolo system. The SG was introduced in the early 60s to compete with the stratocaster. They discontinued the Les Paul and made the SG. The SG was lighter and some came with a tremolo system. The Maestro system is not very good. I would recommend a hardtail version over the maestro system. The G-400 comes with Grover tuners on the headstock of a 22 fret neck with a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard is bound with rosewood instead of plastic. It is made from mahogany and has a veneer for the Korina. It has the classic Les Paul electronics setup with dual humbuckers and dual tone and volume controls with a 3 way toggle pickup selector. And of course this guitar has the Maestro tremolo.
With the dual cutaways of the SG design the upper frets are very easy to reach. It has the Gibson 60s profile neck which is the preferred profile for guitar players. In the 50s Gibson necks were very large and referred to as baseball bat necks. In the 60s Gibson switched to a slimmer neck design. This slimmer design is what the G-400 has. One problem SG's is that the neck is mounted far out on the body and with the body being thinner than a Les Paul the guitar is slightly neck heavy. When you are standing up and playing the neck may want to drop down and you may find yourself holding the neck up. One thing the Maestro does is help to balance out the neck dive with additional mass towards the back of the guitar. This does not outweigh the tuning problems it causes by being non locking and just a bad design.
This guitar sounds basically like any other G400 Epiphone. The mahogany slab is nice but the stock Epiphone pickups let it down. Bad stock pickups are a problem on most lower priced guitars. The pickups could be better. They are pretty muddy and dead. You do not get much attack with these pickups. Since these pickups do not have much definition the neck position can get really muddy. With a high gain amp the sound might get muddy due to the lack of definition. With some types of music these pickups are great. If you want a bluesy sound these pickups will do really good and you will be able to get a smooth tone out of them. With a pickup swap this guitar can sound great so I would recommend to anyone who has one of these Epiphones to try it out with some after market pickups. A set of Seymour Duncans would liven this guitar up greatly.
If you are looking at this guitar I suggest you save some money and get the normal G400. The Maestro trem does not add much but it takes away a lot in terms of sustain and tuning stability. The G400 is a good guitar overall so why bother getting one with a bunch of crazy add ons that take away from the goodness.
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bobgoyo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Guitar with excellent value for money price, this is the same guitar that epiphone sg Standard the difference that there is a vibrato "type" angus! this is not exactly the same but it is very easy to handle! in addition, it makes the game of epiphone much more flexible ! See you soon
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76210angusyoung's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
T _This guitar made in Korea.
_Elle Has 22 frets (the handle is longer than coxx SD). The pickups are humbuckers home piphones (alnico V), but I have put a Gibson Angus Young Signature mic in the bridge position, even Difference if its not obvious n'tait relative to the original ...
_The Easel is a "Vibrolance" (a kind of Bigsby), which resembles the standard AY signature (except that it does not matter "Angus" but above "Epiphone").
_It are four knobs, two tone and two volume for each micros.Et slecteur is the standard (three positions: bridge + neck pickups ...)
_the handle the CHARACTERISTICS of a 60 Slim Taper, and it is coll.Et there is a serial number behind the head and a logo (custom shop). The mother of pearl inlays are beautiful, and Gibson's are identical ... The only difference with the handle of a Gibson SG is that there is no "binding" (white on the handle) ...
_The Extrment handle is enjoyable, although a large can, but it makes it easier to grip.
_L'accs In acute is excellent (what SG is a bah! Lol) even if I never try a Gibson SG, from my SD Coxx, there is no photo ...
_L'ergonomie Trs is good, the head does not lean too far forward for an SG, and the weight is parfait.La SG form is very well respected, it is a good rplique trs the SG 1961.
_The Sound is good I find, and a piphone is quite rare. In short you get the sound you want quickly.
_This Guitar suited my style of music, the only AC / DC, so it is suitable for its sound and its shape (bah yes, Angus Young SG =). But it is suitable for all styles of music except heavy metal can be (because the sound is a bit EMDU with heavy saturation).
_I Played with a Marshall MG100DFX and with the effects which will integrate the Mashall I board but no pedals.
_the sound is beautiful trs all levels, clear sound with distortion same attention when a not too saturated, because otherwise the sound is too fat and dgueu).
_Perso, J'apprcie over saturation with respect to its clear but APRS Each one's got.
_I AIS reu today and I'm falling in love! lol
_The Particular feature I like most is its shape, its sound, its look short, everything!
I tried several _Oui MODELS front, Gretsch, Ibanez, Squier ... but I crack on seeing her! and above all I board can not afford to buy the SG AY signature so I wanted to do something that most think of a better price than rsonnable Gibson.
_The Report trs good quality price.
_I Would do this choice because it is still the guitar I always RVer ... And the quality is awesome!
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TennesseeStudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
This guitar is perfect made in Korea
It has 22 frets, 2 pickups and Gibson Humbucker Special Designed ..
There are 4 rglages, two volume and two tone patterns sleeve or easel.
It includes a tremolo that is perfect ^ ^
The handle is long and thin
The handle is qu'agrable! Everything is perfect on this guitar!
Access in acute is obviously very easy (sg power what)
The shape is that of a sg with a trick in the mtal Angus Young, the cherry color is beautiful, the wood is gorgeous she is a bit heavy but I confess it's not obvious either ^ ^ Ah a con trick, but is characteristic of SG is when it affiliated with any nsangle, it does not at all because of this that can atttache-strap on the back!
So that when we play up and we loose the guitar it looks much cot bin round to the ground .. okay ^ ^
This gives her IMMEDIATE good on the branch and the beauty of the SG come out ..
I condemn people who think they can only play rock with an SG!
I play blues, rock, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and all 70's and a little jazz, folk and lots of other stuff.
I play with it on 3 amps for now, a fender frontman 15r, a vox DA5, a Park G10 and soon on a tube amp VOX AC15 CC. I whawha pedals, delay pedal and a number of effects on the small Vox DA5.
The SG is rather a fat, heavy and hot ^ ^ but it is versatile, it can play any style on it.
I love the sound for solos in treble position is a perfect sound and powerful slam.
I use it for a little less than a year.
This guitar is perfect, beautiful, sublime design, a good quality of TRS mcanique a little short epiphone bb that gives us an alternative to the classic Epiphone SG-400. I do not find him default for now. so if it's true! xD
I had never tried in the store because it has comments to be rare, now it is reaching the end of construction, it is hard to find (h ouey limited edition )
But I t's not at all.
The report price is trs good quality, c'tait the guitar of my dreams, I. missing is the same criterion with "gibson" instead of "piphone!"
I resume without hsiter SG is THE must have it! Nothing to say we can not get tired of it ^ ^