Epiphone SG Special
Epiphone SG Special

SG Special, SG-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the SG series.

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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 45 reviews )
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
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MGR/NED_FLANDERS's review"Epiphone SG -Special"

Epiphone SG Special
I bought this guitar from musicians friend for about $150. I always loved ACDC and wanted to get a good feel for an Sg before I bought a real one!

I feel that this is a good first guitar, but not good for a second, It also gives you a good idea and feel for an Sg. The sound is pretty good for a cheap guitar. The neck feels great I think. Epiphone necks always feel great. Mine stays in tune well despite what the other reviews say.

the only thing that is bad (even though its not really bad) is its just cheap. Its great for a first guitar and thats it. It has pretty good durability and will last well. The switch is a little crappy. and its very lightweight.

very light construction. switch is crappy but will do. tuners are pretty good. black finish is better for this guitar becouse cherry and cheap dont mix.

good first guitar. lightweight. cheap switch. black finish is nice. its worth $150

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MGR/Sam Hall04/01/2004

MGR/Sam Hall's review"Epiphone Special"

Epiphone SG Special
Purchased it form Musicians Friend for $150 (US) as a my first guitar. I had to share my brothers Fender American Strat and I wanted a Paul, but was low on cash

It is an inexpensive guitar that gives you that Les Paul tone. It's got a fast neck and nice string action. It comes stock 9's, but I prefger the sound and feel of D'Addario XL 10's. It's similiar to the guitars that bands that I like use, so I was stoked to get this guitar. It's fallen a few times and it's still working as usuall.

There are a few problems with it. The tuners aren't that great. I have to retune after every song. I have also had a little trouble with the input jack. The washers fell off and I had to replace them. There is a slight hum. I believe it is realted to the type of pickup selsctor that is used.
The guitar tends to fall out of my strap, but that was nothing thata straplock couldn't solve.

It's made in Korea. The guitar has a nice ebony finish. I like the neck binding it has good construction and feel. It was what I was expecting for $150.

Overall it is a good begginner guitar if your looking for the LP tone. I got what I expected for $150. If you want the LP tone and have the money I would reccomend getting a better model like the standard or custom.

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drapeau_rouge's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone SG Special
Epiphone SG Special Ferrari Red color, it is not clear in what wood it is made ... It seems that the body and neck are 22 frets mahogany ... Rosewood. The frets are trs enjoyable, bad files so that you will hurt a little by hand.

Tune - O - Matic, mine is blocked I put a little glue in the prisoner of the bridge and it is a good but still good ... Not even when mga solid.

The pickups are Epiphone with hoods on my part ... Ba are not great ... MRIT Does a change in the micro? I am not sr ...

The slecteur 3 Positions lch me when I bought it I changed it to an impeccable MODEL amricain works' now.

Other problems: Plastic Nut ... So it's not good ba top to sustain ... The mcaniques also take little agreement ...

A lot of scratches on the problem but it sounds pretty plutt empty. Wood means, electronic medium ... I put 4 of 10. Other manufacturers are making things much better in this price range.


The handle is quite pais, it is very similar profile of Gibson's 50. It is not as fast and the frets are a little prominent, it's hard to do something specific with this guitar. The varnish does not stick, it's a good point, for after the game against a good half-hour begins be tiring, tired handle right hand ...
Access in acute is good, given the normal form. The guitar is lgre. It must be around the 3lbs. Rcurant problem of SG, the guitar pitches down so be careful!

Gets - is easily a good sound? ah ... the difficult thing for our answer No, I say: D: D
Ba er ... I noticed (and it's pretty ironic) that the amp is more low-end, the better it sounds ... It sounds better on an amp transistors in fact.


The clean sounds are not great because ... they just are not clear! Should lower the volume of the guitar but you lose volume when I turn the saturation distortion so good ... A bit boring but it did with.

The distorted sounds are not great either, they have a pretty muddy Tone, you have to push the treble of the amp. Be careful not to put too much saturation because otherwise the pickups buzz (a shame for a humbucker ...).
Overall, the dire need of mdium, the guitar can not hide his violin little benefit ...

Difficult to find a sound that I like, I use it only when I rev few breaks a string on my Fender Start for example.

I put 4. A guitar for beginners, and again, I RPET in this price range around 150-200 euros, some competitors are doing better.

I tried changing the microphone on the guitar and it's true that it's better, but the violin is not exceptional. Generally silent sound better, but not transcendent!


Cel is about 4 years that I have, I bought it for 85euros a buddy, all original. It is for that I had bought.
In the beginners I found not too bad, but as time passed and I found none in fact. Now is my guitar "DLIR" for guts, but not too long because it is tiring ... trs

Considering the price that I pay the ratio quality / price ratio is exceptional for me.

It will be suitable for beginners and 2nd or 3rd guitar for those dj a little practice the guitar. It is the means for fans of gibson less fortunate, to have fun cheaply.

UtopicDistory's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone SG Special
Guitar ... Made In China
22 Frets, 2 humbucker pickups Epiphone
Selectors 3 microphones (Rhythm / Medium / Treble)
Potentiometer 2: Volume, Treble
Fairly standard in this price range. 7 / 10


The handle is quite nice
The guitar is very light
In short, good appearance of the SG ... 8 / 10


Its weak point.
The sound is very average!

The clean is absolutely wrong:
lack of acute, it is closer to the microphone acute
and remove the microphone for a serious sound less disgusting.
You must use at most a compressor pedal for a least a draft.
However the distortion is very good on the mic bridge (after adjusting microphones)

For beginners, it is better to consider a Squier Affinity Stratocaster. 2 / 10


I use it for 1 year
I love her for her appearance, weight, well disto sg.
But the clean is really bad and I was forced to buy a stratocaster.
So instead I recommend Dallas Read Strats or Les Paul in that price range that are better.
The value is correct but worse than squier again ...
I will not go that choice if I had tried ...