Epiphone Goth G-400
Epiphone Goth G-400

Goth G-400, SG-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the SG series.

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heads on fire 12/26/2011

Epiphone Goth G-400 : heads on fire's user review

« Just say no. »

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Made in China
Double-cutaway solid mahogany body
Set mahogany neck
24-.75" scale length
Slim-tapered neck profile
Rosewood fingerboard
1.68 nut width
Fingerboard inlay at the 12th fret
22 jumbo frets
Dual Alnico V humbuckers
2 volume and 2 tone controls (with integrated killswitch tone pot)
3-way pickup selector
Pearloid trapezoid inlays
Tune-O-Matic bridge
Stopbar tailpiece
Chrome hardware
Satin black finish


This guitar oozes "cheap". It's not a complete lemon - it is able to be setup decently for ok playing action, and the pickups do sound good. But the construction of the guitar just screams "cost-cutting" to me. The satin finish on the neck and body feels nice, but it just looks like someone spray-painted this guitar in their garage with a couple of rattlecans. The electronics are where this guitar really shows its inexpensiveness - the integrated killswitch tone pot started randomly killing the signal first on just trying to turn the knob, then on its own. It kept doing this until I sprayed some contact cleaner in the pot - I shouldn't have to do this on a new guitar!


The tone of the pickups was good - when they worked. As stated before, sometimes the killswitch would cut out the entirety of the signal, making this a very frustrating guitar. However, after the fix, the tone of the pickups was the one bright spot of this guitar. They could work for a metal band, rock, classic rock, or blues.


Overall, I wouldn't recommend this instrument. I realize that there are quality control issues in any company, especially in instruments this inexpensive, but I shouldn't have to clean out a brand new guitar's electronics. The pickups are the only thing bringing this review up from being really bad. Please, friends - if you see this guitar, don't buy it. Just say no.