Submitted February 16, 2017 by Andrew P in Corsicana, TX
"Simply Gorgeous: attractive, sturdy, comfortable, great sound"
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This is my 2nd SG. My first was an SG Special purchased right here from zZounds. For what it is, the SG Special is a solid little guitar, but limited in features, a beginner instrument for sure. I was looking for more features, but the same SG style and sound. When I became aware of the Epiphone SG 400 in Worn Born, I just had to have one! It all goes back to my guitar teacher in the 80's. He made the find of the decade, maybe the century, a 1970 Gibson SG from a pawn shop for $50 bucks. You just dont' run across things like that anymore... The appearance of the guitar was anightmare; having been painted with several layers cheap gold paint spray paint. It was dinged, dirty, and needed some serious TLC, but everything worked and it played pretty well considering it was a pawn shop cast away. He took the guitar completely apart, replaced all the hardware with gold, checked out the electrics, refurbished the fret board (a couple frets needed attention), and striped the awful gold paint, revealing the beautiful hardwood body. As it turned out, the dings were only superficial. So, he stained the body and back of the neck to match, approximating the color and finish of the worn brown color on today's SG. After putting it all back together it was gorgeous with a capital G! And doing the work himself he only had about a $100 bucks in the whole deal. It was a monster; sustain forever, and the classic tone you'd expect. The look of that guitar stuck in my mind for 30 years... I'd rarely seen one like it, until the new Epiphone SG 400 worn brown. I had to have one... The Epi SG 400 with its two humbuckers, two volume, two tone set up is classic. You can do a lot with just that. I know the SG Pro and others have the new coil tapping/splitting feature, but I have it on my other guitar and don't find it very useful, but that's just me. Anyhow the SG 400 was everything I was looking for along with a classic, almost antique look to it, due to the worn brown finish. It looks like a fine piece of aged furniture: attractive, sturdy, and comfortable ; like something you'd pass down through the family. Based on the 1962 SG, all the style cues are there. Since it's a satin/l/natural type finish I am a bit worried how moisture (sweat) will affect it over time (darken it?) And the finish seems a bit delicate. I could see it getting dinged pretty easy. It has occurred to me to put a couple coats of poly on the body. That would protect it and maintain the color, but would most likely do away with the natural patina that makes it so unique, so maybe not. Sound? Sounds great clean or dirty. Plenty of sustain. Fretboard is smooth, neck is fast. I've seen reviews calling it neck heavy, coming from a Les Paul....uhhh No it isn't. There's no fret buzz anywhere at all! My SG Special had minor issues with fret buzz in the big E. QC on this one was outstanding! I literally took it out of the box, tuned it and started playing. I've had it a little over two weeks, been playing regularly; has stayed in tune well. I've shown it to a couple of my guitar playing buddies. They both have big money guitars and they were both impressed at the fit and finish for the money on the Epiphone SG 400. It's definitely a keeper.
Blues, Classic Rock
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