The SG is one of rock 'n roll's most famous and popular guitar styles, and now Epiphone has produced the G-400 PRO, a guitar that delivers the sound, feel, and look of classic SGs at an extremely wallet-friendly price. The G-400 PRO contains the d...
The SG is one of rock 'n roll's most famous and popular guitar styles, and now Epiphone has produced the G-400 PRO, a guitar that delivers the sound, feel, and look of classic SGs at an extremely wallet-friendly price. The G-400 PRO contains the distinctive, player-friendly double cutaway SG body style and adds Alnico Classic PRO humbucking pickups and push-pull coil-tapping for producing more single coil-like tone. Added to that foundation are tonally rich, balanced-feel tonewoods, as well as high-quality Epiphone hardware, making the G-400 a tremendous value.
I picked up one of these 8 years ago and couldn't be more pleased as I was looking for a decent guitar on a budget. My Epiphone SG-400 was made from a Chinese factory and had a decent weight, nice chrome hardware and Grover tuners and average setup. Taking the time to setup the guitar and over time upgrade components was definitely the most rewarding.
I have since getting the guitar upgraded most of the original hardware since I have always loved the neck and weight and feeling from the solid body. Starting with upgrades, Putting in a Seymour Duncan set of 59 in the neck and JB in the bridge brought the guitar to an amazing new level of clarity. Stock pickups are decent but this was the best upgrade I made to the guitar. I changed the tailpiece to a faber (aluminium) and also put on a roller Wilkenson bridge. I have also redone all electronics (pots, capacitors, selector switch and jack to Gibson American standards and re-grounded the electrics cavity) which also added much value to the guitar. Last was adding locking Grover 502c tuners which improved tuning stability and topped off a solid feel.
I know from experience since I have had 2 of these exact same guitars, that the guitars vary greatly! Weight, setup and quality which goes for most guitars and manufactures. I have loved this SG from the start and have invested a lot back into it and have always been amazed at its performance and probably would never part with it.
Its a great value guitar, to all playing levels. With some patience and learning to give it a decent setup you can have a very playable guitar that sounds really good.
Awesome guitar! Great feel, amazing pickups, solid feel and pretty looks! Neck feels great, fret job was amazing, and the tuners are great! Only caveat- a bit neck heavy. Easy fix with a leather strap.
I've had this guitar since I was sixteen (ten years), and it has never let me down. It survived years of basement punk shows and bar gigs, none the worse for wear. The G-400 plays fine out of the box, but where this guitar really shines is its adaptability to playing styles, versatility, and its comfort in different configurations: it's easy to do the setup yourself, and to adjust the guitar to your personal preferences. I found the stock Alnico V humbuckers a little thin, and replaced them with Seymour Duncans about a year in (an SH-6 Distortion Humbucker in the bridge position, and an SH-2n Jazz Humbucker in the neck). This is definitely a guitar that benefits from quality pickups; whatever sound or style you're looking for, this thing can be tweaked and shaped to fit it. Personally, I find this guitar shines in the sludge and fuzz of stoner and psychedelic rock: the rock-solid construction and hard Mahogany body generate the clarity and sustain needed to cut through the mud in those styles; the tones you can dial into with this guitar are pure, heady gold. There's a reason Tony Iommi loves SGs. That said, I've tracked everything from Swampy Blues to Rockabilly to Punk to Classic Rock on my G-400, and it changes hats with ease and grace. It's crazy how easy it is to dial in different tones and sounds with just a few tweaks of the volume and tone knobs, blending the pickups together to find the perfect sound. It's an indestructible workhorse, and with a little tweaking and customization, a tonal chameleon as well.