http://babylynz.tumblr.com/post/162289018020/katzbj-despierta-los-ninos-tour-2003-add-on If you look in the second picture there you can see it has dot inlays which only the sg special has (at least in the epiphone range) and that there's the epiphone logo on the headstock. It also has uncovered pickups, another thing only the sg special has.more
This guitar plays extremely well and easily out performs both sound and play ability wise with guitars that cost several hundred pounds more and so this is an absolute steal. The only guitar that I have the plays better then this is the Angus Young special which cost me close to 2000 pounds. I have had mine for 9 years now and the only thing that has changed in that time is a pickup. The gloss on the paint wears really well and over this time it has only just began to show wear and tear from knocks.
Overall for the price you could not a buy a better SG.
I got the Epiphone SG in 2014 and have used it ever since. It's been my favorite electric guitar ever since. It's traveled with me to multiple band practices and gigs. It is body style makes it comfortable to play and is incredibly light. The sound from it is absolutely phenomenal! The guitar is well known and always gets great response from the crowd and my peers.
Another Ebay find, and the case that was included with mine turned out to be an acoustic guitar case, which was weird. I got a generic SG case for $40 and it fits quite nice. I think my SG Special was an older one as it had no pick guard, which I added. This guitar as nice sustain, and stays in tune well. All-in-all, not bad for under $100 used with a new case.
This guitar is very good considering the price. If you are just starting out, you can't do much better than this if you're on a super tight budget. The quality and construction are passably good and has much better off the shelf playability then Squires of the same price point.
So my LPJr broke, and I bought this to replace it after playing it through a DSL40CR and not having the money for the Mustang I wanted. It has really hot pickups and I love the sound of an SG to death, but the frets need work and the neck has a weird feel to it-- not chunky enough but too chunky to be a fast shredder neck. I'm gonna put a PAF in the neck, and I haven't decided about the bridge.