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
I originally bought mine as an opportunity to get into luthiership at low risk; $90 used or something like that. The only modifications I did were tuning machine replacement (it has high-ratio Grovers now) and a wicked paint job. Keep in mind that it was a used instrument, but: the tuners were in really poor shape, to a point that the plastic chrome coating was peeling back off the knobs. Cheap tuning machines are a bit of a given though when a guitar is a really affordable model.
Compared to other similar instruments I have, its not technically the "best," but I still use it regularly. Comparing to my Epiphone Les Paul, this SG has a bit of a tighter "throat" from its pickups: a bit less clarity in the range, where it doesn't produce higher pitches as "singingly" as my LP does. It does seem to have a bit of a louder output, but that might be a pickup height issue (though frankly I like how if I want more output for my fuzz pedal I can just switch to this guitar, so its not a problem for me.)
Its a lighter instrument; I didn't realize until having put the new tuners on it that its body wasn't as thick as the body on my LP (it now is a bit imbalanced, lol), but that shouldn't be a problem for most folks.
Parts are clearly a little cheaper. I'm not fond of the knob style and feel, as you can tell they're the cheap option. not a huge issue though.
All around a good budget instrument. If you want something more serious I'd avoid it, but if you're looking simply to expand your color palette or if you're a beginner, it won't do you dirty.
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.
i've had this guitar for a couple years and it's done alright. the output jack has fallen out and the pickup selection switch keeps shorting out, but as i don't really have another option for electric guitar its fine.
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.
This was my first Guitar ever. I bought it in a set together with a Line6 Spider Classic 15.
After some optical upgrades (Silver Pickup Covers; Vintage Style Knobs), it looked like a expensive one, so if you don't like uncovered pickups: No Problem, it isn't that complicated.
Sound: Today I still play this Guitar, but with a Vox VT20X, set to a Marshall Plexi like Setting. It just sounds like pure Rock'N'Roll. Just like AC/DC. But it's a bit hard to get a clean sound because the pickups are very hot for an SG. I just turn down the Guitar's Volume to clean up the amp. Works perfect. In the future i'll probably mod the Volume Knob (Treble Bleed Mod) so I won't lose Treble by turning down the volume, but it also works good without. I use this Guitar for everything from Chuck Berry-Riffs to Iron Maiden Solos, but most of the Time i just play hard rock on it, and I wouldn't say my 800€ Brian May Red Special is 640€ better playing. Just try it. It's that good for that cheap.
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.