Epiphone G-400 SG Review


The Epiphone G-400 SG is a Gibson-authorized version of its classic SG '62, a standard in rock music. This model features a mahogany body and neck, two humbuckers, and a rosewood fretboard; the neck is a bit heavy for the body, so it may slip down on its strap. Users aren't wild about the stock pickups, complaining they can sound a bit muddy.

Epiphone G-400 SG reviews describe this as the inexpensive Gibson SG that new players have been waiting for. Its standard dual humbuckers produce a huge, blistering sound that has filled more than one stadium. One downside that many users note: The neck is quite heavy and can often slip down when strapped on.

One of hundreds of satisfied buyers posting at zZounds declares that the Epiphone G-400 SG (starting at $350, Amazon) delivers unmatched sound quality for its price. The user observes that the bridge humbucker is capable of generating some lead tones that cut through anything.

An Epiphone G-400 SG review at Musician’s Friend does question the durability, noting that a tone knob broke off after two days and the neck pickup stopped working shortly after. The strings began to buzz, as well, making the guitar almost unplayable. Assessments like this keep the Epiphone G-400 SG from cracking our “best” recommendations.

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