It has been a versatile and dependable guitar for 13 years. I would buy it again.
My favorite aspect is the tone. My least favorite aspect is the sound above the 15th fret - not very good.
It is a great sounding guitar for the money.
Model Year: 1988
Price: $275.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carpenter's Music, Hagerstown, MD
It has a maple neck, and a light wood for the body. It has the classic strat setup: two tone knobs, one volume knob, two single coil pickups and one humbucker at the bridge. It has a string thru body and locking tuners.
It has great action, which is neither high or low. It is great for rock and jazz. It compares well with every comparably priced guitar that I've found, including Strats. It has a few buzzes above the 12th fret, but they aren't too annoying. It doesn't sound too good with a slide.
I play the guitar with a Fender champ and a Marshall JCM 800. It sounds great with both, playing rock, jazz or folk. It has a warm sound, with clear notes. It works well in the studio, but I don't play live, so I can't commment on that.
I haven't had a serious problem with it in 13 years. All of the hardware is original and is in great condition. I did have the truss rod adjusted once when I put on heavier strings (I like 11-46's).
I also looked at the Yamaha Pacific,but the SG had a better look and sound, plus it had the Gibson name on it. If I couldn't afford the extra 300 for an Ibanez, then I would buy the SG again if it was lost or stolen. This guitar would be better with a tremelo unit. The position of the bridge is my favourite aspect, because it makes palm muting so easy. The worst aspect are the tuners. The guitar is very thin, and holds itself against your body very well, making it comfortable to play for a long amount of time. This is helped by a comfrotable strap.
Where Obtained: City Music
It was made in Korea, as are most Epiphones, it has 22 frets, two volume controls, and two tone controls (one for each pickup). The pickup selector allows you to use either one of the humbuckers, or both at the same time. It has a natural red finish, double cutaway body. The bridge is bolted straight into the body with two long bolts. The strings do not go through the body. It has no tremelo unit. The tuners are non-locking, and are unfortunately being pulled out of the head by the tension of the strings.
My prefered action depens on what and where i am playing. If play ing chords, or soloing at the lower end of the neck, the action is good, however to solo at the top end, I use a cappo to lower the action, which limits the amount I can travel down the neck. The neck is a nice size, not too thick, with a curved surface. For the price yu pay, the guitar plays quite well, and compaired to my old Enchore, it's brilliant! The only major flaws with it are the lack of tremelo unit, and the fact that the tuners are being pulled out of the head.
I use an S40 Marshall Valvestate amp with reverb and chorus. I also have an Arion Digital Delay and a Jim Dunlop Crybaby. This guitar works well when I play punk or metal songs. Especially the ones where power chords are used. The positioning of the bridge is perfect for palm muting, though the guitar is suitable for most styles that I have tried to play. The sound is full and warm, which can be annoying when I want a harsh trebley, distorted sound. It sounds better than the Yamaha Pacific and the Encore, thouch it does not beat any of the Ibanez guitars that I have played. I would like to fix the tuners,and then get an extra pickup which takes the notes an octive higher, and gives unlimited sustain. Due to the humbuckers, ther is no background noise. It is bettter for live performances at high volumes.
I play it continuously for about 4 -5 hours every week at high volumes for band practice, and the biggest problems I have had with it are strings breaking. I have owned it for just under a year, and haven't had to make any adjustments. All the strap locks, controls, and hardware are holding up fine with no problems to date. It hasn't experienced any climate changes.