I looked at its Gibson counterpart, Strats, Godins, PRS and others. I picked it cuz it was less expensive, still played great and looked cool. Oh yeah, looks. It has a lot of cheap looking features...plastic neck nut cover and top hat knobs but the tuners, pickups and body are all good. If you buy one you might check the tuners. Not all of them come with Grovers I think. Last good point of note...it's light as a feather...you can wear it all night. Peace.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sweetwater
It's a goth G-400, satin black with the XII inlay on the 12th fret. Double open coil humbuckers with seperate tone and volume on each as well as a three-way switch. Made in China. I play Elixir Nanoweb strings on it cuz, well, they last forever. It has Grover 18-1 tuners so it stays tuned with the help of the Elixirs and the pickups have a nice crunchy sound that lends itself to distortion, feedback and driving rythms.
It has no major flaws I have detected thusfar. As I read the reviews on it before buying one I noticed that many used models or currently owned goths had one or both pickups changed. Maybe I'll get religion and do that some day but right now it sounds too good to touch. Oh yeah, it rings forever...almost as good as my Godin but a sight easier to string. The action is just where I like it, low enough to bend easily and firm enough to beat on when needed.
I use it with a Marshall 150 valve state amp and a 1960a bottom. Also with my Yamaha T100C tube amp and it also sounds great plugged right into the PA when I do that. Maybe I'll swap out the pickups when I hear the right ones. Playing space-metal-rock on it is just fine. If the pickups have a distinct characteristic, it's crunchy. I got it for the stage since it is small, easy to string and sounds right...not to mention being easy to play. Mods...I did change the top hat knobs to speed knobs, that's all.
No strap locks, should play out just fine. I've had it almost a year with no truss rod adjustments after the initial setup. Holds a tune and the Chicago change of seasons dry-humid-cold-hot do not seem to affect it.
Errr I think I've already said all that needs to be said...
The price may seem a little high for this model guitar, but the guy who owned it before me had replaced the pickups with Gibson Classic 57's and put some Grover tuners on. My advice to anyone owning or thinking about buying the G400 would be to customize it. It sounds great as it comes, but for a little extra money you won't notice much difference between the G400 and the Gibson SG 61 reissue.
The neck on this thing plays very fast, as does the action. I've known people complain about the tune-o-matic bridges, but I've had no problems as of yet with it.
I use this with a Marshall JCM 2000 half stack and the sound quality is unbelievable considering the price I payed for it.
I originally bought this because I wanted to have an SG, but couldn't afford a Gibson. Now I have 4 SG's, 2 Gibsons, and this is still one of my favorites. Like I said before I like the action, on this thing. Overall I think It's great guitar at an affordable price.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $479.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
Epiphone's version of the Gibson '62 SG. Mahogany body and neck. Trapazoid inlays. High output humbuckers. Pickups are actually a lot better than I expected.
Plays pretty good, like the action on the fast neck, like the sound. Call me crazy but I like the action better on the G400 than my Gibson SG Special. It seems a lot smoother.
The sound isn't too bad. There's no humming from mine, I use it with a 50-watt Marshall, and it sounds pretty good. Great for rockin'.
I've never really had a problem with it. I'ts never had to be adjusted, and it's stays in tune pretty well.