Epiphone SG Special

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description Affordable SG features include 2 open-coil humbuckers, stopbar tailpiece with tune-o-matic bridge, chrome hardware and rosewood fingerboard.
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On 3/16/2008, "Hard-Ball" Hall (123) posted:
Overall Rating:
I picked this guitar because it was a best guitar you could get as cheap as i bought it. i would buy this guitar again most definatly. if it were a little more durable that would help. My favorite aspect is the hard sound it gives. the worst is it's weak cords. otherwise there's nothing else to know. (im not sure about all the facts listed in this review. some things may vary.)
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Made in the U.S.A. Mahogany Body/neck materials i think. 23 frets. 6 strings. Volume and tone controls. Natural Finish. Non-Locking Tuners.
Playability:
The neck is very helpful for playing. It plays very well compared to other guitars. The only flaw it has is a commen Epiphone weakness, the cords inside the guitar are very weak and snap easily.
Sound Quality:
I've used a little epi amp and some veried effects but they have all sounded very good. This guitar fits a heavier style. it could fit a more classic rock style, not good with jazz. the sound is very full. compared to other guitars i've played it's smoother. not as rough of a textured sound. it's pretty noisy. Sounds VERY good on stage.
Durability:
It's pretty reliable. it needs adjusting every once in a while. one control busted and a cord inside the guitar snapped. it does pretty good with climate change.
On 3/11/2005, Jack Knife (31) posted:
Overall Rating:
I diddnt really have to think about this purchase, I'd played a friends version and loved it. It's great for the guitarist on a budget who practices more than gigs.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music
Features:
If i remember correctly, this guitar was made in China. It features a rosewood fretboard and the neck resembles tiger maple. It's got 22 frets and features 1 master volume knob, 1 master tone knob, and a 3-way pickup selector switch. It has 2 Epiphone Humbucking pickups. The finish i got was cherry, which allows just a small amount of the wood grain show through, which is a plus, especially on the neck.
Playability:
I (not a guitar tech) had a little troble attaining my prefered action at first, it was hard to get it low enough without causing a buzz. The cutaways allow for pretty good Upper fret access and comfortable playing.
Sound Quality:
It sounds pretty good for it's price and holds it's ground when used through pedals, including the crybaby and tubescreamer. I play a healthy mix of Punk and Classic rock, the guitar doesnt have any problems with either style. Im not much of a tone freak, so i havent really compared it to my other guitar's sound, but it lives up to my standards. I might eventually change the pickups, but if your planning to from the start, youu'd might as well buy a more exspensive guitar - its not the kind of guitar you put a lot of work into.
Durability:
I've had it for just about a year and it has no dents or scratches, even though i frequiently leave it lying around. The finish seems less delicate than on my strat, so its harder to damage. I havent had to change any of it's mechanics since i set it up. It doesnt come equipped with straplocks, which necassary with any guitar that you try to keep protected from falls. Its been through one of the harshest Maine winters in years and hasnt warped at all, pretty durable all around
On 4/13/2004, Josh Hughes (45) posted:
Overall Rating:
My first guitar and a good choice too. All the features stated above. The action is sey a little high but with just a little tuning its perfect. I play blues/rock and this suits my purposes exactly.
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: sam ash
Features:
Two humbuckers, 22 frets, pretty standard. the only problem is that the high end is drowned out a little by the bass. not a big problem.
Playability:
Fast fretboard, slightly curved fingerboard plays well
Sound Quality:
Like i said treble is weak but with some tweakin' its fine. Fat sound i love it
Durability:
Built like a tank. I dont think this will be breakin' anytime soon.
On 3/17/2002, Joe Gonzales (258) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great guitar for the price. I managed to get it for $175(with tax), and conned the salesman out of a gig bag, T-shirt, hat, strap, handful of picks, set of strings, and a cleaning kit. After getting it home, I realized just how good of a value it is, even without the extras. With a better set of pickups, I might even use it for gigs, but it is definately a perfect choice for a beginner or carry-around guitar.
Price: $175.00 (new)
Features:
Stripped down SG, basically. No pick guard, open coil humbuckers, bolt-on neck. Its only got one volume and one tone knob, and a 3-way toggle. I have the green finish pictures, and it looks better in person. The tuners are decent, the electronics are sturdy.
Playability:
This guitar has a great feel to it. Its a bit light, but it has a sturdy feel. The neck is smooth, and feels very fast. For under $200, it plays much better than expected. The only guitar I own that compares to it as far as feel is My Gibson LP Gothic.
Sound Quality:
The pickups are a bit anemic, compared to a more expensive model, but for the price they are just fine. I would have liked a bit more output, but it should handle most rock or blues style without any problem.
Durability:
This guitar is unbreakable!!! It's my "car-guitar", I leave it and my practice amp in the trunk year-round, and it holds up great! Temperature changes, being dropped, bumped, whatever, the SG holds up to whatever abuse I throw at it.
On 1/31/2001, Frank Chrisman (159) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great work horse,not flashy,but gets the job done,like i said before,could use some semore duncan pickups or somethin, but for the money its a good buy,
Model Year: 1998
Price: $340.00 (new)
Where Obtained: rit music,grand rapids mi
Features:
This guitar makes for a good classic rock and metal guitar,not as heavy as its gibson counterpart,over all a well made lower price guitar that packs a punch,the only thing id like to change is maybe higher out put pickups,and wish it had a set neck
Playability:
Playability is good but if you like to really hit the high notes and yer used to a strat style body this can be tricky
Sound Quality:
I get a full,warm sound played through my peavy transtube amp,great for metal and rocck,but for more bluesy stuff i have to haul out the fender strat
Durability:
Very sturdy instrament,im very hard on my live gear,thats why i go with this instead of a gibby,uits been banged and dropped aand been through extreme temp changes,with little or no effect
On 11/25/2000, Tedd Gibbs (68) posted:
Overall Rating:
A great 200 dollar guitar with the SG body. I've always liked the SG. (second only to Les Pauls)
Model Year: 2000
Price: $220.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Westland Music; Westland, MI
Features:
Made in Indonesia. Only has two knobs, one each for vol & tone. Mine is the cherry finish. Two open-coil humbuckers. No pick guard for body. Bolt neck.
Playability:
I'm just a beginner, but it does play great for me. No flaws at all. The finish is top notch.
Sound Quality:
It sounds great to me. I run it through a 20 watt Crate and when I'm in the mood, a Zoom GFX-707 processor.
Durability:
It seems to hold up well so far. A pro may want something a little beefier, though.
On 11/12/2000, Michael Gerber (121) posted:
Overall Rating:
I know a lot of people have gripes about Epiphone, I think that they can make a pretty good guitar though. It's a hell of a lot better than paying a thousand or more dollars for a Gibson SG. Not to say its better, but I think you get a much better deal on the Epi

By the way the one I got is an SG Standard...it wasnt in the options list
Model Year: 2000
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Zaph's Music
Features:
Same as any less paul or sg...2 chrome coverd humbuckers 4 tone controls rythem trebel switch blah blah...
Playability:
It plays wonderfully, I'd prefer this in terms of playability even over an American strat, oddly enough. but its one of the guitars high points
Sound Quality:
It's sound isnt so great, and while i really dont have a decent amp, it still seems to put out to much of a bassy tone, the bass strings always drown out the trebel. Even messing with the tone controls it's hard to get the sound I want. I am conserding getting new pickups.
Durability:
I have had problems with mine at least...for one the a side of the nute chipped off while i was repleacing the strings...pretty shabby huh? I havnt had to do anything else to it other than sending it in to be setup cause I messed the brige up.