So we started taking a real close look at each other’s guitars and although you could tell they were made in different factories, the quality was pretty much the same.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'guitaraffinity_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',105,'0','0'])); The reason I mention it is because I see these discussions in the “forums” and a lot of it is just speculation. For that year they had slide switches instead of a toggle, the only time Gibson has done that, I think. Gibson’s are made in the USA and Epiphone’s are made overseas in China or Korea.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'guitaraffinity_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_8',104,'0','0'])); Now before you ask, “Which one’s better, China or Korea?”, I can tell you first hand that there’s no significant difference. These are pretty cool Score one for Gibson (by a very slight margin). You can just hop on Amazon or whatever and slap down your credit card and still get a good night’s sleep without worrying about how the thing is going to play. This doesn’t mean the Epiphone G-400 isn’t a quality instrument. This might make the comparison seem a little unfair from the beginning. The reason I find this so exciting is not just because I have as deep a passion for cnc technology as I do guitars, but because this is a totally revolutionary approach to doing accurate fretwork and it does it to 1/1000 mm. Aside from the SG Standard, Gibson has a few comparable versions in their lineup: Epiphone offers fewer versions of their SG, but there are a couple of other options besides the G-400 PRO, most notably: As I’ve said throughout this article, in my opinion the decision comes down to how much you are willing to spend for an increase in quality. If I’m finding out that I’m too unskilled for playing a guitar, losing 250 Euros is much better than spending 1000 Euros for a guitar I wouldn’t use anymore. But it’s a cheap fix for both guitars. You are correct in asserting that Epiphone neck sizes can be inconsistent. This makes the nut more of a tone contributer than say, the strap pin. it’s a fine piece of American history. You will have to wire up your next set of pickups to Gibson 50's humbucker wiring specifications to max the output. They competed in the archtop guitar market and early electric guitars. The pickup's are a major factor. Finish -- the Gibson is finished in nitrocellulose lacquer while the Epi is finished in some sort of poly. The build quality of Epiphone guitars have gotten as good as it gets. Gibson is hands down better than Epiphone. So it’s no surprise that Gibson’s are better especially when it comes to workmanship and attention to detail. Now that that’s settled, let’s jump right in and pick two SG contenders from Gibson and Epiphone. Body Body Shape SG Body… …It’s sorta just slapped together. This places it firmly in the budget territory of a similar priced SG style guitar - the ESP Viper 1000 (Deluxe). One of the epiphones is a 2006 made in china 1966 reissue, I put an angus sig pup, sounds great but lacks in playability and frets are wearing out extremley fast. We are all different and I am sure you have a good sound with your Epi, my main Guitar on Stage is a Gibson Les Paul Standard played through a Blues Junior, we only play pubs and a few clubs, we did the scene in the 60's touring etc, we only do it for fun, I also use a Gibson Sg, and a Fender Am Strat. I should say that I have played some Epi SG's that were pretty crappy, and some that were really nice. The biggest difference here is quality. It’s not the hardest finish however. You might not know this, but the Gibson SG design first came about as a replacement for the Gibson Les Paul. Their JS22 SC is a great beginner guitar that has a classic shape. Both guitars feature mahogany bodies with set mahogany necks. 2. The G-400 also features a Tune-o-matic Bridge, all chrome hardware, mahogany neck and body. Epiphone Faded G-400 -Vs Gibson SG Discussion in 'Epiphone Guitars' started by A_ChordWithNoName, Oct 22, 2019. I thank you deeply for your support. It remains in production today in many variations of the initial design. Get better pickups there are loads available some at reasonable prices. Plastic inlays for both. The Epiphone SG Standard ’61 Maestro Vibrola has the same spec as the regular ’61 SG above just with a newly-designed ‘60s-style Maestro Vibrola. But just like Squier, Epiphone is able to produce guitars that approach the quality of their more revered partner. with the wood. differences when you pull the cover plates off. 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way, push-pull coil tap. You can mod it later on, but even left stock it is plenty good enough for bands, gigging and recording. The Epiphone impressed my right out of the case, although the box it was shipped in wasn’t nearly as rugged as the Gibson packing. So, which will you choose: the Epiphone G-400 PRO or Gibson SG Standard? It's a no-brainer, right? Both styles are perfectly adequate although the Epi's Grovers are smoother and more precise. This combination is renowned for its resonance and sustain. While the G-400 certainly will never be on-par with the SG, it is a quality instrument that just might be a better choice for some players, and one of the best electric guitars under $500. We start by comparing the Gibson USA Standards, although we've opted for the Les Paul Studio as it's closer to the price of the SG Standard without sacrificing key Les Paul features. Epiphone's Ltd. Ed. A wonderful invention that changed the industry With a distinctive tone you will recognize without a doubt. When we got together to jam, I noticed his was made in Korea and mine was made in China. I have a Epiphone G400 1966 edition and its awesome has a great sound and feel the pickups have a good clean tone and have nice crunch/muddy tone when you put a amp in overdrive all and all its a great guitar for $400. It’s tough to compare the G-400 to a guitar three times its price, and made by one of the finest guitar companies in the world. Otherwise, unless somebody understands what to look for they probably won’t know or care if you are playing an Epiphone or a Gibson. Bone is an excellent material for nuts. The SG Standard is the biggest selling Gibson electric guitar ever. Unfortunately, while it is worth every dime, the SG comes with a price tag that’s a little too steep for some players. In my opinion the Gibson ones are a little better, but we’re talking fine shades of gray here. but you might be wondering how it’s going to help you choose between Epiphone and Gibson. So, Epiphone gives us the G-400, their version of the Gibson SG. I also have a 2011 Indo SG Junior with a fatter neck. That’s what you get with a Gibson that you don’t get with an Epiphone. While the specs read like they are essentially the same basic guitar when it comes to tonewoods, this isn’t something you should take for granted. Některé z Epiphone modelů obsahují tabulku s Les Paulovým podpisem jako originální modely. But the G-400 is a great guitar for the money, and worthy of serious consideration if you think the SG design is for you. That’s one way to build an awesome custom guitar without spending custom guitar money. But on a guitar like this you definitely want the high ratio tuners. These guitars were still known as Les Pauls (Standard, Custom, Junior, Specials) until the series was renamed SG ('Solid Guitar') in 1963. Below is a table comparing the Gibson SG Standard and Epiphone G-400 specs. are of a exceptional high standard (I am a retired joiner. ) You know what I mean? You will see My opinion don't mean nothing but we all know its true Lol. Luckily, Epiphone make more budget versions of these guitars. So in this comparison, I feel that I have some decent knowledge relating to Gibsons and Epiphones. I am a big fan of these pickups, and used them in my Les Pauls at one time. The bridge and tailpiece on both are pretty much equal as far as I can tell. You can’t get Brazilian rosewood anyway ever since it’s been banned as an endangered species. I'm currently in GAS mode for a new guitar. And the American Qc has proven to me they are more reliable than Gibson lately. Featuring a classic Mahogany body in a Vintage Cherry finish and powered by ProBucker™ humbuckers with CTS electronics. If the Gibson really is better quality then demonstrate that. Are you one of those players? My choice is the Alnico II magnets. From beginning to end For instance if the song dictates, you could back off the volume just a bit on the neck pickup and pull the switch for single coil engagement. The Epiphone SG Special VE. The SG (where "SG" refers to Solid Guitar) Standard is Gibson's best-selling model of all time. Across the board, when it comes to appointments and hardware you’re going to see higher-quality components and craftsmanship on the Gibson. Epiphone G-400 PRO Based on the 1962 SG, it generates all the searing sustain of the original, and goes its predecessor one better with coil-splitting on the dual Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers for punchy single-coil sounds. While the Alnico Classics are fine, I’d really rather see Epiphone’s ProBucker pickups in this guitar, even if it meant a bump in price. Let’s do the time warp again with Gibson this time. We like it. The ’61 neck joint is at the 16th fret, the Gibson’s at the 19th. How does the Epiphone G-400 PRO compare to the Gibson SG Standard? Really there is no comparison and I can't wait to ditch and replace the bridge pup. Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 vs. Gibson SG Standard. I have the Tony Iommi epiphone and I can say it is one of my favorite guitars that I play it has incredible sustain you can hit one note and it'll hold for a long time i have to say it is an incredible guitar for it's price and it comes with a picture of Tony Iommi and a few other things if you are a fan of the riff master Tony Iommi. That was ok for me. $5 or less for real bone and they gotta use plastic? Gibson had a lot of problems with that particular material because the government literally barged right in and seized all of their ebony. 4. My choice are PRS SE custom 24 or gibson sg standard . In the end both the Korean and the Chinese Epiphone’s are overseen by Gibson’s management. It is essential that the guitar be machined under tension like this because only then can the machine take an accurate scan of the fretboard under playing conditions. That is truly what this decision comes down to. That’s the compromise you make for better tone. Epiphone just started having these pots this year as well I believe. Epiphone are LICENSED by Gibson - but NOT made by Gibson. Construction will certainly be, on average, higher-quality when it comes to Gibson instruments. The value that you get for your money is tough to beat and if you take the time to do a nice setup you’d be hard pressed to get more for your money. Past limited edition guitars with real ebony fretboards include: I hunt around myself for these online and this used section at Amazon from time to time because they are some of the best deals you’ll find! 6. The Epi is heavier, and not as well balanced. Don’t be fooled by imitations! To me, differences are: - Price: Epiphone was 380 , Gibson was 1350 . As mentioned above, the SG was originally released by Gibson in 1961, designed as a variation on the Les Paul design. All in all they sound cheap and lack definition and sustain and if you played the Epi without these mods with the strings catching the frets you will soon realise that your guitar has no sustain at all because of these factors. I pick up a Gibson SG and immediately I’m like, “yeah” just by the general heft and solid feel as I take note of the impeccably manicured and bound fretboard. Both plastic. absolutely magic.&my 16yr old gradnson has just bought a epiphone sg pro. There are different versions of each guitar, which we will get into below, but this ought to serve as a decent base for comparison. Indeed, the new p90 epiphone guitars may be more 'full range' than pre-2019 300k pot Gibsons. Firstly, let me say it’s hard to bash Epiphone because in general they are not bad guitars. I think they go well with an all-mahogany guitar, which makes a lot of sense. If you want that spec you gotta go 2019 or later. During the machining process each fret is dressed and crowned and finally the nut is slotted for the appropriate string gauge. And Greg la Cruz the Fender Strat is not over rated. I’ve played an SG Standard before, but haven’t been able to play a ‘61 Reissue or the newer Standard ‘61. One notable difference is the shape and size of the pickguard. I can sit down and play it. If I told you the truth that it would only cost you about $25 extra to have real mother of pearl block or trapezoid inlays put on those guitars, would you buy it? This is why you pay less - the guitars basically last longer, if they're Gibsons. Today though, Epiphone is considered as the premium range of Gibson guitars in much the same way as Squier is to Fender. Remember: A great guitar player can make a good guitar sound great! But Epiphone’s are are really kinda like the dark horse in the room. I also think it’s important to avoid the notion that Epiphones are low-budget knock-offs. Les Paul vs SG… I have been comparing the Standard against the G400, and to be totally honest, the Epiphone has the edge right now. What’s the point of a Here’s what I think: It’s important to realize there is not nearly the same kind of massive price gap between the Gibson SG and Epiphone G-400 PRO as there is between the Gibson Les Paul and Epiphone Les Paul. we’ll get into what that really equates to in the grand scheme of The solution was a lightweight mahogany only body, two humbuckers and a slim mahogany neck. Whether you’re interested in playing rock, blues, grunge or indie, this is a great chance to pick up an iconic model at a super price. This is a pet peeve of mine because so many players don’t realize how important the nut actually is. Remember that guitar companies change their instruments at times, so be sure to check out the respective company websites for the latest info on their guitars. The machine actually applies tension to the neck as if it had 9’s, 10’s, or whatever gauge strings on it. The Epiphone G-400 is also in the Gibson SG style, and largely similar to the G-310. The Gibson SG Standard boasts classic looks and a full set of features associated with the desirable late-'60s style SG models. The nitrocellulose will age and wear like a vintage guitar from the 60's (finish checking, wear-through on areas where you rub on it like the lower bout or the back of the neck), so after 20 years it will look like a "vintage" guitar. Joined: Apr 27, 2019. You should note however that that on a lot of guitars Epiphone uses the same pickups that Gibson does. Isn't the point to actually review the guitars rather than make unfounded speculative claims. Epiphone manufacture this guitar in a few colors, perhaps that iconic cherry red being the most prominent but we are going to look at the ebony version. Needless to say, the Les Paul and SG both hung in the there and went on become two of the most beloved guitars in the world. It featured a thinner flat-top body, a double-cutaway with contours, and a shifted neck joint for improved upper fret access. It’s an affordable guitar made with modern innovations and craftsmanship. On a sad note. 2) Materials – varies but generally sameeval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'guitaraffinity_com-box-4','ezslot_2',106,'0','0'])); 3) Workmanship and attention to detail – on this point I definitely have to give the USA made Gibson’s the crown of authority. it’s less clear than that. 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