Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar, Cherry

by Guitar Reviewer

  • Lam Alder/Maple body
  • 24.75 scale

Product Description
Now everyone can afford a real SG! The SG Special from Epihone features twin open-coil Humbucking pickups, a Tune-o-matic bridge/Stopbar tailpiece combo for maximum sustain and a fully-carved SG body for devilish good looks.Amazon.com Product Description
Now everyone can own a real SG shape! The SG Special from Epiphone features twin open-coil Humbucker pickups, the Tune-o-matic bridge/Stopbar tailpiece combo for maximum sustain and a fully-carved SG body… More >>

Price: $169.00
Rating: 3.5 (3 reviews)

Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar, Cherry

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F. Carter March 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Went to local place to check out hands-on. I was not impressed at all. The thing just felt cheap. I could not imagine playing it for long. It was not fun to hold and parts looked cheesy.
Rating: 2 / 5

Adam F. Smyer March 31, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I found one of these on sale for $99 and snagged it for my nephew. He was a bit too young to start playing at the time but I couldn’t pass up the deal. This is a fine guitar for beginning guitarists. The action is not great, but it’s comfortable and manageable enough for small fingers looking to build their first callus. It’s not too heavy for 9 year old shoulders, either.

I would not recommend this guitar for anyone who has been playing for more than a couple of years. With guitars, you get what you pay for (to an extent) and on this one the price says it all. If you are looking for an excellently crafted guitar with great sustain and control this is not it. However, if you are looking for an instrument that a child can use as a learning tool (without breaking the bank should they decide to not pursue it) then there are worse options on the market.

PROS:

Playability for the price

Acceptable pickups

Lightweight

Comfortable-enough-for-beginners fingerboard

It looks good enough for a beginner to feel the “cool” factor

CON:

Put simply, this IS a cheap guitar. It does not feel or sound like a PRS or Gibson or even a mid-range Epiphone.
Rating: 3 / 5

Mark F. Roling March 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm

This guitar even arrives in a nice box, double protected from Musician’s Friend with a larger outer box loaded with packing to keep the prize awaiting inside safe. The inside, another Epiphone box by Gibson. Opening it reveals a masterpiece to the eyes, seemless paint job in cherry, easy on the eyes (no, not the girl who packed it at the plant, the guitar!). I wanted an SG for a long time, but they were so costly I grazed past it to other models for an intermediate like me getting back in the ranks. This thing looks and feels like the Gibson original, it’s light, easy to hold, sits perfectly on your knee, tunes awesome, sounds great, and when I put it through my distortion pedal, I thought I was hearing Metallica… of course, then I woke up. The neck plays fast and the pickup switch gives you the ability to have the full two pickups on for rhythm, the back one on only for lead with a twangier taste, and the front one for a heavier-bassier tone. The full two pickups boring down with some strong bar chords are my favorite. My friend who is an officianado grabbed it and made it sound like a $4,000.00 guitar, then handed it back to me with a sneer and said that he could make anything sound good, but the axe I got for $169 was “okay.” In his eyes, that really meant he had to say that so I didn’t get a swelled head. Together with a SG model hardshell case from Amazon (off copy) with black velvet style interior, it looks delectable. Buy this one first, then move on to something more expensive, but you don’t really have to. Save the money and buy yourself a ticket to the Bahamas, but don’t forget to take the SG with you… you may need an Epiphone portable amp though for the beach so people don’t even dare kick sand in your face. They may even buy you a Pina Colada, but don’t be a dummy and spill it on this masterpiece.
Rating: 5 / 5

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