Epiphone G400 Review
If you’re looking for an Epiphone G400 review, here you go. This demo will let you hear it from each bridge position with both “clean” and “dirty” tones.
History of the G400
The G400 is Epiphone’s version of the iconic 1962 Gibson SG400. The “Solid Guitar” (aka SG) was introduced by Gibson in 1961 to replace the Les Paul. It was referred to as the “fretless wonder” due to having low frets and fast action. The “twin horn” cutaway design was unique and made it easier to reach those higher frets. With a light and balanced weight, it was the ideal guitar for both the stage and the studio.
In the late sixties, SG models with humbucker pickups were introduced. That was a watershed event after which the SG model became the guitar of choice for many well-known rockers, some of which are today’s Classic Rock legends such as Pete Townshend.
A Great Electric Guitar for Beginners
At a $300 street price for the “worn” version, it’s a geat beginner guitar or even mid-range guitar. It has nice trapezoid inlays give the fretboard a cool look. While Mahogany is known for it’s “darker” tone, but since it’s thinner than a Les Paul, you get a nice balanced tone. The Grover tuners and “LockTone Tune-O-Matic” bridge help keep it in tune.
You can get this guitar in Cherry, Brown, or Ebony in a gloss painted or “faded” (aka “worn) finish. As you can see in the pic of me with my G400, mine is the Limited Edition Pirates of the Caribbean model. Some people don’t like graphics on their guitars. For me, it all depends on the graphic and I happen to like this one. So,”to each, his own” as the saying goes.
Painted or Worn?, That is the Question
While I love my painted G400, I admit there are times I wish I could be more rough and care-free with mine. Therein is downside to getting one of the painted G400’s – it makes you a lot more concerned about how you handle it (if you don’t want your nice finish all nicked up, that is. If you don’t care about that, it’s not an issue, but then I can’t see why you wouldn’t just save yourself some money and buy the unpainted model to begin with since they’re about $50 less).
There are also those who speculate that the unpainted versions let the wood “breathe” and resonate more thereby giving the guitar a “better” tone, but I haven’t seen any scientific data to support that. It does sound reasonable though and I wouldn’t doubt that there’s some bit of truth to it. Just how much difference it really makes on solid-body electric is the real question in my mind as far as that goes. I would imagine it might be noticeable when it comes to acoustic guitars, but on an SG? I doubt it’d be anything noticeable to the vast majority of us.
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