Epiphone G-400 Pro SG (HH) Solidbody Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
The original SG may have failed to impress Les Paul, but it did impress scores of other guitarists, including greats like Tommy Iommi, Eric Clapton, Angus Young and many more.
The Epiphone G-400 Pro is an affordable remake of the classic twin horn double cutaway shape guitar, albeit with modern enhancements meant to improve playability (via the SlimTaper D Profile), tuning accuracy and reliability (via the LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge) and expand its tone options (via its Coil Tapping enabled circuit).
- Body: Mahogany
- Finish: Cherry (pictured), Ebony
- Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic and Stopbar Tailpiece
- Pickups: Alnico V Humbuckers
- Neck: Mahogany (SlimTaper D Shape)
- Scale Length: 24.75”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12”
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.68”
- Controls: 2-volume with Coil Tap, 2-tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle switch
Many guitarists found this guitar to be a legitimate affordable alternative to the Gibson SG, so much so that some experienced players even compare it to vintage SGs, and do so favorably. The guitar's intonation and reliability were mentioned positively a number of times, along with its excellent build, considering its price. Another noteworthy feature that got mentioned quite a lot is its comfortable shape and weight, making it great for long practice and stage performances.
Most of the concerns raised by users point to cosmetic finish related issues, however they are quick to point out that these issues are minimal and do not affect the way the guitar plays or looks. There were also a few who found issues with their tuning machines.
If you're a fan of classic rock and the SG shape, the Epiphone G-400 Pro should be high on your priority list.
Unfortunately the Epiphone G-400 Pro SG is no longer available in stores but you can see alternatives in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.
See the video below to appreciate the Epiphone G-400 Pro SG and the sounds that it can produce: