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Epiphone G-400 Deluxe Electric Guitar (No Pickguard)  

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The SG is a classic rocker, and the new Epiphone G-400 Deluxe Electric Guitar version leaves off the pickguard for a super clean look. All the other ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A no-frills version of the classic SG!

The SG is a classic rocker, and the new Epiphone G-400 Deluxe Electric Guitar version leaves off the pickguard for a super clean look. All the other G-400 features remain, including the Alnico V humbuckers, tune-o-matic bridge, an all-mahogany back for maximum sustain and gutsy tone. Its ultrafast, slim-tapered set neck allows blistering leads. Beautiful Honeyburst finish. Limited lifetime warranty.


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My new favorite guitar

By peppy epi

from US

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This is my new favorite guitar. I've owned and sold countless Gibsons and Fenders, but I'm really satisfied with the new Epiphones that are being made right now. This is my second Epiphone, and I have to say that Epiphone's QC department is on top of their game. Gibson should start taking notes from Epiphone. Sorry, but for what you have to pay for a Gibson, you shouldn't have to get cut up on sharp fret ends and have to lower the action over 1/4 inch. As was the case with my first Epipone that I bought earlier this year, the action was perfect and the frets were well dressed and the fret ends were smooth.Fit and finish on my G-400 Deluxe was pretty much near perfect. The burst finish over the flame top is really great. This Epi SG plays great, has smooth frets with no sharp ends, intonation was almost spot on, action was nice and low, and the neck was straight. The tuners are Grover tuners, and work well. I haven't had any tuning problems with either of my Epiphones. The stock pickups are decent. They're the only "weakness" on the guitar. For clean to moderate distorted/crunch tones, they're more than adequate, but if you really crank the distortion, the pickups are way too muddy. Also, I think Epiphone is using linear taper potentiometers. There's a huge volume/tone change from 0-3, and then not much of a change after that. Install some audio tape pots and high quality pickups and you'd have a better sounding guitar than an American made Gibby for less than half the price. Epiphone had to scrimp somewhere to be able to offer these guitars at such a low price. Fortunately, swapping out pickups is a real easy fix. For the price, Epiphone is almost giving these guitars away. The quality of these guitars rivals many American made guitars costing 5 times as much. Out of the box, this guitar is great, but when you upgrade the electronics and volume/tone controls, it will blow you away. I've been playing almost 20 years and previously would only play American made Fenders or Gibsons. But, I think that Epiphone is giving its customers the most bang for your buck right now. Quality is excellent, and the tone is great. The high quality guitar you get for the price you pay is the best deal in guitars right now. Just my 2 cents.


good guitar

By Theoneguywiththeguitar

from Huntington, West Virginia

This guitar is a very reasonable workhorse.I have taken a few days to get used to and play it before I took the time to write this. The first thing a potential buyer should do is properly set it up then it should be just fine. The sound is clean and clear. notes from the first to the last fret are crisp and sharp and the humbucking pickups have good sustain. The neck is thicker and takes a while to get used to, but becomes very comfortable after a while. I am going to get a bit more aquainted with it before I play it live, but the sound is specifically what I am looking for. The finish is a sight to behold because the flame in the maple matches better than the picture shows. The brilliance of the wood makes it almost seem 3-D. I would suggest this to anyone wants a good playing nice sounding instrument. ENJOY!!!!


Stunningly Beautiful Performer

By Frankentron5000

from Anaheim, CA

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I already own two Epiphones, a Les Paul Custom and a '67 Flying V. Both play incredibly well, are finished beautifully, and play flawlessly. And though this G-400 was less expensive than the other two guitars, its sound and finish easily match, if not surpass, their quality. I'm incredibly happy with this purchase. Especially since I can play my Epiphones on stage, have a great sounding instrument, and not worry about scratches or dings. These are working musicians' instruments, not closet showpieces. Set them up properly and they will play in tune, stay in tune and give you good solid service. I'm forever sold on Epiphone.


Great Guitar!!!!

By EpIphOnE sG DeLUxE

from San Diego, California

Wow!!!! I am really happy with this guitar. The pickups are good for AC/DC kind of songs. I play metal and other heavy styles of music so I would put in Seymour Duncan Blackouts, but I like how the hardware is all gold and I don't want to mess it up. There is nothing to change on this guitar. It stays in tune REALLY long so that is cool. Overall it is a good guitar for an amazing price so hurry up and buy it before the price goes up again.


Alright overall

By nataliesilva

from lake city, florida

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I had my eye on this before I walked into the store. The truth is that it looks really great. Probably better under lights! Another plus was how light it was. The neck was alright. Probably takes a little getting used to. The tone and volume knobs seemed pathetic to me. Very wobbly....Getting to the sound. I imagine that it sounds decent, but it just really wouldn't stay in tune. I was hoping this guitar would be as good as I was expecting. It had Grovers on there, but it would go out as I was playing and I'm not a heavy player at all....So that's a little heads up. Again it's beautiful. ha ha. but it wasn't worth playing to me. I left with a Strat. I didn't even know I liked Fender. lol Hope this helps some.


Surprising Value

By Crynshame

from Louisville, TN

I currently own three Gibson Electric Guitars including Les Paul and this is my second EPI (this doesn't include my bass guitars.) My son has taken over my Strat and I wanted a banger guitar that was lightweight with a decent Gibson like sound. Believe me, you have no idea how beautiful this guitar is from this picture. It blew my mind how pretty. Close up the detail is amazing and from a distance almost like a gold top Les Paul. The guitar does not have the SG pick guard but one look and you will know why. I wouldn't cover an inch of that beautiful finish. Hey its for hacking so I was sold.Now comes the surprise. The Alnico V humbuckers pickups on this guitar are fantastic. I mean they're not matching Gibson 490s but still hard to believe. They're much louder/more sensative than the EPI Classic Humbuckers. They have a better than average sustain. The low end is mild with an attenuated high end.To put that in simple terms, its loud with an exceptional mid-range to high end frequency response which is exceptional for lead. If you want a good priced rhythm look at the EPI Dot Archtop which is copy of the Gibson ES 335 but if lead is your thing, wow what guitar. It also means if you are into multi-effects boxes, you get much more distinctive sounds especially from distortion type effects being chorded or tremolo type effects. The action isn't as fast as the Les Paul but better than the Epi Dot Archtop or ES 335. Surprisingly for once buying an EPI, I didn't have to adjust the action or intonation. After seeing the quality of the workmanship and knowing this comes from EPIs Custom shop, they must have one guy who really his knows his stuff in that department. Its not a Strat so you don't get twangy but if looking for a classic Gibson clean sound, IMHO this is close as you are going to get without buying a Gibson. Its so good sounding I doubt the thought will ever cross my mind to change to American Gibson pickups. IMHO, the pickups alone are worth it let alone the finish which is a good three times better. I expect once enough people get their hands on this limited edition custom shop guitar, its going to sell like pancakes.



By McLovin-z_q_B

from Motown, MI

This is a great guitar. Well worth the money paid for it. Its finish looks great, and it plays amazingly. Once I put some new strings on it it sounded great. The only complaint I have is that the neck is pretty heavy, but once you get used to it it isn't a big deal. Overall, this is a great guitar to buy.


Gorgeous guitar

By Low Brawl

from Phoenix,AZ

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Let me qualify my review by saying this is my first SG and my first Epiphone. I bought this guitar thinking I could use it as a loaner to my friends because it isn't very expensive. However,now that I see what a great guitar it is I probably wont lend it to anyone. It is so gorgeous and seems to play and sound just fineto this relatively new guitar player who has been previously spoiled by higher end fender strats and teles. It is hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with this guitar. And yes, the way the guitar is weighted, the head drops when you let go of it, unlike my fenders. I don't know if most or all SGs (Gibson and Epiphones)do this.


Excellent Guitar

By Jonan-o4k1y

from Orlando

I have owned this G-400 Deluxe guitar now for about 2 months and still love it. I play it about 2 hours every night and it stays in tune wonderfully. I probably only have to tune it every three days or so and even then it is only a minor tweak on one or two of the strings. Everyone who has seen it says it looks beautiful and can't believe that Epiphone makes such high quality guitars. The only complaint I have is that it is very neck heavy but that is to be expected with a SG. I would recomend this guitar to anyone.

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