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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar is a Gibson-authorized version of their great '66 SG with a solid mahogany body and slim-tape...Click To Read More About This Product

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An all-mahogany body with Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers for Classic mid-60's SG tone.

The Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Electric Guitar is a Gibson-authorized version of their great '66 SG with a solid mahogany body and slim-taper set mahogany neck. Some subtle-yet-significant differences make this one special. Instead of the small, lower horn-only pickguard, it has the larger pickguard so there aren't any pickup mounting rings around the high-output Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers (the '66 SG had P-90 pickups).

Separate volume and tone controls for each of the pickups give you complete control of your sound and allows for a miriad of tones. The LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and make string changing easier. The deep double-cutaway body lets you reach all 22 frets with ease. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: SlimTaper
Neck wood: Mahogany
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Trapezoid
Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: Alnico Classic Pro
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Alnico Classic Pro Plus
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive pickups: Active
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: Push-pull coil splitting
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: Coil split
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Wilkinson
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Pickups
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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SPECIFICATIONS
Mahogany body
24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
22 Medium jumbo frets
Alnico Classic Pro neck humbucker with coil-split
Alnico Classic Pro Plus bridge humbucker with coil-split
LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
LockTone stopbar tailpiece
Wilkinson white Keystone style tuners
Chrome hardware
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EpiphoneLimited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 88 reviews)

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    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (6)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (70)
  • Good feel (66)
  • Fun to play (65)
  • Solid electronics (60)
  • Good pick up (57)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Fret buzz (3)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (64)
  • Practicing (61)
  • Recording (38)
  • Small venues (35)
  • Rock concerts (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (60), Professional musician (16), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Everything I expected !!

When this Epiphone "Limited Edition" (1966) G-400 Pro guitar arrived it blew my mind right out of the box! The intonation and setup is near perfect ! Sounds...Read complete review

When this Epiphone "Limited Edition" (1966) G-400 Pro guitar arrived it blew my mind right out of the box! The intonation and setup is near perfect ! Sounds great! The slim taper neck is a dream to play. Every bit as good as the original 1966 Gibson SG I used to own. The green tulip Wilkinson tuners are really NICE and neck inlays and overall craftsmanship is EXCELLENT ! This guitar has the "dual volume knob" coil taps which I really like. You pull the volume knob UP to get a single coil sound and push it DOWN to get the humbucker sound. This is a very good feature to get a variety of sounds with the Classic Alnico pickups. I have been playing this for a couple days now and it holds tuning very well. I've been playing this through a new Fender Mustang 1 amp and I can tell already that this guitar will be one of my main guitars for recording. This is one of the finest Epiphones I have ever owned and I'm so glad I bought it from Musicians Friend at a reduced price of [$].

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NIce Guitar - Quality Control, Not

Ordered the G-400 pro. Ordering was easy, delivery was fast. Finish was beautiful. I was more than pleased with the Pickups. Nice SG growl but the highs still cut through. No...Read complete review

Ordered the G-400 pro. Ordering was easy, delivery was fast. Finish was beautiful. I was more than pleased with the Pickups. Nice SG growl but the highs still cut through. No Fret Buzz anywhere on the neck. Good Volume Everything was great quality except for one careless defect. The housing for the peg on the G string that connects through the headstock to the machine heads in the back was not inserted properly into the headstock was not inserted properly. Instead of sitting flush against the headstock, it sticks up about 3/8" and is on a slight angle. It looks like it just wasn't pressed in properly. I kinda chuckled when I read a previous review where someone said that inspector 24 needs to have their eyes checked. This guitar was also inspected by #24. There is no way that anyone could miss this. One careless mistake while being built and an inspector that isn't doing the bare minimum of their job requirement turned this beautiful instrument into a warranty and return problem for me. It's too bad because this is a nice guitar.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything I expected !!

By Ronne

from Pennsylvania

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Slim taper neck is GREAT
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

    When this Epiphone "Limited Edition" (1966) G-400 Pro guitar arrived it blew my mind right out of the box! The intonation and setup is near perfect ! Sounds great! The slim taper neck is a dream to play. Every bit as good as the original 1966 Gibson SG I used to own. The green tulip Wilkinson tuners are really NICE and neck inlays and overall craftsmanship is EXCELLENT ! This guitar has the "dual volume knob" coil taps which I really like. You pull the volume knob UP to get a single coil sound and push it DOWN to get the humbucker sound. This is a very good feature to get a variety of sounds with the Classic Alnico pickups. I have been playing this for a couple days now and it holds tuning very well. I've been playing this through a new Fender Mustang 1 amp and I can tell already that this guitar will be one of my main guitars for recording. This is one of the finest Epiphones I have ever owned and I'm so glad I bought it from Musicians Friend at a reduced price of [$].

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This ax is the biggest bang for the buck I have found!

    By Axeman

    from Tulsa, Ok

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

        I picked around on one of these babies at GC while waiting on a buddy. I have to say I was really impressed. I already have a couple of Epiphones and neither have ever impressed me enough to do a show with. But this one I just couldn't get it out of my mind so I ordered one from MF. It played and sounded incredible right out of the box! I couldn't believe it; it was set up perfectly right down to the intonation. The pick ups are hot and they sound great. I own a 335 I bought new in 1989, a 339, and AAA Les Paul standard all 100% Gibson... and they all 3 are staying safe at home while I'm now gigging with this little darling. It is without doubt the biggest bang for the buck I have ever gotten in an ax and I think I am going to buy another one... just because!

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My First Real Guitar.

        By DanTheJamMan

        from Alabama.

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

        I got This 4 years ago, Besides my first guitar being a Dean Vendetta, I got this because of Angus Young.... Being a die hard ACDC fan when I was younger... watching him on stage was better then six flags in my opinion : ) Overall it is a Solid guitar... I picked this over this Gibson Faded SG, So that should tell you something in difference.... I still have,LOVE and play this... Everyday....

        (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Epiphone SG 1966 Re- Issue Pro Limited E

        By Edward M.

        from Little Falls, NY

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        Pros

        • I Judge By The 3 "f's"

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Finish

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this instrument for a great price. I couldn't wait to get it in my hand's. When it arrived and I unpacked it and started my inspection. (I adhere to the 3 F theory " Fit , Finish and Functionality") . First the Finish: Terrible. Second the Fit: In need of a good setup . The setup that came to my door was
          terrible. Third Functionality: The strings when plucked worked ,the electronic's all worked. I said ok I purchased this instrument to play not polish
          and look at. I tightened All of the Screw's, I mean everyone. The I set the trues rod and bridge and intonation. PERFECT. Now ,time to see what this bad boy can do. Amazing it doesn't seem to have any limitations except the expertise of the player. Needless to say I was blown away. The guitar is so amazing that the Finish became a non issue in that age old debate should I send it back and demand the picture perfect instrument in the picture. Of the 6 most noticeable imperfections in the finish I realized the 7th would be returning this incredible guitar. I can live with a bad finish but I can't live with a bad guitar. So my advice to you is this: If the Fit is good and the Functionality is good the rest (Finish) is in the eye of the beholder. For my money I got the best sounding and playing Guitar that was ever made.Sir Edward P.S. Always remember the 3 F's: Fit , Finish and Functionality.

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          NIce Guitar - Quality Control, Not

          By The Walrus was Paul

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • One Careless Error

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

          Ordered the G-400 pro. Ordering was easy, delivery was fast. Finish was beautiful. I was more than pleased with the Pickups. Nice SG growl but the highs still cut through. No Fret Buzz anywhere on the neck. Good Volume Everything was great quality except for one careless defect. The housing for the peg on the G string that connects through the headstock to the machine heads in the back was not inserted properly into the headstock was not inserted properly. Instead of sitting flush against the headstock, it sticks up about 3/8" and is on a slight angle. It looks like it just wasn't pressed in properly. I kinda chuckled when I read a previous review where someone said that inspector 24 needs to have their eyes checked. This guitar was also inspected by #24. There is no way that anyone could miss this. One careless mistake while being built and an inspector that isn't doing the bare minimum of their job requirement turned this beautiful instrument into a warranty and return problem for me. It's too bad because this is a nice guitar.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value and performance!

          By Solidfish47

          from Fargo ND

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

            This is a fantastic guitar. It plays and feels much better than my 2001 Epiphone g400. It has better tone and a better finish than my 2004 Gibson SG special. The finish is beautiful. Then neck is fast and straight. It is not neck heavy like other G400s. This guitar is hard to put down. Any SG lover can appreciate this guitar for its value and performance.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Brilliant SG

            By AJ Fast Fingers

            from New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Professional Quality
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Large Venues
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

              professional quality and the feel - tone and sustain I find to be just as good even better than the Gibson Standard SG. the EPIPHONE G-400 SG PRO is simply a Brilliant Guitar.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exceptionally good buy

              By BlackBelt

              from Memphis

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                The Epiphone Limited Edition SG Pro is a great deal on a solid guitar. I bought this intending to make it a project guitar by switching out the electronics and perhaps some of the hardware. However, when I received it, it was just a really great guitar right out of the box. I did have to do a basic setup on it, but other than that and conditioning the fretboard, it was perfect for me. The finish had a couple of small flaws, but they were so insignificant that I didn't notice them for a couple of days. And in this price range the finish was so much better than I expected. The fit is perfect. The neck was perfectly adjusted. All corners and edges are fitted correctly. All screws were properly tightened. I noticed that the screws on the back control cavity cover were made of a little softer metal than what I like to see. When I checked them for tightness I could feel the metal where the phillips head screwdriver contacted them giving a little. I will replace those with better stainless steel screws if I ever have a need to open that cavity.
                I typically play strats, tele's and pauls, but the neck on this SG has a different shaped profile. It's more of a "D" shape than the other guitars I own. It only took a little while to get used to that different shape, and I don't even think about it when switching between guitars now. The other difference between SG's and the other style guitars is that they hang differently when using a strap because of the location of the strap buttons. Just something to keep in mind if you haven't played a SG before.
                I love the coil tapping function so that I can switch from humbucker pickups to single coil for a brighter, thinner sound when needed. I did add straplocks to this guitar, but the original strap buttons are fine if you aren't doing stage work. The strings that came on the guitar were pretty cheap and I replaced those right away with my preferred brand and gauge.
                If I do anything to this guitar in the future it will probably be changing the nut from plastic to bone, and dressing the edges of the fret wires. Neither is a problem, but those things are usually just a nice touch and upgrade on any less expensive guitar.
                I had actually been looking at buying this guitar for awhile but kept putting it off because I didn't really need another guitar. After receiving this one I wish I had bought it earlier. It's a great guitar for beginner or an experienced pro that just wants a decent back up guitar.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A great deal!

                By lowrider83

                from Austin, MN

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                  I got the Pelham Blue, and actually a factory 2nd (slight finish nick on upper horn, barely noticable). Saved a nice chunk of change. Besides that nick, the finish quality is excellent, and it is a very sharp looking guitar. The playabilty and electronics were completely unaffected, and quite good out of the box. These were the most important factors to me, as this is meant to be a hard working, gigging axe. The setup was very good, but some small finishing touches to the nut and intonation turned a good playing guitar into an amazingly sweet player. I used to dislike Epi pickups, but recently they have improved greatly. The alnico classic pro's in this guitar show none of the weakness and muddiness I've heard from less recent examples. They have good response and power, with a very even tone. The coil splitting is extremely useful, taking into account the slight volume loss, and gives a decent single coil sound. Not as sharp as a good Strat pup, but still very useful for live show purposes. The guitar is slightly neck heavy, but nothing a good leather strap can't deal with. Overall, with just the tiniest tweaks, this budget guitar has become my main back-up axe on stage, and my go-to for certain recording uses. DO NOT be put off by the name or price, with a little know-how this guitar can be the equal of its WAY more spendy Gibson brethren! Also this model is no longer in production, so strike while the iron is hot. I've had excellent luck with Epi's that carry the 'Limited Edition Custom Shop' stamp like this one, and very highly recommend them. Bear in mind that I also own two high end PRS guitars (a Modern Eagle Quattro and a 513), so I'm not easily impressed!

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Quality guitar, worth the wait

                  By Zompirewolf

                  from Illinois, USA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Cheap
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone
                  • Low price

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                    This guitar is basically a 1960's Epiphone SG model. I was looking for a white SG model that wasn't the horrible new 2014 Gibson SGs and stumbled onto this awesome guitar. When I saw it also had the coil-splitting feature, I was sold and ordered it. Sadly, it was on backorder for a few months, but it was worth the wait.

                    The guitar came in looking pristine and built solid. The factory setup was pretty bad to be honest (buzzy and bad intonation) but after getting new strings and a professional setup, the guitar feels fantastic and sounds great. Epiphone pickups are usually generally considered pretty low quality, but these sound clear, bright, and fairly good as opposed to the muddy and dark pickups on my Epiphone Dot. The coil-splitting works great and the pickups sound good both humbucking and as single coils. They have a medium output which is great for a variety styles.

                    The finish and the aesthetics of the guitar are very nice. The output, electronics, and knobs feel solid and well-built. The neck is comfortable and the fretboard feels great. It's not as pretty as more expensive guitars, but the inlays are a nice touch.

                    WARNING: This guitar as a very thick neck that some people would not enjoy. It's kind a of a retro-style neck and feels very thick and large as opposed to many others I have played. I personally love the thicker neck, though it does seem to outweigh the light-weight SG body so there is a bit of neck-dive, which is common with SG guitars.

                    Overall, I am very happy with this purchase, and it has become my primary guitar. It's unique, looks and sounds great, and sort of feels like a blast from the past. I play in a rock/metal band and I feel this guitar has the signature SG sound reminiscent of Tony Iommi and classic metal, though its clean sounds are very nice as well and I use the guitar for a variety of styles. Despite how cheap this guitar goes for, it's not cheaply made and is high quality for an Epiphone guitar. I recommend it!

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Pretty cool

                    By Brett

                    from Hephzibah GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Coil tapping

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                    i got the pelham blue guitar a couple months ago. it was set up pretty good out of the box. the action may be a little higher than some people prefer, but its not bad. plus, i like to play some slide, so not a problem for me. i wouldnt call mine a slim taper neck, it is actually pretty chunky. it is only a tiny bit smaller than my classical guitar, but its very comfortable and easy to get around. the pickups could be better i suppose, but pretty good for the price. the only issue i have is i wish the pickups split to the outside coils instead of the inside. but over all a great guitar for the money. plays good, sounds good, and looks killer. my current favorite

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    She's a beauty!

                    By Jones

                    from WV

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      Great guitar! I've been playing a limited edition Gibson SG, and this Epi stacks up pretty well. I got the cherry color and it is a very dark color, which looks great with the chrome hardware and full "batwing style" pickguard. The pickups sound good, and the fit and finish are good on this guitar, but I can totally tell a difference in the finish detail on the Gibson. It just has a smoother play. Not a knock on this guitar at all as it is about a third the price, and outplays anything in it's class.

                      I've had Fender Squires and Modern Players before, and numerous Epiphones, and Epiphone's quality and craftsmanship is definitely the higher end of the low end guitars. They just feel more like the "real deal" than the Fenders, been more reliable, and are just a very good guitar for your money. It would be hard to find a better value than this guitar.

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great bang for the buck!

                      By lowrider83

                      from Austin, MN

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Hangs Well
                      • Looks Cool
                      • Not heavy
                      • Quality Craftsmanship
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Covers All The Bases
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      When you find a guitar that looks this good, plays this well, and sounds this good...well, you keep it! The price was just icing on the cake! I even saved a bit because mine is a factory 2nd due to a TINY nick on the finish that nearly takes a magnifying glass to see!
                      Epiphone has really upped their game in overall quality,and especially in their pickups. No more 'mudbuckers', these Alnico Classics have great clarity and bark, and the coil splitting makes them extremely versatile and fun to work with in all situatiions. I just picked up the new Ltd. Ed. TV Pelham Blue SG Custom with Maestro trem, and it is also an amazing value and a great overall guitar. The kicker for me comes when compared to my EVH Wolfgang. Both SG's perform better for me, as well as giving me a better sound. That's not just IMHO,our FOH guy absolutely loves the SG's compared to the EVH...at less than 1/4 the cost, that's quite a testimonial!

                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Sweet Epiphone SG 1966 G-400 PRO

                      By Raider0045

                      from St Louis

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone
                      • Pickups
                      • Setup
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • Tuners

                      Cons

                      • Thicker Neck

                      Best Uses

                      • Classic Rock Gigs
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      Very impressed. I have 10 other guitars, but have always wanted an SG. I walked away from a half dozen other SGs previously because they wouldn't stay in tune. I have badly wanted a 1966 with full pickguard and figured I might as well figure in the cost of a good setup with my luthier. Wow, when I recieved this, no need to see my luthier.
                      TUNERS - Out of the box, the Wilkinson tuners stayed in tune. They had a very gentle smooth movement and no "ping" in the nut when I turned the tuners. Great intonation. I was surprised at this setup.
                      NECK - no fret buzz, but action was a bit high, so I lowered it at the bridge. I am a Fender guy and will always prefer my Strats and Teles, so its taking me just a bit to get used to the close fingering of lead runs on the shorter scale. That is OK, but the thicker D shaped neck tires my hand as the neck doesn't feel like butter in my hands, which is the case for all my Fenders. Tis OK. I knew this going in and it still works for me. Fret ends are smooth.
                      PICKUPS - Wow.. I don't like my Gibson Les Paul, and had to toss out the "over the top" muddy humbuckers for Phat Cat P90s, But, these SG pups have a lower output, near 8kOhms, so, they are classic rock, and I don't hear the mud I usually hear with humbuckers. This is SWEET.
                      KNOBS - Yes, this guitar has coil splitting knobs, so when I need more treble, I cut to single coil. Pickups are evenly balanced. I like the tone in both pups with knobs in all but the most treble rolloff possitions.
                      BODY - I have cherry with large black pickguard (something I have always wanted.) Yes, I know it has a veneer top, but you can't tell from looking. Quality is great. KILLER LOOKS.
                      TEST DRIVE - Typical SG songs - Back in Black, War Pigs (spot on!) Allright Now, Sunshine of Your Love, Sweet Emotion, Dazed and Confused / Stairway to Heaven (all great and really fine Jimmy Page tone, but I will stick with the Tele for Stairway-(Tele better acoustic and clean sound). Little Wing (not so much, will have to stay with a Fender for Hendrix.)
                      SUMMARY: I hope you can tell this is a really fine low cost guitar for classic rock. I will be keeping it, but it won't be my 4 hour gigger simply because of the thicker neck. This is the only reason, I am not giving it an Excellent rating. Still, I would recommend this guitar for purchase IF YOUR SETUP IS AS GOOD AS MINE = NO TWO ARE EVER THE SAME. Free case to boot.

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent guitar.

                      By Kirby

                      from Idaho Falls, Idaho

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Action High At The Nut

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      When this first arrived from MF, I expected that I would have to adjust the action, which was high at the nut, so I had a local guitar shop lower it (I didn't have the tools to do it, but he did it while I waited, and it only took 5 minutes). I was able to adjust the action at the bridge just fine. I didn't have to adjust the neck. Of course, it was out of tune (It was shipped from Kansas City to Idaho. What did you expect?), so I tuned it. When the SG first came out, it was nick-named "the fretless wonder" because it was so easy to play. Well, it still is! I've owned or played about every other brand out there, and this is absolutely my favorite guitar to play. It's light, not neck-heavy, and with its fret access all the way up to the 22nd fret, its ringing tone, and with the split-coil sounds I can get, this is the best bang-for-the-buck guitar I've ever owned. Also, the color is very cool (Pelham blue).

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      An excellent guitar for all.

                      By A Guitarist

                      from Minnesota

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • well built
                      • Well Set Up

                      Cons

                      • a little neck heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Being Awesome For Cheap
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                      I bought one in Ebony, and it was built in China.

                      This is an excellent, well built, great sounding guitar. Don't let the Epiphone name fool you. It may have been built in China but was set up and signed off in the US.

                      The guitar is weighty, but not heavy. This is to be expected when buying a large chunk of Mahogany, though (both the body and neck are solid Mahogany.) The fretboard is real Rosewood. My one complaint against this guitar, and it is minor, is that it is a little neck heavy.

                      The neck is set into the body, just like a real Gibson. The fretboard is, in fact, bound (using thin strips of Rosewood,) and nicely rolled on the edges. The neck is well set, with no wiggle, seam, or crack, and it feels very solid. It is a little chunkier than I was expecting, but not in a bad way. Let's say it fills the hand nicely. It is a bit slimmer in profile near the headstock, and gets just a bit fatter the further up the neck you go. The frets are well dressed, and there are no sharp edges on the neck or frets. All in all a well done fretboard and neck.

                      The pickups are nice classic style humbuckers, and feature real coil-tapping (there is no snap or hum when engaged.) They are NOT high-output pickups, just nice old-school humbuckers. With the coils tapped, they sound a little bit like the old P-90 pickups (not as twangy or high endy as say a Fender style pickup.) The knobs and switch feel very solid. The knobs have a nice feel to the throw and the push-pull part clicks nicely and does not feel cheap. The switch has a nice satisfying snap to it, and is all metal, as is the input jack.

                      The tuners are NOT Grover, as stated in the description. They are Wilkinson Deluxe 14:1 ratio Vintage Classic tuners, which are really just as good. The bridge is your good old Tune-o-Matic stopbar tailpiece. What can you say? It's perfect.

                      I could not find one flaw in the finish of the guitar, and believe me I looked hard. The black is nice and even, and the Epiphone logo and flower thing are inlay on the headstock, and not just screenprinted like Gibson do now. The inlay work on the fretboard is nowhere near the level of workmanship shown by Gibson, but still looks great. There is a small seam of black filler material around each crown inlay, but it is not noticeable from more than 2 feet away. Mine did have 3 very small dings in the pickup covers, but they are very small and do not detract from the look.

                      I have not had my friend set up the guitar yet, but it feels really nice right out of the box. The neck looks to be nice and straight and the strings are well in line with the neck. No fret buzz anywhere on the fingerboard, intonation seems right by my tuner, and the nut looks to be very well set. He probably won't have to do too much with it.

                      This guitar has a very dark tone to it, probably a product of the Mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard, and lower-output humbuckers. I really like the sound. Great low end tones, smooth mellow high end, and well rounded middles. Note: there is no twang or crispity clean highs with this guitar. Go buy a Telecaster if that's what you want.

                      A beginner should be extremely proud to own this guitar. It is very well built and will last a long time. More advanced players will love it as a new main guitar or awesome backup/second/third guitar. It really looks and sounds the part.

                      I trust this guitar enough to use it as one of my two main gigging guitars (the other being a Fender MexiCaster,) and it has become my new favorite playing guitar.

                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best value for a great guitar

                      By Mike the Knife

                      from Georgia

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                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great Finish
                      • Setup Was Perfect

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                        I always wanted my own SG and finally got one of these Limited '66 versions with the full pickguard and no pickup rings! All the others have pickups bucking up out of the ring, either upper or lower edge of the pickup sticks up, due to the center mount. Not these! The finish and look of this Epiphone is better than any of the Gibson's with silkscreen Gibson labels--they just look flat and cheap, while the Epiphone looks much more expensive. The only difference from the specs in the description, is the tuners on mine are Wilkinson vintage. Which are equal quality to the Grovers for me. Stays in tune well! I switched to Earnie Ball Super Slinkys-9's, after a week and much easier to play! I like the pickups OK, but will be changing the bridge for a Tonerider Alnico IV PAF. The rosewood fretboard is awesome and it's light weight on the strap or in my lap is such a difference from the heavy Les Paul or even my Strat. Great practice guitar that looks good enough to play anywhere.

                        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic Value!

                        By Ken

                        from Sydney, Australia

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                        • Cellophane Protection
                        • Label On The Pickguard

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Will Use For Practice
                        • Will Use In Bandk

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                        While browsing the Musician's Friend web site, I saw this one-time add for the Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 Pro Guitar with Blemishes. I've always dreamed of owning a Gibson SG and thought this might be a good alternative. So I ordered it. I was very surprised when I received it and didn't find any blemishes (it was perfect). Also, the sound and feel was great. I was especially taken back by the pickups and the various controls to get different sounds (e.g. pulling out the volume controls to change the pickup setting). The only negative was the large label on the pick guard which I immediately pulled off. Unfortunately, the glue stuck and it looked awful. However, I realized that the whole guitar body was covered in a thin sheet of cellophane. Once I removed this, it looked great!!! It would have been great if there had been instructions on this. Based on this purchase, I see an Epiphone Les Paul purchase in my future.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        They were right!

                        By musicman 1

                        from Logan WV

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Looks
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Rock Concerts
                          • School Bands
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                          I noticed the affordable price of this guitar and checked out as many reviews as I could. Almost every review was five stars.....people seemed to love this guitar. So I decided to give it a try. I usually tweak most of the guitars that I get in this price range, but, to my delight, nothing was needed! Tuners...good. Pickups....great. Set up and playability....right on. Appearance and build quality....excellent. And the best part is the fabulous vintage tone and vibe this guitar delivers.......definitely a keeper for me!

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          High quality for a low price.

                          By BRC

                          from Indiana

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                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Solid Electronics

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • Rock Concerts

                            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar:

                            Out of the box it played and sounded good. The setup is good for a factory setup. The only thing I needed to do was to very slightly adjust the intonation on the D and high E. Action, neck relief, fret ends, nut, etc... all good.

                            I lowered the action just a tiny bit on the low E side just for personal preference. Out of the box it was set at about 5/64" on the low E side. I could have left it as is and been just fine. The stock strings are decent enough that I won't need to change them for a little while. I'll eventually change them out for my preferred strings.

                            I was concerned I wouldn't like the neck, but the neck is very similar to a Gibson SG Special that I used to have and loved. The one I received is not neck heavy at all. Very balanced both with and without a strap and regardless of if I'm sitting or standing.

                            The tuners are good. The push-pull pots are a nice addition, and the alnico pickups aren't muddy or too shrill.

                            I've owned guitars that cost much more that were not as nice and didn't play as well as this one does out of the box.

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