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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
  • Resonant solid mahogany body
  • super fast Slim-taper set-in mahogany neck
  • Versatile Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers with coil-split
  • Fully adjustable tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Wilkinson white Keystone style tuners
  • Case sold separately

Save a bundle without compromising in tone. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 39 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (32)
  • Good feel (29)
  • Fun to play (27)
  • Solid electronics (24)
  • Good pick up (21)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (32)
  • Practicing (29)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (7), Novice (3)

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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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Better used as a prop than an instrument

I've had this guitar for around 4 months now, and I've had nothing but problems with it.

I got it used, so it wasn't in pristine condition when I bought...Read complete review

I've had this guitar for around 4 months now, and I've had nothing but problems with it.

I got it used, so it wasn't in pristine condition when I bought it. But I've had success with second-hand gear, including guitars, so I knew it wouldn't be perfect.

On first glance, this seems like a quality guitar with a lot of nice features for a good price. While it is a good price, it is no where near even a low-end Gibson.
The pickups are shrill and empty sounding. I was never satisfied with the tone - too much crunch and no body. While it may have Alnico 5 magnets, that doesn't make it sound better. It just makes it sound brighter.

Further more, the pickups weren't potted correctly, so it makes them microphonic, causing a lot of feedback problems with distortion pedals.

The coil tapping might sound like a good idea, but on this it's just terrible. About 25% loss in volume, and no body to the sound whatsoever.
The body itself is alright, the set neck is in terrible condition. After I received it, (it was okay, no major problems) there were cracks along the neck joint (where the neck meets the body) and a month later it just cracked right along there. This was after the strap button near the butt just

Now, I take care of any guitar with a set neck, and this is not a recurring issue with my guitars. So this is definitely poor craftsmanship rather than user mishandling.

Before that, I had a lot of issues with it staying in tune. I felt like I was tuning after every note I played because it always sounded off.

Basically, this guitar could be a great player if Epiphone wanted it to be. But since they care more about money than they do making a quality instrument, you want a hard pass on this one.

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5.0

With a few mods, a great axe

By will00988

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    Bought this a year ago in Alpine White, and was incredibly playable right out of the box. The pickups were versatile and definitely not terrible, but not fantastic. I had them replaced with Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbuckers, and she was growling like a Gibby. The coil tapping is an amazing feature, and I can imagine this axe being a great project guitar, because the foundations are all there.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    High quality for a low price.

    By BRC

    from Indiana

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    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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      (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Poor Craftsmanship from Epiphone, why?

      By Roo63

      from California

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

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

      This is my second review. QA inspector 23 needs to be more tentative to his/her job at the craftsmanship area of this product before it goes out, the flaws on my second guitar was worse than the first. Sent the 1st one back for exchange, the second one sent back for full refund. Trying a different store now.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better than expected

      By Believer-Ha_LT

      from New Albany, Mississippi

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      Pros

      • Good Pups

      Cons

      • Heavy Headstock

      Best Uses

      • Good All-around Guitar

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

      I've been looking for an SG-type for a while. I saw this in Pelham Blue, and decided to give it a shot. After a couple of weeks, I can give it a four-star rating. It is a solid guitar. It has a very nice finish, a really nice neck (kinda medium chunky), it stays in tune, and it is fairly light-weight. I think I like the electronics best. I've owned a couple of Epis in the past, and the pups just weren't all that great. These are very good; not muddy at all. The pots are full-sized as well. Decent switch, and the coil-splitting works fine. Overall, I think a gigging musician would be very comfortable with this guitar. It does suffer from a little neck dive, but every SG I ever played did too. Not just a good guitar for the price, but a good guitar-period! I'm glad I bought it.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bottom Line: GET THIS

      By Jimmy

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Unique Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        To put it bluntly, this is an amazing guitar. I have not played any expensive guitars to really compare this to, but what I can tell you is this guitar is easily worth twice the price. I have the silverburst model and it is stunning. I have gotten many compliments from friends and fellow players. I could not be more happy with how it looks. How it plays... That is where it gets tricky. The neck is great. Good for people with small hands. Even though I have ape-sized hands, this still feels nice. The rosewood fretboard is very fast. Love it. One thing to note is the neck is HEAVILY glossed, so you might want to either take some high-grit sandpaper or fine metal wool and sand that gloss away (many YouTube show how to do this CORRECTLY) or just use a light touch on the back of the neck. The pickups are both good and bad. Clean tones are pretty good, but not the best. I still prefer single coils for clean tones, but that is just me. Crank these pups up and you get that classic rock and classic metal sound. The one gripe I have is that the pickups get somewhat muddy when you play chords. The pickups would be the only thing that I would replace. If you are on the fence about getting this, just get it. It is worth every penny. It is such a fun guitar to play. If you have extra money left over invest in some Classic '57s to replace the stock pickups.

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        (3 of 3 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!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          By Tom15

          from Seattle, Wa.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

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

            This SG is a big improvement over others I played a few years ago. Nice pickups, easy to play, and was set up well, right out of the box. Of course, I needed to put Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings on. The pickups are very good, my Pelham Blue SG
            looks much better than the photo on the web site.
            The coil splitting is really nice, can get a lot
            of sounds out of it. I couldn't be more pleased,
            I love this guitar!

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            (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Better used as a prop than an instrument

            By billdebrand

            from Champaign, IL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

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

              I've had this guitar for around 4 months now, and I've had nothing but problems with it.

              I got it used, so it wasn't in pristine condition when I bought it. But I've had success with second-hand gear, including guitars, so I knew it wouldn't be perfect.

              On first glance, this seems like a quality guitar with a lot of nice features for a good price. While it is a good price, it is no where near even a low-end Gibson.
              The pickups are shrill and empty sounding. I was never satisfied with the tone - too much crunch and no body. While it may have Alnico 5 magnets, that doesn't make it sound better. It just makes it sound brighter.

              Further more, the pickups weren't potted correctly, so it makes them microphonic, causing a lot of feedback problems with distortion pedals.

              The coil tapping might sound like a good idea, but on this it's just terrible. About 25% loss in volume, and no body to the sound whatsoever.
              The body itself is alright, the set neck is in terrible condition. After I received it, (it was okay, no major problems) there were cracks along the neck joint (where the neck meets the body) and a month later it just cracked right along there. This was after the strap button near the butt just

              Now, I take care of any guitar with a set neck, and this is not a recurring issue with my guitars. So this is definitely poor craftsmanship rather than user mishandling.

              Before that, I had a lot of issues with it staying in tune. I felt like I was tuning after every note I played because it always sounded off.

              Basically, this guitar could be a great player if Epiphone wanted it to be. But since they care more about money than they do making a quality instrument, you want a hard pass on this one.

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              5.0

              Husbands loves new guitar

              By musiccowgirl

              from Arizona

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

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

                this was a gift to my husband he is new to electric guitar , has played Acoustic . it was very easy to play sounds great , did have a set up done but didn't need much.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Mostly.

                By Sugarthumb

                from Groves, Texas.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

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

                  Great Guitar overall but the machines were terrible and needed immediate replacement. One would not tune period. Bad gear. I doubt they would have ever allowed the guitar to stayed in tune.

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