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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar  

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Overview

  • Resonant solid mahogany body
  • super fast Slim-taper set-in mahogany neck
  • Versatile Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers with coil-split
Description & Specs
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    $582.00
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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.

 

Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar 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
 
4.3

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (27)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Solid electronics (21)
  • Good pick up (19)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (25)
    • Practicing (24)
    • Recording (14)
    • Small venues (14)
    • Rock concerts (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (25), Professional musician (5)

    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

     

    No. Absolutely NOT

    So I wanted this guitar, only because it looks like a Gibson SG Standard. Wrong. I go to guitar center, pick it up, and I was ashamed of myself. I played it...Read complete review

    So I wanted this guitar, only because it looks like a Gibson SG Standard. Wrong. I go to guitar center, pick it up, and I was ashamed of myself. I played it and it was horrible. I could barely fit my hand around the neck, it was as heavy if not heavier than a Les Paul. It has an okay tone, but not as good as I expected. I played the 2014 Gibson SG Junior and decided that one was better, I totally recommend that one. It feels amazing. all I am saying is do not waste your money on this. Spend 150 more for an actual, real sounding Gibson. Do yourself a favor.

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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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bang for the buck!

        By lowrider83

        from Austin, MN

        About Me Professional Musician

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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!

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        (2 of 2 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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Not A Gibson but, for the price not bad

          By Ed Devil

          from Fayette W.V.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Getting It All Out
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

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

            I had it now for 5 months. Came out box ready to Jam just need power. A flick of the switch. I have Gibson SGJ 2014 now.It's not close to it but not bad though for the price range. It's features cosmetically looks the same, and plays the same, sound same never!!! But Epi SG is really a fine guitar though. All and all, I don't regret buying it and will keep and play it years to come.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WHAT A DEAL!!

            By Fatheadcookie

            from Indianapolis

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

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

              Needed the neck slightly adjusted for my style of playing. Strings to high. Didn't care for the stock strings. Intonation was slightly off. no big deal. All an easy fix. The finish is perfect. The coil splitting is great. Now to be honest the neck on this 1966 version might be a little too wide for some players taste, but it works great for me. Might be the best guitar I've ever bought for the money. I've had great luck with Epiphone. Makes me want to play ACDC riffs all night!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best value in electric guitars

              By themiracleman

              from Whitesburg, KY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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 my first Epiphone as I own several Gibson SG's and bought this epi for my five year old son. I've played for twenty years and have always played SG's and I know this is exactly what a young beginner needs due to the small lightweight body. After looking over the specs I thought this guitar would be a lot of guitar for a beginner but one he could keep playing for many years. I am amazed at how great this guitar plays and feels. Man is this guitar pretty, honestly this guitar has a better finish on it than my latest 2013 Gibson sg standard and the inlays are nicer. The tuners hold good and the pickups sound really good also with the coil tap making a noticeable difference especially when playing clean. So if this guitar doesn't work out with him I will have no problem keeping this for myself.

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                (5 of 5 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.

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                1.0

                No. Absolutely NOT

                By Scott

                from Melbourne, Florida

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Fat Neck
                  • Heavy
                  • Not A Gibson
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

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

                    So I wanted this guitar, only because it looks like a Gibson SG Standard. Wrong. I go to guitar center, pick it up, and I was ashamed of myself. I played it and it was horrible. I could barely fit my hand around the neck, it was as heavy if not heavier than a Les Paul. It has an okay tone, but not as good as I expected. I played the 2014 Gibson SG Junior and decided that one was better, I totally recommend that one. It feels amazing. all I am saying is do not waste your money on this. Spend 150 more for an actual, real sounding Gibson. Do yourself a favor.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    it is all what i expected in a guitar

                    By dooman

                    from nh

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

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

                      the first one I ordered was damaged big time when I received it.i would recommend that the packaging procedure be reviewed packed in three boxes but outer box did not say that this had a fragile instrument. I do not believe that they ship there high end guitars the same way. all in all I was taken care of quickly and I am happy with the new epiphone sg

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