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Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar  

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        Epiphone

        An iconic guitar with vintage appointments and Alnico P90 pickups.

        The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit faithfully turns back the clock and gives you an affordable iconic instrument that sounds and plays like you've stepped back in time.

        Like the original, The Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary '1961' SG Special Outfit features a mahogany body and mahogany neck with a SlimTaper 1960s 'D' profile. And like vintage SGs, the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit has a hand-set 24.75" scale neck with a 12-inch radius, a rosewood fingerboard, a 1.68" nut width for tuning stability during bends, Wilkinson vintage 14:1 ivory button machine heads, and a classic '60s-era Epiphone logo on the headstock.

        No detail of the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit has been missed. The Alnico P-90R Soapbar neck pickup and the Alnico P-90T Soapbar bridge pickup are perfect for players who want elements of both single and double coil sounds in one pickup.

        The mix of mahogany and Alnico P90s gives the Epiphone '1961' SG Special Outfit a unique sound that is both modern and classic. The vintage style black controls with metal inserts include neck volume and tone and bridge volume and tone, allowing for an infinite variety of tone combinations.

        The all-metal three-way toggle switch is designed by Epiphone, and the wrap-around 'Lightning Bar' combination stopbar adjustable bridge provides tuning and intonation stability.

        Includes special 50th Anniversary padded gig bag.

        Features
        • Limited Run
        • Alnico P90 pickups
        • Mahogany body and neck
        • Glued in mortise and tenon neck/body joint
        • Original sustain enhancing "Wraparound Lightning Bar" tailpiece
        • Original 1961 "Slim Taper" D shape neck
        • Wilkinson Vintage 14:1 tuning machines

        Step back in time with this affordable classic. Order your color today.

         

        Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar Specifications:

        • 24.75" scale
        • 12" neck radius
        • 1.68" nut width
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        EpiphoneLimited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar
         
        4.7

        (based on 28 reviews)

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        93%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good tone (15)
        • Good feel (14)
        • Good pick up (14)
        • Fun to play (11)
        • Solid electronics (11)

        Cons

        • Fret buzz (3)

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (12)
        • Practicing (12)
        • Small venues (11)
        • Recording (10)
        • Rock concerts (9)
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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I hope they make more like this.

        By clinton stephenson

        from Cincinnati

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Loud Use It Very Loud
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

        Gibson models cost more for a good reason- skilled labor is expensive. Gibson guitars have more attention paid to the final fret dress and overall setup than do Epiphones it seems.
        I have several Epiphone guitars and they all needed setup and some attention to the frets in order to get the action adjusted properly without any notes choking. All guitars must be set up and strings replaced when new, but not all guitars have the need for a fret level job straight out of the box.
        Once the two or three high frets were tapped properly into the rosewood, and the lightest fret level and crown was carried out, these Epis play and sound so very good.
        The finish on the two I have, one white, the other ebony, is great for the type of finish it is- urethane put on thick enough to grain fill and level out- right to the brink of running it appears, then buffed to a gloss.
        Like all the other rosewood fingerboard equipped Epiphones I have, this one had buffing compound and black metal oxides filling the pores of the rosewood fretboard, causing my fingers to turn black at the tips when I played for a while. I got the black stuff out of the rosewood by scrubbing with a naphtha wetted rag after the fret dress job.
        The pickups are excellent, to my way of thinking and hearing, better than the Gibson pickups in my Les Paul Special. The growl and unique p-90 tones are complemented by the well-chosen capacitor value in the the tone circuit.
        Even with the tone pots turned to zero, a useful, familiar tone is achieved, and when put through a fuzz, it's every classic heavy grind you could never quite get from a hum bucker guitar or tele.
        Unlike the SG guitars I have with hum buckers, all three switch positions are useful on this guitar, bridge, both, and neck positions are putting out good stuff. It's hard to find an adjustment or pickup switch combination that does not sound killer.
        The bridge pickup-to-bridge distance is greater than the pickup-bridge distance on most other SGs I've seen, thus making the bridge pickup less sharp and cutting than it would be if it were to have been routed and mounted closer to the bridge. Because this classic reproduction model thankfully sports a wraparound bridge, the pickup is moved farther from the bridge than it would have been had a tune-o-matic setup been used.
        Gibson found out the hard way back in the 1960s that there needs to be a pretty good bit of wood between the holes for the threaded bridge bolts of a wraparound bridge and the hole routed for the bridge pickup.
        Similarly, the neck pickup is further from the neck than for example a Les Paul's. Neck-to-body joint failure in the classic old days was cured by moving the neck pickup rout away from the neck joint, allowing more wood to be glued together for a stronger construction.
        The result of the neck pickup being further towards the bridge is a more sharp sound compared to a guitar where the neck pickup is right up against the fretboard.
        Once set up and fret dressed, this thing stays in tune and sounds great.
        The pots and switch are full sized and work just fine so far.
        The tuners are not those sad stamped cover bogus ones that the even more inexpensive Epiphones have, these tuners look nice, are smooth mechanically and hold tuning well, and are lightweight, which is important on an SG to improve balance.
        Wonderful guitar. I even am loving the urethane finish, it's so rugged that I don't have to worry so much about rubbing through or scratching it easily, nor do I have to worry about the guitar stand eating into the finish.
        This is a well thought out, excellent guitar.
        Oh, I found the pickups sound best when the bridge pickup is adjusted so close to the strings than the pickup screw or cover is in a little danger of a string hitting, where the neck pickup needs to be sunken into the body pretty far, I have my neck pickup adjusted so the pickup is just proud of the level of the pick guard.

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        5.0

        LOVE THIS GUITAR

        By cali2112

        from Stephenson Va.

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Very Nice Playable Neck

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

          I got this guitar about a month ago. It has become my favorite very quickly. Everything was perfect out of the box. I had a few friends play it and got an offer for her but I already fell in love. This is the 2nd guitar I bought from MF and had 0 problems.

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          5.0

          P90 experence

          By Superdave

          from Flint Mi

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • P90 Wow
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

            Something new for me both my les paul and sg have p90 and sound clean and great through boss pedals.These guitars are out of production so get them if you can.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A superb P-90 experience for the money

            By dFluctibus

            from Blue State, Northeast US

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Needed Setup

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

            If you like the P-90 sound, you need this guitar. And, at a little less than three hundred, why not?

            The neck is an ultra-slim profile, and came with just the tiniest bit of relief, which is just the way I like it. I also have the Epi G-400 Custom reissue from 1999, an SG Les Paul. The neck on this SG Special is the thinner of the two.

            The action needed major work though, as the assembler had put too many foam spacers in the bridge pickup cavity, making the bridge pickup too high, and impossible to lower. The neck pickup was too low, and impossible to raise.

            The setup was done around the bridge pickup height, and out of the box, the action was way too high. So I had to take the pick guard off, remove the extra spacers from the bridge pickup cavity, and put them in the neck pickup cavity where they belonged. After I did this, viola! Pickup height became adjustable again. I restrung with 10-46's, and tweaked the nut a tiny bit. I have a light touch, prefer a low action, and was able to get exactly what I like.

            Initially, I thought the 'wonder-bar' stop bridge was a bug, but as it turns out it is a feature. The fixed saddles are perfectly placed; the intonation on this guitar is superb, far better than many more expensive guitars with complex bridge designs.

            Can't say the same for the black plastic nut. I'll be replacing this, probably sooner rather than later.

            Sound-wise, this is everything you'd expect. The over-drive sound is hot and feral; the clean sound is bright and nuanced. It works really well with a Marshall plexi, or Vox AC-30 overdrive.

            Judging from other reviews, many of these are ready to play out of the box. Sadly, I didn't get one of those. But even if you need to take the guitar for a pro setup, at the asking price, it's still worth it. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat, and recommend it wholeheartedly.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar, as Expected!

            By Pete

            from Wiggins, MS

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

            This is a great guitar! I got mine in Alpine White and it looks great. The only things I do not like are the finger grunge from the fret board and the orange toggle switch knob. Apparently Epiphone uses a treatment on the fret boards that is not adequately dried when delivered. A few cleanings and it disappears. I replaced the toggle switch cover to a white one. The "aged" cover looked out of place on a black and white guitar. The tone and playability are to kill for. The pickups are hot and have the bark and bite a P90 should have. The setup was good out of the box, and only tuning was required to play. I was concerned about the lightning bridge, and it appears to be a hybrid between a compensated saddle and a "normal" bridge. As the intonation was good, this is not a problem thus far. There are two set screws to adjust, should a problem arise. I put .010-.046 strings on it, and it plays like a dream. Throught a DRRI it sounds like an SG should. I love this guitar, and at this price! Epi says this is a limited run, but I do not know how long a run that would be.
            Also, Kudos to Musicians Friend! I ordered on Thursday night and received the guitar on the following Monday! Not as fast as Wiley Coyote with Acme, but nearly!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            epiphone 50th anniversary 61 sg

            By ED Dee

            from Rochester NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Absolutely None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Should Be Set Up Better
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

            this guitar is a great little secret. I love it but it could have a better set-up. A great deal is only a great del if your not spending another hundred to set it up. Neck adjustments and string height should be donemore effectively.
            ed

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great

            By ant

            from wilmington de

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

              i loved this guitar when i first seen it,so there really could be nothing wrong with it for me, it has some small dots in the paint but thats just very small, besides that it was setup almost perfect, the string hight is low, the pickups sound great, the color of the guitar(cherry)was amazing, the bridge is solid with no buzzing from the pickups really, p90s will have some buzzing, the neck is not really that heavy to me it might be to somebody else but i rest my palm on the bridge and my arm on the upper body so it stays up for me. the nut that came with mine is almost white not black like in the photo, maybe the newer made ones have a white nut. but anyway this guitar sounds great, plays very smooth and is light weight, i mean it is easly worth much more than the price. it is so great even if you like your guitars to be spotless and absolutly perfect just buy this and do what ever you want to it. bottom line just get this dont pass it by because its limited and its just special. sorry about spelling was always to busy learning importint things like music. goodbye thanks for reading hope i helped.

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              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Will be my # 1 after mods

              By Capt PROZAC

              from EDison,, N.J.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar for one reason, To turn it into a Tony Iommi Monkey clone. It arrived early & packed very well. in very good shape. Not a scratch on it. The set up was awful & unplayable
              out of the box. The bridge is GARBAGE, but I knew that before I bought. So I changed the bridge to a Schaller & got a pro set up, Now it plays like a dream. The pickups are better than I thought they would be, i'll be changing them to chrome John Birch pups. For me its just a plank for mods. Fit & finish is great. To play as is I would not. The bridge is useless, just a paper weight. The tuners are O.K. for now. Plan on spending some extra cash on a good set up & a good bridge. Then it can be a GREAT guitar. Also move the strap button Very head heavy. Heavy nose dive.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shockingly good

              By steve

              from tennessee

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

                  I seldom if every write this, but I'm making an exception. I just bought one of these for a friend and expected the standard epiphone. Good quality with mediocre electronics (hence the price). I was shocked at how good these P-90s sound. Nice and crisp, clean, not muddy or dull at all. After that, it's what you expect from an Epi SG special. Bottom line, if you have a budget and don't mind the normal minimal compromise on fit and finish (which was still acceptable), buy this for the tone, which compares well to the Gibson.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Like Pete Townshend's SG

                  By doguitar

                  from Wyoming

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Light Weight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special Outfit Electric Guitar:

                      Nice guitar for the money.
                      Mine's Alpine White like the SGs that Pete Townshend's had before he smashed them. I was concerned that the tailpiece bridge would be dificult to intonate but it was not an issue. The guitar arrived not very well set up but it was not difficult to get everything adjusted to my liking. The P90's sound great and the guitar stays pretty much in tune. I have two other Gibson SGs and the quality on this Epi seems comparable. I did replace the bridge studs with TonePro locking studs. I got the metric sized ones and they screwed in without having to remove the factory bushings. They keep the bridge from coming loose when you change strings and correct the angle that the factory studs allowed the bridge to have. They also increase sustain because of the more precise fit. Other than that, it's a really cool axe. I will NOT be smashing this one.

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