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Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar  

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    A sonic blast from the past in Pelham blue.

    The Ltd. Ed. TV Pelham Blue SG Custom with Maestro has the historic, one-of-a-kind SG profile that's been a rock and roll favorite since 1961. The TV Pelham Blue SG Custom comes with a re-designed Maestro vibrato that looks and functions exactly like the original but with greater tone and accuracy. This Pelham Blue SG is powered by Epiphone's in-house designed Alnico Classic humbuckers, which are based on superb examples of '50s era pickups from Epiphone's vintage collection. The 1960's SlimTaper profile neck has a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and Grover Rotomatic machine heads for reliable tuning accuracy.

    Features
    • Top Material: Mahogany
    • Body Material: Mahogany
    • Neck Material: Mahogany
    • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper
    • Neck Joint: Glued-In
    • Truss Rod: Adjustable
    • Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White) with "Les Paul Custom" in White
    • Scale Length: 24.75"
    • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with "Pearloid" Block Inlays
    • Headstock: Clipped-Ear Dovewing, 3-on-a-side with "Split Diamond" Inlay
    • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3
    • Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2
    • Controls: Bridge Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Neck Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Bridge Tone, Neck Tone, 3-Way Toggle
    • Binding: Fingerboard - 1-Layer, Headstock - 5-Layer
    • Knobs: Black Tophats with Silver Inserts
    • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    • Frets: 22, Medium-Jumbo
    • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic
    • Tailpiece: Maestro Vibrato
    • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
    • Hardware: Nickel
    • Machine Heads: Grover Rotomatic, 18:1 Ratio
    • Pickguard: Black, 3-Ply

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    EpiphoneLimited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar
     
    4.3

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good pick up (9)
    • Good feel (8)
    • Good tone (8)
    • Solid electronics (7)
    • Fun to play (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (9)
      • Recording (8)
      • Practicing (7)
      • Rock concerts (7)
      • Small venues (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice SG

      I received mine today and I am quite pleased. Fit & finish is top notch.
      The frets on mine are nicely dressed and polished with no rough edges. The action is...Read complete review

      I received mine today and I am quite pleased. Fit & finish is top notch.
      The frets on mine are nicely dressed and polished with no rough edges. The action is low and the intonation was spot on. The rosewood fretboard has nice dark grain with no ink residue left on my finger tips like many new Epi's had there for a while. The neck profile is not what I would call "slim taper". It is more of a rounded 60's style profile, a little chunky but by no means a baseball bat. It is comfortable in my medium sized hands.
      Electronics all function flawlessly. Sonically, it sounds like an SG should. The split coil humbuckers and push pull volume controls add extra tonal spectrum not possible with my older SGs.
      The finish is somewhat unusual. The Pelham blue has a grainy look to it with a smooth glossy clearcoat over it. I find it very attractive if you like Pelham Blue and I've always wanted a Pelham Blue SG. It's very distinctive.
      The Maestro vibrato seems to stay in tune very well, even with the factory strings. The Grover tuners are quality and stay in tune. The Tune o Matic Bridge doesn't buzz or rattle.
      The Cons:
      It would be nice if Epiphone used the deeper contour beveling on the body edges like the earlier Gibson SGs had, but at this price, I'm nit picking.
      No Case or Gigbag.
      All in all, this is a most excellent guitar if you are looking for a nice SG.
      I have two other Gibson SGs and one other Epi SG. I've been playing SGs since 1968. The quality of this one is as nice as any of them or one's I've owned in the past.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      AWESOME AFTER SOME WORK!!!!

      This is a great design because I love the Vibrola. I've been looking for the triple pickup white one for awhile but those are few and far between but I loved the color on...Read complete review

      This is a great design because I love the Vibrola. I've been looking for the triple pickup white one for awhile but those are few and far between but I loved the color on this and got the 4th of July discount and went for it.
      PROS: Looks awesome, Pickups sound similar to my other humbucker guitars so not changing them. "Some" neck dive but not annoying like some other SG's. Good tuners. Decent hardward. A "surprise" was the push/pull coil taps a big plus!!!

      CONS: The frets were like sandpaper. Worst I've ever seen in 40 yrs. Luckily I do that sort of thing so after a GOOD fret sanding, polish, and crowning it plays fantastic!! Spoiler alert..sorry, you won't be able to play it out of the box without a fret polishing just an FYI
      They also sent the wrong neck adjustment wrench another FYI

      OVERALL: After the frets were sorted out, neck was straightened with the correct wrench, action set I A/B'd it again my other humbucker guitars because I had already ordered a set of replacment pickups for it but after the A/B I saw no need to and took it to a show and played 4 sets and it sounded just fine so leaving it as is. Typically the Epi humbuckers are lousy as you can get but these were surprisingly good!!
      It also has a VERY FAT neck. Doesn't bother me but it's pretty FAT!! Just an FYI. It looks fantastic, stays in tune with the Vibrola quite well so overall with a little work it's quite a nice instrument for an Epiphone. type but I wanted an SG with a Vibrola so when I saw this and the price I went for it.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      The good, the band and the ugly...

      By TommyTomcat

      from DFW, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

      First of all let me say that my guitar is a grade 1 discounted model from MF. The good: pickups sound good, the coil taped tones are very useful, at an arms length the guitar looks great/love the pelam blue color. The bad: there's nothing 'slimtaper' about this neck, it's the most bat like neck I've ever played. The fret wire appears to be medium (not medium jumbo or jumbo) and what you would expect to get on a budget guitar. Frets out of the box were like sand paper and need smoothing out. The ugly: Looking at the body closely reveals lots of mill marks that weren't sanded out. I'm also seeing flicks of sawdust in the clear coat finish. All that being said, I still like this guitar, however, if I had paid full price for it I would have sent it back. It'll play better once I get it setup, but it does sound really good and plays decently as is.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Perfect Gutar

      By Danny Blue

      from Boone

      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
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

        Beautiful Guitar, It's just beautiful !!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It's OK for the price

        By Dirt91

        from Gadsden, AL

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

        Not bad for the price but it's a 20 footer. Looks very cool BUT when you get up close it is very grainy and on this particular one you could see a lot for sanding marks and shaping block cuts all over it. It played decent and sounded pretty good. Over all not bad for the price but I ended up returning due to the finish flaws and got a SGJ for just a bit more.

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        5.0

        SG CUSTOM LES PAUL MAESTRO

        By THOMAS

        from SPRING HILL FLORIDA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Axe
        • 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 SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

          I OWN DOZENS OF GUITARS-----THIS IS A REAL CREAMPIE! IT IS SO SMOOTH AND PLAYS LIKE GLASS! LOVE IT, I HAVE ALL THE COMPAREABLE SG'S THIS IS MY FAVORITE!
          MUSICIANS FRIEND IS THE BEST!!

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          5.0

          LE Epiphone SG custom TV Pelham Blue

          By hound dog

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

          I have been wanting an SG to add to my small collection of guitars got this one not expecting much, boy what a surprise ! this thing sounds as good as my friend's Gibson SG but without the price tag. Pickups are better than past epi pups they did out did themselves with these,nice and warm with a good high end and very agrresive with distortion or crunch just over all a good pickup.electronics are solid the only change I made were the caps used paper in oil which smoothed out the sound a 15uf. for the neck and a 22uf. for the bridge, not that it sounded bad but with this change it gives the pickiups their full potential other wise she's as good the way she came,maybe Epiphone might consider this mod sometime in the future it works for me.the finish was top notch no blemishes that I could see,crafsmanship was great.frets were nice and smooth tuners hold very well and the Vibrato system is very stable.Overall a fine Instrument for beginner thru pro will not dissapoint, check one out at your local music store.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LE SG custom with Maestro Pelham blue

          By Old blues dog

          from New York City

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Heavy neck

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

          I am a professional musician with 45 plus years under my belt so I know what Im talking about with a collection of about 50 guitars plus acoustic,Gretsch-gibson- fender to name a few and also Epiphone. Right out of the box finish and craftsmanship were flawless, the Pro Bucker pickups are a great improvement to epi's credit they are the best sounding ones I have heard in awhile my other epi,s have Seymour Duncans and Dimarzios on them but these sound close to classic 57s a nice warm sound with good high end, no changes for this one.the pelham blue gives this guitar a sophisticated look very beautiful highgloss finish also the coil spliting feature is a plus I cannot get the the different kinds of tones on my other SG,s as on this one , the neck is more a 50s rounded type but thats not a problem to put it in a nutshell the guitar plays and sounds close to a Gibson but it,s an Epiphone nothing wrong with that very impresive for the price of under 5 c notes how can you go wrong? Give this one a try you will not be dissapointed I love mine.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          custom Epiphone SG

          By hound dog

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

          OK so it not a Gibson who cares it's an Epiphone that's what it's supposed to be, sounds and plays like a Gibson can't ask for anything more craftsmanship is exccelent on mine Probucker pickups sound beautiful real classic rock sound nice for Jazz too.A great improvment on the part of Epiphone guitars. Gibson is a superior guitar but if you can;t afford one right now then this is the ticket, I also own A LesPaul custom two Strats and Two Gretcsh guitars one of them being a custom white Penguin.try this one out you will not be dissapointed.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice for the price

          By 0DBQXI4i0O

          from SP5Vo%Kg2!

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Setup Out Of Box
          • Sloppy Stain Under Finish

          Best Uses

          • Playing guitar

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

          The guitar I received required a basic setup. I didn't encounter fret issues other reviewers have described here and elsewhere. The finish was okay (hence 4 out of 5 stars), all inlays were very clean, no filler. The pickups sound great and I pulled the pickups and confirmed they are probuckers 2 & 3. Epiphone's site mentions both alnico classsics and probuckers. They also confirmed it is a marketing issue on their end. I am very happy with the tone of the guitar, nice resonance. Tapping the neck pickup adds a nice roundness to the bridge pickup when going for a cleaner jazz sound, otherwise I haven't found much use for the coil taps with my setup.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice SG

          By doguitar

          from Wyoming

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Unique Finish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Playing

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

            I received mine today and I am quite pleased. Fit & finish is top notch.
            The frets on mine are nicely dressed and polished with no rough edges. The action is low and the intonation was spot on. The rosewood fretboard has nice dark grain with no ink residue left on my finger tips like many new Epi's had there for a while. The neck profile is not what I would call "slim taper". It is more of a rounded 60's style profile, a little chunky but by no means a baseball bat. It is comfortable in my medium sized hands.
            Electronics all function flawlessly. Sonically, it sounds like an SG should. The split coil humbuckers and push pull volume controls add extra tonal spectrum not possible with my older SGs.
            The finish is somewhat unusual. The Pelham blue has a grainy look to it with a smooth glossy clearcoat over it. I find it very attractive if you like Pelham Blue and I've always wanted a Pelham Blue SG. It's very distinctive.
            The Maestro vibrato seems to stay in tune very well, even with the factory strings. The Grover tuners are quality and stay in tune. The Tune o Matic Bridge doesn't buzz or rattle.
            The Cons:
            It would be nice if Epiphone used the deeper contour beveling on the body edges like the earlier Gibson SGs had, but at this price, I'm nit picking.
            No Case or Gigbag.
            All in all, this is a most excellent guitar if you are looking for a nice SG.
            I have two other Gibson SGs and one other Epi SG. I've been playing SGs since 1968. The quality of this one is as nice as any of them or one's I've owned in the past.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great guitar!

            By Insect Surfer Dave

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Great Tremolo Bar
            • Solid Electronics
            • Uber -stylee Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Custom with Maestro Electric Guitar:

              I got mine recently and have done 2 gigs so far with it... funny, I actually thought the neck was thin and 'fast', not 'baseball-bat'-like , and the frets were fine, too,as a previous reviewer referred to..Mebbe it's the luck of the draw? i DID try one hanging in a store last year that seemed to have sharp frets.Humbuckers sound fine , although i would have appreciated a P90 in there as well. Maestro is one of my fave tremolo bar systems, waaayyy better than a Bigsby, IMHO. Stays in tune! Really happy with it

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