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Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar Cherry 

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Overview
  • KillPot switch
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
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  • MSRP:
    $299.00
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  • Your Price:
    $17900
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A gutsy rock machine.

Now you can enjoy the classic style and killer performance of the famous Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar without destroying your budget. Features include two open-coil humbuckers, an innovative integrated killswitch/tone pot (push in the tone knob to activate killswitch), LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, chrome hardware, and rosewood fingerboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • KillPot switch
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
 

SG-Special Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body: mahogany
  • Neck: Hard maple
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper™ “D”
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on w/tapered heel, 4-bolt recessed
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Fingerboard: rosewood with “dot” inlays
  • Nut width: 1.68
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”
  • Neck Pickup: 650R humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: 700T humbucker
  • Pickguard: 2-layer, black/white
  • Controls: 1-master volume, 1 master-tone with KillPot™
  • Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: StopBar
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuners: Premium 14:1
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EpiphoneSG-Special Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 436 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (264)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (116)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good feel (21)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (20)
    • Jamming (17)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Recording (7)
    • School bands (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Novice (9), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    EPI SG = Sounds Great

    I wanted the Gibson SG but is pricey so I decided to give EPI SG a chance. I played both the Gibson and Epiphone SG Special through a Marshall MG50CFX to compare both. The...Read complete review

    I wanted the Gibson SG but is pricey so I decided to give EPI SG a chance. I played both the Gibson and Epiphone SG Special through a Marshall MG50CFX to compare both. The only thing the EPI-SG is missing is a clearer tone and punch that the Gibson SG has but the EPI still has great pick-ups. For the price, you can't beat the EPI-SG Secial as an entry level and/or practicing guitar. Excellent quality, straight easy to play neck, no fret buzz or burrs and get this... STAYS IN TUNE, even after 2 hours of heavy playing!

    As with any guitar, always play and inspect it before you buy one. This is the best guitar I have ever purchased at this price!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent beginner guitar at best.

    I got this as my first guitar, and getting into guitar i couldn't have been happier. Two years later though, now that i know how to play and have played more guitars I...Read complete review

    I got this as my first guitar, and getting into guitar i couldn't have been happier. Two years later though, now that i know how to play and have played more guitars I am not as impressed with this guitar.First of all the finish is not what the picture implies, what it looks like is a wooden guitar, that has been dipped in resin, it feels like baked on suran wrap. Although it looks decent new, its shows all finger prints and scratches. Then if you bump it into the wall the finish is like a brittle shell and cracks. Also the wood is soft and dings very easily.It sounds ok, right now i have it running through a Peavy Rage 15 Watt amp, which is also crappy, but I have a Rocktron v50d amp on its way and I will follow up when I test it on that amp. Despite what previous review say, these pickups are wired very hot, they have a high output, which can be good and bad.The tuners are decent, I have to tune it ever couple of days. The volume and tone knobs are the cheapest they could get away with, and the shaft on my volume know keeps coming loose, causing problems, and when I apply pressure to the top of the know, I loose all out put from the guitar.And the neck is one thing that i failed to recongnise when i purchased this, first the neck is set to far into the body making the last 3 or so frets virtualy unacessable. Second the back of the neck has the same baked on suran wrap texture which is not to smooth and your had knid of drags on it which can slow you down.Lastley the bridge is poor quality, well its decennt but i have a lot of trouble because the saddle for my third string is defective and it rattle non stop.

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    4.0

    Really cool guitar. Great tone. Sustain

    By Ruthless69

    from SLO, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

      MF shipped it to me quickly and packed decently. No dings or scuffs. Played well out of the box. After some minor setup tweaks to my liking, it plays and sounds great. I was surprised at the amount of sustain I got from it. And the kill switch is pretty cool and works nicely so far. Just a great pickup and go jam guitar. Great for beginner and experienced in my opinion and the price was unbeatable. Nice finish, solid parts on my shipment.

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      4.0

      Good for a Jam

      By Zed Dalan

      from Barbouville, Ky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Delicate

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

      okay dig it, so this guitar was delivered on tony iommi's birthday. The guy who inspired me to get an sg.
      The guitar itself is wonderful. The pickups sound great, the fret board feels wonderful, and the killpot switch is to die for. However, sound aside the wood is super cheep on this thing so i'd recommend getting a hard shell case and never taking it to a gig ever. If a strap breaks on this thing it will shatter. This guitar, how i use it, is for jamming, chilling and strumming, and recording. I would not buy it for a little kid because they would destroy it in a heartbeat.

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      5.0

      First SG - Ninth Guitar

      By GuitarRob

      from Amery, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

        The guitar feels great to play. I used to play a lot and sold all my guitars to go to college. Now I am getting back into playing. I am happy I purchased the Epiphone SG Special. The guitar had a rattle when I first un-boxed it. There was a little loose piece of solder in the switch wiring cavity. If I paid more for it I would care but for this price it's reasonable. The color is beautiful, I got the cherry finish. It is mostly opaque red with some wood grain coming through. You will not be disappointed.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar For Modification

        By solocam1962

        from Richmond Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

          Buy knowing it will play better when modified. I bought guitar after trying out first and checking neck etc... I changed pick-ups, tuners, nut and filed G saddle. I love the weight and basswood tone for certain songs. Before you write a review and make yourself look silly.... I've read a ton of them! LEARN how to set up a guitar. This guitar plays as well as, if not better than some of my guitars that cost 5x as much! Make adjustments and mods to it .... the tone is great. I ALWAYS play an electric W/O an amp before I buy to "hear" tone first. This has it with my S.Duncan JH4/2 PU! If you are willing to put a little extra cash and time into it - it is well worth the play. The weight of it alone is worth the extra effort. BUY Dan Erlewiens book "how to make you electric guitar play great" you can do it yourself. I replied no cons because I bought with intention of modifying to my liking.

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          5.0

          wow

          By adamwayne

          from louisville, ky

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

              I am amazed at the quality of this instrument.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Nice.

              By Iceman

              from Concordia, KS

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

                This is the first new guitar I've ever bought although I have an older Fender style axe. First off this was packaged so well I think it would've survived a fall from 11000 feet. Felt incredible to pick it up for the first time. It came with strings and although they are thicker than what I'm used to they are fine for what I'm using it for. I am a true beginner so I'm still learning every thing. It's fun to grab and just finger the chords on even without plugging it in. Color is beautiful ( I got the black ) Service from MF was great. I'm sure there is better out there but for the price at this time it's hard to beat. Well designed. Fine tuning the tune is easy. String to fret board distance is adjustible so if it's a little off it can be corrected. By all means check all this stuff out. The pickups sound good. I've read other reviews that stated stuff about the sound. with my 38 year old ears it sounds good. Great sustains and clear sound. It's actually easier for me to play this than my old Fender style. I've made more progress the last week than the last 2 months. Love it and I'll be looking for other's when I can afford it and my playing is better.

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                5.0

                Great starter

                By Bacon

                from Branchville, SC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

                    Got this for my 14 year old son to play in his school band. Great starter guitar. Price is just right.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Solid Guitar

                    By craig

                    from marco island florida

                    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 SG-Special Electric Guitar:

                      I am very happy with this guitar. It came right out of the box pretty well set up. For the masses anyhow.
                      Took about ten minutes to set up for my preference and intonation was very close right out of the box also. Its very comfortable to play and sounds great. I find myself playing more. I just got it but I can see already that I'm going to grab this one over my others very often. In my opinion you can't get a better guitar for the money.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Not bad

                      By Smokingaces

                      from NJ

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

                            I bought this for studio use only, because it had a flat top, so I could mount my Fishman guitar synthesizer pickup because I didn't want to modify my expensive guitar . Unfortunately Fishman lied when they say it fit most guitars, so I had to modify this one also.

                            It does play nice, and since with today's gadgets you can modify the sound to get any sound you like, the pickups are good.

                            I also didn't like how they used one of the neck bolts for a guitar strap holder, or the fact that since the body of the guitar is not hardwood, that they didn't put a hardwood plug on the tail end of the guitar, for the strap. Mine came with tail piece screw already stripped.

                            But for the price, what can you expect?

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                            4.0

                            Looks muchbetter than I thought it would

                            By Mike-SmK7f

                            from Vinemont, AL

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar:

                                1st on had a broken strap button on the back, but MF took care of it quickly so my son was able to play his new guitar on Christmas morning.

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