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Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar  Worn Brown

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The Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar plays fast and is a super value. Epi has re-created this SG-shaped legend using a worn satin finish and ag...Read More

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Return of a classic in a very affordable form.

The Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar plays fast and is a super value. Epi has re-created this SG-shaped legend using a worn satin finish and aged fretboard inlays that give it the look of a cherished original. Crafted with chrome hardware, a mahogany body and single-piece set neck with rosewood fretboard, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, and armed with a pair of Alnico V humbuckers, this guitar is ready to rock right out of the box.

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FEATURES
  • Worn satin finish and aged fretboard inlays
  • Chrome hardware
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany single-piece set neck with rosewood fretboard
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • 2 Alnico V humbuckers
  • 1.6" nut width
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EpiphoneVintage G-400 Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 268 reviews)

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    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

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Not a bad guitar

This is a fun guitar to play and the price is decent.

However I paid for a new guitar and received a used guitar that was in a sloppily taped box....Read complete review

This is a fun guitar to play and the price is decent.

However I paid for a new guitar and received a used guitar that was in a sloppily taped box. It did not come with any of the Epiphone paperwork, just the guitar in a box.

I got a good price on it with a coupon and the guitar has no big dents or anything, so I saw no need to return it. However it's obviously a used guitar that's been played before and it was covered in fingerprints. Also the exclusion of any paperwork whatsoever was also a pretty big indicator.

Very disappointed with Musiciansfriend for sending me a used guitar when I bought a new one.

This alone will give me pause when considering any other guitar purchases from Musiciansfriend.

Very bad thing to do to a customer buying a new guitar.

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You get what you pay for

I bought one of these Epiphone G-400s several years ago after comparing it to the more expensive SGs. Even though I played it in the store, I struggled to get it tuned properly...Read complete review

I bought one of these Epiphone G-400s several years ago after comparing it to the more expensive SGs. Even though I played it in the store, I struggled to get it tuned properly until I took the trouble to remove the strings, removed the adjusting screws and turned the little "tune o matic" bridge elements around on a couple of strings to get more range (longer), and finally got the thing properly voiced. Having slain that dragon, I lowered the bridge to improve the action and found that much less force was required to contact the frets. THAT, of course, also improved the tuning and voicing issue. A happy side effect is that I no longer have to use leverage against the neck to play bar chords, and since the mahogany neck flexes a bit, the tuning and voicing is even better. String height is almost equal at every point on the neck, with no buzzing. I like being able to bend the neck, but I like it even more that I don't have to use that much force when I don't want to (There's a reason why SGs don't come with a vibrato tailpiece and Strats do -- it's called a maple neck. You can bend an SG, but you won't do it with a Strat). Other than the obvious non-bookmatched solid body and tuners that require some care and feeding, this guitar is now just as good as a 1960s Gibson SG and I'm in love with it -- finally. The finish is as flawless as the high-end SGs. The lesson here is to take the cheaper Epiphones to a good luthier unless you can set it up yourself, and consider replacing the tuning keys. After that, it's a great electric guitar and I can reproduce every note and sound of the surf music and classic rock'n'roll of the 60s. It would be nice to spend over $1000 for a Gibson SG, but the feel and playability is identical and there's no good reason to spend the extra money. I usually play this guitar through a Fender 90 amp (nice overdrive features) and a tremolo pedal to get the "surf" sounds. Inna Gadda Da Vida is a snap. (Any Ventures fans still out there?)

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4.0

Needs a little work, but worth it.

Comments about Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

I dig this guitar. Like another review stated, the nut is white not black and neck has no binding. For me the only modification needed was a graphite nut, the stock plastic was no good for tuning or tone and why guitar gets 4 stars-spend an extra few pennies and use graphite Epiphone. I used a graph tech made for Epiphone. The string spacing and height was dead on, but was just a little too wide on each end, so I use some sand paper to take a little off each end.
I did a setup, adjusted the neck, action, and intonation, and pick up height and now have a wonderful guitar. Has a vintage sound that the Alnico 5 covered pickups give. Don't forget to adjust the pole pieces on the pickups to match the radius of the neck, helps with string clarity-or at least in my head it does. Has the right wood, mahogany body and set neck.
My wife and I see it as a good looking piece of furniture that music can be played on, we dig the worn brown.

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5.0

Excellent guitar, just don't go by the picture

By Eddie Van Hendrix of Led Zeppelin

from Kennett Square, PA

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Pros

  • Came set up well
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Not as pictured

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

Alright I'm going to start with the short version for those of you who don't want to read this whole review: Would I recommend buying this guitar? Yes. Yes I would; just don't expect it to look like it does in the pictures.
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Now the full review. I want to start off by saying that my only complaint is that the guitar is not the same as in the pictures. None of the visual differences are bad things to me (except the lack of neck binding, that was kind of a bummer), in fact most of them are actually better in my opinion, but I just wanted to let everyone know.
This is a review right out of the box, so this is all without even setting it up, just tuning it. I will include any visual differences from the photos in CAPS and with asterisks (*).
Action (at the 12th fret): I measured .08" on the low E and .045" on the high E. This is right near perfect in my opinion. With a proper redressing of the frets to eliminate fret buzz I am sure this could be lowered.
Frets: Very little fret buzz, the only bit that I noticed was some on the low E and A, but even then not much. The frets are pretty well leveled, but poorly polished as they look "scratchy", this doesn't affect playing at all though.
Neck: This neck rocks. Great shape, and the satin/flat finish makes it lightning fast (the satin finish is the reason I got this model over the G-400 PRO). *NO BINDING* *THREE PIECE NECK NOT ONE PIECE AS DESCRIBED*
Bridge and Tuners: Bridge is very solid, no buzz caused by saddles. Solid tuners as well. *NICKEL HARDWARE*
Nut: Surprisingly good, even better than past Epiphones I've had *WHITE*
Misc: All of the wood work is great, as usual for Epiphones it is a multi-piece body with a veneer on the front and back to make it look like one piece, nothing wrong with this in my opinion. *THE FINISH IS DARKER (on the cherry model anyway, can't say for the brown one)* I'd say its closer to wine red than cherry.

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5.0

Strong -Like Bull

By BRUCE

from undisclosed

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Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

If you can't handle the weight of a Les Paul and still want the same type of feel and stability on the fret board of a LP, you might want to consider this guitar; I think my weighs in around 8 lbs. It's built like a tank, but -one heck of a lot cheaper and lighter. The quality is very good, very well behaved for the money. Tuners and headstock beefy which give it the reliable feel. The set neck is excellent, with plenty of room to play on the 22 fret, -sustain not too shabby. For high gain I think this holds up pretty well, and anything Blues -e of course is right down this guitar's alley.

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5.0

funtastic!!!!!!!!!

By Kevhead101

from Ottawa, IL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

    Great right out of the box!!!!!!! No setup needed!!!!!

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    5.0

    Funtastic!!!!!!!

    By Kevhead101

    from Ottawa, IL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

      No setup required......awesome right out of the box!!!

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      (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awsome neck and easy to play

      By dano

      from seattle

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Looks great

      Cons

      • Need Better Pick Ups
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

      I had to install some real grover tuners and emg pickups and now the guitar is one of the best sounding ones I own.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet Guitar

      By Scantman

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Great All Round Ax

      Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

      After much research and deciding on the Epi SG I bought it used in mint condition and am well pleased with it. I dialed in the action and set up the Pups for balance and volume and it works remarkably well. I was looking to replace a Gibson that I had years ago but didn't have $1500 to throw down for it. The Gibson was so versatile, you could dial it in and play the really sweet acoustic stuff and then dial it in on the other end and play ZZTop. While it isn't a Gibson the Epiphone does everything I want from it and it works better for slide than anything else I have ever attempted. Some guitars work for slide and some just don't, this one definitely does. Get it, you won't be disappointed.

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      5.0

      Its alright

      By PINKY0325

      from Denver CO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Very Light

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar 8th grade and i loved it. No complaints except for the weight, its REALLY light. The neck is heavier then the body so the center of ballance is all messed up (thats with all SG's) GET STRAPLOCKS!!! other than that everything plays and sounds great. For the value its unbeatable but i would spend the extra 50 and get the G-400PRO model. Overall great guitar for any skill level guitarist.

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      5.0

      SG G-400

      By Rambler

      from Elk Grove, CA

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

        Purchased the Epiphone SG G-400 as a used mint-1 condition, but it arrived in perfect like new never been played condition.
        I was skeptical about buying an Epiphone, but wanted a SG to learn slide guitar and did not want to pay Gibson price.
        Anyway, I could use this as my main guitar it plays and sounds so good right out of the box!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very nice guitar

        By I.T.B. (Ingrown Toenails Band)

        from Los Angeles, the golden state California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

        I have this guitar over 2 years now so i think i can write a review now. This guitar is one of those that is an incredible amount of......guitar!... that you get for your money. After the 2 years that i have it for it is still holding up pretty good. Some basic problems like the input jack getting lose but nothing major. It sounds good, plays good, feels good, and it looks good. What else can you ask for right?

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