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Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar  Worn Cherry

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 271 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (221)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent guitar, just don't go by the picture

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...Read complete review

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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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

About time I bought this !

By nyweb2001

from Western NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

    Fourth Epi I've owned. Electronics finally rival the big boys ! Excellent sounding PU's, a 3-way switch that feels just right and is quiet, volume and tone controls that are neither too easy or too tight.......just right to change in a second and they stay there !
    The downside ? The frets. Not flush to the side of the neck......you feel sharp edges going up and domn the neck. They could have been polished finer also.
    All and all I'm happy with this SG !

     
    4.0

    Neck Dive

    By Ry

    from KC

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Neck Dive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

      The Grover tuners on this guitar make it headstock-heavy. The neck "dives".

      I sent it back and ordered the G400 Pro model with the Wilkinson machine tuners.

      Problem solved!

      So... I would recommend this guitar to a friend, but ONLY if they were willing and able to replace the tuners.

       
      5.0

      great guitar

      By archetoothis

      from sumter s.c.

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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 Vintage G-400 Electric Guitar:

        great guitar,i use it for a go to instrument in creative process to capture ideas on the fly.right out of the box it was ready to play.i will eventually dedicate it to slide but until then ill have fun with it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.
        *******************************
        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.

         
        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        funtastic!!!!!!!!!

        By Kevhead101

        from Ottawa, IL

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        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!!!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Funtastic!!!!!!!

          By Kevhead101

          from Ottawa, IL

          About Me Novice

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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!!!

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            awsome neck and easy to play

            By dano

            from seattle

            About Me Experienced

            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.

            (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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