The Epiphone G-400 Pro electric guitar has been designed to deliver an affordable model of one of the most popular guitars in history, the mighty SG. Setting the standard with regard to creating a brutal sonic assault, rockers, hard rockers, and metal players all took to the SG, embracing its delightfully dark character and unabashed delivery. With the G-400 Pro, everyone has the ability to take advantage of those classic SG tones, without the vintage price tag to go with it. Not only that, but thanks to some Epiphone wizardry, the new Alnico Pro humbuckers have coil-tapping abilities, to give you even more versatility than before.
The Epiphone G-400 Pro is inspired by the late ‘60s era SG models, and utilises the same dimensions as that Kalamazoo factory legend, making it lightweight, yet incredibly robust. This helps to produce a well-balanced guitar, which is incredibly important when you're performing. The body is made from mahogany, and shaped to the instantly recognisable double-cutaway “two-horned” shape. The robust character of the mahogany ensures a thick midrange character, but the slender body shape means that it is very comfortable to play.
Fitted to the body is a sturdy set mahogany neck, featuring the well-known SlimTaper "D" profile that gives it a delightfully comfortable playing feel. Paired with the neck is a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, keeping things true to the original specification that this model is based on. Classic SG looks are further conveyed with the trapezoid inlays along the length of the fingerboard. Wilkinson tuners uphold tuning integrity rigorously, whilst staying true to the vintage SG style.
Two Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers are fitted to the Epiphone G-400 Pro, with a meaty character that yields sweet humbucker sustain, and provides a massive dynamic range. Not only that but Epiphone have expanded the tonal versatility of the pickups by including coil-tapping on both pickups via push/pull volume controls. As well as this, each pickup has an individual tone control, and a 3-way pickup selector switch that gives you an enormous range of options to play with.
As you’d expect from the team at Epiphone, the G-400 Pro comes fitted with the highest quality appointments to seal its impressive overall fit and finish. The strings are held fast by the LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, working well to guarantee that string intonation is maintained precisely. All-metal hardware is employed across all control knobs, and full-size 500kOhm pots ensure that adjustment is smooth, and allows the pots to last for as long as possible.
Whether you’re just starting out, or have many years of guitar playing under your belt, the Epiphone G-400 Pro electric guitar will blow you away. The exquisite finish is matched by a very comfortable playing feel, which is topped off beautifully by the astounding tonal versatility and raw energy of the Alnico humbuckers.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model G-400 Pro Electric Guitar Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Pickguard Black Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile SlimTaper D Shape No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Trapezoid Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone Tune-o-matic/LockTone Stopbar Active/Passive Passive Tuners Wilkinson Vintage Classics Pickups Neck and Bridge: Dual Alnico Classic Pro Controls Epiphone all-metal 3-way pickup selector. Volume and tone controls feature full-size 500K Ω potentiometers. Neck pickup volume with push/pull coil-tapping Bridge pickup volume with push/pull coil-tapping Neck pickup tone Bridge pickup tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup Finish Cherry
The overall looks of it are quite nice, moderate quality of the materials used, well put together but personally I do not like it when there is half a pickguard on an SG the full ones look and feel better to play on.
When playing, it felt like it held me back, the pickups are...well...shocking. The neck for some reason did not feel right, possibly the wrong choice of dimensions when designing it, the fret board seemed like an alright quality but when maneuvering around jamming to a backing track it just always seemed restricted. But keeping an open mind, some people like things I don't like and I like things other people don't, it's all a matter of opinion, but if you are looking for what I call a bridge guitar for the next step up from your first guitar, (first guitar - bridge guitar in the middle - high end quality guitar that will last a long time) this might suit you, but look around at other guitars before you consider buying, also play on the guitar a good few times on different days before you buy to make sure it fits you right!
Just to slip in another fault in I felt this needs to be mentioned, it's neck heavy with no good balance to it, not nice to stand when playing. I would NEVER play a gig using this, If it ever made it's way into my life via gift, I would probably only use it for a practice guitar or a backup when my others are in maintenance.
It feels great and looks great, plays good too.
At the time I was going to get a cheaper guitar but I was convinced by a friend (and staff) to opt for this. The set neck makes playing and soloing so much more efficient.
The only gripe I have is that it is neck heavy, if you let go of the neck when playing standing the guitar will lose 'balance' and point down instead of up – that’s my only notable problem!
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