Contrary to popular belief, electric guitars are an instrument that requires you to master two very different things. One is, of course, the playing technique, but the other is utilizing the hardware of that guitar and that of the amplifier in order to dial in a great tone.
The Epiphone Faded G-400 solidbody electric guitar is a faithful reproduction of the legendary the Gibson SG. One of rock 'n' roll's mainstays since the beginning, the SG is a lean, mean music machine is known for its sustain and fat tone. Just ask Pete Townshend of the Who, Angus Young of ACDC, or Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath - and don't forget the legendary SG Double Neck that Jimmy Page favored for Led Zeppelin's live performances of "Stairway to Heaven"! With its solid mahogany body, SlimTaper neck, and separate volume and tone controls for each of the high-output humbuckers, the Epiphone Faded G-400 delivers the bite, tone, and comfort you need for serious rockin'.
A classic electric guitar
The Epiphone Faded G-400 solidbody electric guitar has a fascinating history. It's hard to believe that by 1961, Gibson decided to discontinue the original Les Paul guitar. Their motivation is unclear. Weak sales? The urge to try something new? In any case, the first SGs were actually called Les Pauls, but Les himself wasn't in favor of that for a variety of reasons. So, in a bold move, this solid guitar was renamed SG, which stood for, uh, solid guitar. A few years later, Gibson started making the original Les Pauls again, but the SG proved so popular that they kept making them. The reason is easy to understand. It's actually quite a cool-looking instrument, delivering the classic humbucker sound for people who don't particularly want or need a Les Paul. The SG is also a much lighter-weight instrument, yet it doesn't cut corners. You still get the mahogany body and a pair of hot humbuckers that deliver all the warm, fat tone you could ever want. The SG is thought of as the archetypal rock guitar, but it's actually used across all genres of music - it's the only guitar John McLaughlin ever used in live performance with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The Epiphone Faded G-400 continues the tradition - with amazing affordability.
The Epiphone Faded G-400 has a SlimTaper mahogany neck. Early Les Pauls had huge necks, but by 1960 the neck underwent several modifications until it became what's known as the SlimTaper design. The SG took it one step farther, making the neck among the fastest ever designed. Hey, Frank Zappa played one and the guy had some wicked chops. If you like the combination of a fast mahogany neck and the snappy ebony-like attack of a baked maple fingerboard, then you'll love this SG Standard.
Fat, smoking humbuckers
Gibson's SG Standard packs humbucking power. When you really want to cook on a solo or deliver some thunderous power chords, you reach for a guitar that's got a pair of humbuckers, right? Forget all those thin out-of-phase guitar sounds that session players overused in the 1980s and (sad to say) right through much of the '90s. That's not for you. Your sound is all about the warmth, punch, and midrange complexity you can only get from a pair of Gibson humbuckers. The SG Standard comes with a pair of 'em: a 490R in the neck position and a 498T at the bridge. You get uncompromising power whether you're playing rhythm or digging into a solo.
Body Mahogany Neck Mahogany, glued-in Scale 24.75” Neck Profile SlimTaper™ “D” Nut width 1.68 Fingerboard Rosewood, 22 fret Fingerboard Radius 12” Neck Pickup Alnico Classic™ humbucker Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic Plus™ humbucker: Bridge LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic Tailpiece Stopbar Controls Neck pickup: 1-Volume, 1-Tone/ Bridge pickup: 1-Volume, 1-Tone w/full-size 500K O potentiometers Hardware Nickel Tuners Grover® 14:1 ratio Color Worn Brown (WB), Worn Cherry (WC) Typical Weight (+/- 5%) 7.6 lbs Strings D’Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
- This thing is wicked.
This is the best guitar I have ever owned; Though It took me all my salary to buy it. I think the stock strings are beastly. This guitar isnt that pricey either seeing as how I buy my own instruments. People looking for Huge gain with these pick-ups will need that to come from a pedal or their amp, this guitar it's great for crunchy sounds through to Standard metal tones without being really overdriven. One of the guitars nicest features is the Grover tuners that really help the guitar stay in tune they work really well, still it does suffer from the good old g string problem as seems to be the case with most my guitars, where the g goes out fairly quickly.
- very versatile i love it. Its perfect for the price.
The four knob setup makes it very versatile and the pickups give a nice warm sounding. It does go muddy a litte sometimes, but its realyl worth it. Its a little neck heavy too, but you can fix that with a leather strap so it don't slide. Beautiful finish, lightweight for the most part, cant really go wrong with one.
Cons: Neck heavy. Muddy pickups. Shit stock wiring.
Pros: Easy to fix said wiring, after which the tone range is much better, it is quieter, and it just sounds better. It has a very comfortable neck (personal). The neck satins up nicely with steel wool (very nicely in fact). For the price, it is brilliant.