Hello there, back again with another guitar review for you. Does anyone like to own an SG model guitar without busting the bank? Here you are! In this review, we will be looking at an Epiphone G-400 Pro Ebony SG-style electric guitar.
I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for SGs. I had the chance to play some Epiphone G-400 Pro models during my service in the musical instruments industry and from the first moment I played one, I just loved it.
Unfortunately, the Epiphone G-400 Pro series is no longer in production. Your best bet is to search for these on Reverb, there may be some brand-new ones but most likely, you will find second hands.
If you want to see 2nd hand Epiphone G-400 Pro model guitars, please click here to search in Reverb.com
It is a very very comfortable guitar for me. It is not heavy and thick so controlling your instrument is very easy. The only problem is that it tends to be a bit unbalanced (typical SG) so the headstock side feels just a little bit heavier.
In other words, I didn’t experience a severe amount of neck dive with this guitar. Also since it has a very unique body style and double-cut design, it’s very comfortable to reach higher frets both while standing up or sitting down. But overall, if you have never tried an SG, please do!
Epiphone G-400 Pro Review
Before we have a look at the specs, let’s hear the guitar in action. Note that, this was the first video in which we used a better camera lens and better light in our studio.
And also, the focus was spot on so the guitar looked so beautiful and separated from the background in the video. Here you are.
Epiphone G-400 PRO Review & Sound Demo (no talking)
Epiphone G-400 Pro carries every single property of an original Gibson SG. It also features some modern specs such as coil splitting. Let’s have a look at the specs.
Epiphone G-400 PRO SG Tech Specs
|Construction||Set Neck (Glued In)|
|Neck||Mahogany, 1960's Slim Taper D Profile|
|Fingerboard||Rosewood or Pau Ferro*|
|Pickups||Epiphone Alnico Classic Pro 4 Wire|
|Controls||3-way Pickup Selector, Separate Tone and Volume Pots + Push/Pull Coil Tapping|
|Frets||22, Medium Jumbo|
|Tuners||Wilkinson Vintage Classics 18:1|
As you can see from the specs above, this guitar is built to last and the materials and components used are top-notch! For this price, I don’t think you’ll be able to find a better SG option.
When we tested the guitar, there was nothing we could find in terms of a small to medium-severity problem. Everything was perfect with the guitar!
Also, please see the beginning of the above video and hear how many different sounds you can get by combining separate splits. It is very smart to implement separate coil-splitting because you can have your neck pickup split and combine it with your full bridge pickup as well as your middle positions. It has many usable sounds built-in and pots, wiring and quality of components will never fail you during your performance.
As for the fretboard, the one I played had definitely a rosewood fingerboard. But this has probably been changed to a Pau Ferro board due to CITES regulations. You might have a rosewood board version or a pau ferro board version depending on which stock you are buying from.
I would definitely recommend this guitar as your budget SG model! If this price range is too much for your budget, you can step down a little bit and consider an Epiphone SG Special (VE) model guitar as well!
Just as a side note, I have recently purchased an Epiphone SG Custom Ebony and already published a detailed review article. I think quality-wise, it’s pretty much identical to G-400 PRO with fewer fancy features.
Check out my Epiphone SG Custom Ebony review here
I hope it’s been a helpful and honest review for you. Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting me so far! I will hopefully see you in the next review here!
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