Epiphone SG Colors: What’re Your Options In 2021? (2022)

Want an Epiphone SG? Wondering about what color options the guitar is available in? Here’s a complete breakdown of ALL the current available Epiphone SG colors…

The Epiphone SG is a brilliant guitar. It is lighter than the Les Paul, easier to play with a brighter sound, and it looks amazing with its iconic double cut-away design.

The Epiphone SG is available in a range of models from Epiphone. You have the following options when it comes to SG models from Epiphone and they’re all slightly different with varying prices –you’ll pay anywhere from $169 to $899 for an SG from Epiphone.

All Current Epiphone SG Models

  • Epiphone SG Limited Edition
  • Epiphone SG Standard
  • Epiphone SG Classic Worn w/ P-90 pick-ups
  • Epiphone SG Traditional Pro
  • Epiphone SG Muse
  • Epiphone SG Prophecy
  • Epiphone SG Special Satin E1
  • Epiphone SG Special P-90
  • Epiphone SG Standard ‘60s Maestro
  • Epiphone SG Custom
  • Epiphone SG Standard ‘60s
  • Epiphone SG SG Modern Figured

That’s a lot of options, right? As I said above, all of the SG models in Epiphone’s range are slightly different. And they’re all available in a range of different color options. Let’s get the colors out of the way first. Then we can look at how they’re different.

Epiphone SG Colors

Epiphone SG ModelColor OptionsPrice
Epiphone SG Limited EditionCheery
Pelham Blue
Ebony
$169
Epiphone SG StandardCheery
Alpine White
Ebony
$449
Epiphone SG Classic Worn w/ P-90Inverness Green
Worn Cherry
$379
Epiphone SG Traditional ProSparkling Burgundy
Metallic Gold
Graphite Black
Cobalt Fade
$449
Epiphone SG MuseRadio Blue Metallic
Pearl White Metallic
Purple Passion Metallic
Wanderlust Green Metallic
Jet Black Metallic
Scarlett Red Metallic
$429
Epiphone SG ProphecyRed Tiger Aged Gloss
Black Aged Gloss
Blue Tiger Aged Gloss
$899
Epiphone SG Special Satin E1Cherry
Ebony
Walnut
$179
Epiphone SG Special P-90Sparkling Burgundy
Faded Pelham Blue
$399
Epiphone SG Standard ‘60s MaestroRed Nitro Gloss Finish$549
Epiphone SG CustomEbony$579
Epiphone SG Standard ‘60sCherry$449
Epiphone SG SG Modern FiguredAAA Flame Maple Veneer$549

Which Epiphone SG Comes In The Most Colors?

If you want the absolute most choice with colors, you’re best going with the Epiphone SG Muse –it is available in six unique color options: Radio Blue Metallic, Pearl White Metallic, Purple Passion Metallic, Wanderlust Green Metallic, Jet Black Metallic, and Scarlett Red Metallic.

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The Epiphone SG Muse is also very well priced too at $429. The guitar features a classic mahogany body with a 24.75″ scale length. With the neck, it uses a Custom C mahogany neck and Indian laurel fretboard. With pickups, you’re looking at a pair of Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers with coil-splitting and phase controls.

The SG Muse also comes with a LockTone ABR bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and Grover 18:1 tuners that’ll ensure the guitar stays in tune for longer which is super important if you plan on using the Epiphone SG Muse to play live or record.

If you’re looking for a guitar to play metal, or anything fast, the Epiphone SG Muse is a great option, thanks to its Custom C mahogany neck that’ll help you shred through riffs and scales with ease and precision. The Epiphone SG Muse is a brilliant piece of kit, a welcome addition to the classic SG stable.

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What is The Best Epiphone SG For The Money?

If you’re after the best possible specs and performance from Epiphone’s SG current range of models, the Epiphone SG Prophecy is currently the most expensive option. And in my opinion, it is the best too –especially if you want to play metal and/or hard rock.

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What makes the Epiphone SG Prophecy so special? Simple: the Epiphone SG Prophecy has all the usual SG stuff you know and love. But it has a new, modern twist with its Fishman Fluence pickups. These pickups are brilliant for metal and hard rock as they’re hum and noise-free, so the fuzz and distortion are heavy as hell but super-precise.

Fishman’s pickups have become incredibly popular of late with metal players. If you’re playing heavy music, like metal, you want the guitars to sound huge. But you do not want any details getting lost in noise or hum. This is where Fishman Fluence pickups come into play: you get all the heaviness and outstanding tone, just without any of the noise and waste.

Epiphone SG Prophecy Electronics

  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Fishman Humbucker
  • Bridge: Fishman Humbucker
  • Control layout: Master volume Master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Special electronics: Coil-tap Coil-split

Epiphone SG Prophecy Fingerboard

  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: 12″
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays: Pearloid Abalone
  • Nut width/material: 1.69 in. (43 mm) GraphTech

Is the Epiphone SG Prophecy good for beginners? Yes, this guitar is amazing. It sounds ridiculously good running through anything from a small practice amp to software on your computer like BIAS FX 2. Any beginner would be blessed to own the Epiphone SG Prophecy. The only issue, from the perspective of a beginner, is the price –the Epiphone SG Prophecy is pretty expensive.

And if you’re a total beginner, dropping $899 on a guitar probably isn’t something you’ll want to do. Not when there are plenty of cheaper Epiphone SG models to cut your teeth on. You can get the Epiphone SG Prophecy as a beginner, so long as your pockets are deep enough.

Cheaper Alternatives For Beginners?

If you’re looking for a guitar for your kid, anyone from the age of 12 to 15, then the Epiphone SG Limited Edition will do the job fine. It costs $169 which makes it excellent value for money and it has all the playability of more expensive SG models.

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The Epiphone SG Limited Edition comes in three colors – Cherry, Pelham Blue, and Ebony –and features ceramic open-coil humbuckers as well as an easy-to-play mahogany SlimTaper neck which is great for learning the basics of playing guitar.

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And if you or your kid likes to rock out, the Epiphone SG Limited Edition’s ceramic humbuckers are perfect for high gain and distortion, producing a sharp, articulate, and saturated tone that retains all the heaviness you need for playing hard rock and heavy metal.

For absolute beginners, the Epiphone SG Limited Edition or Epiphone SG Special Satin E1 are great options, combining playability, good tone, and style on a very accessible budget. You don’t want to be spending the big bucks on a guitar if you –or your kid –aren’t in it for the long haul.

Best Epiphone SG Color?

The best Epiphone SG color for you will depend entirely on your own tastes. But if you want to go with something classic, the most popular models used by professional players like Angus Young and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath are Ebony and Cheery.

Tony Iommi ALWAYS used an ebony Epiphone (or Gibson) SG and Angus Young of AC/DC always used a cherry SG – although Young played the more expensive Gibson SG Standard.

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For more modern players, however, Epiphone’s SG range now covers pretty much all the bases. You have color options ranging from the ultra-modern Pelham Blue, one of my personal favorites, and Metallic Gold which looks yellow to my eyes.

Epiphone also does a range of different finishes too, from its classic worn finish like you’ll find on the Epiphone SG Classic Worn to Metallic Color finishes on its latest SG Prophecy guitars.

If you want that “classic” SG color and finish, go with either the Epiphone SG Custom in Ebony or the Epiphone SG Standard ‘60s in Cherry. I’d also give a special shout-out to the Epiphone SG Special P-90; it comes in Pelham Blue and runs P-90 pickups which are perfect for insanely heavy music. And at just $399, it is great value too.

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What Are P-90 Pickups?

Here’s a little more information on P-90 pickups and how they’re different from humbuckers:

The P-90 is essentially a very large single-coil pickup. Since so much of Metal music requires copious amounts of gain/fuzz/distortion, having a P-90 pickup adds clarity and high-end. The bridge pickup in particular sounds really dirty. Filthy, even.

Gibson P-90s are pretty famous for not only having a clear tone that can deal with high gain tones but retain midrange and clarity. Even better, they produce feedback like crazy.

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FAQs

Epiphone SG Colors: What’re Your Options In 2021? ›

If you want the absolute most choice with colors, you're best going with the Epiphone SG Muse – it is available in six unique color options: Radio Blue Metallic, Pearl White Metallic, Purple Passion Metallic, Wanderlust Green Metallic, Jet Black Metallic, and Scarlett Red Metallic.

What does SG stand for on Epiphone? ›

It's hard to believe, but, in 1961, Gibson discontinued the original Les Paul guitar and replaced it with the SG, which originally bore the Les Paul name. But Les himself wasn't a fan of that, so the guitar was renamed SG, which stood for… solid guitar!

Can you play metal on an Epiphone SG? ›

Famous Epiphone Players and Their Guitars

Guitarists like Tony Iommi and Angus Young made the SG a legend in the metal and hard rock world. With the Epiphone version, you can grab hold of that sound and vibe for a very doable price.

What pickups are in an Epiphone SG Special? ›

This early 60's style SG Special has the vibe and sound heard on countless classic rock recordings. The Epiphone SG Special P-90 from the new Inspired by Gibson Collection, offers fans the legendary SG solid body electric with powerful Epiphone P-90-PRO™ single-coil pickups.

Is Epiphone SG a good beginner guitar? ›

All of these delivers an easy-to-play guitar for rock and heavy metal. So, overall, the Epiphone SG Special helps beginner players discover rock playing style for a friendly price tag.

Are Epiphone SGs good? ›

Epiphone has produced a very good guitar with this. And, for the cost, it is excellent value. It is not a Gibson, but it is still very good and opens the door to an SG for those who may not have, or those who would not be willing to spend Gibson money.

What is the difference between Epiphone SG models? ›

While both guitars have the “Slim Taper” neck profile, and the carve on both is very much similar, the SG Custom is slightly different. The SG Custom has the classic cream binding, and that certainly changes the feel of the neck just a little. The SG Custom has always felt like a chunkier neck in my hands.

Can you shred on SG? ›

It's got a wide, skinny, flat neck. I'd say an SG is pretty well suited to shredding.

What type of music is an SG good for? ›

Sg plays rock to heavy metal music like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, you name it.

What genre is Epiphone good for? ›

#1) TONS of great musicians played on Epiphone Guitars –

Jazz, Blues, Metal, Rock……. and every sub genre in between.

Is Epiphone SG Special good? ›

The Epiphone SG Special VE is the latest in a long line of high quality and affordable SG from the company. The cheaper younger sibling the ever popular G-400 Pro SG guitars, the Special still packs quite a punch with that familiar Gibson tone, volume, and crunch.

Are Epiphone SGS light? ›

Like a true SG, the Epiphone SG-Special is very light and has a comfortable build that is very playable and extremely smooth. The neck is bolt-on, and it is built from okoume, with the 60s SlimTaper D shaped profile that is traditional to this model and is very playable most importantly.

What pickups should I put in my SG? ›

So, overall, our candidates for the 7 best pickups for the Gibson SG are:
  • Gibson '57 Classic Plus.
  • DiMarzio Super Distortion.
  • Lindy Fralin Pure PAF.
  • Seymour Duncan Seth Lover.
  • EMG James Hetfield.
  • Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates.
  • Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special.
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What are SG guitars good for? ›

It's made of lightweight tonewoods, and its pointy horns afford easier access to higher frets; this is why an SG is a perfect guitar for solo guitar players while its decently sized frets make it an excellent choice for rhythm players.

Is the Epiphone SG a solid-body? ›

Since this is an inexpensive guitar, it's a surprise to see that the body is made from solid alder, which provides a high-quality tone that is typically found in expensive guitars. The neck is made from a hard maple, with a 24.75” scale, as well as a SlimTaper D-shape profile, so it's fast and easy to play.

What is the difference between an Epiphone SG and a Gibson SG? ›

The main difference between the material comes with the pickups as Gibson SG features great-sounding 490R Humbuckers, while the Epiphone SG comes with lesser quality Alnico Classic PRO Humbuckers. There are slight differences in other gear, too, but it is not that important.

Where are Epiphone SG guitars made? ›

Where Are Epiphone Guitars Made? Epiphone guitars are manufactured in Gibson's Chinese-based Qingdao factory. The majority of Epiphone's instruments have been made exclusively in this facility since 2004, including their solid-body, hollow-body and acoustic guitars.

What does SG stand for in Gibson SG? ›

The design process of the Les Paul gave birth to another famous Gibson model called the SG or “Solid Guitar”. Once again inspired by competition from Fender, the Gibson SG was created to compete with Fender's lighter, slimmer guitars.

Who plays Epiphone SG? ›

Tony Iommi Gibson SG: Black Sabbath is probably the most influential heavy metal band of all time, and the force behind 'Sabbath's crushing guitar riffs is Tony Iommi. For over fifty years he has shaped the sound of metal with his Gibson SG.

Does a Gibson SG sound like a Les Paul? ›

Subsequently, the SG range featured similar pickups to those found in the previous Les Paul models. Gibson quickly learned though, that part of what made a Les Paul sound like a Les Paul was its thicker body. This is why the Gibson SG sounds so different, despite sharing many of the same features as the Les Paul.

Is SG better than Strat? ›

The Quick Answer. The Stratocaster sounds brighter and crisper than the SG which sounds warmer. The Gibson/ Epiphone SG is often preferred for rock and metal, whilst the Fender/ Squier Strat is often better for cleaner tones. The Stratocaster has three single coil pickups and the SG has two humbucker pickups.

Can an SG play metal? ›

Yes, an SG will work great for metal.

Why do shredders like jumbo frets? ›

This is a really helpful thing when it comes to shredding, because the ability to move around the fret board at lightning speed is pretty essential. The jumbo frets are also pretty useful. Having wider frets means that you can position your fingers in a more comfortable way when fretting a string.

Is Les Paul or SG easier to play? ›

Question: Are Gibson SGs Easy to Play? Answer: The SG features an extra-thin neck with excellent access to the upper frets. This helps save weight and makes the guitar much more accessible to play than heavier models like the Les Paul.

Is SG good for blues? ›

The SG, without a maple cap is a little darker sounding, but still great for blues, just a little different. Given that the body is quite thin, it makes for a comfortable guitar and the double cutaway on the body, where it joins the neck means that access to the highest frets is easy.

Why is SG cheaper than Les Paul? ›

Thicker bodies obviously require more wood, therefore making them more expensive. In case you don't know, thickness of the body affects the tone big time. Along with the more wood thing, the older Les Paul necks tend to be larger while SG's have faster slim-taper necks. Therefore, more wood=more money.

Do Epiphone guitars hold their value? ›

Do Epiphone Guitars Hold Their Value? Epiphone guitars are seen as having high value for money, and this helps them retain their value fairly well in most circumstances. Even lower-end models only tend to lose a small fraction of their worth. You can buy a brand new Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus for about $600.

Why are Epiphone guitars out of stock? ›

Across the board, makers and stores report that a combination of record demand and the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an electric guitar shortage in many parts of the world.

Are Chinese Epiphones any good? ›

Chinese Epis are just as good as the older Korean ones. When Gibson opened their own Epi plant in China that they still supervise. Epis have gotten so much better IMHO the best they have ever been.

Is an SG a good starter guitar? ›

Epiphone SG Standard

With an extremely comfortable neck and unparalleled access to the higher frets, this is a fun, playable, and incredibly attractive electric guitar for beginners and pros alike.

What are Epiphone SG made of? ›

The Epiphone SG Standard has a solid mahogany body. The Epiphone SG Custom is built with a solid mahogany body. The kind of material used to build a guitar's body is something you should really pay attention to. This is one of the main factors that define the tone of an instrument.

How much is a Epiphone Special SG model? ›

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Does Gibson own Epiphone? ›

In 1957, the company that owned Gibson bought out Epiphone and since then, they've been sister companies. Other brands may make copies of the Les Paul, SG, 335 etc but Gibson and Epiphone are the only two brands that can really lay claim to these guitars.

Can you put Gibson pickups in an Epiphone? ›

One of the coolest things about Epiphone guitars is that they're almost all made with Gibson body styles and dimensions. That means that with out modifications you can replace your Epiphone pickups with genuine Gibson pickups.

What is the best humbucker pickup? ›

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  • Seymour Duncan SH-PG1 Pearly Gates Pickup. ...
  • DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion Pickup. ...
  • EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup. ...
  • Railhammer Hyper Vintage Humbucker Pickup. ...
  • Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker Pickup. ...
  • Gibson '57 Classic Plus Pickup.
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Do SGS have humbuckers? ›

In 1983, a new humbucker appeared on the SG Special, designed by Tim Shaw. It was first introduced in 1980 on the Les Paul Heritage models as the first attempt at recreating a PAF.

What's the difference between a Gibson SG and an Epiphone SG? ›

While both guitars are very similar, the main difference is that Gibson SGs are produced in the U.S.A., while Epiphone SGs are produced in Asia, China, or Korea, depending on the model. So, the biggest difference is the quality and, of course, the price.

What are Epiphone SG made of? ›

The Epiphone SG Standard has a solid mahogany body. The Epiphone SG Custom is built with a solid mahogany body. The kind of material used to build a guitar's body is something you should really pay attention to. This is one of the main factors that define the tone of an instrument.

Where is the Epiphone SG manufactured? ›

Where Are Epiphone Guitars Made? Epiphone guitars are manufactured in Gibson's Chinese-based Qingdao factory. The majority of Epiphone's instruments have been made exclusively in this facility since 2004, including their solid-body, hollow-body and acoustic guitars.

Why is Epiphone cheaper than Gibson? ›

Epiphone Les Paul's are foreign built. This is the main reason behind the price tag difference between the Epiphone LP and the Gibson LP. By not being setup in the United States, Epiphone guitars are comprised of cheaper quality materials and cheaper labor.

What does SG stand for in Gibson? ›

The design process of the Les Paul gave birth to another famous Gibson model called the SG or “Solid Guitar”. Once again inspired by competition from Fender, the Gibson SG was created to compete with Fender's lighter, slimmer guitars.

Does a Gibson SG sound like a Les Paul? ›

Subsequently, the SG range featured similar pickups to those found in the previous Les Paul models. Gibson quickly learned though, that part of what made a Les Paul sound like a Les Paul was its thicker body. This is why the Gibson SG sounds so different, despite sharing many of the same features as the Les Paul.

Are Epiphone SGS light? ›

Like a true SG, the Epiphone SG-Special is very light and has a comfortable build that is very playable and extremely smooth. The neck is bolt-on, and it is built from okoume, with the 60s SlimTaper D shaped profile that is traditional to this model and is very playable most importantly.

Who plays SG Special? ›

Pete Townshend used the SG Special almost exclusively from 1968 to 1971, when Gibson changed the production specifications. He played guitars like this one at many historic concerts, including The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968), Woodstock (1969), and the Isle of Wight Festivals (1969, 1970).

When did Epiphone SG come out? ›

In 2002, Epiphone began using Grover tuners on the G-400. In 2004, the truss rod cover was changed to the current shape with "SG" printed on it.

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