Epiphone SG Standard Electric Guitar User Reviews (2023)

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Submitted November 26, 2020 by a customer from outlook.com

"Shockingly Great&quot

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.

I’ve been considering purchasing an SG now for a while and was originally wanting to purchase a Gibson using the payment plan Zzounds offers, but decided to purchase an Epiphone first and then save up to buy the Gibson outright. I saw that these new models were “inspired by Gibsons” and watched a lot of reviews on them so I decided to pull the trigger. This thing is fantastic. I have owned many Epiphones in the past, but this thing feels and sounds like it’s 3x more than its price. I was really blown away by the quality of the entire guitar, especially the pickups and electronics. Past Epiphone models have always felt and sounded “good”, but this one is fantastic and honestly just so much fun as well as addicting to play. They really outdid themselves. The guitar screams high quality while the price shouts budget. It honestly feels exactly like a lot of the Gibson SGs I’ve played. If you’re looking for a budget classic, you will not regret this one! I’m so impressed I’m now considering picking up a 2020 Epiphone Les Paul

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Submitted February 2, 2020 by chris napier in Kingsport, TN

"Epiphone SG Standard heritage cherry&quot

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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Man oh man what a nice sg ! They hit a home run this time for sure ! My opinion, everything is right on this guitar period ! Highly recommend it !!! Take it out. plug it in Brit style amp and rock on brothers and sisters ! Strung with the new EB primo 9.5-.44 strings and all I can say is WOW ! Love the cts pots and new head stock as well! zZounds makes it so easy to get that gear you want fast ! Payment plan is awesome !

Musical Background:

40 yrs, guitar

Musical Style:

love it all !

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Submitted July 19, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com

"SG standard&quot

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Just received this amazing guitar! The craftsmanship is flawless.I have had a Gibson SG. The Epiphone is neck and neck to the Gibson and a$1000 less. The tone is authentic Gibson growl.

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Submitted December 22, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com

"My new main instrument&quot

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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This SG has blown my mind away since I took it out of the box and plugged it into my Marshall. The brightest sounding humbucker I've ever heard, designed in the Gibson laboratory. The fretboard us like butter. I'm in love. Plan to buy their V next. Keep cranking them out, Epiphone!

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Submitted February 12, 2020 by Dan C in Southern, UT

"Just what I wanted&quot

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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Feels and sounds 85% if the way to a decent Gibson SG, nails the look, and at something like 1/3 the price or less! So glad I bought this.

Sound

It sounds pretty much like an SG would! I like these pickups as much as Gibson 490r/490t, these Probuckers are similar construction and materials and sound. If you like vintage sounding humbuckers these are great, not perfect, but thoroughly good. Epiphone has come a long long way!

Features

I like that this has fretboard binding giving it a more expensive feel. The neck is not too wide or thick, but not too thin. The CTS pots are great and need no upgrade!

Ease of Use

To get great sounds I had to lower the neck humbucker, it came raised very high. Other than that the setup was pretty good! Shredders will like lower action but was pretty easy to bend and chord with right out of the box.

Quality

I checked out the wiring and it looks good. Nothing I would need to redo or change for classic SG sounds.

Value

Now that Epiphone has improved the headstock and offered my favorite color combo, white with the full sized pickguard, with ok paf type pickups and good electronics, I had to buy one! Just wish it came with a case for that price.

Manufacturer Support

No contact with manufacturer.

The Wow Factor

Epiphone finally fixed the clipped ear headstock and dodgy electronics. And Alpine white with black guard is the best look for an SG and no one will ever convince me otherwise and Epiphone nailed it. Could only get better if it was real mahogany and nitro finish but then it would be three times the price.

Musical Style:

Rock, blues, jazz, little metal.

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Submitted July 25, 2020 by a customer from att.net

"First Rate&quot

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Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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I'm very happy with the fit 'n finish and playability of this Epi SG. Heritage Cherry. For the price it's a sure keeper. Item came to my door in a day. Great service from zZounds. I'd certainly buy from them again.

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Submitted May 4, 2022 by James G in Seattle, WA

"Love it&quot

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

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GREAT guitar for the money. Neck feels good, knobs feel smooth and solid, tuners are super stable and satisfying to adjust and it sounds wonderful. I got the Alpine White and thought after ordering maybe I should have gone for red, but nope, the white is awesome in person. This thing is a blast.

Musical Background:

Casual player

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4 out of 5 stars

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Submitted August 8, 2021 by a customer from aol.com

"Amazing product&quot

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

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I LOVE THIS GUITAR SO MUCH GUITAR IS MY PASSION FOREVER AND I SWEAR ON MY LIFE THAT I WILL PROTECT THIS GUITAR FROM CARELESS HANDS AT ALL COST THIS WILL BE MY BEST FRIEND. 10/10 recommend buy.

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Submitted September 3, 2021 by Scott Carruthers in Twin Falls, ID

"Nice Guitar, however….&quot

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

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This guitar showed up in need of a complete setup. Nothing was properly adjusted and setup, and I’m still not sure about the neck truss rod. Fortunately for me I know how to setup a guitar, however everything was out. When I set up a neck I usually adjust for .009” relief. I am unable get that with this neck probably because the truss rod was installed wrong at the factory. I might send this one back for that reason because if I ever go to a light gauge string I’d have to raise the action at the bridge so high it would be unplayable. As far as the CTS pots, they’re a very cheap version and they’re not very good. I replaced all of them with Bournes 500k pots and installed a Switchcraft jack. It definitely makes a big difference. Now that it’s been setup and fixed, except for the neck truss rod, it’s a great guitar. The Epiphone pickups sound great and the tuners are nice too. The finish is perfect and the stock hardware seems good. I certainly can recommend this guitar, but I feel zZounds should at least try and send these out in better condition. A setup like what I did would cost about $150. The last guitar I bought from zZounds was perfect, they let me down this time.

Musical Background:

Musician for 50 years

Musical Style:

Classic rock

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3 out of 5 stars

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FAQs

Are Epiphone SG Standard guitars any good? ›

The SG is an icon of rock guitar for a reason. Not only is it highly playable and fantastic sounding – it's drop-dead gorgeous. Now, while this wallet-friendly version may be missing the high-end sheen of its big brother, Epiphone proves that you don't need to spend big money to get a big sound!

Is an Epiphone SG good for beginners? ›

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.

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!

What is an SG guitar 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.

What are Epiphone SG good for? ›

The Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar best fits into a hard rock sound, that's filled with overdrive. While this guitar does perform distortion well, the SG Special handles overdrive better. If you are a guitarist that is looking for a clean and clear sound, I would not suggest to you to purchase.

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 pickups are in Epiphone SG Standard? ›

The Epiphone SG Standard is equipped with two Alnico Classic PRO pickups in the neck and bridge.

What pickups are in the Epiphone SG? ›

The guitar features the historic SG profile with “batwing” pickguard, a pair of Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers, and 18:1 ratio Epiphone Deluxe Tuners.

What pickups do Epiphone SG have? ›

Most Gibson and Epiphone SG models have two humbucker pickups and a 3-way pickup selector which is labelled “rhythm” and “treble”. Rhythm position: activates only the neck pickup creating a warm and mellow tone. Treble position: activates only the bridge pickup creating a brighter tone.

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.

What guitar did Eddie Van Halen play? ›

What Guitars Did Eddie Van Halen Play? Eddie Van Halen is most known for playing his self-built Frankenstrat guitars. Later in his career, after starting his own brand of “EVH” gear, he played primarily EVH Wolfgang guitars. Eddie designed and built much of his own gear throughout his legendary career.

Should I get an SG or Telecaster? ›

The SG has a heavier and more biting and full tone compared to the Telecaster which sounds more bright and twangy, and a bit thinner. The SG is commonly associated with heavy and classic rock music, whilst the Telecaster is very versatile and is commonly used for blues, jazz and rock music.

What type of music is an SG good for? ›

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

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.

Is an SG good for a beginner? ›

For beginners, you really can't go wrong with the Epiphone SG-Special, let's take a look at this special guitar. Despite having a very low price compared to the original Gibson SG, the Epiphone SG-Special rocks the same feel and look, with the same trademark asymmetrical body shape.

Is Epiphone SG heavy? ›

With its iconic rock and roll and hard rock tones, Gibson SG is one of the guitars that defined the rock genre and era. Its unique looks, amazing performance, and huge versatility make this guitar one of the best of all time.
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Weight6 lbs (2.7 kg)6.69 lbs (3.03 kg)
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Should I buy a Gibson SG Standard? ›

The Gibson SG Standard is a tone monster, one of the coolest guitars ever made, and a rock 'n' roll classic. But, while they aren't as hefty in price as a Les Paul, a new Gibson SG Standard will still run you a pretty penny. Of course, they are worth it: Gibson guitars are among the best in the world.

Do professionals use Epiphone? ›

Pro Guitarists Who Play Epiphone

That means, for guitarists who are counting their pennies but always wanted a gorgeous Les Paul, Epiphone is a brilliant choice. Their mid-level instruments are of excellent quality, and they're good enough for gigging and recording.

Do Epiphone guitars hold their value? ›

No, it won't actually appreciate in value, but you'll be able to sell it easily for a fair price. The point of buying an Epiphone is that you get a good guitar, 95% as good as a Gibson, for less than a quarter of the price.

Why are Epiphone guitars so cheap? ›

Epiphone guitars are made in China and are actually very fine instruments. Less expensive components and labor result in a much more affordable product. I have several and they are very comparable in both sound and playability to the more expensive American models.

Should I get an Epiphone or Gibson SG? ›

The main quality difference comes in the electronics, as the Gibson SG has great-sounding 490R Humbuckers, while the Epiphone comes with lesser quality Alnico Classic PRO Humbuckers, which lack the finesse of the Gibson SG's pickups. The difference in the hardware quality is also apparent.

Does Epiphone SG have active pickups? ›

The Epiphone Prophecy SG comes with brushed nickel hardware and is equipped with a pair of proprietary Fishman Fluence® pickups with three voicing options that are selected with the push/pull master volume and tone controls - high gain, modern active high-output humbucker™ with both controls pushed in, classic Patent ...

Is Epiphone Firebird neck thru? ›

Epiphone's Inspired by Gibson Firebird™ rocks a reverse body and headstock design as originally introduced in 1963 and was Gibson's first neck-through-body design. The traditional 9-ply mahogany/walnut neck-through-body provides rich, warm tonality and incredible sustain.

How do you say Epiphone guitar? ›

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Is an Epiphone SG worth it? ›

The Epiphone SG Special is undoubtedly a cool looking guitar. It plays fast, it's comfortable to hold, and as for learning the fundamentals, it's a great starter – so much so that we included it in our list of the best electric guitars under $300.

Why are Epiphones cheaper than Gibsons? ›

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.

Should I buy a Gibson SG Standard? ›

The Gibson SG Standard is a tone monster, one of the coolest guitars ever made, and a rock 'n' roll classic. But, while they aren't as hefty in price as a Les Paul, a new Gibson SG Standard will still run you a pretty penny. Of course, they are worth it: Gibson guitars are among the best in the world.

What pickups are in Epiphone SG Standard? ›

The Epiphone SG Standard is equipped with two Alnico Classic PRO pickups in the neck and bridge.

What pickups come on an Epiphone SG? ›

Most Gibson and Epiphone SG models have two humbucker pickups and a 3-way pickup selector which is labelled “rhythm” and “treble”. Rhythm position: activates only the neck pickup creating a warm and mellow tone. Treble position: activates only the bridge pickup creating a brighter tone.

What kind of pickups are in an SG? ›

The SG's set neck is shallower than the Gibson Les Paul's. The SG features the traditional Gibson combination of two or three humbucker pickups or P90 pickups and a Tune-o-matic bridge assembly, wraparound bridge, or vibrato tailpiece, depending on the model.

What are Firebird pickups? ›

A Firebird pickup uses two “rail” style bar magnets, one of which is placed in the center of each of the bobbins that the coils are wound around. This design does not use steel posts because, the rail magnets are able to pick up the string vibrations.

How heavy is a Gibson Firebird? ›

Compared to many other Gibson designs, the Firebird was fairly light. Most of these guitars weigh around seven pounds. For the sake of comparison, the average Les Paul weighs around 10 pounds, while Fender Stratocasters are usually about 7-8.5 pounds.

When did the Firebird guitar come out? ›

The Firebird line went on sale in mid-1963 with four models distinguished by pickup and tailpiece configurations (see below). Unlike the Les Paul and SG line, which used the terms "Junior", "Special", "Standard" and "Custom", the Firebird used the Roman numerals "I", "III", "V" and "VII".

How are Gibson and Epiphone related? ›

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.

How do you pronounce Les Paul? ›

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When did Epiphone start making guitars? ›

It produced its first guitars in 1928. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. In 1951, a four-month-long strike precipitated a relocation of Epiphone from New York City to Philadelphia. In 1957 the company was acquired by Gibson.

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