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NGD. Epiphone Inspired by Gibson SG

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by 8barlouie, Mar 4, 2021.

  1. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Just got it today. I finally have an SG back in my life! So far, so good. I had to do a good setup to make it play to my preference but it’s actually more than you would expect for $449. The neck and fretwork is great right out of the box, so that saved a lot of time. The nut is an uneven mess, but luckily, none of the cuts were too low. I need to really play it some more before I decide to keep it or flip it. If I keep it, I’m leaning toward dropping in a set of Fralin Modern PAFs I’ve got laying around.

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    Yum!

    Congratulations!
     
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    Congrats! I just order a used G-400 worn cherry. SGs are certainly popular this week.
     
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    Very nice congratulations.
     
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    As the father of three left handed players. Congrats!
     
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  6. Flip G

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    I love that full-pickguard. Such a beautiful look. I got a Jay Turser SG copy off of Craigslist many moons ago specifically because I wanted that full- pickguard.
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    Congrats!
    This new headstock looks so much better than the previous weird shaped one.
     
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    Nice.

    Before you swap pickups, adjust pickup heights and screw poles. The other mod is rotate the bridge pickup so the screw poles are on the 'inside' and you'll get more of a P90 tone, still humbucking.

    The other trick for Epiphones is swap the 0.047uF tone caps for 0.033uF which gives more presence and a little more highs through.
    Many of the later MIK Epiphones did this and that is the secret why those sound better than the ones before and after.

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  9. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I prefer the full guard as well. I’ve been researching SG’s, and the ‘61 reissue ticks every single box for me. It had every spec exactly as I want my SG to be, except for that silly pickguard. I guess there’s no rule that says I can’t put a full guard on it.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I might try those ideas. Right now, the neck pickup is the suspect. It sounds downright muddy.
     
  11. takauya

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    Wow, Epi uses .047 caps on their humbucker models? I didn't know that. How about pots? 500k? If they are using 250k pots, I bet that'd be the reason why the neck pup sounds so muddy.
    BTW, I don't know how the cap value would affect when the tone pot is on 10, but it could still darken it slightly with a larger value, perhaps?
     
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    It shouldn't. I have those same Probuckers in my 2004 Vintage G400 and they are incredible. A screwdriver is all you need for the easiest, fastest, cheapest and most efficient mod you can do to any electric guitar.

    On mine, the bridge pole pieces are 3mm below strings. Double that for neck pup, 6mm. Call me in the morning ...
     
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  13. Chiogtr4x

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    Give the stock pickups a chance!
    I have a 2018 Epi SG Pro ( with the Alnico Pro pickups with coil taps)
    and I think the pickups ( and better pots) sound great.
    I just got this last year, and was able to put it right to work with a bunch of R&R/ blues gigs.

    No loss of Treble when turning down the guitar volume and they are not muddy or too hot) Definitely a huge improvement over all my previous Epiphones
    Plus after 45 years, my first SG- love it!
     
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    Sure there is no rule against the big pickguard, however it then is a pain to get the pickups parallel to the strings. The pickup rings on the small pickguard versions are slanted (I believe). At some point I was tempted to replace the big pickguard on my twelve string SG and use the small one and pickup rings.

    One of the Angus Young signature models uses a pickup ring on the big pickguard to avoid this problem. I believe that this was inspired by one of his actual guitars.

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    Nice guitar, but when did Epi start building them with the controls on the wrong side? :D
     
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    ¡Felicidades!
     
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    And it's in that dark red color that SGs need to be finished in.
     
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    This series are pretty awesome guitars IMO. Love mine! Going on one year....got it in-store before lockdown. Congrats, yours looks nice too!
     

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    My baby! ( my 7th Epi, all others long gone, and my first SG!)
    It's a used, 2018 '66 SG Pro ( with coil taps), got last year.
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    Sorry, I've posted this pic a lot here.
    But I'll take any 'open door' to show off a ( cheap!) guitar that has just been fun!
     
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    I picked up my Special for $100 buck from a teen that didn't play it.
    What I replaced on it to make it right was a new nut(Tusq XL), Duesenberg LesTrem II tremolo, rollor bridge, new pots and cap, new Pickups(SD PRails and Triple Shot Rings) and a .25 degree neck shim from Stewmac. Now it's perfect and not going anywhere. 20210304_144852.jpg
     
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