Epiphone SG Special (HH)

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Epiphone SG Special (HH)

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85 out of 100. Incorporating 2200+ ratings and reviews.

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$200
Epiphone SG Special (HH)

The SG (Solid Guitar) was originally meant to be a re-design of the Gibson Les Paul and Gibson gave it the same name. Les Paul wasn’t involved in the redesign and asked that his name be removed and so Gibson obliged and renamed it the SG.

The new design was meant to boost sales because the original was fading in the market, and it worked with more than 6,000 units sold during the first 3 years after the 1961 launch – more than 3 times the number of the original Les Paul Standards sold from 1958 to 1960.

Gibson said in 2009 that the SG Standard was their highest selling guitar of all time.

Legendary SG players include Angus Young from AC/DC and Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath.

Specifications

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Cherry (pictured), also comes in Ebony
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Pickups: Bridge 700T humbucker, Neck 650R humbucker
  • Neck: Hard maple
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.68″
  • Controls: 1-master volume, 1 master-tone with KillPot
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way

Pros

Students and expert alike describe this guitar as a fun instrument, and goes further by commenting that it has exceeded their expectations. From its fast action playability to the quality of the finish, the Epiphone SGSpecial continues to rake in compliments. Several people even said that it comes surprisingly close to the feel and sound of a Gibson SG.

Cons

There were complaints about the quality and sound of the pickups – generally the same types of complaints found about most types of budget guitars. Some have gotten really good results by merely swapping out the pickups.

Overall

If you’re a fan or classic rock and metal, then this is the budget guitar for you.

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10 thoughts on “Epiphone SG Special (HH)”

  1. I would love to play Metallica – nothing else matters on this guitar. I wonder how it will sound like. I hope it will sound awesome till hearts dropped the floor. I do not have a good amp for the guitar yet. I wish there is one set. One full package comes together that I can just plug and play when receive it.

  2. Thank you for the review on Epiphone SG Special( HH). I was amazed by the way you are clear about the pros and cons.

    My son was asking me to buy a guitar for him as he is doing music evening school so i need to buy for him the guitar.

    Can i find the size which can fit him? he is 12.

    Thank you

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I would recommend staying away from Guitar Center. Find a couple of local independent music stores that carry entry-level guitars and speak with a salesperson you feel comfortable with. Let your son try a number of different guitars; he’ll know the right one when he gets it in his hands.

  3. Thanks for sharing! I love classic rock, and from an early age, my kids have had the opportunity to listen to and appreciate some of my favorites from the 70s and 80s like AC/DC and Van Halen. My eldest son and daughter have been taking piano lessons for a few years now, and my son, in particular, is interested in switching to electric guitar, like a couple of his buddies at school. He’s 12. Which brand/model of guitar would you recommend for a youngster with some musical knowledge starting out in the world of rock?

    Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I would recommend staying away from Guitar Center. Find a couple of local music stores that carry entry-level guitars and speak with a salesperson you feel comfortable with. Let your son try a number of different guitars; he’ll know the right one when he gets it in his hands.

  4. Dude, that is a tight selection, I don’t own one personally, but my buddy does and he loves it. And this guy has even built a few guitars himself, so he knows a bit about em. Great info though man, it is right on with the truth and I just texted my buddy and he is gonna have a peek too. Right on man, keep it up. 

  5. This looks like a cool guitar.  I am 51 and not sure if its a mid life crisis or what.  I am looking to learn the guitar.  Is this one you would recommend for a beginner.  Also would you be able to recommend any good online lessons that are affordable.   I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say.  Thank you in advance.

    1. Thank you for your review. I took up electric guitar at 50. You’re never too old. I don’t own this particular guitar YET, but I just ordered one. I have two other Squiers that I would highly recommend- very high quality, playable right out of the box. Good stuff. I’m a big blues fan, and I subscribe to Learning Guitar Now online for $19.95 a month. It’s a bargain. I would highly recommend it if you’re a beginner into blues. I’m sorry, but have no other experience with other courses. You can always pick one and try it out; cancel if it’s not comfortable for you. Hope that helps.

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