rich menga books podcast gear search about contact
***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Best SG of 2019? Epiphone 1961 G-400 in Metallic Gold

image

I'm a sucker for gold guitars, what can I say.

Today is the last day of 2019. End of the year and end of the decade as well. Hope your new year is a good one. And you might want to ring in that new year with this gold beast.

I don't have any yellow guitars right now, but at some point I'll get another one. If I had the cash, I would get this Epiphone 1961 G-400 PRO right now.

This SG style guitar hits all the right marks.

Where appearance is concerned, it's not just the gold finish but the fact the keystone style tuners are used on this particular model. This Epiphone definitely has the correct vintage SG look.

And yes, this guitar is gold all around. Front and back. But it smartly doesn't have any gold hardware. If it did, that would be too much gold. There's enough black and chrome bits throughout that breaks up the main color and it really works well.

Bring this is a PRO model, yes the humbuckers are split with push-pull pots. The SG is already a bright sounding guitar to begin with, so the split sound may be a bit "pingy", but then again it's totally optional whether you want to use it or not. If you don't like it, just don't use it and go with the full dual coil sound all the time. Not an issue.

The only part of the guitar that bothers me - and this is only a styling thing - is the truss rod cover. It says "SG PRO" on it and looks a little tacky because the font is a few points too large. But that's easily fixed just by ordering a blank cover off eBay. Again, not an issue.

Again, I would totally get this if I had the cash for it. PRO is the best of the line from Epiphone, so it's not a bargain basement guitar. But you get a lot of guitar for the money with this one.

And it's frickin' gold. How cool is that? Yes, there are the Cherry and Silverburst finish options, but c'mon. Go for the gold. I would.

Best JamMan tutorial book, period.

191231

More articles to check out

  1. It came from the ’90s: WAAF Unusual Suspects 1996
  2. To GPS or not to GPS?
  3. FM rock radio in 2020. Finally dead? Yes.
  4. The “Hide Away” Freddy King 11th chord
  5. Stop playing power chords
  6. What dashcam do you use? Viofo update, 300 days later
  7. Any good guitars for under $500?
  8. I bought another SX Furrian
  9. Metal’s continuing downward spiral
  10. EMF radiation danger in quartz watches – time to switch to automatic?