2004 Korean Epiphone SG with roadworn finish and white bound neck

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  1. WBM1221

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    9DABCBE0-3E39-45B2-A99F-4B4F5CF03A71.jpeg C961B728-BD9A-4E80-BA32-97F428ADF9A0.jpeg E448BF0F-9F68-4EEA-AF3A-C193D99F144F.jpeg B0CDB82D-7F27-4BEA-91E0-7091D7C2B6DF.jpeg 57F48077-1E8D-406A-9854-11DFFA1A9213.jpeg 44411391-2307-49A4-AB46-425130D7D5BC.jpeg 325CB1D5-4B89-4F3D-B74E-056B591E04FB.jpeg Just bought this off of CL FOR $100. Just wondering if anyone else has seen these around? In great shape!
     
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    Bravo ! You just bought the best SG Epiphone ever made. These are as good as any Gibson. You made good at $100 ... real good. And welcome to the SGzoo ...

    I luckily got mine at the same price in Canadian $$. Here it is.

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    These were only built these for 2 or 3 years, they're a rare edition with no veneer and with neck binding. (they just now reintroduced the binding). Gold headstock inlay and logo. It has Alnico Classics, which are pretty decent.

    They came with a satin finish. It looks like yours was buffed to a soft shine and tuners have been replaced.


    Vintage G-400 - Why Is This Guitar Shaking Up The Industry?
    08.31.2004

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    In the early '60's Gibson came up with a radical new guitar to inject a shot of adrenaline into the Les Paul line. They named the new guitar SG which stood for Solid Guitar, which is one of the biggest inside jokes in the guitar industry....sort of like saying Angus Young and Tony Iommi are just solid guitarists!

    Now Epiphone offers a faithful reproduction of the classic Gibson guitar in a vintage finished, affordable package! One run up the 22 fret neck of the Vintage G-400 and you'll be hooked! The "Worn" finish gives the instrument the look and feel of the originals and the high-output designed in the U.S.A. pickups complete the hard rockin', vintage vibe! Check it out below:

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    Classic styling of the 1962 Gibson SG.

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    Worn finish gives the instrument the look and feel of the original.

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    Grover, die-cast tuning machines add to the tuning stability of the instrument.

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    Stop-bar tail-piece and powerful designed in the USA pick-ups make this baby scream!

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    Volume and tone controls with a three-way pick-up selector for versatility.

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    Set neck construction for nearly unlimited sustain.
     
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    Not sure if the finish on mine was original or duplicated. Looks like the red finish was rubbed off in the typical “wear” places and then cleared over. Mine has the Gibson Deluxe tuners I guess were replacements for the original Grover’s?
     
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    It was really flat, no glare, out of the factory. More like this, so yours have had more than just play rub.

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    The “worn” areas look like the original color shade. Definitely artificially done , but by who? Factory special for someone or maybe a store or done after the sale? Kinda interesting, one of a kind I guess.
     
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    Nice score for $100. Looks like someone had a go at relicing and glossing up the finish. I personally don't understand the whole "relic" thing, but it's a great guitar at a great price. I've been waiting for one in brown finish to turn up locally.
     
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    64657D0B-8990-45B1-9100-6B31A758B1BB.jpeg I don’t care about the relic idea either. I’m debating on sanding it down and refinishing it back to original or as close as possible.
    I bought an Epiphone LP Standard today that was built in the same shop as the SG but a year later.
     
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    Don't do it. If you want to give it back its faded finish, go at manually it with some Scotch Brite. Or else, buff it to a shine, what I did with mine and I wouldn't have a second thought about doing it again.

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    This thing has been intensively played. Previous owner obviously liked it. Your SG is covered with Mojo (maybe the guy had acidic sweat). I say clean the grime if any, new strings, neck relief, intonation, leave the rest as is and play the heck out of it.

    By the way ... you should make an official intro and tell us about you too.
    http://www.everythingsg.com/forums/welcome-wagon.67/
     
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    That’s my plan.
     

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