Epiphone G400 neck profiles question

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  1. megatrav

    megatrav New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    Just joined the forum and this is my first post!

    So, I just have some questions regarding neck profiles with Epiphone G400/SG's-

    When I was younger, I owned a 1966 reissue, big pickguard SG/G400 in natural burst. It had a huge neck on it. I eventually sold it because after having it for 4 years, I barely played it.

    My brother owns a Limited Edition Custom Shop White EMG loaded G400. The neck on it is very nice. Its chunky, but not too chunky.

    I recently bought an Epiphone G400 in black (small pickguard) for a steal. The neck is super thin. I'm finding it kind of hard to play, honestly. I am going to give it a week or so before I make a decision. I would also like to add that based on the serial number decoder site, its an Indonesian model. Which means its older and probably not consistent with what it offered today. The neck feels very flat as well on the back. It feels like a shredder guitar.

    I also played another small guard SG (not a pro) at a local music shop and it had basically the same thin, flat neck on it.

    Essentially, I am looking for an Epiphone that has a similar neck to my bro's white SG. I assume the newer SG Pro's have a fast neck as well. Would a Vintage/Faded SG typically have a chunkier neck? Or possibly the '61 reissues?

    I know from reading online that the white EMG G400 is based on a '62 model.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or tips!
     
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    megatrav New Member

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    I'm gonna bump for my first post
     
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    hi... and welcome !


    hard to tell which is the favourite neck of another person...;)

    but the vintage g400 models
    and faded ones have a comfortable neck to play
    (slim taper d) which is not too fat.

    more on the slim side are the 61 limited special
    (my favourite)

    the epi customs have also slim taper d , but thery re more on the "chunky side".
    ( a bit too much for my taste)





    depends all on personal preference.
     
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    Thanks for the response!

    I think the Epiphone Custom necks are the ones I'm after.
    Today I played a white 3 pickup Epi SG and it was what pretty much the same as my bro's Epi EMG SG.

    I played two SG PRO models and they were very thin and flat. Too small for my hands.

    I would like to play the Vintage/Worn models so that I can see how I like it.

    I really like the necks on Gibson Faded SG's or Standard Tribute as they call them now. Gibson calls it a rounded profile.
     
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    I don't think there was ever a fat neck on a G400. My 2004 Vintage is somehow thicker than the run of the mill Slim Taper, but in no way is it thick.

     
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    I had a 1966 RI big pickguard that had a huge neck on it.

    I just wish it was more consistent or Epiphone at least took the time to name the necks so that it was easier to buy one when you can't play every model.
     
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    Really ? I'll have to keep an eye open for one then.

    Edit: I just went browsing and everywhere I look, any year, comes up with Slim Taper. Remember what year your's was ?
     
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    I don't, sadly. Just that it was a 1966 Reissue Made in China. I think I had it around 2009- 2010.

    Apparently, Epiphone is super lazy and just calls the mass majority of their necks Slim-Taper D.

    I believe most of them are, with the exception of a few Les Pauls, Sheraton's, Custom Shop SG/G400's and maybe a handful of others.

    The smaller necks actually hurt my hands to play. I need something a little larger so that my hand has support with the extra flat radius.

    Since its hard to tell, I'm messaging sellers on Reverb and Ebay and asking them.
     
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    yap,
    and they vary from model to model..;)
    (in my post before)

    i own a custom my self so i can say its definetly on the chunky side,
    if you re up for it....

    the regular g400/vintage necks are quite comfortable for me..
     
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    If I can find one locally, I will definitely play one!
     

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