Strange truss rod cover

Discussion in 'SG Copies' started by Nizo, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. Nizo

    Nizo New Member

    Dec 29, 2019
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    So, I wanted to buy a used SG and will have a look at it today, I just wanted to ask you about that.
    It states it's an Epiphone SG 400, I'm guessing he misspelled it and it's a G-400.


    Sadly, he only posted just this one picture.
    The truss rod cover looks like it says "Gibson", written vertically, like this:


    He could've replaced it, but I'm curius. Are there any SG-G400s that come with a cover like this?

    (And it looks like it has 3 screws, another red flag. EDIT: Apparently, the G-400s have 3 screws.)
  2. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Tucson AZ
    yes, Epiphone is owned by Gibson, and they make Epi versions of Gibson guitars
    under license. It's Gibson's way of competing in the inexpensive guitar market.
    And they compete very well IMHO.
    So an Epi G-400 is an SG, although there are cork sniffers who will deny this.
    My ES-339 above is a real ES-339, but it only cost 1/8 of what the Gibson sells for.
    Epiphone guitars are made with a three screw TRC, that's normal for them.
    AND Epiphone is licensed to write GIBSON on the truss rod covers, so that's real.
    Gibson guitars are made with a two screw TRC, but the one you posted is not a
    Gibson TRC, AFAIK. That's an anomaly. People sell truss rod covers with what
    ever you want on them, and to fit any make of guitar.

    Gibson writes other stuff on truss rod covers, but not the vertical GIBSON...
    that's done by Epiphone.

    Epiphone G400s are fine serviceable instruments. Epiphone sells boatloads of
    them worldwide. They are not as elegant as Gibsons, and they don't hold their
    value as well, but they are so cheap to buy that a guy can get a playable
    guitar without too much strain.

    And then, a guy can improve the instrument little by little, as he can afford it.
    The best improvement you can make to your Epi G400 is to get it professionally
    set up. A well setup Epiphone is a much more useful guitar than a poorly setup
    Gibson Les Paul costing ten times as much.

    Good luck in your quest. There are plenty of G400s out there for sale, so
    pick the one that plays the best, that's my suggestion.
  3. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2012
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    My 98 Epi G-400 and Les Paul

    1998 epi.JPG sm96lphdstk.jpg
    had Gibson branded 3 screw truss rod covers.
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  4. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2018
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    Is this an Epiphone Limited Edition Custom Shop ?

  5. Nizo

    Nizo New Member

    Dec 29, 2019
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    I know that Epiphone is owned by Gibson. It just looked strange. It's another font and nothing else on a Gibson/Epiphone Headstock is written like this.
    All the G-400s I found either had "SG" or "SG Pro" written on it, not Gibson. Of course, he could've changed it, but I wanted to know if there are some that come with this TRC.

    Gibson always has 2 screws and it's a fake if it has 3. I didn't know that Epiphone always has 3 and the Chibsons probably have Epiphone TRCs.

    That's what I wanted to know, thank you ^^
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  6. Bettyboo

    Bettyboo Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2015
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    It's pretty common for made in Korea Epiphones - it looks pretty cool, imho.

    Screenshot 2019-12-31 at 00.47.01.png
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  7. Vintage Rocker

    Vintage Rocker Member

    Oct 24, 2019
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    I have a 98 G-400 and it has the vertical Gibson truss rod cover stock.

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