Anyone ever been "shamed" because they were playijg an Epiphone G400/SG?

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  1. sazista

    sazista Active Member

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    On my G310 the neck is set in futher, giving you more room between the tailpiece and the pickups for your hand to rest. The neck on this one is very thin, flat (unlike the 2002 Faded Gibson's bat neck). It also has a very dark, smooth fingerboard. Not sure if it's ebony, or what, plus it's got Jazz/JB's, so it sounds pretty good. The Gibson pups are a bit clearer, though this may have to do with the pots. I don't know. it doesn't matter at this point.
     
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    Twice that I can recall. I have an Epi G-400 2018. I had it at work and one of our vendors saw it and said something to the effect that I needed to be playing a real Gibson. I explained to him that I have, in fact "real Gibsons" but this particular G-400 blows them out of the water. I also had a sound guy, who is a GREAT guy, but a little dense at times, tell me my gear was all crap. So I bought the Lzzy Hale Epi and a Boss GT-100. He keeps his head down now.
     
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    Craig Bartock with a G400. Nancy Wilson to the left. Mike Inez to the right. Ann is behind Craig (not visible). Screenshot_20200701-084258_Firefox Focus.jpg
     
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  4. Brooklyn Zeke

    Brooklyn Zeke New Member

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    Did you come here to thinking it would be a guitar museum, or for the music?
    In my case, nothing to be embarrassed about: '70 SG Std, '97 Fender Tele Calif. Ser. MIUSA, Epi Les Paul Special I
     
  5. brashboy

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    You mean the Sung-Il hardware? Oh wait, that's Gibson. LOL.

    Yeah, know what you mean. On my Epi's, the strap buttons and other screws and anchors keep ripping out of the soft wood, can't keep a strap on 'em and the bridges lean forward. And the tuners all split or crumbled. Damnedest thing.

    [cough, cough]
     
  6. Biddlin

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    Actually, I meant that the $50.00 cheaper G-310 has much poorer wood than the G-400, and so the neck screws and jack are often torn out of the body.The jack rips out so often in fact that I had a standard fix that involved two large flat washers and a rubber gasket with a jack in the middle that could be put in place of the missing wood in a matter of minutes. I have seen neck snaps on G-400s, usually at the heal rather than the headstock but my G-400s have been pretty trouble free over the last 15 years.
     
  7. SurfNTurf

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    While I’ve not had anything stolen, in 25 years of gigging I know plenty who have. That’s why my expensive guitars stay at home or only get taken to the recording studio. I gig with beat up Epis and Squiers. I don’t want the expensive stuff damaged either. My all valve amp stays at home while my lightweight dirt cheap modelling amp plays the shows. If I can’t really tell the difference (And I really can’t, they’re that good now) I can’t imagine the punters can, or even care. Use what sounds good with low financial risk, it’s not worth trying to show off your brand just so some keen eyed light fingered bastard can have it away while your back is turned for a minute. Seen it happen many times.
     
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  8. NMA

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    We live in a world where name brands matter. You may not like it, but it is true.

    I had an Epi G400 SG...had it for about a month or so and then upgraded to the Gibson SG. It wasn't that somebody shamed me, it was ME that was shaming me. I knew the guitar was simply a poor man's Gibson.

    Now if you are talking Epiphone Casinos, no shame at all in owning one of those. Their pedigree is royalty -- The Beatles, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, The Edge...all use them. But the Epi SG is really just a poor man's Gibson SG.
     
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    I'm not poor. I have an Epi G400 and it is so much the perfect guitar that I have never felt the slightest temptation to replace it with a Gibson. I have three different Gibson guitars, a Les Paul Traditional, a Melody Maker and a Nighthawk. But no SG, and no thoughts of getting one.
     
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    I have both Gibson and Epiphone and I'm proud to say that I love my Epiphone and I play much more her instead of the Gibson.
     
  11. SGfan84

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    Totally agree. Why take out the Audi, when the Kia will suffice?
    Btw, may I ask what amp modelers you prefer? I used the same logic for amp modelers and had a Vox Tonelab ST for 11 years until I tried a Zoom G1 Four for fun and giggles and am absolutely blown away. People at live shows or bars could never tell, and like you said, wouldn't care either.
     

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