Epiphone SG Special P90 - how close is it to the Gibson version?

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They got some kick ass bevels !! haha Whoop !


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That is a simple thing they got better, bevels. But Gibson had some SGs with almost inexistent bevels.
true but so did epiphone in the day. just the fact it is licenced for what it is . and the spec sharing with Gibson, That said. no , its not a "Gibson" .. they sure beat the Ravens and Manns I started on lol
If Gibson says an Epiphone SG is a bona fide SG, that's good enough for me.
 

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That is a simple thing they got better, bevels. But Gibson had some SGs with almost inexistent bevels.

If Gibson says an Epiphone SG is a bona fide SG, that's good enough for me.

haha on that note.. my 2018 Standard 61' has like zero edges on the non bevels .. so much nitro i suppose haha

The problem with the Epiphones to be honest is the poly coats that seal them up , more like a plastic feel , too smooth, no breath .. alice_2.jpg
 

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Yea, and Gibson owns the COPYright

Epiclone guitars are official Gibson copies.
I had an Epiphone g400 Korina, neck dive, bad nut job, it sounded like an electric drill, bad quality electronics, very light wood, trussrod not adjusted, etc. I sold it very quickly and I bought a real Gibson SG, night and day guitars.
My Casino, a Gibson ES-330 copy is not a bad guitar, not a good one.
Play both and give yor advice seriously. PRS SE guitars are fine, better than Epi. A good surprise.
 

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Epiclone guitars are official Gibson copies.
I had an Epiphone g400 Korina, neck dive, bad nut job, it sounded like an electric drill, bad quality electronics, very light wood, trussrod not adjusted, etc. I sold it very quickly and I bought a real Gibson SG, night and day guitars.
My Casino, a Gibson ES-330 copy is not a bad guitar, not a good one.
Play both and give yor advice seriously. PRS SE guitars are fine, better than Epi. A good surprise.
I had a PRS SE Singlecut, maybe 10 yrs ago, and it was a good one. I sold it for a 02-03 SG Special Faded with crescent moon inlays and ebony board.
 

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I owned an Epi Classic and a Gibson simultaneously. The Epi was a fine guitar that played and sounded great, I would have gigged it no problem. Shortly after I bought it, I came across a Gibson Classic and bought that too. The Gibson feels slightly different, but not "better". They sounded about the same. I sold the Epi because I didn't need two of the same guitar, and I could afford the Gibson. If I'd been in a situation where money was tighter, I would have played the Epi with no excuses needed.
 

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I never get why Gibson fanboys come on an Epiphone dedicated section of the forum, to show they have a bigger hard-on than others. Stay in your pen and play with your boner.
 

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Epiclone guitars are official Gibson copies.
I had an Epiphone g400 Korina, neck dive, bad nut job, it sounded like an electric drill, bad quality electronics, very light wood, trussrod not adjusted, etc. I sold it very quickly and I bought a real Gibson SG, night and day guitars.
My Casino, a Gibson ES-330 copy is not a bad guitar, not a good one.
Play both and give yor advice seriously. PRS SE guitars are fine, better than Epi. A good surprise.
that doesn't make sense. Epiphone SG are a licenced SG . I understand you don't "like" epiphones" . but that does not make them a copy . examples of copies are Ibanez, Raveb, Mann, El Degas and many more un-licenced SG's . I did give my advise :) you just choose to ignore :)

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that doesn't make sense. Epiphone SG are a licenced SG . I understand you don't "like" epiphones" . but that does not make them a copy . examples of copies are Ibanez, Raveb, Mann, El Degas and many more un-licenced SG's . I did give my advise :) you just choose to ignore :)

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Nice Ebony Gibson SG 👌

Epiphone SG made in Japan are great guitars.


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We've seen these threads before, where some want to bash Epiphone and others want to praise them, and where some want to bash Gibson for being over priced and self delusional... There is truth and fiction in all of it.

IMHO they are both good, and useful in their own way.
Some of us can afford the best, and Gibson is eager to provide it for us.
Gibson charges from $3000 to $12,000 for a single Les Paul Guitar.
...ridiculous... I'm a Gibson fan, but would never pay such prices.
And I don't care for Les Paul guitars anyway, lucky me.
Some of us are struggling musicians or learners or dreamers... and
Epiphone is there to provide something useful and affordable.

Cork sniffers will say that a guitar needs to be made of the best and most costly wood. (not true)
They will also say that a fine guitar needs to be finished in Lacquer and
anything else is sub-standard. (not true)

Wood is like not magnetic, and so it has no effect on the tone of an electric guitar. The same for lacquer. There, I've opened another can of
worms. We've had lots of discussion on this forum on those two topics
but not changed many opinions.

So to answer the OP's question: Play it before you buy it. That's how
you know. If you can afford Gibson prices, you won't regret buying one.
Gibson guitars have an elegance to them, even mine. I bought the least expensive Gibsons I could find.

If you can't afford Gibson prices... Epiphone is there. Epis are usually playable and practical, and they respond very well to upgrades.

Good luck (again) in your quest...
 

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We've seen these threads before, where some want to bash Epiphone and others want to praise them, and where some want to bash Gibson for being over priced and self delusional... There is truth and fiction in all of it.

IMHO they are both good, and useful in their own way.
Some of us can afford the best, and Gibson is eager to provide it for us.
Gibson charges from $3000 to $12,000 for a single Les Paul Guitar.
...ridiculous... I'm a Gibson fan, but would never pay such prices.
And I don't care for Les Paul guitars anyway, lucky me.
Some of us are struggling musicians or learners or dreamers... and
Epiphone is there to provide something useful and affordable.

Cork sniffers will say that a guitar needs to be made of the best and most costly wood. (not true)
They will also say that a fine guitar needs to be finished in Lacquer and
anything else is sub-standard. (not true)

Wood is like not magnetic, and so it has no effect on the tone of an electric guitar. The same for lacquer. There, I've opened another can of
worms. We've had lots of discussion on this forum on those two topics
but not changed many opinions.

So to answer the OP's question: Play it before you buy it. That's how
you know. If you can afford Gibson prices, you won't regret buying one.
Gibson guitars have an elegance to them, even mine. I bought the least expensive Gibsons I could find.

If you can't afford Gibson prices... Epiphone is there. Epis are usually playable and practical, and they respond very well to upgrades.

Good luck (again) in your quest...
Thank you for your well spoken thoughts :)

I will add .. that Nitro finish is a difference. Gibson Nitro finishes start evaporating .. given enough time will evaporate to nothing :) this is the difference from a Polyurathane finish. That coating will survive a century on Mars without any reduction.

The Nitro does let the air pass, and the guitar does breathe. This is a big deal with acoustics.. and solid bodies as well.
 


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