Korean Epiphone SG 310, needs some help.

Discussion in 'Epiphone SG' started by SixGears, May 20, 2021.

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What would you do with this guiltar?

  1. Find a new epi 310 or gibson SG neck, deal with cracks

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  2. Find a decent used gibson SG shell body+neck and gut the elctronics

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  3. buy a retail gibson SG + trade it in

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  1. SixGears

    SixGears New Member

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    Greetings all. First post. I've owned this guitar for a long time. I bought it in my teens, sold it in my 20's for way less than I should have (175), and got it back for the same price I sold it to the friend for a few years back in my 30's.

    I'm unhappy with a few parts of this guitar getting it back. There's a few splits on the paint (i think it's the paint? I haven't taken the neck off to really look, just worrysome) by the neck connection of the bolt-on. The neck is aftermarket - this guitar was dropped and the neck split nowhere near the headstock. (FML) I was like, 15 when it happened. I had no idea what to do and honestly, my parent was clueless as to what to do with a musical instrument. So we took it back to the place I bought it from (layway payments at a local music mom&pop store back in the 90's, now defunct) and they replaced the bolt-on with a brand-less neck. So I'm worried this paint split on the neck isn't just the paint. I haven't had the guitar in a decade and I really don't know what all it has been through. I realize now kind of why I sold it instead of trying to mess with it, since everywhere online I read says that 310's are bad. This one is Korean, made in 1998. That being said, I feel like I wasted the money. Maybe I can explain and get some advice on what I should do next? Should I look for a non epi-Gibson SG Shell and pull the electronics? Should I look for an epi/gibson authentic neck? At this point in my life, I maybe should just sell it put and put the money towards a full real gibson? What would you do? I'm not trying to spend 2k on a brand new 2021 model. Pics enclosed. The Gibson thing on the neck is a $1 vinyl sticker just so it wasn't completly blank. Thank you for your time.

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  2. Von Trapp

    Von Trapp Well-Known Member

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    I don't have my reading glasses on but it seems the neck says Gibson and having that on a Michael (Bolton) would mean it's a keeper at least for me, but mostly because it's funny. If it plays well and sounds well I'd say there's no reason to ditch it. In my neck of the woods a 310 is worth about a song and a dance, well maybe half a dance, so to sink any money into it, well, i don't know. The cracks do mean sh!t if it plays well so as so often in these cases, it's up to you. The electronics aren't really worth anything anyway so no real reason to hang on to those either. But like I said, if you like it, keep it, if you don't, give it to charity.
     
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  3. everdying

    everdying Well-Known Member

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    neck hasnt fallen off, body joint hasnt completely cracked, it probably still stays somewhat in tune - so very likely just a finish crack.

    and there's no point blindly changing / upgrading stuff unless it has a purpose.
    just keep playing until u know what u want, and if it cant do what u want, then only upgrade...
     
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  4. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

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    That guitar doesn't appear to have any problems. I'd play it as is. It's a cool stripped down street rod of a guitar.
     
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  5. TChalms

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    Keep it, play the snit out of it and learn how to work on it. The advice is really good around here. Don't worry about the dings, some people pay big money for a dinged up guitar. That's not an investment grade guitar, but it's great for the education. Don't pay someone to do something that you can learn to do yourself.
     
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  6. njpaulc

    njpaulc Well-Known Member

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    Do you like the way the neck plays? I would guess, whether it's unbranded or not, it was made in the same factory as the Epiphone necks were. What other parts don't you like? The 310's have a bad reputation because they have a bolt on neck, and everyone knows SG's are setneck guitars. Personally, I find todays bad guitars are a lot better than than the bad guitars of the 60's. Anyone one want a ZimGar?
     
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  7. SixGears

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    Wow, thanks everyone for all the help and kind replies.

    I'm glad someone appreciates my humor in the neck. I pretty much had the guitar under a year when the neck split in half. The strap was just loose and I dropped it. I cried. I was 15 and I had been making layway payments, just had it paid off for a few months.

    The guitar actually sounds great for such a cheap model IMHO. This was my main guitar for a long time.

    Everything but the neck is Korean. I think the neck may be chinese.
    I really don't like the neck, no. It doesn't have the same finish that the stock neck had. I've been considering trying to find an epi neck with a finish on it for that reason. The bare wood just sticks out so bad on an SG.
     
  8. ruster1

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    heck, if it has some sentimental value then try a budget fix up.. The Korean 310's were not so bad.. bolt on are not the end of the world either.. however, one pic up top shows me your action down low is quite high. I would consider shimming that neck and seeing how you like it.. use a piece or 2 of stiff business card toward the pickups and screw the neck back on and see how it tilts the neck a bit more for better action. You may find out you like it more.. but keep your eye open for people on eBay parting out old Epi's like this and you might find a cheap neck for it.. Cheers...!
     
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  9. laza616

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    The guitar looks good and appear to be in a great condition. These hair cracks are on Epiphones neck joints pretty usual. No big deal. Its a finish crack as the neck is bolt on and the finish is quite vulnerable in this location
    Dont worry about this
    The guitar has some life and it would be a pitty to give it away. And white SGs are all beautiful
    If you feel like the guitar has slow response or low output, maybe getting some used parts would not kill your budget.
    If the guitars stays in tune and you have a low action, its a great guitar
    Yes , keep it and give it some play
     
  10. sazista

    sazista Active Member

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    None of the above survey questions. Just forget about the dings and cracks and play it. Make music, record it, send us links to your songs, etc. Make the music you love. If you can't, for some reason with that particular guitar, than consider getting something else. I have a G310 (there in my avatar pic). It is absolutely fantastic. I've been playing since 1980, so I know a bit about quality. Enjoy.
     

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