Hey everybody, I just got my latest SG after i returned the Korean faulty one I bought (won) this on ebay last saturday Yesterday it was delivered to me from Germany Its my third Epiphone SG and currently i have 4 SGs (Gibson, BaCH, Vintage and this beauty) I am actually stunned after i slept on it and inspected it few moments ago. I compared it to my other SGs and to the previous Epiphones i owned or held in my hands or played throughout the years I had a Chinese EPI and Korean Epi. Never had Made in Japan, never even held it or saw it on my own eyes in Slovakia as i am from Slovakia which brings me to say that i am sorry for lousy English Well back to this Guitar Its Czech Made Epi, year 2000 I was trying for couple of months to get one of those Czech Made as i am Slovak and i know old czechoslovakian communist guitars (Jolana, Cremona). I was curious and wanted to give it a shot Well it turned out that the rumours floating around the internet that these are better than their Brothers from Asia might be better, actually might me true I need to adjust the truss rod as the neck is a little bit bowed, previous owner had very thick gauge strings on it, who knows how many months or even years these old strings were slowly bending that neck That brings me to the first question as i dont have a tool to adjust it, what size i should buy? I never had to do it on my previous guitars, only on my acoustic guitar and no need to say that the truss rod was in the body Sound hole not in the headstock and even with this screw What kind of truss rod is that and what wrench would do it. The nut is fine i wont change it. All the hardware is unbranded. I have no clue what it is as All my guitars even Epiphones had different hardware. I would say that it might be random generic hardware but maybe someone form here will know more No need to say i had 2002 Korean Epi and 2009 Chinese EPI , and this one is built like a tank I just compared it to my Gibson SG standard (2009) and the size f the neck and everything is +/- the same, same weight, the only difference is that the Gibson is thiner on the edges, they are sawed (sorry if it is an incorrect word for it), This one doesnt have it sawed so "far" and it appears to be "thicker". More wood=more weight But its the same weight as a Gibson i have The body is from to me unknown wood, it doesnt look like a mahagony and its a three piece (as my Gibson). Do we know what wood it might be? The fretboard and the neck is very comfortable, actually i love the fretboard, just look at that pattern and grain It feels fantastic There is no neck dive at All, the guitar is perfectly balanced (after further inspection i find it better balanced than my Gibson for fucks sake....) The consturction quality is flawless. I held many guitars and this is something you would normally expected from pricy guitars, not from the Epiphones. Its definitely much better than Korean, Chinese and better than my Vintage VS6 and my BaCH SG Actually to be honest i held few Gibson specials and tributes and they were not this quality built Its harder to compare it to my Gibson SG standard as it has binding on the fretboard and different pickguard and different headstock and hardware But when it comes to the consturction,.....i would say that this Epi would survive more than Gibson altough both are very Well Made I didnt test the Sound yet as i have to make the neck as IT should be not bowed, and i will adjust then everything else for comfy play So far i am in love And to take a note that this is 20 years old guitar, its great I Made some photos You Can see that the pickguard is different, not three ply And Also the covers around the pups are in my opinion a little wider on the sides I would like to know what pups are these and Also i am curious what are those tuning machines. They look generic but i need to test them when i will put the strings on this guitar And to be honest i am Happy for this purchase AF I will replace the screws as most of these are already rusty I wonder what are the specs od this guitar, damn it What do you guys think?