Very Nice SG
I received mine today from Sweetwater and I am quite pleased. The guitar arrived promptly, was packed well, and arrived with no issues whatsoever. Iím glad they ship via FedEx!
Fit & finish is top notch.
The frets on mine are nicely dressed and polished with no rough edges. The action is low and the intonation was spot on. The rosewood fretboard has nice dark grain with no ink residue left on my finger tips like many new Epi's had there for a while. The neck profile is not what I would call "slim taper". It is more of a rounded 60's style profile, a little chunky but by no means a baseball bat. It is comfortable in my medium sized hands.
Electronics all function flawlessly. Sonically, it sounds like an SG should. The split coil humbuckers and push pull volume controls add extra tonal spectrum not possible with my older SGs.
The finish is somewhat unusual. The Pelham blue has a grainy look to it with a smooth glossy clearcoat over it. I find it very attractive if you like Pelham Blue and I've always wanted a Pelham Blue SG. It's very distinctive.
The Maestro vibrato seems to stay in tune very well, even with the factory strings. The Grover tuners are quality and stay in tune. The Tune o Matic Bridge doesnít buzz or rattle.
It would be nice if Epiphone used the deeper contour beveling on the body edges like the earlier Gibson SGs had, but at this price, I'm nit picking.
No Case or Gigbag.
All in all, this is a most excellent guitar if you are looking for a nice SG.
I have two other Gibson SGs and one other Epi SG. Iíve been playing SGs since 1968. The quality of this one is as nice as any of them or one's I've owned in the past.
Also, Sweetwater and my sales guy Jason Koons, are the best in the business for their knowledge, attention to detail and service. Itís always a pleasure doing business with professionals!
FIVE STARS across the board.