Epiphone SG Special, Heritage Cherry

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Hard Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Heritage Cherry
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Get some SG Tone for an Incredible Price!

The Epiphone SG Special delivers classic rock tone at an unbelievable price! This solidbody SG Special has the sound and gives you the no-frills, all-business looks and in-your-face tone that's made SGs such popular rock guitars for decades. The double-cutaway design provides easy access to the guitar's entire rosewood-topped maple neck, which is fast and comfortable. The 24.75" scale makes lightning fretboard runs easy, and the quality chrome hardware keeps things in tune. You even get a KillPot switch for creating cool stutter effects. Now is your chance to get your hands on the Epiphone SG Special!

Epiphone SG Special Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • KillPot switch for creating cool stutter effects
  • Fat, smoking humbuckers yield uncompromising power
  • Fast-playing SlimTaper "D" neck
KillPot switch for creating cool stutter effects

Back in the '60s, guitarists like Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix created a pronounced stutter effect by flipping their selector toggle switch rapidly and aggressively between pickup settings. This toggle switch-abusing technique has been used by many guitarists since those pioneering days - it's a really cool effect. But, as the guitarists here at Sweetwater will affirm, it puts undue stress on your toggle switch. Enter Epiphone's KillPot. Integrated into your guitar's tone pot, the KillPot achieves the same effect with a quick tap of your tone knob.

Fat, smoking humbuckers yield uncompromising power

The Epiphone SG Special Pro packs humbucking power. When you really want to cook on a solo or deliver some thunderous power chords, you reach for a guitar that has a pair of humbuckers, right? Forget all those thin out-of-phase guitar sounds that session players overused in the 1980s and (sad to say) right through much of the '90s. That's not for you. Your sound is all about the warmth, punch, and midrange complexity you can only get from a pair of humbuckers, and the Epiphone SG Special comes with 650R and 700T humbuckers. You get uncompromising power whether you're playing rhythm or digging into a solo.

Fast-playing SlimTaper "D" neck

The Epiphone SG Special has a SlimTaper "D" neck. Early Les Pauls had huge necks, but by 1960, the neck underwent several modifications until it became what's known as the SlimTaper design. The SG took it one step further, making the neck among the fastest ever designed. Hey, Frank Zappa played one, and the guy had some wicked chops. If you like the combination of a fast maple neck and the warmth of a rosewood fingerboard, then you'll love the Epiphone SG Special.

Epiphone SG Special Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic SG tone and style at an affordable price
  • 650R and 700T humbuckers deliver uncompromising power
  • Comfortable SlimTaper "D" neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • KillPot switch produces cool stutter effects
  • Ultra-stable LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge
The Epiphone SG Special is great to play, and the price is right!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape SG
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Gloss
Color Heritage Cherry
Neck Material Hard Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Slim taper, D profile
Radius 12"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White Dot
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.68"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone Tune-o-matic with stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Sealed
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup 650R Humbucker
Bridge Pickup 700T Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone (push for KillPot effect), 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings D'Addario (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number ESGSCHCH1

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Epiphone SG Special

it plays awesome , very happy with my purchase !

Great Over All Value & Service

Thank you for the nice email! Just so you know how important word of mouth & social media are, one of my co-workers told me about his positive experience which in turn made me want to get the similar value & service as well. I received my new Epiphone SG Electric guitar which I'm very happy with. This was a Father's Day Gift that I will use and enjoy very much. My oldest Son has a Mini Fender that I purchased for him last year and now we can jam together. And yes you've most certainly earned my future business. And everyone that I spoke to over the phone were very professional, knowledgable, courteous, patient & above all respectful. All of the above that I mentioned will always go along way in any business. Continue the above and it will always strive.Again thank you all for the great experience. Talk to you all later!And Happy Father's Day to you all!
Music background: Electric Guitar

Epiphone SG Special

I owned a 1968 Gibson SG for many years and this is a much better instrument. It played great right from the start with virtually no setup required. The action is great, you can play every fret, and the intonation is uniform across the board. I bought this for a student (14 yo) and its size is perfect for somebody with this need, since the scale is slightly smaller than a standard. I cannot believe a value like this. I'm not about to give up my American Custom Strat, but this could easily be my 2nd guitar.
Music background: Playing all styles of music for 48 years

Fantastic instrument

For this review, I'm not going to rant about the experience of buying the instrument (I got it for a discount at Guitar Center, and I'm never buying a guitar there again.) This is just about the instrument.I had played an earlier version of this guitar years ago. It was the black version without the pickguard. I liked the sound, and for the most part the feel as well, but it still looked cheap and the action somewhat reflected that.Cut back to the present, I have owned Strat-style guitars pretty much exclusively and I really wanted a different design, so I came back to this one. To my delight, Epiphone has revamped this instrument. They made the cherry finish a more stained-into-the-wood sort of color (as opposed to the flat red I had seen earlier), which makes it a surprisingly beautiful guitar. They had also added a pickguard, a more Gibson-esque "SG" truss rod cover, and best of all, an integrated killswitch into the tone pot that is super fun to experiment with. The strings are still slightly high, but nothing very tough to work out. The stock pickups sound great, clean and even with just the right amount of bite and grit. The controls are simple enough, and the tuners do their job just fine. The instrument overall is also now the lightest in my guitar collection.What is really mind-boggling about this guitar is the value for the price. This instrument has just about everything in a true SG - good pickups, nice neck profile, and a beautiful finish - but at a tiny fraction of the price of a modern Gibson SG Special. I would seriously take this guitar over any modern Gibson SG any day.

Better than a beginner guitar

I have been playing for 30 years and bought this for my daughter for her first electric. Out of the box amazing! Beginner price but Player quality. Amazingly the neck was sound out of the box, a simple intonation adjustment and finished. The smaller scale neck was perfect for my 14 year old daughter yet was very comfortable for me.The pickups sound just fine as they are. No sharp fret edges on the neck. Soloing to two step bends possible all over the neck.As a bonus this guitar also included a Tap Kill Switch on the tone knob. A super excellent buy for just about anyone!
Music background: Circuit Board designer for Guitar Pedals
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