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    Epiphone guitar modding

    Hey Folks,

    I sold off my Gibson SG some years ago but missing it and have been thinking about getting a cheap Epiphone SG or LP to mod. I'm a strat guy and always felt the strat is perfect for me but I always mod my strats to fit my playing as I would say we all probably do.

    The one kind of guitar I really never put any time into is the Epiphone brand. I wanted to ask any and all out there what you guys feel is the best Epiphone SG or LP to mod that you guys feel can compare to or at least get close to the real deal Gibson's?

    The one thing I don't like in any Gibson is fat 50s necks, I have small hands so looking to find something to mod that has the thinner neck is what I'm looking for.

    I did want to point out I've owned a few hi dollar Gibson's in the past and not all Gibson's are created equal. A buddy had owned a real 61 SG Les Paul and that guitar was perfect in its sound and playability. Very few Gibson's I've run across ever felt as good as that 61 SG Les Paul. Its a shame they don't build them like that now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slobrain View Post
    Hey Folks,

    I sold off my Gibson SG some years ago but missing it and have been thinking about getting a cheap Epiphone SG or LP to mod. I'm a strat guy and always felt the strat is perfect for me but I always mod my strats to fit my playing as I would say we all probably do.

    The one kind of guitar I really never put any time into is the Epiphone brand. I wanted to ask any and all out there what you guys feel is the best Epiphone SG or LP to mod that you guys feel can compare to or at least get close to the real deal Gibson's?

    The one thing I don't like in any Gibson is fat 50s necks, I have small hands so looking to find something to mod that has the thinner neck is what I'm looking for.

    I did want to point out I've owned a few hi dollar Gibson's in the past and not all Gibson's are created equal. A buddy had owned a real 61 SG Les Paul and that guitar was perfect in its sound and playability. Very few Gibson's I've run across ever felt as good as that 61 SG Les Paul. Its a shame they don't build them like that now...

    Slo
    I have old (ish) LP Customs at home and such but end up playing my Epiphone LP Tobacco Standard in clubs just about every Saturday night. Like you I have small(ish) hands. I'm not a fan of the modern "C" profile. Just look around. Epiphones are not created the same. You want an older Japanese made one. Pawn shops, CL, and used guitar shops are a good place to look. I got mine for $115 with a pile of other stuff in 1991 and it was fairly old then. You have to play them. I find the small headstock older Japanese made ones are the best. Best mod you are going to do is take it to a luthier and and have the frets crowned, leveled, and polished. Then a full pro set up. Around here it's about $125. After that, a pickup change to your taste may be in order, but not necessarily. Take your time and one will fine you. Honestly too. I've seen used Gibson SGs in the $450 to $500 range that were pretty nice. Don't let a pro headstock repair scare you. Look around.

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    This will be the short version -- the long version got lost due to a browser lockup.

    Basically, it boils down to this -- do you like the thin shredder necks that are so popular today, or do you like a fuller neck profile?

    Just about everything Fender today is made with the skinny "Modern C" profile unless you're willing to spend big money. Same with Gibson, if you want anything thicker than Slim Taper D then you'll be forced to spend more. It's as if both companies are trying to squeeze as many skinny necks as they can out of a billet of wood.

    Today's garden-variety Epiphone are made with a "1960s Slim-Taper D" neck, including the LP and SG models. There are a few other guitars with "C" profile necks, but those guitars are few and they're not all that different. If you take a trip to a GC store you're likely to find that all of the Epi hanging on the wall are Slim-Taper D.

    I own an Epi with the Slim-Taper C profile, and I don't play it. Every time that I'm in a store I check out the Epi just to see if something other than a Slim-Taper D might be hanging on the wall. no luck. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Epi if they made something that didn't have the skinny neck profile, but for me it just won't work. If you like the Slim-Taper D then you'll have a lot to choose from. If you don't like it then a new Epi might not work for you.
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    This has been extremely well received.
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    IMHO, one of the best values that Epi makes is their G-400 Pro SG. $$$ is right, are thin, fast & feel a mile long. Stable, solid, well built. Worth a look & test drive to see if it's where you want to go.

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