I tested this axe in February of 2020. Now I will reveal what I think about it. How are the tones, playability, quality and is it worth your hard-earned money?
Epiphone G-400 PRO specs:
Body type: Solidbody
Body wood: Mahogany
Neck wood: Mahogany
Neck shape: SlimTaper D
Scale length: 24.75”
Truss rod: Yes
Fretboard material: Rosewood
Fretboard radius: 12”
Number of frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Nut width:1.68” (42.7mm)
Pickups: 2 x Alnico Classic PRO Humbucker
Pickup switch: 3-way
Bridge: Tune-o-Matic with stop bar tailpiece
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This guitar comes with a mahogany body and neck. The fretboard is rosewood. So guitar materials are solid for metal and rock. You won’t have issues rocking with distortion.
Alnico Classic Pro neck and bridge pickups give you thick, warm and dark tones. Great for riffing and old school metal solos.
These mics include coil-split function, so you can make it sound a little bit more like a Fender Stratocaster. With this axe this feature is usable and brings a lot of versatility on to the table.
Clean tones of this are actually solid too, I was not expecting that for some reason. So those clean intro’s will go well with this one.
I tried this axe in a music store nearby with Boss Katana-50 MkII amp, and all the tones were really good for this price point.
Maybe I would wish a little bit more brightness from lead tones and clearness from clean tones, but on the other hand, SG’s should sound dark. So this is more a matter of personal preference.
In my opinion, this guitar is best for old-school metal. If you like to play stuff which sounds like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, etc. this guitar is maybe the best choice at this price range.
If you like hard rock, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, etc. this guitar will serve you well too.
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The neck shape is slim D. So the neck is slim but a little bit wider on the shoulders. This kind of neck shape makes things easy for your thumb. It is easy to hold it in the right place and that helps you to access every corner of the fretboard.
You can smoothly play heavy and fast riffs with this neck and guitar. Chords come out easily too.
Old-school metal solos are the perfect fit for this neck. Some super-fast sweep, shred solos can be a little bit harder to do with this, but if you practice, you can do these solos with this SG quite easily too. Even though the neck is not the fastest, frets are still easy to access.
Out of the box action is pretty bad. Frets below 7th fret are hard to play. You can easily adjust the action with the truss rod, but I would love to see good action out of the box.
This guitar is a little bit front-weighted. It doesn’t mean that the guitar is super-heavy, the neck is just heavier than usual. This annoys some people but I don’t see it as too big of a problem.
I’ve played this guitar a couple of times, but I don’t own this one, so I’m not sure if this starts to annoy when you play it for years and years. I think that this is a small con, but you will get used to it(make sure that you don’t drop it when you hold it for the first time).
As a complete guitar, this is still lighter than Gibson SG’s.
Those Epiphone G-400 PRO’s which I have seen and played, I have nothing to complain about the finish. It’s great for the price. It also stays in tune well.
Sometimes this guitar has some fret buzz issues. Of course, frett buzz can almost always be fixed, but this is definitely a con. Thankfully, you usually don’t have any fret buzz issues out of the box
Some users(very few) also report that cable jack is sometimes loose. But you can easily tighten it up, so no big deal.
Some Epiphone Les Paul’s have problems with original mics when they age, but I found no one complaining about the Epiphone G-400 PRO’s mics breaking. So that’s a good sign.
The paint job and overall finish have been flawless when I have held this beauty in my hands. And while SG look is not my favorite, I definitely like it a lot. You can have it in any color as long as it’s red.
- Humbuckers, mahogany body, and neck provide nice warm rock/metal tones for you
- Clean tones are solid
- Easy to play riffs, chords, and solos
- Coil-split makes this one really versatile
- Front-weighted(doesn’t matter much for some players)
- Frett buzz sometimes
- Not the best for fast shred solos(if you got the skill, it is enough)
- Out of the box action is high(easy fix)
Epiphone G-400 PRO is a great guitar. You get high value for money, it sounds great and tones are also quite versatile. for old-school metal. And while this guitar is not the easiest to play, it’s still comfortable and you will get used to it.
If you value theses qualities and affordable price, this guitar is definitely worth the money. Especially if you are into old-school rock and metal, this is a keeper.
Are the Epiphone SG’s good?
Based on my own experience, I would say that Epiphone SG’s are good guitars. Fun to play, offer slightly different thick and warm tones than Les Paul’s and the quality is excellent for the price.
Epiphone SG’s offer you classic Gibson SG looks, sounds and feel, at affordable price. If this sounds good to you, then yes, Epiphone SG will probably be a great fit for you.
Best Metal Guitar Under 500 – Schecter Guitar Research Omen Extreme-6
I would recommend this for any type of metal. But especially for modern metal with fast riffs and solos. This axe is definitely worth the money if you are looking for a high value for money guitar with Floyd Rose for you.
You can read my full review of this guitar here: Schecter Guitar Research Omen Extreme-6 Review 2020 – Before You Buy.
And this axe is in my opinion, the best metal guitar under 500(which I know about). It has some minor flaws, but for the price, it’s hard to beat this one.
More Versatile Single Cut – Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus-top Pro
This one works well as a rock and metal axe too, but this one is more versatile and if you are into blues and jazz, this might be a better choice for you. Awesome sounding and comfortable to play. It offers warmer and thicker tones without being too muddy or dark.
You can read my full review of this guitar here: Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus-top Pro Review 2020 – Before You Buy.
This axe is made for people looking for a great sounding, versatile and high value for money single-cut guitar, which has 2 humbuckers with a coil-split.
I tried this out in a music store nearby a while back. I compared lots of different Stratocasters there and I think that this one is a lot easier to play than most Fender Stratocasters. And this Squier didn’t lose much to the higher-priced Original Fender Stratocasters sound and quality-wise either.
If you want great single-coil tones at affordable price, this guitar is a good choice. It handles rock, funk, bright blues, light metal, and jazz very well.
This axe is a great option for small-handed folks too, because of its small neck and overall comfortable playability. But most of all, it fits for people who are looking for a high value for money guitar with spanky Strat tones.
Epiphone G-400 PRO is not my favorite go-to guitar, but I definitely like it and would love to own one in the future. If you want some of Gibson SG magic at the budget price, this guitar is a great option for you.
If you are into, single-coil tones, blues and jazz or modern metal, there are better options available for you. For example those I mentioned above.
I hope that this review helped you out! If you have any questions, leave a comment down below. Feel free to share this post too.
I wish you all the best and keep rocking!