"Potential to give you much more than what you paid for..."
Oh boy, well the sound is "okay" to say the least. However, that's only the distortion. The distortion is surprisingly flat and kinda thin. I can definitely start to positively comment on this guitar when it comes to playing clean. When you hit the clean channel on your amp...well, it's the best thing since sliced bread, really. The sound is so smooth and richly pronounced that you could get away saying you took out a second mortgage on your house to wield this axe. A++
Oh yeah, the neck pickups are all-around no bueno. Just work the bridge on this thing.
As anyone who has actually played this guitar will tell you, the tuning machines on this guitar BLOW. They wouldn't stay in tune to save the world and they tend to break easily. Also,
Ease of Use:
The neck is silky and fast. It fits in the palm of your hand almost like it chose you. Pick one up and see for yourself, that is, if you can find one.
Tuning machines aside, this is an amazingly constructed shred machine for it's price range. It is a steal in any way you slice it. With the money you save on this bad boy, you can afford to gradually upgrade it and really bring out the beast!
Hands down, the best SG you can get from the Epiphone/Gibson line in it's price range.
This is THE upgrade guitar. I did give this guitar so-so ratings, but I wanted to make sure that you could understand the pros and cons of this SG when it's a virgin from the box.
Note: In the past 3 years I've owned this guitar, I have replaced the tuning machines with ESP brand tuners (holding up nicely!), and a limited edition bright red Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion pickup in the bridge.