Which SG?

jordans0nly

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I do love either color, black or cherry in this model Epiphone or the Tokai. Granted, might not even be able to get the Tokai, has rosewood. Who knows, might even be on pair with the Epi, but with the epi, love the binding around the neck on that model and with the Tokai, with the headstock shape and the brand.

Any help would be appreciated.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone/Limited-Edition-1966-G-400-PRO-Electric-Guitar-Cherry-1321473136498.gc?pfm=search_page.rr1|MultiItemPersonalizedViewCP

 

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Well, you can probably go play the Epi, so there is that.

The Tokai can probably be bought on reverb or Ebay. I'm not sure if you are looking at a MIJ Tokai or one of the Chinese or Korean ones. If you are going the MIJ route you might also take a look at older models aside from Tokai like Greco, Burny, Orville or Edwards. I have an early 80s Burny that is my all around favorite guitar. Many of them are in Japan, but I bought mine from a US seller who had imported it earlier. I've had it 15 years. I also have one Gibson SG, and owned another previously if that tells you anything about how much I love my Burny.
 

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I don't have any experience with the Chinese Tokais or others, but from what I've read many feel they are better than Epi? I guess the only thing you can do would be to research that with whatever you can find and then make a decision.
 

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but from what I've read many feel they are better than Epi?
how many of those who own a MiK / MiC tokai SG are out there ?
did they ever own an Epi SG to compare ?
or did they just tell what they heard or read on the web ?

and what exactly is 'better' ?
  • better price?
  • better wood?
  • better electronics?
  • better shape?
  • better craftmanship?
  • better quality?
 

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how many of those who own a MiK / MiC tokai SG are out there ?
did they ever own an Epi SG to compare ?
or did they just tell what they heard or read on the web ?

and what exactly is 'better' ?
  • better price?
  • better wood?
  • better electronics?
  • better shape?
  • better craftmanship?
  • better quality?
I don't know, dear. I have just said I read it. And suggested the OP do some research.
 

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If you're after really good quality at a less-than-Gibson price, look for a used Epiphone Elitist SG on eBay or Reverb. Some of the Tokais are really good, as are the Dillions (made by Tokai). The Samick Artist Series SG is also excellent (truer body shape, neck binding, better tone than the regular Epiphone G-400). I liked mine so much I bought a second one with a cracked body (for $100) to repair and refinish in a psychedelic design similar to Clapton's "The Fool" guitar. Repair is done, waiting for the weather to warm up before tackling the refinish.
 

jordans0nly

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Thanks for the info. Haven't had the time to really do the research yet though.
 

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I played a Greco SG once, no idea of the era as I don't know much about them but I kinda regret not buying it as it felt so solid (and also weighed a lot more than it should have).
 

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The 'new' Epiphone SG looks really good, plays and sounds good too.
I saw an ebony SG with binding at Sam Ash.
The body was well defined and contoured a bit differently than I'd seen before
the plastic piece at the neck has a different shape.
It was just Really nice, and if I didn't have that Gibson already this would be a good buy.
Seems they've made some improvements on the current model
and I was impressed after playing it.
It looked pretty much identical to what's now sold at Sweetwater
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EGGPEBNH--epiphone-g-400-pro-sg-ebony
 

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People praise the G-400, but I've played a few (admittedly at GC), and wasn't a fan. Not even for "value."
 

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I really enjoy my Toni Iommi. Great deal, I think
 

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The Gibson Faded SGs might be just the ticket. I often see minty ones on CL for $500, and sometimes they have a case, too. And it's another that if you find local to you you could try ahead of time.

Also you could try them out at whatever store you go to try out the Epi, and compare them. If you do that, may as well give the ESP Viper a go, too.
 

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Never owned a Tokai SG but I have had a G400 and I own a 61 reissue (Gibson USA) and I thought the G-400 held its own. Was it as good?? No it wasn't but it was certainly playable and sounded good. Now the SG special with the P90's is worth a look. They can be had for not a lot of coin used and sound fabulous with those P90 pups or at least the one I played did
 

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I traded a CV 50 Tele for this a couple of months ago and love it.

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Consider the Gibson SG Special Faded, this is a great guitar.
I love the SG Special Faded Bourbon


They're great guitars, but definitely play before you pay. The fret-ends on those have been known to be pretty ragged on too many examples.
 




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