Epiphone guitars are a branch of Gibson. The Epiphone subsidiary of Gibson was introduced to provide a cheaper alternative without sacrificing quality, and it has worked well. The Epiphone line of electric and acoustic guitars are high quality but hundreds of dollars lower in cost. The factory specifications of Epiphone and Gibson guitars are so closely related it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two.
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The factory specs of the Epiphone SG line were taken directly from the original 1962 Gibson SG that revolutionised electric guitars. The term "SG" simply means "solid guitar." The SG was developed shortly after the introduction of the Gibson Les Paul. It was to be a lighter alternative to the bottom-heavy Les Paul. The factory specs haven't changed since its development. The SG line sports an all-mahogany body with a mahogany set neck. The scale is 24.75 with 22 frets and a nut width of 1.68. It has twin Alnico V-Humbucker pickups and two volume and two tone controls all 500K. It has a chrome stop-bar tailpiece, is available in left or right hand and is finished in cherry or ebony.
For the past 50 years, Epipone's focus has been on cheaper solid-body electric guitars. But recently Epipone introduced its Masterbilt acoustic line-up. These all-spruce acoustic guitars are receiving accolades in the world of fingerpicking and steel-string strumming. The old-school dreadnought styling and thinner-than-normal finish allow the guitar to vibrate freely, creating a bolder, richer sound. The Masterbilt series have vintage retro style Grover tuners with an 18:1 gear ratio. They have a dovetail neck joint and 20-fret necks that join the body at the 14th fret. They are built on a 25 1/2-inch scale with a 1 3/4-inch width at the nut.
The Epiphone Les Paul has become a standard in the world of affordable luxury guitars. There are several signature Epiphone Les Paul guitars influenced by Slash, Zakk Wylde and Ace Frehley, among others. Les Pauls are built from solid carved mahogany with a laminated maple top. They can come with either a set-neck or a bolt-on neck with 22 frets. They are built to a 24.75 scale length and are 1.68-inches wide at the nut. They come factory set with low action, chrome stop-bar tailpiece and either two open-coil Alnico V-Humbuckers or two-chrome Alnico Humbuckers. The Les Paul always has two volume and two tone controls, both 500K, with a three-way toggle switch.
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