Standard electric Guitar or SG for short, designed in 1960 and released in 1961 as a cheaper alternative to the Les Paul after sales dropped off, the Les Paul was given a makeover of sorts, with a thinner flatter bolt on neck( all Epiphone SGs have bolt on necks with the exception of artist and doubleneck SGs ) hailed as having the fastest neck in the world (at the time)
This time designed with a double cutaway allowing even more access to the upper frets, with a snazzier thinner contoured body the SG was a massive departure from the standard Les Paul, the guitar quickly became popular.
The Epiphone SG was introduced in 1989 made in Korea, with some subtle variation on its design from its American built counterpart such as different control knobs and slightly differing headstock. The pickups were ceramic unlike the American models being fitted with alnico magnets in the pickups.
Not as many variants in colour as the Les Paul range, but Cherry is a classic colour right?
Starting with the SG- Special VE available in five vintage worn colours these guitars have a bolt on neck, two ceramic pickups one volume one tone and a three way selector switch allowing you to switch from the neck pickup, both pickups and the saddle pickup.
The matt vintage worn finish is done very nicely giving the guitars a played in feel, fitted with a slim taper “D” profile neck, 22 medium jumbo frets.
Unfortunately they do not do a left handed version of this model.
Next is the SG special, a variant on the VE this model has a two available colours and the finish is a high gloss.
The next model up is the wonderful G-310, a larger scratch plate than the previous models, a pair of alnico humbuckers that have independent volume and tone control gives it a big fat sound, definitely one for the rockers. Also available in left handed.
Covering the middle ground is the iconic G-400, available in two finishes; kitted out to look and feel like an SG from 1962 this is a player’s piece.
Topping out the list is the G-400 PRO, available in three finishes, with coil tapping that allows you to split the pickups from the big round sound to something a bit brighter, fitted with Wilkinson vintage classic tuners for super tuning stability.
Also available in left handed versions.
Last not least is the Toni Iommi signature SG with customised pickups a glued in neck, also available in left handed. And the fabulous SG doubleneck made famous by Jimmy page (led zep) and Don Felder (Eagles)