Epiphone SG Special

Epiphone SG Special Project

(updated – April 17, 2012) The Epiphone SG Special project is currently delayed pending parts.  This project is being moved to the back burner for a while.  When I start working on it again, I’ll start talking about it again.

Epiphone SG Special in Cherry Red.

Epiphone SG Special
Stock image from Musician’s Friend.

The color is amazing in person.  See my image below.  The paint job done at the factory is pretty flawless.  I had read that the paint may have several flaws in it.  I did decide to hang on to it stock for the full 45 day return period.  After the 45 days is up, however, I’ll be wiring in a set of TV Jones Powertrons.  Another decision I’ve made is to not install a Bigsby Vibrato.  I think the look would be amazing, and it is a future upgrade.  My initial plan regarding the vibrato was to install it, replacing the stop-tail bridge, and leave the tune-o-matic in place.  I think this would have resulted in nonstop tuning problems and frequent string breakage.  When I’m ready, I’ll make the change and also install a roller-bridge to decrease friction.

The tone of the stock pickups on the Epiphone SG Special aren’t too bad, but aren’t really anything to write home about.  The super-twang of the TV Jones paired with a solid body like this is going to be crazy.  I hope it’s not too much.

Epiphone SG Special
My personal Epiphone SG Special hanging on the wall.

2 thoughts on “Epiphone SG Special Project”

  1. Do you know which Bigsby will fit the Epi SG Special? I’m planning on putting one on mine, but haven’t been able to confirm that the B5 will fit. Any help would be great.

    1. My research, through dozens of guitar forums (wiring and modification, as well as luthier), has lead me to believe that adding the B5 will require “professional” installation. Everything seems to indicate that the B5 will fit into the posts drilled with very little wood working, however. My plan was, and for the most part still is, to use a Vibramate V5 adapter. This gives you the option to use the Bigsby B5 without doing permanent modification, in case you find yourself not using the vibrato that much or it interferes with control knobs or switches.

      With all that said, the biggest hang up for me was an extensive list of users who had done the modification, with and without the Vibramate adapter, complaining of string breakage due to the stock bridge. Most recommend a roller-style bridge, such as this one from Stewart-Macdonald, but I could not find definitive information stating that this would be a slip on replacement for the Epiphone’s Tune-o-Matic bridge. Hope this helps.

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