Epiphone SG Special VE Electric Guitar Cherry

  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Poplar
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Neck shape: ’60s SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 14 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
Brand Epiphone
Top Material Type Mahogany
Body Material Poplar with mahogany veneer
Back Material Type Rosewood
Neck Material Type Mahogany
Fretboard Material Type Rosewood
Guitar Pickup Configuration H-H
Hand Orientation Right
Guitar Bridge System Fixed
Number of Strings 6




The Gibson SG would undoubtedly take center stage if rock guitars had their own hall of fame! This famous axe, first introduced in 1961 as a modified Les Paul, has been seen on more rock stages across the world than we can count.

While a Gibson SG is a real legend, not everyone can afford one. The Epiphone SG Special VE comes into play here. With a price tag of around $300, this inexpensive model has the traditional style and hardware that you’d expect from an SG. Is it worth taking a closer look at? Yes, we believe so!

The new Epiphone SG-Special VE is an excellent opportunity for novice musicians to learn about a rock classic at a reasonable price. Epiphone open-coil humbuckers with Ceramic Magnets are featured on this guitar, which comes in a gorgeous Vintage Worn finish.

In the 1960s, the SG became a hard rock classic because of its lightweight and power. With a Poplar body with a Mahogany veneer and a black pickguard, the new SG-Special VE has the same distinctive look. The bolt-on Mahogany neck has a SlimTaper D shape from the 1960s, a regular SG scale length of 24.75″, a Pearloid dot inlay fingerboard, and 22 medium jumbo frets. The ‘Clipped Ear’ style headstock features a silver Epiphone logo from the 1960s and a ‘2017’ Edition logo on the reverse.

Overall, the sound is rather adaptable, but it’s evident that this is a guitar built for a harsh rock tone with a lot of overdrive. The pickups handle high-gain distortion well for a cheap model, so channeling your inner Angus Young is simple if you have a good amp. The tone is well-balanced, although on the brighter side of things.

When you remove the gain and strive to get a pristine clean tone, the pickups’ flaws become more apparent. There’s a good amount of definition, although it’s a little sloppy. Nonetheless, it’s perfect for jamming and practice.

Two Epiphone open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets power the SG-Special VE. Ceramic pickups feature a greater output than classic Alnico magnet pickups and are meant to offer a tight low-end response, as well as a smooth mid-range tone and a slightly more prominent top-end tone. In the rhythm position, the SG-Special VE features a 650R and in the lead position, a somewhat ‘hotter’ 700T. The controls feature Master Volume and Master Tone knobs, as well as a 3-way pickup selection and classic black ‘Speed’ knobs.

The Epiphone SG Special VE isn’t pretending to be a $3,000 Gibson; it’s well aware that it’s a budget guitar. However, it takes pride in punching well beyond its weight in terms of design, construction, and quality. Although Gibson aficionados may not be convinced, beginning and intermediate players searching for a budget-friendly rock machine may consider this axe.


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