The future arrives with time bending new Alnico Classic PRO™ pickups and coil tapping

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

The G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO are two of the most recognizable guitars in the world. With their distinctive double cutaway (still a scene grabber almost 50 years after their debut), incredible fret access and universal tones, Epiphone "SG's" are perfect for both pros and beginners.

As part of our 140th anniversary, Epiphone invites you to take a closer look at an old favorite remade for the 21st century that now offers players a range of tones that easily stands up to (and rivals) vintage instruments that cost ten times as much. Epiphone's G-400 PRO series now comes with Alnico Classic PRO™ pickups with push/pull coil-tapping, making this perhaps the greatest era of the G-400 style "Solid Guitars" in its long and illustrious history.

When the SG, or "Solid Guitar," was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for the Les Paul Standard, it was called the "fretless wonder" for its low frets and fast action. The twin horn cutaway design was like nothing on the market and its light but balanced weight made it the perfect guitar for stage and studio work.

It took a few years to catch on but when it did, the powerful sound of a humbucker equipped "Solid Guitar" became a staple of rock and roll with a list of devotees that includes George Harrison, Frank Zappa, The Who's Pete Townshend, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Paul Weller, AC/DC's Angus Young, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (also a fan of our Jack Casady Signature Bass!), Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, and Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band. And it's no longer for classic hard rock or heavy metal. Today, blues, jazz, funk, and even country artists are reaching for the G-400 PRO and Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO for its affordability, quality, and incredible tone. And now with coil-tapping, the G-400 PRO series easily becomes one of the few guitars that can fit any music situation you find yourself in.


Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO

The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO is named in honor of the year that the original "SG" fully bloomed with all of the key features that fans have come to expect but with a touch of vintage authenticity that only Epiphone can deliver.

Mid '60s era SGs are both a player and collector's favorite and the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO uses the same dimensions and build techniques as vintage SGs made in the Gibson/Epiphone Kalamazoo, Michigan, factory in the early to mid '60s.

The solid, uniquely carved tone-rich mahogany body gives the guitar a balanced feel on stage and in the studio (unlike cheap imitations that tend to be neck-heavy) with an equally classic '60s-style pickguard. The 1960s SlimTaper™ "D" profile mahogany neck has a 24.75" scale with 22 medium jumbo frets and a 12" radius for incredible reach thanks to the SG's unique cutaway. The "1966" G-400 PRO's new Wilkinson™ Vintage Classic machine heads are also light weight and as the final touch, the iconic Epiphone clipped dovewing headstock features a '60s-era logo. For that one-of-a-kind SG feel, the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO has a rosewood fingerboard with a 1.68" nut and pearloid trapezoid inlays. The truss rod cover is the classic Kalamazoo-era bell shape with "SG PRO" in white.

Controls include Epiphone's superb quality all-metal hardware including full-function volume and tone knobs using full-size 500K potentiometers matched with Epiphone's rugged, all-metal, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch for long-lasting performance. And of course, the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO features Epiphone's famous LockTone™ bridge and Stopbar tailpiece which helps give the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO its incredible sustain. The Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO comes in classic Cherry (CH), Alpine White (AW), Ebony (EB), Pelham Blue (PE) and Silverburst (SB) color finishes.

Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO Specifications:

Body Material: Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™, D-Profile
Neck Joint: Glued In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with Pearloid Trapezoid Inlays
Neck pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™, 4-Wire
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™, 4-Wire
Controls: Epiphone All-Metal 3-Way Pickup Selector, Neck Pickup Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping, Bridge Pickup Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping, Neck Pickup Tone, Bridge Pickup Tone
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: Nickel
Machine Heads: Wilkinson™ Vintage Classics, 14:1 Ratio
Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

 

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Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO


Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

G-400 PRO

The Epiphone G-400 PRO combines all the key features of the "Solid Guitar" as it has subtly changed through the decades. Available in both a classic looking Cherry (CH) and Ebony (EB), the G-400 PRO is made from beautiful solid mahogany, a deep glued mahogany neck, 22 medium jumbo frets, and the equally classic 12" fingerboard radius that players cherish in vintage style guitars.

Controls include Epiphone's all-metal 3-way pickup selector and volume and tone controls feature full-size 500K potentiometers, which will make for a long life when employing the G-400 PRO's push/pull coil tapping. Epiphone's LockTone™ bridge and Stopbar tailpiece, both a critic and fan favorite, gives the G-400 PRO the classic sustain that blues, rock, and jam bands cherish in the "SG" sound.

 

G-400 PRO Specifications:

Body Material: Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™, D-Profile
Neck Joint: Glued In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with Pearloid Trapezoid Inlays
Neck pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™, 4-Wire
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™, 4-Wire
Controls: Epiphone All-Metal 3-Way Pickup Selector, Neck Pickup Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping, Bridge Pickup Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping, Neck Pickup Tone, Bridge Pickup Tone
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: Nickel
Machine Heads: Wilkinson™ Vintage Classics, 14:1 Ratio
Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

 

G-400 PRO Gallery:

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

 


Alnico Classic PRO™ Humbuckers

Epiphone brings vintage tone to the world

Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

At the heart of the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO and the G-400 PRO are a pair of Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers featuring legendary Alnico V magnets.

Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO™ pickups were designed by Epiphone R&D Director Richard Akers with the same dedication to detail as the critically acclaimed ProBucker™ pickups. But where as the ProBuckers™ were modeled after the earliest humbucker pickups of the late '50s that often had uneven coil windings (due to the nature of the new winding machines), Alnico Classic PRO™ pickups are a near vintage replication of the Kalamazoo factory's humbuckers from the early '60s when the Les Paul was discontinued and the "Solid Guitar" took its place.

The difference in sound between '50s humbuckers and '60s humbuckers is subtle and was the result (once again) not of science, but of practicality. In the early '60s, Gibson formalized their winding process with new machines specifically made for the new humbucker pickup. Instead of winding until the bobbins "were full," the machines could now "count" the number of windings. Due to the even and predictable amount of windings, '60s humbuckers found in "Solid Guitars" had their own unique tonal color.

"Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers and our ProBuckers™ are identical in every way except that the Alnico Classic PRO™s have coils that are evenly wound," explains Akers. "The Alnico Classic PRO™ pickups are creamy and smooth with a nice high-end clarity. And of course, they're 100% hum cancelling."

Akers notes that the new Alnico Classic PROs™ feature all the critical design appointments that are at the heart of a great "Kalamazoo style" humbucker. "There are certain aspects of the design that are critical to insuring a quality product," notes Akers. "It all starts with the dimensions of the bobbins. The shape and size of the bobbin are critical to how the pickup is going to respond. We tooled up our bobbins for our Pro Series pickups to the exact dimensions of these classic Gibson pickups.

Another key ingredient to produce a top quality pickup is the use of Nickel Silver unit basses and covers. This is crucial to achieving the transparency and high-end sparkle needed for a great pickup. This is the one aspect of pickups used in Asian built guitars that most manufactures don't want to pay for. It's more expensive than using plated brass but it makes a real difference. We also use the highest quality magnet wire available, Elektrisola. The thickness of the insulation on this wire also plays a part. We use the thinnest available, single build. Every aspect of these pickups was considered. We specified the correct alloys of metal for the pole shoe, screws, and slugs. The magnets are sand cast Alnico magnets. All these seemingly insignificant parts add up. The Pro Series pickups are extremely well made, high quality pickups."

Inventor and Gibson/Epiphone staff technician Seth Lover first applied for a patent for his humbucker pickup in 1957 and quickly recognized that his humbucker had a unique sound. But primarily, his mission was to give guitar players a pickup that brought down the noise without sacrificing tone. Coincidentally, Gibson/Epiphone owner Ted McCarty, who put Seth onto the task of making the humbucker, also needed something to perk up flagging sales of the company's flagship electric, the Les Paul. As the legend goes, the arrival of the humbucker didn't rescue the Les Paul and the "SG" (solid guitar) took its place, arriving to dealers in late 1960. Though the humbucker didn't originally land in the "Solid Guitar", it wasn't long before the humbucker found a permanent home in the SG.

 


Spotlight on the G-400 PRO and the Ltd. Ed. 1966 G-400 PRO

Scores of rock, hard rock and metal guitarists embraced the original SG and made it a classic. Now, the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO and G-400 PRO give you the sound and look of a vintage SG without the vintage price tag but with the added tonal variety that you've come to expect from Epiphone.

As with all Epiphones, both the Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO and G-400 PRO come with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson's famous 24/7/365 customer service. Visit your authorized Epiphone dealer and make history today with a G-400 PRO and a Ltd. Ed. "1966" G-400 PRO, both with Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers and coil tapping.