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1999 Epiphone Les Paul SG Custom G-400 Antique Ivory w/ Seymour Duncans & Case, Korea


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Up for sale, a 1999 Epiphone Les Paul SG Custom G-400 in excellent condition and in perfect working order with a host of upgrades and a TKL hardshell case. This SG Custom is loaded with a trio of Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special humbuckers and a rewired control array with individual Volume controls for each humbucker, designed for maximum sonic versatility. Built at the Saein factory in Korea prior to Epiphone’s relocation of their production to China, this SG Custom was designed in the vein of the 1961 Les Paul SG Custom; the top-of-the-line, three pickup model from the first year of Gibson's production of the SG body shape.

Tonewoods include a mahogany body and mahogany set neck capped with a bound rosewood fretboard, giving this SG Custom plenty of natural acoustic warmth and sweet sustain. The Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special pickups have Alnico IV magnet construction and are wound slightly hotter than vintage-spec humbuckers, producing a tone that is aggressive without being harsh, and warm without being wooly. Cleans are sonorous and huge, while overtone-laden overdrive tones are dynamic and uncompressed. Weighing 7lbs 4oz, this SG Custom has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder at the nut and a bit more heft further up the fretboard, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings at frets 1-7, with wear growing fainter beneath the G string until the octave. In line with traditional Gibson spec, the scale length is 24 3/4”, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The multi-ply bound headstock has split-diamond and Epiphone inlays along with the “Les Paul Custom” truss rod cover. The upgraded set of genuine Kluson double line tuners have nigh flawless gold plating and metal tulip buttons, offering a smooth response and excellent stability.

All the electronics function as intended, with the trio of Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special humbuckers wired to a three-way pickup selector. The three current pickup selections are: Neck/Middle, Neck/Middle/Bridge, and Middle/Bridge. Each humbucker has its own dedicated Volume knob for a particularly broad range of available tones, along with a Master Tone control.
Hardware includes the Nashville-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar tailpiece. Plastics comprise the quartet of reflector cap knobs, a multi-ply white pickguard, and “Les Paul Custom” neck spacer.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Antique Ivory finish includes a number of light finish scratches and minor dings on the body as a whole, and a very faint outline of a previously removed Apple sticker on the bass-side lower bout edge on top. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.

A TKL hardshell case is included, along with the original warranty card.