|cgheezey ||09-09-2013 07:36 PM |
what's a good Gibson SG bass knock-off?
i would love to own a Gibson SG bass. but i can't afford one. is there an other company that makes a good replica for a lower price? maybe a japanese company or something?
|MadDogIan ||09-09-2013 08:01 PM |
Knee jerk reaction would be epiphone here... Anything against them?
|bassmalone4 ||09-09-2013 09:51 PM |
I love EB's/SG's..but they really shouldn't cost so much. It's a simple, but very effective design. You shouldn't really have to buy a knockoff.
|Pilgrim ||09-09-2013 09:54 PM |
The Epi EB-0 is a decent bass and they're inexpensive, especially used. Lots of different pickups can be fitted to them.
Don't buy anything but a 30" scale model unless you want to deal with neck dive and bad ergonomics.
|Psychbunny ||09-09-2013 10:16 PM |
I have a Gibson and while I love it there is a neck dive issue. This does not bother me as it does not effect the way I play. LTD makes a knock off that is likely better than the epi. The EBO epi is not a set neck and only has the big bucker. While that may make a more classic sound it also is pretty limited. The Gibson SG faded is the real thing only without the bells and whistles in of a shiny finish, pearloid block in lays or Mother of pearl holly and logo on the head stock. These go for $799 brand new and cheaper if a demo/blemished or if you are lucky enough to score a used one. If money is a huge issue, used epi EBO's can be had used for a little over $100.
|garmenteros ||09-09-2013 10:48 PM |
If you can find one get an ibanez lawsuit era copy. I own 6 lawsuit era ibanezes and they all are incredible sounding and playing basses. I will probably get an sg down the line. EBAY, craigslist and guitarcenter used vintage section are your best bets. They can be had in the 400-550 USD range.
|Din Of Win ||09-10-2013 08:51 AM |
|rtslinger ||09-10-2013 09:59 AM |
Epiphone new like everyone has said if you are looking for the Gibson sound. Others LTD which is a little different shape
|Orpheus55 ||09-10-2013 11:26 AM |
ESP makes the Viper 414 and the old 404), which looks like an SG; they're pretty cheap on GC used site, even if they're around $700 new. Never tried one myself but they look kind of cool.
|bassman10096 ||09-10-2013 02:33 PM |
The Epi Eb-3 is a set neck, bringing it far closer to the EBO or SG in my mind. Sam Ash sells them new for $299. Further, back between 2001 and 2005 or so, Epi produced significantly upgraded versions of the EB 3 as part of its Elitist line. The included choice woods, MIA pickups, hand rubbed finishes and a few other upgrades. They were not cheap when they sold new. I think the Elitist EB was replaced by the lower end Gibby SG bass in Gibson's marketing plans. Elitist Eb 3s pop up from time to time - if you could secure one for under $500, it's probably a steal from a quality perspective. However, it's such an odd item, the used market won't appreciate the up-quality features, should you want to get rid of it.
|Tbone76 ||09-10-2013 03:44 PM |
The Albany ny cl has an ibanez sg clone going for $250. Pic looks nice, and the seller says it was made by matsumoku. I know nothing about them, but i'm sure someone on here is well versed! I also don't know how to post a link to the ad. Sorry 'bout that!
|GreggBummer ||09-10-2013 03:48 PM |
That's my 1973 (maybe 1974!) Artia EB-3. Like me, it is 40 years old... and like me, it can thump. :hyper:
I don't play her much... but I should. I'll never sell her.
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