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Can an Epiphone sg be as good as a Gibson sg?

If you asked me a year ago whether an Epiphone sg Pro could be as good as a real Gibson sg my answer would have been an outright no. However I am now in a position to question that original judgement and have to say that with work and the right choice of pickups you can get pretty close and perhaps even go a step better than a standard factory Gibson. The problem with Epis is that they are chucked out the factory off the production line without much care and attention but mechanically they are perhaps 80% or within 20% of being a Gibson. What Epiphone do not do is the labour intensive work that is required to make a real instrument because it is not cost effective for them to do it at the price point at which they intend to sell for. If you are prepared to do it yourself or get somebody who can do then you might find that you can get pretty close to the sound and playability of the real thing.

An Epi sg has the potential to be as good as a Gibson it has the right tone woods and construction is good. However the wiring of the pickups is particularly bad (uses plastic molex connectors another shortcut option brought in to speed up production and to reduce costs and craftsmanship) and should be rewired totally to a new schematic of 50s style sg. You will also need new capacitors. A better neck pickup preferably alnico II magnet. The next thing you will need to do is level all your frets. I would say that 75% of mine were unlevelled. That’s a lot of fretwork to do but it is the key to getting a real instrument. These are the labour intensive tasks that Epiphone will not do because it would make the sg pro almost as expensive as real Gibson. This is the attention to detail that Epis lack and which give Gibson the edge. Epiphone try to disguise this by sending their guitars out of their factories which overly high actions which when you try to lower them has the strings buzzing on the frets all over the guitar neck. A high action makes the guitar awkward to play and uncomfortable. This is very frustrating and will soon have you either giving up on the guitar or selling it and then dreaming of spending the extra cash to get a real Gibson. My advice is just don’t do it and don’t give up on it. True there is a great deal of work to be done but once you know what the problems are these can be sorted out with time and effort.

Sound like David Gilmour for less than £200

David Gilmour’s sound is very distinctive and much sought after by guitarists so is it possible to get somewhere near that sound for less than the typical price of a solid state guitar amplifier? Well I think it is possible. Nowadays the market is flooded with many Chinese copies of sought-after pedals and amp simulations and with these a convincing Gilmour like sound is possible for less than £200.


David Gilmour is known for using many effects to get his sound and much of this will no doubt be high end professional gear but it definitely is possible to get somewhere near to his more typical sounds with some of the Chinese gear. I am thinking along the lines of another brick in the wall and shine on you crazy diamond as being a distinctive and typical Gilmour  signature sound. So rather than going out and purchasing a Hiwatt amp and cabinet and a vast arsenal of guitar fx pedals and instead looking for the cheaper alternatives before you have to remortgage your house and then annoy everyone in your neighbourhood by deafening them all, first consider what are you alternatives.

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Guitar Chords made simple-Part II

I am now going to work you through constructing the E Shape movable Chord Shape. Firstly we start with the E Shape Major Pattern from my C-A-G-E-D system. Here it is in diagrammatic form but you can see all the patterns here in C-A-G-E-D system.

Here is a E Shape major pattern from my C-A-G-E-D System for guitar.
Here is the E Shape Major Pattern from my C-A-G-E-D System for guitar. You will remember/notice that the scale pattern starts from the Vi note in the scale. This VI is the relative minor and the scale is the relative minor scale for the Major key that you are using.

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Hello fellow Fretboard Travellers!

Welcome to Fretboard Travellers uk. On this site I intend to blog to you anything interesting about Guitar techniques. i am going to start with my interpretations of the CAGED System and show you how it can be applied. My approach is quite a lot different from the teachings of others that I have studied which I feel sometimes they tends to over complicate matters.

Other areas of Guitar Studies I intend to blog about are studying the techniques of famous guitarists and review their equipment. I will be giving tips about how to study the guitar and the best equipment or set ups for beginners. Sometimes it can be intimidating hearing the noise blasting out of an amplifier when you don’t know how to handle the sound. at first it seems unfamiliar and you may get conscious that others are hearing only your mistakes. This can be off-putting but there are ways to control this. During this we may touch upon guitar tone in general and how to achieve specific sort after tones in guitar playing without having to re-mortgage your house to get them.

This site is a work in progress and I will be adding various articles from time to time. Nothing is pre made so it will take some time to build up these articles. Be patient. Subscribe if you want to keep up with what is happening.

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