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Rig Rundown: The Band Camino

Efficient, economical, and exacting are the key features that allow these pop-rockers’ finely-tuned setups to pump out buoyant ballads and bangers.


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Don't let the rock stance fool you. This SG is a master of versatility.

Practical features. Upmarket looks. Surprisingly broad palette of stellar tones from flexible pickups.

Heavy for an SG.

$899 street

Epiphone Prophecy SG
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The guitars in Epiphone's new Prophecy Collection, which includes the Prophecy SG reviewed here, perform an impressive balancing act. They streamline the classic Gibson four-knob control array, trade PAF-derived pickups for Fishman Fluence units, and style the guitars in a manner that screams "rock" with an exclamation point. But for all the streamlining, these instruments are enormously flexible, and they retain important cosmetic touchstones that emphasize the family connection to parent company Gibson's most iconic designs. Epiphone also maintained balance when it comes to price. The Prophecy SG is a reasonable $899.

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Solid gold: The Midas touch helped this SG Special recover from a botched and abandoned refinish job. And it’s got a brighter-than-usual-Gibson-humbucker sound that appeals to our columnist’s P-90-loving ears.

This scarred 2001 keeper is low on ROI but high on playability and tone.

I'm primarily a Tele player, but I have to profess my love for non-Fender-type guitars as well. I've owned probably a dozen or so Gibson SGs, for example, including some first-year models. Sadly, I let them all slip through my fingers over the years.

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