I made two attempts with Epi SGs. First was a red SG400 and then a Pelham blue SG Pro. I couldn’t love either one. I tried swapping pickups, bridges, required them with upgraded pots and caps, but they always sounded dull to me. Plugged in or unamplified, they sounded bad. I finally broke down and got a Gibson SG STD T in Pelham blue and totally love the sound. Unamplified and amplified. Why?? Is there a big difference in tonewoods? I have always been reluctant to believe that Gibson was much different from Epi. Maybe I had a run of bad luck but I can play them back to back and totally tell the difference in tone. Is it my imagination??