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New owner of an Epiphone SG-400 and obviously beginner at playing guitar, I am somehow surprised to see that unlike the guitars I have so far been able to touch, the strap "hook" on the neck side is place right behind the it(as seen here), and not on top of the guitar (like seen here).

As a consequence, I can't get the guitar to place properly as it tends to place itself horizontaly, while I'd like it a bit inclined...

Question is: is it my strap that is not adapted or is it more a general problem or thing to get used to with the SG-400?

EDIT: Is there a way to move the hook higher or would that ruin sound or something else?


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The Epiphone SG-400 has terrible balance.

I got my Epiphone SG because I wanted a dedicated slide guitar - ala Derek Trucks. But with slide, you don't support the neck with your left hand - so I found this guitar impossible to play as the neck kept falling.

So I searched around and bought a special strap for mine, and have had no more "nose dives" since:

Basically, this strap has lead weights in it which fix the balance issue. Once you have it balanced, the guitar feels awesome to play again.

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It looks like that site no longer exists. I see random sales of that strap on different sites, but nothing official. – Matthew Read Jan 17 '15 at 15:38

I have the same problem with my Firebird. In general, it's something you'll likely have to just get used to. It gets more fun if you use strap-locks because you have to install one of the strap buttons backwards.

It's really not that bad once you get used to it, especially with a neck heavy guitar like a Firebird.

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I also noticed the backward strap button thingie. Thanks for your answer :) – Anonymous Jan 14 '11 at 14:26

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