I came to Epiphone electrics late in my gigging career. For thirty+ years I got by with a 20 fret ES225 and a Strat. hen my Gibson got damaged I had to scramble to find an affordable replacement for the duration of the repair, so I found an Epi LP standard. I still have it, dead OEM stock. Once bitten, I found myself with a G-400 Vintage. I still have it, but with modifications that include Gibson 57 Classic pickups. An upgrade you think? Well, maybe. I still have an Epi SG deluxe with the stock pickups as well as SGs with 490r/490t and P90 configurations, but for really dirty metal sounds, the Epi humbuckers are "better" to my ears. Anyone else feel this way?