I chose this because at the price, nothing came close and being an at home player I couldn't justify more money! I understand that this guitar and it's sister the solid mahogany version were sold out thru Mars at about $350 new. There seems to be some mystery as Musician's Friend was still selling the same model designation, but without the solid back and sides. Inquiries to Epiphone were answered that this model(solid woods) was never made! I talked to several owners on the Epiphone forum and the story gets even more mysterious! It seems that the solid wood version came with the flat finish and that the pickguard was missing the Epiphone "E" logo. The ones on Musicians Friend were gloss with the "E". At any rate if it were lost or stolen I would search for another!
Where Obtained: EBAY
This is a very nice, straightfoward Dreadnaught with solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides.Everything fron tuners to finish is exellent for this price range. I returned a Takamine to the dealer after playing this guitar due to a much superior playability. I did replace the nut and saddle with bone and micarta, respectively. I give it a 5 for the solid woods alone!
Great action, I have it med low and there's lots of room to adjust the saddle if desired. the neck is much like a Gibson or pre-gibson Epi, fairly slim, but has a vintage feel(does that make sense?) I fingerpick and play blues leads as well as some jazz chords and it is well suited to varying styles, maybe not the best at any one but if you like to play several different styles it will probably pass the test.
It has a nice full tone with lots of sustain. Very easy to get nice harmonics going , especially if you can keep your arm and picking hand off the top! Slides and slurs are clear and full. I mike thru a tube amp that I adapted to acoustic, and have no plans to modify the guitar, it seems so perfect I hate to mess with anything that would alter the sound. I used to have an old Gibson from about '68 and this sounds better to me. I also played a couple of martins and Takamines that were much more expensive, but just didn't like the tone as much (including a Martin Koa).In fact I was getting a little frustrated that I wouldn't be able to afford a guitar that had the sound I wanted ( champagne taste on a beer budget). I have played this guitar a lot and I can't believe I still like it!
Well today I whacked it good against a wrought iron chair and checked it close but didn't find so mich as a scratch.Holds tune thru bends and hard picking and even after being in the case for several days.
I've been playing off and on since I was 10, I'm now 45, I'm no expert, but also not a beginner. I own an older Gibson, a Fender('84) acoustic 6 string and a Vega acoustic 6 string. Next to the Gibson, this guitar is definately my favorite. It plays, sounds and looks like a very expensive guitar for a very good price. If this one were stolen, I would definately replace it with another. I really like everything about it and have nothing bad to say. Great guitar!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music-Nashville
Made in Korea. Spruce top, rosewood sides and back. Natural satin finish. Gold Gotoh(?) non-locking tuners, 6 strings. Came with a quality hardshell case.
Action is good, neck feels and plays very well. I own a 1952 Gibson LG-01 and it plays nearly as good, and sounds ALMOST as good. The longer I have it, the better it sounds. The only real flaw is that it comes with a plastic saddle and bridge. And as they wear it seems to affect intonation. New ones made of bone seems to have fixed the problem and it sounds even better now.
I play mostly country and some old ('70's) rock. It does well for what I do. I don't play live, but I do play a lot, mostly with CD's or friends. It has a sound that definately rivals it's more expensive counterparts. Nice rich, mellow, soft tones when I want them. Big loud bright tones when I want them. Even my non-playing friends have noticed how nice this guitar sounds.
I don't play live, but I believe this guitar would do very well, with some hardware changes, i.e. the nut, saddle and tuners. Out of the box it holds tune very well, and plays great. With the mentioned modifications it is even better. I've owned it for about 8 months and it has done well through both summer and winter. Even the satin finish (which is flawless) is holding up well.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: mars music
Made in korea neck mahogany body rosewood top solid spruce 21 frets (jumbo) dreadnought body satin finish non locking gold grovers
Excellant acoustic sound what you expect from a solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides