"This is a great looking, great sounding accoustic. Buy it."
In my opinion, Out of the box, the sound was a little tight. I made a few modifications, added vintage bone saddle and nut, guitar set up for less than $130.00. The guitar plays great and after five years of playing this guitar, the acoustic sound has become richer as time has gone by.
I love the tonal quality of this guitar, the guitar is capable of banging out a good bluegrass tune or a country gospel tune or struming a mellow diddy. I highly recommend the guitar to the intermediate level musician. For a few dollars more electronics could be added and this guitar would compete well in a professional setting.
This is a beautifull instruement very close in appearance to the Gibson. The solid spruce top insures that this guitar will sound better and better as time rolls by. The guitar is strictly acoustic with no on board electronics. I would hope that Epiphone might consider adding electronics to the model. The tuners are smooth and easy to tune.
Ease of Use:
As acoustics go, the guitar plays well. The tone is full, balanced and the harmonics are very nice. The guitar stays in tune, just remember to keep the top humidified. Just like an expensive instruement, This guitar has a solid wood top and needs to be maintained at the proper humidity and temperature or it may crack but, then again, it is a $300.00 guitar.
This beautifull guitar is well made. Yes, it is of chinese manufacture but Epiphone uses well trained quality control inspectors to check the finished product for quality. I have been pleased with the guitar. As I mentioned, I made minor modifications to the instrument just for my own satisfaction. This was my choice and was not necessarily needed. The guitar will play fine out of the box.
Epiphone is owned by Gibson and the same quality support Gibson gives to their customers, I've found to apply to Epiphone products.
For the price you cannot beat this guitar. A guitar with solid spruce top and high grade cosmetics for under $300 is incredible. Unless you are a professional musician, or just want to spend a lot of money on a guitar, this guitar is all one needs. It plays in tune and has a pleasing quality tone.
The Wow Factor:
This is an aesthetically pleasing guitar. The cosmetics are a show piece, Red Stained maple back and sides, Maple neck, attractive headstock, Classic Dove pick guard, Block abalone inlays in the rosewood fret board, good goly, what more can you ask? I enjoy setting and jaming with this guitar.
I will enjoy this guitar indefinitly. Should I buy another guitar it will be the need for onboard electronics. If this guitar were damaged or stolen I would have no problem buying another Epiphone. I like the quality of Epiphone instruements. If I were a professional musician, I would upgrade to the Epiphone Master Built, Gibson Dove or Martin D-28. I would require onboard electronics be present or added. Until then, I will enjoy my acoustic Epiphone Dove with no appology.