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Favourite Epiphone acoustic

#41 User is offline   DennisB643 

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 06:43 PM

I'd have to give the nod to my DR500PNS as well. Simple, eligant with a fantastic sound.
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#42 User is offline   Si Hartgroves 

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 11:22 AM

I have been staggered by the build quality, acoustic sound, fit and finish of my new Masterbilt Century Deluxe round sound hole archtop. Like many of us, I probably own too many guitars (is that possible?), including high-end acoustics and a couple of f-hole archtops (where my Epi Broadway is the instrument of choice) but my Lowden stays in its case now, while the Masterbilt gets to wear the party dress.

For pub/restaurant sessions and Renbourn-style finger-flinging, in my opinion this guitar is about as good as you can get. Can't say I'm overly impressed with the onboard electronics, which seem to amplify all finger noise (and whose EQ/volume controls have a limited range), but there are alternative sound-reinforcement options. And it looks stunning, which doesn't hurt...

The sound projection - a function of the slightly arched top and longitudinal bracing - is simply phenomenal: I'm surprised to have so far seen so few of them out in the wild (I'm sure that all it would take is one big-name performer to adopt the model and do what Tommy Emmanuel did for Maton).

I've got no axe to grind here, I've owned Gibsons, Martins and any number of mid-range instruments over the past fifty years: In terms of value-for-money though the Century De Luxe, at under 350 delivered in the UK, knocks them all into a cocked hat.

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#43 User is offline   bonzoboy 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:26 PM

As far as a favourite Epi acoustic goes,I'd have to declare a tie between my Korean made (Samick plant) 2002 EJ-200 (the early Korean made model with GIBSON printed on the truss rod cover and my Indonesian made 2009 EJ-160E John Lennon model. The EJ-200 is a natural finish non-cutaway model.I'd have no qualms whatever putting my EJ-200 up against any current Gibson made J-200.The tone of the Epi is incredibly well balanced and its volume and projection is incredibly loud and clear.My nephew is a tech at Canada's largest guitar retailer and after playing my Epi J-200 for quite a while he said that it was far superior to its current Gibson counterpart in both playability and tone,in fact he said that it was closer in tone to a '50s or '60s J-200.As far as the EJ-160E John Lennon model goes,its tone-although similar to the '60s original,doesn't exactly reproduce its tone.All that changes when the guitar is plugged into an AC-15 or 30.When I first plugged my EJ-160E into my AC-15 for the first time and played the opening riff of "I Feel Fine" I immediately got a serious case of goosebumps-the closeness to the sound of the original was uncanny.I'd have no problem recommending either of these beautiful guitars to anyone,they are first rate playability and excellent tone.
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