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Epiphone EJ-160E Owners Inexpensive - but how do they sound?

#1 User is offline   RevDavidLee 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:14 PM

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I've been eyeballing these because I'm a long time Beatles fan & these guitars are inexpensive which makes me wonder - how do they sound? How's the playability & feel? Any owners care to share your impressions? Thanks! :)
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:40 AM

Okay not everyone at once. :(
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:32 PM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 08 October 2017 - 12:14 PM, said:

I've been eyeballing these because I'm a long time Beatles fan & these guitars are inexpensive which makes me wonder - how do they sound? How's the playability & feel? Any owners care to share your impressions? Thanks! :)


I've got the Lennon signature model. I love it because.... it's the Lennon signature model! The sound and playability are typical for a fairly inexpensive Epiphone -- not bad, but not like a much more expensive Gibson. I love the position of that mag pickup, but it's not tremendously powerful. You'll probably want to run it through a pre-amp or else crank up the volume. I think you ought to get one! Posted Image
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:05 PM

Thank you Cougar! [drool] I'm looking for enablers. I read other reviews about that pickup that speak to the issue you addressed but I have a plethora of gear to pump up the volume on that little fellar [smile]
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:13 AM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 09 October 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

Thank you Cougar! [drool] I'm looking for enablers. I read other reviews about that pickup that speak to the issue you addressed but I have a plethora of gear to pump up the volume on that little fellar [smile]


I have one of the original EJ160es with the signature too and it's a great guitar but the pickup apparently reacts better to electric strings. I have never tried this as I've only played it acoustically. Have tried it through a PA (straight into the mixer) and it sounded better through an electric amp because of the mag pickup. I find it sounds better (to my ear) with 11s although think it's set up for 12s.
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 07:55 AM

View PostDodger11, on 10 October 2017 - 04:13 AM, said:

I have one of the original EJ160es with the signature too and it's a great guitar but the pickup apparently reacts better to electric strings. I have never tried this as I've only played it acoustically. Have tried it through a PA (straight into the mixer) and it sounded better through an electric amp because of the mag pickup. I find it sounds better (to my ear) with 11s although think it's set up for 12s.


Thank you Sir! I'll let you know when she gets here the results of my messing around with her :)
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:19 PM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 10 October 2017 - 07:55 AM, said:

...when she gets here...


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:13 AM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 08 October 2017 - 12:14 PM, said:

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I've been eyeballing these because I'm a long time Beatles fan & these guitars are inexpensive which makes me wonder - how do they sound? How's the playability & feel? Any owners care to share your impressions? Thanks! :)

I have this guitar (not lennon signature) and it's okay. When plug the valume is really low (i had to buy a Behringer acustic modeler pedal to gain more sound. The real "issue" is the setup... frets are terrible! I had to sand some frets and change plastic pins for bone ones. now is a little bit better (not more buzz). okay,is not a really expensive guitar as the original gibson but ,epiphone set up sucks...
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 01:16 PM

FINALLY this girl will be arriving this week! I hate when I order something that says it's "In Stock & Ready to Ship" to being backordered & waiting weeks for them to get them in stock. Anyhow I got the "Your item has shipped" notice last night so will post up photos when she gets here :)
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:19 PM

It's here! And as others have noted - the "e" fell right off the pick guard right away. That's fine with me as it would most definitely got whacked off of there while playing it [biggrin]

The guitar is stunning. I expected a satin type finish & it's beautifully glossy and feels great to play. I haven't plugged it in yet - just enjoying it unplugged so far.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 02:21 PM

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:02 PM

Congratulations! Great looking guitar!

How does it sound Acoustic? Electric?

What shaped neck does it have?

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:53 AM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 01 November 2017 - 02:19 PM, said:

The guitar is stunning. I expected a satin type finish & it's beautifully glossy and feels great to play.


Yep, they're shiny. Congrats, Rev! I've been selling a number of my Epiphones, but not my EJ-160E!
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 07:33 AM

View PostQuestionMark, on 01 November 2017 - 10:02 PM, said:

Congratulations! Great looking guitar!

How does it sound Acoustic? Electric?

What shaped neck does it have?

QM aka Jazzman Jeff


The neck is a 1960's Slim Taper D profile and it feels perfect - very easy on the hands and playability is surprisingly good for such an inexpensive guitar. She sounds very good both plugged in & unplugged - spruce top with select mahongany back & sides are responsible for that. I've read a few negative comments about the pickup on these models being weak or lacking bass response - I don't hear that at all. I would gig with this with no concerns. I'm very happy with this purchase. For comparitive views I own Martins & Gibsons as well so it's not like this was my first purchase in this realm. Love it love it love it [thumbup]
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 08:39 AM

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 09:33 AM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 02 November 2017 - 07:33 AM, said:

The neck is a 1960's Slim Taper D profile and it feels perfect - very easy on the hands and playability is surprisingly good for such an inexpensive guitar. She sounds very good both plugged in & unplugged - spruce top with select mahongany back & sides are responsible for that. I've read a few negative comments about the pickup on these models being weak or lacking bass response - I don't hear that at all. I would gig with this with no concerns. I'm very happy with this purchase. For comparitive views I own Martins & Gibsons as well so it's not like this was my first purchase in this realm. Love it love it love it [thumbup]


Hey Rev what are you plugging into?
I have one of the older John Lennon signature models and the pickup doesn't sound very good - weak and not very loud - considering either installing a new pickup or a Behringer AD121 pedal between the guitar and mixer.
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 10:00 PM

View PostDodger11, on 02 November 2017 - 09:33 AM, said:

Hey Rev what are you plugging into?
I have one of the older John Lennon signature models and the pickup doesn't sound very good - weak and not very loud - considering either installing a new pickup or a Behringer AD121 pedal between the guitar and mixer.


The first amp I plugged into was this one:

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But then I ran her through my usual acoustic amps (SWR)

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:48 AM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 02 November 2017 - 10:00 PM, said:

The first amp I plugged into was this one:

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But then I ran her through my usual acoustic amps (SWR)

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Nice amps - I found mine was fine through an electric practice amp (probably because it's a passive pickup) but not so great through a mixer and active speaker setup. Is your strung with electric or acoustic strings? Mine has pure acoustic which is probably another factor.
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Posted 03 November 2017 - 07:32 AM

One of the charms of a magnetic pickup is you can plug into any amp you want. I do not own a J-160E in any of its variations but do use Dearmond 210 pickups and have a 1950s Gibson CF-100E (Gibson's first attempt at a cutaway flattop and an onboard P-90 pickup). My favorite amp remains an old Standel tube amp. It is a freaky clean amp.
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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:27 PM

View PostDodger11, on 03 November 2017 - 04:48 AM, said:

Nice amps - I found mine was fine through an electric practice amp (probably because it's a passive pickup) but not so great through a mixer and active speaker setup. Is your strung with electric or acoustic strings? Mine has pure acoustic which is probably another factor.


It's strung with the strings that came with it - acoustic. No plans to change them. Just enjoying the new git :)
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