Everlasting and inexpensive Epiphone AJ-100CE review: you play more, it becomes better

Want to have a guitar? Or maybe you have one already. I have 20 of them (thats only the Acoustic ones) and you know what? There is already new one: an Epiphone!

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3Alvarez RD26CE Mahogany and spruce4.41 pounds
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4Epiphone AJ-220S Mahogany and sitka spruce2.2 pounds
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5Epiphone Pro-1 Ultra Mahogany8.5 pounds
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Epiphone AJ-100CE
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11.6 pounds
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Epiphone Hummingbird Pro
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Alvarez RD26CE
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BodyMahogany and spruce
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4.41 pounds
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Epiphone AJ-220S
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2.2 pounds
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This guitar is made in Indonesia and is a bright representative of the Advanced Jumbo models.

  • Type: guitar electroacoustic dreadnought, contains 20 frets.
  • Fittings: chrome plated.
  • Body: Mahogany.
  • Upper deck: Spruce.
  • Fretboard: pasted Mahogany.
  • Cover: Rosewood.
  • Pick-up: passive piezo pick-up Shadow P-4.
  • Strings: steel.
  • Scale: 25.5 “
  • Nut width: 1.68 “
The Acoustic Jimbo guitar is ideal for both beginners and professionals. This is a choice of many musicians all over the world, for example Hank Williams and The Beatles chose these guitars for working in the studios and during live performances. The fine cut provides an easy access to the upper frets. It was designed according to the 100-year practical experience of the company.

Epiphone AJ-100CE acoustic-electric guitar is a solid model. It will be ready to serve you any time.

The best types of wood

The upper wood is made from Fir; it is rich and saturated wood that lets the air pass well and tends to get only better with time. So you can play the AJ-100CE as long and as much as you can.

The Mahogany wood for the deck was specially selected, and the bridge is made from beautiful Rosewood, it is glued in a certain place to provide stable tone and intonation.

The guitars are withstanding some strong tension between the zero thresholds and the bridge, and the Rosewood has proved that it is also a wear-resistant type of wood and it is good in combination with the top Spruce wood deck. The cult Epiphone’s “E” is highlighted by a simple but elegant black coloring on the classical pickguard.

Revolutionary stereo pickups

Under the balancing aperture of Epiphone AJ 100CE there is a patented Shadow pickup with low impedance NanoFlex. Unlike piezo, this unique, well-adapted sensitive material has a built-in active electronics which does not only remove the strings vibration, but it also removes the deck vibration, which gives a fine acoustic sound without sharp piezo pickups.

Tip:NanoFlex is a revolutionary NanoMag pickup, fixed at the end of the neck bar, where pulsations occur in a significant amount.

Made by Shadow specifically for this model, the NanoMag has three Samarian-Cobalt magnets and a built-in active circuitry for capturing all the bottoms and all the tops. At your choice, a 1/4 “mono output is available. It mixes both pickups, or a 1/4” stereo output, separating the two pickups. You get incredible multifunctionality and opportunities to create a wonderful acoustic sound in live performances!


The Mahogany wooden neck has a:

  • Scale length of 64.77 cm;
  • SlimTaper shape;
  • Rosewood overlay with inlaid dots
  • Natural chrome hardware;
  • Epiphone AJ 100CE acoustic electric guitar has the iconic headneck of Sloped Dovewing (bent pigeon wing). The image is completed with high quality pegs.

Reviews

Reviews prove that this is a good guitar for its not high price, and it is quality built.

It provides decent sound and reproducibility and even already established strings work completely fine, but there are some stable recommendations to replace them to more effective ones for better sound and playing. The guitar finish is very nice; the only drawback that the users faced was the little sharpness of the neck, so you can hear the noise of the strings.

On the whole Epiphone AJ 100CE has a warm sound, and it is good for those who learn to play.

Pros
Quality of materials
Clear sound
Cons
Maybe: had to adjust the truss rod

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Epiphone 6 string Hummingbird Pro FC

The Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric guitar brings the legendary country/rock “Hummingbird” into the 21st century with the new Shadow™ ePerformer™ preamp and Shadow NanoFlex™ pickup system.

First introduced in 1960, the square shouldered Hummingbird quickly became a classic thanks to Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones who used a Hummingbird for rhythm on early Stones hits like “Satisfaction,” “Play With Fire” and “Under My Thumb.” The Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric guitar does more than simply claim to be “historic” or “vintage” styled – the Hummingbird Acoustic Electric guitar has long stood out in the Gibson and Epiphone lineups as a favourite of some of the world’s most revered singer/songwriters.

  • Body shape: Dreadnought
  • Deck: Spruce
  • Mahagony lower deck/shell
  • Construction: solid wood
  • Polished shiny surface
  • Colored mechanics: Chromed Grover
  • Shadow Performer preamplifier
  • Neckline: None
Pros
Slim-taper neck for comfort when playing
NanoFlex pickup system for no dead air or buzzing sounds during a performance
Cons
Maybe: some complaints of the guitar lacking in tone without a bottom end
Not the strongest neck and body

Alvarez Regent RD26CE dreadnought


The Alvarez RD26CE Dreadnought Guitar is part of the newly improved Alvarez Regent Series. Alvarez has updated the Regent Series to make the best value, best quality entry-level guitars on the market. The new Regent 26’s will surprise the most experienced of acoustic guitar players. The Regent Series sounds and looks better than it ever has, and offers amazing value to veteran players and beginners alike!

  • Deck: Spruce
  • Griffin: Mahogany
  • Lower deck/shell: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Construction: glued multilayer
  • Saddle: Synthetic bone material, with string compensation
  • Stand: Rosewood
  • Mechanics: Chrome
Pros
It sounds great
Exceptional tone
Cons
Saddle soft plastic

Epiphone AJ-220S VS


When you play the Epiphone AJ-220S acoustic guitar, you’ll be heard. With a unique Advanced Jumbo design, plus real spruce and mahogany tonewoods, the AJ-220S has a robust voice with rich bass notes and a shimmering, detailed presence. It’s perfect for playing in acoustic ensembles, ensuring you’ll be heard even with many other instruments to compete with. And because Epiphone chose solid Sitka spruce for the top, and solid mahogany for the back and sides, the tone will enhance as the wood matures. Real tonewoods aren’t something you’d typically find on an affordable guitar like this, but then again the Epiphone AJ-220S isn’t your typical acoustic guitar!

  • Body shape: advanced jumbo
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Stand: Rosewood
  • Edge Finishing: Polymer material
  • 6 strings
  • Cutout: No
Pros
Excellent tone
Build quality
Cons
Sharp fret ends

Epiphone Pro-1 Ultra VS

When you’re ready play live, the PRO-1 Ultra can plug into any size PA or amplifier with the Shadow Performer preamp and NanoFlex pickup system, the same pickup system found in Epiphone’s legendary Masterbilt guitars as well as many other classic Epiphones. The PRO-1 Ultra also features a Solid Spruce top for superior sound with beautiful.

5-layer Ivory and Black binding just like Epiphone’s vintage classics along with all of the PRO Collection’s breakthrough innovations. Epiphone, one of the world’s oldest and most respected guitar makers, has just made playing and learning guitar easy for everyone.

  • Body shape: Dreadnought
  • Deck: Spruce
  • Lower deck/shell: Mahogany
  • Griffin: Ocume
  • Fretboard Markers: Points
  • Surface: Shiny polished
  • Construction: Solid wood deck
  • Upper flange width: 42.7 mm
  • Saddle/sideways: Grate Teh NewBown
Pros
Onboard electronics
Quality of materials
Cons
Maybe: requires constant tuning

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