Epiphone AJ-100CE 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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88 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$249
Epiphone AJ-100CE

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 88/100 is based on analysis of 200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments below.

Epiphone acoustic guitars are hard to miss because they are available almost everywhere. And for good reason, they offer quality and nice features at very affordable price points.

This rings true with the AJ-100CE, which for the price gives you an advanced jumbo body which is slightly bigger than conventional dreadnought. This size gives the AJ-100CE a bit more volume and bass representation than a similarly built dreadnought.

The AJ-100CE features a passive Fishman pickup, which is marketed as being a piezo alternative that gives a better tone than your standard piezo.

In practice, the difference is negligible. The pickup in the AJ-100CE performs just as well as any other passive pickup system, though keep in mind that amplifying your instrument becomes a bit more complicated when using a passive pickup. This means that you'll need a separate preamp when plugging into a mixing console, but not when using an acoustic amp.

Specifications:

  • Body Shape: Advanced Jumbo
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss- Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Fingerboard: Not Specified (Likely Rosewood)
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: NanoFlex Pickup

Pros

There are plenty of praises for the Epiphone AJ-100CE's fuller sounding acoustic tone, which surprises many given its price range. Value for money also gets a lot of thumbs up, along with playability - even experienced players appreciate its string action and neck setup.

Cons

The price to pay for having a fuller sounding acoustic tone is having a bigger body, which can be a downer especially for younger players. Also the need for a separate preamp complicates stage use a bit, and requires a bit more spending in the long run unless you already have an acoustic guitar amp.

Overall

If you're looking for an affordable yet full sounding acoustic guitar, that can be used on stage, then this is for you.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.