Epiphone AJ-100CE 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
The Epiphone AJ series is ubiquitous, and while the guitars aren’t regarded to be the best sounding instruments around, the reputation they’ve gotten isn’t reflective of their overall quality. Due to the brand’s close association with Gibson (and its own legacy) musicians compare the guitars they make to high-end instruments instead of other entry-level guitars.
- 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
The Epiphone AJ-100CE, one of the most affordable guitars produced by the brand, is an advanced jumbo. The advanced jumbo body style is a bit bigger than a dreadnought, which 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.
We were recommending this guitar until we performed a major revision of the category in August 2018 at which time we found more highly rated options to recommend in our guide to The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300.