Epiphone AJ-100CE 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$249
Epiphone AJ-100CE

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.

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

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.

Below is another Metareview for the Epiphone AJ-100CE

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, resulting in more acoustic low-end and volume. Note that this guitar comes with a passive pickup from Fishman and it does not have a preamp built-in. 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.

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