Epiphone DR-100 6 String Acoustic Guitar

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 1950+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$149
Epiphone DR-100 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone says that the DR-100 has long been their top selling acoustic guitar and based on what we gleaned from our research this could well be the highest selling acoustic in its class.

For many years the DR-100 has been the choice of many as a student guitar and a low cost 'campfire' option - that's a term used to describe guitars you can take on camping trips without having to worry too much about getting it damaged as you would with an expensive guitar.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Select Spruce (laminated)
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural, also comes in Ebony and Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Nut Width: 1.69”

Pros

Customer reviews were consistent in saying that the build quality, sound quality and playability of the DR-100 are on par with guitars in the next couple of price brackets above. Positive reviews came from students, guitar teachers, and experienced guitarists who used it for practice.

Cons

There were a number of reports from people who live in dry climates that the neck dried out and warped in under a year. There were also some owners who complained about their DR-100 developing fret buzz over time.

Overall

In November 2016 we determined that this was the highest rated Dreadnought selling for under $150 and we continue to recommend it as an excellent beginner guitar.

Below is another metareview for the Epiphone DR-100

Gone are the days when Epiphone was looked at as just cheap alternatives to Gibson guitars. These days, they are respected for guitars that nicely balance value and quality. Case in point is the DR-100, a true to form dreadnought that is priced incredibly low but with decent specs and cosmetics.

It doesn't stray off from the beaten path, rather everything about this guitar is familiar, from its body shape, to its playability, down to its old school appeal. This familiarity also reduces the need for technique adjustments when students level up to more expensive guitars.

Specifications

  • String Type: Steel String
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Select Spruce (laminated)
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 20 - 14 open
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Nut Width: 1.69”

Pros
The Epiphone DR-100, while not known for great tone, is consistently praised for being durable and well-made. And since it has a slightly smaller nut-width, it may end up being a touch more comfortable for those with smaller hands.

Cons
The only potential drawback of this guitar is that it doesn't have a solid top. It also suffers from the usual downside of a dread acoustic, it body is probably going to be too bulky for younger musicians and smaller adults.

Overall
If you're a fan of the dreadnought shape and you're looking for a practice guitar that will require minimal technique adjustments when you move to a more expensive one, then this is your best bet for value.

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