Epiphone EL-00 PRO Acoustic-Electric Parlor Guitar

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

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$369
Epiphone EL-00 PRO Parlor Guitar

The Epiphone EL-00 Pro is based on smaller "parlor" style flat top acoustics that they were building prior to being owned by Gibson.

This smaller body makes it viable for younger players, while older players appreciate its traditional "blues box" appeal.

And it's not just about looks because Epiphone equipped this guitar with a solid spruce top, supported by mahogany back and sides, following after classic designs.

Finally, this guitar is equipped with a discretely positioned Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp, paired with Fishman's Sonicore pickup. This ups the utility of this guitar even more, making it a stage worthy acoustic-electric guitar that can be plugged into an amp when needed.

Specifications

  • String Type: Steel String
  • Body Shape: Parlor
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Number of Frets:: 19
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"

Pros
Fantastic and terrific are two descriptive words that nicely summarize market sentiment. Users who are drawn to its compact parlor shape have mostly good things to say about the guitar.
Many also appreciate its old school design and overall workmanship. While the plugged-in sound is not as anything to write home about, it does provide satisfactory tone, as attested to by many reviews and recommendations.

Cons
Note that this guitar is smaller than usual, and it has a slightly shorter scale length, so this is not for those who are looking for a standard size acoustic.

Overall
With its great specs and old school appeal, I consider beginners who start out with the Epiphone EL-00 PRO to be extremely lucky.

Although we used to recommend this as a beginner guitar, there are now more highly rated options available which you can find in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars For Beginners. You can also find other alternatives in our guide to The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars.

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