800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 15TD-RV5X
close [x]
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 8AM - 10PM (EST)
  • Sat 9AM - 6PM (EST)
  • Sun 1PM - 7PM (EST)

Rating and Reviews: Epiphone EL-00 PRO Parlor

This short-scale acoustic guitar's "blues box" design evokes the 1930s -- but its Fishman Sonitone preamp and Sonicore pickup are ready for the modern stage.

User Ratings
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"Epiphone EL-00 Parlor BIG Sound in a small guitar" submitted December 29, 2013

By RIchard Rey in Philadelphia, PA
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: professional, 30+ years
Music Style: rock, country, folk,
Back to Product Information
Overall: I was in a local guitar store to buy some strings and this guitar caught my attention. I noticed it had a Fishman pickup so I plugged it into an amp and I was shocked at how great it sounded. I was expecting a thin sound from a parlor guitar, but the base of the body is pretty wide and The Fishman pickup really produces a full sound. In fact I was just comparing it to another acoustic that I own that I paid nearly three times as much and The Epi sounds better. I've purchased many guitars, amps, speakers, etc. over the years and I have to say that this is the biggest bang for the buck yet.
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Best Guitar for the Money!" submitted January 29, 2014

By Debbie R in Appomattox, VA
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: I have been playing music for over 40 years. I am primarily a piano player but I also play sax, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin.
Music Style: All styles. I play in a country rock band and a folk/eclectic band.
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: I absolutely LOVE this little guitar! The retro look is beautiful. I like the smaller size of it. I am a female with smaller hands and I've never been able to play bar chords well on my other acoustic guitars but I can on this one. The sound is so sweet. I haven't even hooked it up to an amp yet, but I like having that option. And the price is so low for such a fine instrument. I keep using the Zzounds payment plans so I have a low monthly payment, then I buy another instrument as soon as I pay for one and I never even miss the money. I have been highly satisfied with my Zzounds experience, and I have ended up with great instruments. But the Epiphone EL-00 is, by far, my favorite.
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Great Little guitar but ......." submitted May 3, 2014

By Kevin T in Peekskill, NY
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Been playing 40 years.
Music Style: Blues .Rock.Folk.
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: At first I was disappointed when it came.The first second and third strings from the 10th to about the 15th fret were bottoming out with severe fret buzz.I thought maybe there were neck issues .Tried new strings same thing until I noticed the bridge seemed a bit low on the high E Side .I removed the bridge and compared it to some spare ones I have in my parts bag and sure enough it seems to have been shaved down bad from the factory.Surprised to see that it passed inspection but it was stamped passed .I changed the bridge with a new one which I only had to sand down a little to get a proper setup and now the guitar plays and sounds great.Rather than send it back I just accepted it and and very happy with the guitar.I Own many guitars and many are Epiphone guitars and have brought many from Zzounds and this was the first time I ever had an issue with one.If I did not have the ability to setup and make guitar repairs I would have sent it back for another but I didn't so I can't give a proper rating for support .I give the support a 5 as to not give the guitar a poor rating because the rest of the quality of the guitar is great.Plugged in it sounds great.Unplugged it has the sound you would expect from a small body guitar.It sounds best finger picking but is also sounds fine strumming .In tunings and playing slide sounds great.I would recommend this guitar .I think I just happened to get one with an issue.Based on other reviews for the same guitar it doesn't seem to be an issue that others have had.
Did you find this review helpful?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Great Value!" submitted May 14, 2014

By Carl H in Moultrie, GA
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Pro Vocalist/Songwriter/Guitarist since 1975
Music Style: Blues Flavored Americana
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: This is an excellent small body guitar at an amazing price. Solid top will only improve sound with time. Beautiful finish, excellent quality construction, Grover tuners, compensated nut, easy access preamp controls. Easy action, good acoustic volume, tone, and sounds great through a P.A. Should be seriously considered if you're looking for a small body guitar.
Did you find this review helpful?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Great Product, Great Service, Great Company" submitted June 26, 2014

By Steve Hester in Fayetteville, GA
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Professional musician (choral, vocal). Intermediate rhythm guitar.
Music Style: Christian, show-tunes, folk, classical.
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: Absolutely LOVE the EL 00 Pro by Epiphone. The solid top & on-board electronics really make it an excellent value. Already set up for optimum playability upon arrival. The tuners are superb.
Did you find this review helpful?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Parlor For The Course !" submitted June 15, 2014

By jack f in cibolo, TX
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Playing guitars since '66. Picked up a little bass and keyboard along the way for demos, etc.
Music Style: Happy foot tappers with an appreciation for upper partials
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: Pleasing acoustic song with sustaining cinnamon brightness and earthy round bells. Surprising projection and depth. Personality and voice reproduced pretty faithfully by the Fishman electronics. Feature: Acoustic pleasantries translate well when the electrons are called on to dance. Sound hole control knobs and 1/4" strap peg plug-in are the "shiitake." Fishman Sonitone under-bridge system reproduces the guitar's personality well, and though controls are bare-bones (volume/tone) they offer enough range to generate listening interest. Grovers are the right size and proportion for this guitar and being Grovers, they work. Bottom bout "strap peg/plug-in" design is fine for cord connection but not great for strap attachment. Ease of Use: "Parlor" or not, this is not a tiny guitar. Bottom bout is very wide and though the body is not deep, it projects well acoustically. Scale length also contributes to a nice, long vibrating string. Neck and fretboard set up, size and shape are very strat-like and the thing plays with great ease and low action of an electric guitar. Compensated saddle insert is REALLY compensated all the way across the bridge, not just notched for the G string. Thus, intonation is very good all the way up the register. Preamp controls and plug in are no brainer, although changing the 9 volt battery could be a bit more ergonomic. Quality: Had to send one back for high fret issues but the replacement was fine. Good wood, good joinery, cosmetics fine. (Bridge could have benefitted from a bit of chamferring) Set neck feels solid as a rock. Value: Nice value, very satisfying warm fuzzies for the little pro! Manufacturer Support: No contact with Epiphone, but zzounds' return policy is foolproof, when and if needed. The Wow Factor: For $300 I'm not expecting a lot of "wow"... Overall: Covers a lot of bases for not many moneys...
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 15TD-RV5X. Llame Gratis en Español: 800-460-7976
Lunes-Viernes de 9AM a 5PM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2014, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey, Nevada and Mississippi, nearly 95 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $249+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!