Submitted June 15, 2014 by jack f in cibolo, TX
"Parlor For The Course !"
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Covers a lot of bases for not many moneys...
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.
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.
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.
Nice value, very satisfying warm fuzzies for the little pro!
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"...
Playing guitars since '66. Picked up a little bass and keyboard along the way for demos, etc.
Happy foot tappers with an appreciation for upper partials
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