Epiphone Acoustic DR-100 Acoustic Guitar Reviews
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Epiphone Acoustic DR-100 Acoustic Guitar

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Epiphone DR-100:

May 30, 2008 (Updated May 30, 2008)
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Pros:For 120.00, for a beginner, it's more than good enough.

Cons:Don't mistake for an expensive guitar, but that's quibbling.

The Bottom Line: Good deal at 120.00, very good deal.


I've been messing around a lot with inexpensive guitars lately. What prompted me to do this was playing a friend's old Silvertone and my old Hohner 3/4 and wondering if the sound of a guitar that costs around 100.00 had changed.

We're a few years now in the China-era of manufacturing, which created sudden downturn in prices for some types of models. In the case of the DR-100, it created a guitar so cheap that an old timer would have an hard time even trusting it to sound good. We're so used to treating guitars like wine, price equals quality.

In fact, that it's got "select spruce" is almost meaningless for example. "Solid Spruce" is now a standard feature even on models which you can now see down in the 500.00-600.00 range. As the battle for profits goes into the subcatagories, the companies stay market-savy and know the buzzwords.

The meaningful side is that after decades of guitar making, even a cheap one can be competently made and capable to sounding like a real guitar. The reason? No mystery as to how after all this time.

It's not as well set up obviously, but I found it a decent sounding, although bass-heavy guitar, a little tinny on the high end, but with a good rhythm sound. It's got good frets, and fingering chords is easy.

The Silvertone still has a better finger picking sound, and the Hohner still has that underrated Martin-like quality that some of their older models had, but both don't have the qualities modern students and players want, mainly volume.

The DR-100 feels good to hold and play, good neck, good enough tone and plenty of clear volume with the pick. It has a modern look, looks a lot like the one Paul McCartney plays, and is cheaper than a lot of gig bags.

For around 120.00 you get a nice brand name guitar, good sound for everyone up to the advanced beginner, and a good porch guitar for everyone else...and it'll look good on that porch too...






Recommend this product? Yes


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