Epiphone acoustic guitars is a guitar manufacturer that is owned by the legendary guitar makers Gibson. The Epiphone range consists of various versions of Gibson guitars which are manufactured with lower production costs. This enables Gibson to target a lower priced sector of the guitar market without competing with themselves.
While some economies in construction will mean that Epiphone acoustic guitars are not quite as good as their Gibson cousins, they are still an excellent value within the middle to lower priced sector of the market and are excellent guitars for beginner musicians. Some compromises are made in construction to save costs but some of the things that make Gibson great are present in the Epiphone line of guitars. Savings have been made in areas that cut costs without having a massive impact on quality. Epiphone acoustic guitars are mostly manufactured in Asia. Labor costs are lower in Asia than the USA but the Asian factories are capable of producing excellent guitars and employ highly skilled workers.
The iconic designs of some of Gibson’s most famous models are included in the Epiphone acoustic guitar line. This allows guitarists to own a version of the Hummingbird or J-200 acoustic guitar which they otherwise would not be able to afford.
Epiphone was once Gibson’s main rival in the guitar market. The brand itself carries a long history and a legacy that stretches back to 1873. In the 1930′s to 1950′s Epiphone acoustic guitars rivaled Gibson in quality and were the major competitor of the Gibson company. While Epiphone no longer rivals Gibson in this way, it is still a well respected guitar name with a genuine musical legacy to be proud of. Epiphone acoustic guitars have been used to record some iconic music. Paul McCartney introduced the Beatles to Epiphone instruments and eventually John Lennon and George Harrison also played Epiphone acoustic guitars, both on stage during live gigs and in the studio during album recordings. Epiphone acoustic guitars are featured on Revolver, the solo to “Taxman” is played on an Epiphone Casino.
John Lennon used an Epiphone Casino as one of his main guitars during his final years in the band and during the 70′s in his time as a solo artist. Other notable players of Epiphone guitars include Noel Gallagher during the early years of his career with Oasis.
In the market sector in which Epiphone operate they are among the very best. If you have a set budget that will not allow you to spend thousands on a guitar then an Epiphone acoustic guitar is an excellent choice and well worth considering. Epiphone acoustic guitars do not feel like instruments built with compromise. They boast a good build quality and design. If you are new to guitar playing or looking to move up from a poor quality beginners guitar, an Epiphone is an excellent step which won’t disappoint.
The EJ-200 is the Epiphone version of Gibson’s most iconic and best loved acoustic guitar the J-200. The EJ-200 is made from high quality tone wood. The body and neck are made from solid maple with a spruce top designed to project a bright, clear tone. As an individual instrument the EJ-200 stands up well on it’s own. If you compare it to other acoustics in the price range it performs very well. Some manufacturers in this price range don’t use solid woods at all and some others use low quality woods.
The Epiphone Hummingbird is another highly recognizable and distinctive guitar which is made available to players without a huge budget to enjoy via the Epiphone range. It is beautiful and sounds great and just like the EJ-200 stands up on it’s own as an excellent instrument available for a bargain price.
Gibson acoustic guitars are very unique and produce a very distinctive and recognizable sound which can be heard on many of the great albums from history. This highly coveted and recognizable sound has lead to Gibson guitars often being imitated by other manufacturers. If you are looking to obtain a guitar with the sound and look of a Gibson without the price tag then you should go with an Epiphone. It is built by the same expert company with just a few compromises and the result is an excellent instrument and a bargain price.
The range of Epiphone acoustic guitars allow a whole wave of guitar players to access iconic instruments and excellent acoustic guitars that they otherwise would simply not be able to afford.