Epiphone J-45 EC Studio, Natural
The Epiphone AJ-220SCE might just be one of the best value in the electro-acoustic guitars in the industry today. The AJ-220SCE carries on Epiphone's tradition of unequalled quality and performance for far less than me anticipate.
The Advance Jumbo (AJ) was originally introduced back in '36 by Gibson and has a one-inch wider 16" lower bout, rounded or sloped shoulder dreadnought shape and a 25.5" scale length. Often referred to as an "acoustic cannon", the AJ shape is seriously powerful.
The AJ-220SCE has a very focused and balanced tone. The bass is deep, rich and loud while the highs have a crispness and brilliance that cuts through. Most noticeable however, is the clear mid-range that's never muddy like the typical square-shouldered dreadnought. Whilst this is something of a "cannon" it's also often described as the perfect instrument for the soloist or singer/songwriter and has a tone that blends with vocals.
The AJ-220SCE is also factory fitted with Shadow's Performer preamp and NanoFlex pickup, the AJ-220SCE sound great played acoustically, but really comes to life when plugged in! Made by Shadow Germany, the new Performer preamp features all the controls you need to tailor the sounds of your acoustic to suit your playing style, volume level and venue size and also includes a built-in chromatic Tuner. Thanks to it's ingenious design the preamp runs on two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries. Under the AJ-220SCE's compensated saddle, is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics and picks up not only string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos.
The AJ-220SCE is constructed throughout with premium materials and traditional construction methods. The top is solid Sitka Spruce and sounds great right out of the box, whilst also actually improving as it ages. The back and sides made of select Mahogany fitted to a solid Mahogany neck. For great stability, tone and sustain, the neck is glued into the body using TiteBond glue and a traditional dovetail neck joint.
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- Top Material: Solid Sitka Spuce
- Body Material: Select Mahogany
- Neck Material: Solid Mahogany with satin finish
- Neck Shape: SlimTaper™ D-Shape
- Neck Joint: Dovetail; Glued-In
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with "Dot" inlays
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Trussrod: Adjustable via headstock
- Frets: 20; medium/jumbo
- -6-Layer body; Front
- -1-Layer; Fingerboard
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Sealed, Die-cast; 14:1 Ratio
- Bridge Pickup: NanoFlex™ low-impedance pickup
- Controls: Shadow Performer Tuner™ Preamp
- -Master Volume
- -Phase (feedback cancellation)
- -Treble EQ
- -Bass EQ
- -Tuner/Mute Button
- -Built-in Chromatic Tuner
- Power: Two 2032 Lithium Batteries
- Bridge: Solid Rosewood; Reverse-belly
- Saddle: Compensated; PVC
- Pickguard: Simulated Tortoise with metal "E"
- Output Jack: Metal Endpin Jack with 1/4" output
- Strap Buttons: Yes
Brilliant value for money. Tried a number of guitars in this price range and this one sounded the best. Good electronics, great acoustic sound, and looks terrific. My daughter has been really pleased with it.