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Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Burst

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The classic Dove-style acoustic first introduced at the legendary Gibson and Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo in 1962 became one of the first acoustic guitars to become a recognized rock-and-roll icon. N... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The classic Dove-style acoustic first introduced at the legendary Gibson and Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo in 1962 became one of the first acoustic guitars to become a recognized rock-and-roll icon. Now, both beginners and professionals can enjoy the classic sound of The Dove plugged in with the Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp and Fishman Sonicore pickup system, designed and built with the integrity you expect from Epiphone.

Unplugged, the Epiphone Dove PRO can easily drive an acoustic band. But plugged in, The Dove PRO can hold its own with drums and electric guitars. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Full-size dreadnought body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Select maple back & sides
  • Hard maple neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard and pearloid parallelograms
  • Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp with Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Top: solid spruce
    Body: select maple
    Neck: hard maple
    Neck joint: glued-in, dovetail
    Neck Profile: SlimTaper "D" profile
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    Fingerboard Inlay: pearloid parallelograms
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Binding:
    -fingerboard, 1-ply white
    -body top, 5-ply white/black
    -body back: 1-ply white
    Scale: 25.5"
    Saddle: compensated, imitation bone
    Truss Rod: adjustable
    Bridge: rosewood with "Dove"-shaped pearloid inlay
    Pickguard: imitation tortoise with traditional "Dove" artwork
    Nut: 1.68"
    Frets: 20, medium
    Hardware: nickel
    Endpin: 1/4"
    Strings: D'Addario Phosphor (12-53)
    Power: 9-volt battery
    Pickup: Fishman Sonicore (under saddle)
    Preamp: Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp
    -Master Volume
    -Master Tone
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EpiphoneDove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Great guitar (3)
  • Sounds great (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practice (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Display (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), Yes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing guitar

I've been using this guitar regularly for a year now and I'm still amazed at the quality of the tone, great playability and classic appearance, every time I take it out of the...Read complete review

I've been using this guitar regularly for a year now and I'm still amazed at the quality of the tone, great playability and classic appearance, every time I take it out of the case. I was looking for a good playing and relatively inexpensive acoustic electric to use at an outdoor gig I've done for several summers when I order the Epi Dove Pro last spring. I had looked at several much more expensive guitars that used the same Fishman pick up system and really like their amplified sound. I did not want a pick up that needed a large hole in the side of the guitar to mount the preamp because of the difficult in finding a replacement when they fail. The Fishman with the controls inside the sound hole is ideal for my needs as well as sounding very natural.

When the guitar arrive my biggest surprise was how fantastic the Epi Dove Pro sounds unplugged. It is loud and very well balance. I was concerned that the maple back and sides might be overly bright, but this is not the case. The tone is robust and works well for either strumming or lead work. I generally prefer guitars with Koa back and side, but IMHO Koa guitars are too expensive to be exposed to the extremes in temp and humidity of a weekly summer gig in the Midwest. Sure the Dove is a litter brighter than say an instrument with solid rosewood back and sides, but nowhere near as bright as a some of the maple Guild or Taylor dreadnoughts I've been around. Full and neutral is the best way to describe the unplugged voice.

So now I'm entering year two of using this guitar and I'm still in love with it. I routinely get positive comments about its looks and sound. It stays in tune extremely well and is very easy to play I did not have to do any setup after it arrived. Put on new string and start using it. I also like the fact it had a strap button installed on the neck heal, something I wish more acoustic guitar makers would do.

Are there any negatives to this love story? There are a couple of items, but neither is anywhere near a deal breaker. I've never been crazy about the oversize, historically accurate Epiphone headstock. I'd much prefer it if the Dove used the same more compact headstock design / size found on the Epiphone Les Paul guitars. I also noticed over the very cold winter that the Dove needed more humidification than any of my other acoustics. Maybe because it is the newest and / or because it was played out in the summer heat a lot. It's something I'll keep an eye on next winter.

Bottom line, I whole heartedly recommend this guitar and would immediately buy another one if it was destroyed or stolen.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buyer Beware!

Epiphone guitars are mass produced in Asia,there are lots of defective guitars getting through there inspection. I have had crooked necks, blemished paint and stain. M.F. is great and they will replace...Read complete review

Epiphone guitars are mass produced in Asia,there are lots of defective guitars getting through there inspection. I have had crooked necks, blemished paint and stain. M.F. is great and they will replace a defective guitar if you catch it right away. My suggestion is as soon as you recieve your guitar take it to your local guitar tech and have it inspected and set up. Dont wait or you will be forced to deal with Epiphone and that will be months of waiting for a replacement.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By EM

from Michigan

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I knew what I wanted in an acoustic but was reluctant to buy one online without trying it out first. I read the reviews on the Dove Pro and decided I would go ahead and risk it, after all, if I didn't like it I could always send it back. Right out the box it was perfect. It needed no setting up, finish was perfect, and sound is fantastic! I have had expensive Takamines, Ovations, and some others and this ranks right up there with more expensive brands. I love it!

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Buyer Beware!

    By s.j. guitarman

    from South Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Epiphone guitars are mass produced in Asia,there are lots of defective guitars getting through there inspection. I have had crooked necks, blemished paint and stain. M.F. is great and they will replace a defective guitar if you catch it right away. My suggestion is as soon as you recieve your guitar take it to your local guitar tech and have it inspected and set up. Dont wait or you will be forced to deal with Epiphone and that will be months of waiting for a replacement.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love at first sight

    By randy

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    First off, I am an advanced player who was just looking for a quality instrument to keep handy at my studio. I have a 15 year old Taylor 315 ce that I use for playing and recording, but I didn't want to keep an instrument like that at my studio (because I can't secure it properly with the amount of foot traffic) but wanted it handy when I needed to write or impromptu record. I had played a lot of inexpensive guitars and always found something I didn't care for, even more expensive instruments at pawn shops and "used" at music shops. I came across this guitar on MF and thought I would give it a spin. At such a low price point, I was expecting to do some fret dressing, some intonation, and to live with some blemishes. I really expected some issues. What a JOY it was when I opened the box and could not find a blemish, tuned it up and played the whole fretboard very comfortably and did not need to even adjust it. I plugged it in, played for a couple hours at different tone and volume levels and had NO ISSUES WHATSOEVER. I could not be happier, and would have paid a lot more for an instrument of this quality, but the eye candy makes it even sweeter. I had played one of these before, and it had the newer, side mounted Fishman system (this one is mounted inside top of the sound hole). I liked that better, and it had a tuner, but for the 150. difference, would not have made me change my mind about this one. All in all, great value and a wonderful instrument.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shocked!

    By Jason

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Epiphone's placement of the battery!

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    When I saw this Thanksgiving Day last year, I wanted it so bad. I read the reviews, and the one that stuck out was Ed Huber's. I rolled the dice, ordered it (and the Epiphone EL-00 hardshell case to go with it) and couldn't be happier!! Yes, I would like the Gibson version like Frank Hannon's, but I'm not paying $2500 for a 1970's "good condition" one. Anyway, this thing plays and sounds beyond beautiful. Every time I pull it out at church to play, our worship leader looks at it and says, "Boy howdy, that's a beautiful guitar!" Thanks, Mike! So, everything arrived perfect, picked it up after work, had Ed (the tech at my Guitar Center in Avondale) look it over. He said, "There's nothing to do to it, unless you WANT to change the nut out for a bone one." Still thinking about that. 2 weeks after I got it I was in a Guitar Center and just for giggles played a $2500 Gibson and a $3100 Martin. I like my Epiphone Dove PRO better, both in feel and sound!! Play some Tesla, play some Pink Floyd, wow yourself and everyone else. Like I said, the only draw back is the placement of the battery...what were they thinking? It's directly under the 19 and 20th fret. When you change strings, don't forget to change the battery. OH, the electronics! I have a Fishman Loudbox Mini, WOW the Dove PRO sounds absolutely phenomenal through it!! Doesn't matter if you're playing Bluegrass, Gospel, Tesla or Pink Floyd, this guitar will shock you with how good it plays and sounds. Thank you Frank Hannon for turning me onto the Dove, even if mine is an Epiphone!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A fantastic buy!

    By Doug

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful to look at
    • Great Tuning Machines
    • Plays great
    • Quality Build
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

    • Awkward to Replace Battery
    • Poor location for strap button
    • Strings needed Changing

    Best Uses

    • Great For All Applications

    Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Brand new and it was set up to play! I didn't have to make any adjustments, which was a first for me. I normally have to tweak the neck and lower the action on most guitars I buy, but this was perfect out of the box. I was amazed at the quality of craftsmanship on this instrument. The color, the violin burst, was rich and vibrant. The dove details on the pick guard really made this thing pop. I carefully looked it over and I could not find a single flaw. The binding was beautifully done and the neck inlays were perfect. The Epiphone people got their act together. Unplugged it sounded really good, not super, but pretty darn good for an acoustic at this price point. Plugged in, it still retained the deeper lows that I like. I just added a bit more low through my amp eq and it was perfect. The maple sides make this guitar pretty bright sounding. The only complaints that I have about this guitar is the battery "compartment" location, the placement of the strap button, and the strings it was shipped with. Changing the battery is a hassle. The battery is held in a nylon pouch inside the sound hole and is attached to the inside of the guitar by velcro. To change a battery, you have to detune the strings to get them out of the way and go inside the guitar to unstick the battery pouch from velcro. After swapping the battery, you have to get the pouch back in the guitar sound hole and reattach it to the velcro strip...then re tune it. Not a major problem at home, but Lord help you if the battery goes dead during a live performance. I still do not understand why a lot of companies put the strap button on the underside of the neck heel instead of on top. I read that it balances the guitar better, but really? Is an acoustic so heavy that there are balancing concerns? Anyway, I started using my strap tied at the headstock and it seems ok so far. Last, I changed the strings to a lighter gauge and it plays like a dream now.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By Beanerlopez

    from Cleburne, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      It got here, I tuned it, and proceeded to rock out!

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dove Guitar

      By Nancy

      from Florence, Alabama

      Site Member

      Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar for my husband for his birthday.. A friend of ours has one and my husband played it and he wanted one. so I ordered him the Dove Guitar. It is a beautiful guitar and has a really great sound.. Everyone that sees it brags on how beautiful it is and how it sounds.. I would recommend this guitar to any guitar player.

      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not Impressed

      By Guitarman Ohio

      from Marietta, Ohio

      Pros

      • Electric Pick-up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I was extremely disappointed with this product. Thought Epiphone was my answer to a good acoustic. Although the finish is beautiful, the sound when playing unhooked is dead. My cheap Gibson acoustic gets better resonance. One string was misplaced on the bridge causing a tuning issue, the frets are sharp and cuts my hands when barring a chord and sliding upward. The pick-up is great, but I just can't recommend it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful guitar

          By SingMeBackHome

          from Sugar Creek, Wisconsin

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good sound
          • Great looking
          • Solid wood top

          Cons

          • Not A Jumbo Body

          Best Uses

          • Open Mics
          • Practice
          • small venues

          Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I had to have it while it is still being made!
          The need was not adjusted from the dealer, strings buzzed, so I had to adjust the truss rod. It sounds good now.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Must have this guitar!

          By SingMeBackHome

          from Sugar Creek, Wisconsin

          Pros

          • Looks Great Plays Well

          Cons

          • Strings Buzz Adj Truss

          Best Uses

          • concerts

          Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Great play-ability and looks. Good sound. From factory strings buzzed because of a hump in neck. It was easy for me to adjust the truss rod to put some bow in the neck. Plays good now. The sound/tone controls are well placed just inside the hole edge and are easy to adjust. I have not figured out how to get the battery bag out to replace the 9V batt.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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