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Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar

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From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibson's J-200 set a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Today, nearly 71 years later, Epiphone offers an affordable, no-frills version of the ... Click To Read More About This Product

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From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibson's J-200 set a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Today, nearly 71 years later, Epiphone offers an affordable, no-frills version of the "King of the Flat-tops". The limited edition Epiphone EJ-200 artist is a super jumbo acoustic guitar that features a select spruce top, maple backs and sides, and a 25.5" scale maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The instrument has a well balanced tone and is made to have the projection that lets you be heard in any ensemble.

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Body Style: Super Jumbo
Top: Select Spruce
Back: Maple
Sides: Maple
Neck: Set maple
Scale Length: 25.5
No. of frets: 20/14 open
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlays: Dots
Nut width: 1.68"
Binding: On back and neck
Rosette: Parallel stripes
Bridge: Rosewood with white string pins
Pickguard: Sculpted Tortoise shell
Tuners: Chrome
Case: Not included
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EpiphoneLimited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Holy Snap!!!!!

This is alot better than what I expected. I was thinking it would have okay sound but I was blown away. The action was perfect for all of the songs I love to play...Read complete review

This is alot better than what I expected. I was thinking it would have okay sound but I was blown away. The action was perfect for all of the songs I love to play (Good Riddance, Jumper etc.). If you are looking for a guitar with just the right size, action and tone; I recommend This Epiphone EJ-200.

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What's all the hype about?

What�ۡ���s all the hype about the Epiphone EJ-200 Artist? I�ۡ���ve been playing since 1974 and I...Read complete review

What�ۡ���s all the hype about the Epiphone EJ-200 Artist? I�ۡ���ve been playing since 1974 and I currently own several acoustic guitars and most are solid tops with a few that are all solid wood body. Almost all are dreadnaughts with the exception of one Concert and one Auditorium and they are all Natural finish. I wanted to add a Jumbo and a Sunburst to my collection. So, in December of 2011 I ordered the EJ-200 Artist in the Vintage Sunburst based on all the positive reviews I read about the guitar and its�ۡ��� sound. Well here is my review: If I have to score this guitar on its�ۡ��� looks, I�ۡ���ll give it a 10. If I have to score it on the feel of the neck, I�ۡ���ll give it a 10. It has a petite neck which is great for small hands like mine. If I have to score it on its�ۡ��� sound, I�ۡ���ll give it a 5 at best. Epiphone says this guitar has a select (laminate or plywood) top and IT DOES!!! Mine was built in late 2010(December) and looking at the sound hole I can clearly see three distinctive layers of wood, LAMINATE!! Those who got the Natural finish that can see the wood-grain running from the top through the sound hole either are seeing things or perhaps ended up with a solid top miraculously. Perhaps that explains why they get such a great tone from theirs. Manufacturers don�ۡ���t built one finish with a solid top and another finish with a laminate top and give both finishes the same model name and specs. I played my lowest price dreadnaught (Mitchell MD100S) which has a solid top and sells for the regular price against the Epiphone and I could clearly hear the overtones and the harmonics, beautiful ringing tones on the Mitchell even though the strings were old. Notes played on the EJ-200 Artist sounded dead, no life to them what so ever, especially the low notes. If you are a beginner, you probably can�ۡ���t tell a good sound from the bad. But it won�ۡ���t take you long before you develop a trained ear and enjoy and desire a good tone. Even though I got the Epiphone on a great sale, I couldn�ۡ���t justify keeping it for its�ۡ��� good looks alone, so I sent it back. Besides,it was defective, minor issues. There are a lot of good sounding solid tops out there for the same price . You can even buy one on sale for much less. P.S. As far as the loud volume everybody raved about, it�ۡ���s not that much louder than a Dreadnaught. Epiphone really should make this guitar with a Solid top, they sell a lot more of them. An instrument should be all about the sound and not good looks.

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(60 of 72 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy Snap!!!!!

By Danielson

from Boise, ID

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

This is alot better than what I expected. I was thinking it would have okay sound but I was blown away. The action was perfect for all of the songs I love to play (Good Riddance, Jumper etc.). If you are looking for a guitar with just the right size, action and tone; I recommend This Epiphone EJ-200.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Jay

from Bells,TN

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased this guitar just a few days ago and it has already grown on me. I traded in an old washburn that I have been playing for the past 6 years. This jumbo sounds just as good as an alvarez jumbo in my opinion that is almost triple the price. I change my strings to cleartones and then changed the bridge pins to ebony. It made a pretty big difference in the sound of it. It sounds great strumming or picking and is really a nice guitar. It seems to be built well. I paired mine with a gator hardshell case. Honestly, I would have payed more for this guitar. It is that good.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic guitar - even for experienced players!

By Kyle

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I have been playing guitar for 8 years and have played my share of gigs and other types of things for any guitar player that has been playing 8 years, and I am very impressed with this guitar. I have "upgraded" to this guitar from a Fender acoustic-electric and have no regrets whatsoever. I wanted a better acoustic sound than any acoustic-electric guitar at this price can offer me because I feel like unless you get a $4,000 acoustic-electric guitar, acoustic-electric guitar makers skimp out on how the acoustic aspect of the guitar sounds because there is a preamp in it. So I stopped using an acoustic-electric guitar and went to this one. I love the super jumbo body to this guitar because the sound is as massive as the guitar is and all the wood making up the guitar makes for great sustain and tone. So as an experienced player, I have no shame in saying that I bought a "beginners" guitar when it comes to this bad boy!

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By Dan

from Elkhart, IN

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I've been reading these reviews and was in the market for a new acoustic. Went to my local Guitar Center - found this on the wall. I played the true Gibson first. Then the Epiphone. I tell you, there is not a ton of difference. I've had it now for 3 weeks, play it every night for at least a half hour. Tuning is great, action is good, strings showing "dirt" already in the first positions, so I will be changing them soon. I could not believe how good this thing plays and sounds for the money. It plays way better than any Yamaha, Dean, Fender, etc in this price range. Highly recommended. Oh yeah, and it looks great too. Bought the natural finish.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Troy

from Fort Worth, Texas

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

My wife bought this for me to use at the lake, camping and just in the back yard. We thought it was a cheap throw-away but it is my favorite player. I generaly play a Gibson J-40 from 1972 but I have put it away. I now use this one for my gigs.It is wonderful. Dont let the orice scare you, it is a fine guitar fr $200.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound

By Tim Cherry Valley,CA.

from Cherry Valley, CA.

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I read the reviews on this guitar and was impressed. If you are buying your first guitar you should know this about this guitar. Don't judge the sound or action when you take this out of the box. You can adjust the action yourself with the tool provided and I suggest putting new strings on straight away. This is what I did and I really love the sound and action on this guitar. My friend who has a Taylor was impressed by the tone of this guitar. You cannot buy a better guitar for the price!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Guitar

By David

from Lynnwood, Wa.

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

While looking at the 'Wall of guitars' this Super Jumbo style wouldn't quit talking to me. It's different than other guitars that I saw that day. Easy to hold and the deep tones are exactly what i was looking for. It's my first Acoustic guitar and I am sure it will become one of my best friends.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Whole Lotta Guitar!

By Glen Reedy

from Shawnee,Kansas

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased the EJ200 Artist in Natural about a month ago.I currently play out once a month doing an all acoustic show.I originally bought this guitar as a back-up.I'm getting requests to do more shows(and getting paid-how about that!)The thing is,I'm really likin' every thing about this guitar...it's a real gem.They're giving these away!It's going into rotation with my Alvarez jumbo!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent value

By craig gentry

from new orleans , la

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

i have been playing music for over forty years, and i have had many guitars, from cheap to very high priced, this epiphone out the blew me away,right out of the box , the action needed very little adjustments, the sound was superb, and at this price, well , you just cant beat it, it sounds just as good as my old gibson, remarkable guitar. the fit and finish was second to none, i was so impressed when i held it in my hand, you can use this guitar every day, i would have no problems gigging with the instrument. i have already put away several of my guitars , just so i can use this one.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Monarch with the ugly moustache and price tag!!!

By Charlie

from seattle washington

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

i just got this guitar for christmas today and couldn't be happier. I get great tones and very warm sounds from this guitar. Very easy to play, frets are nice and low and the action is great too. But the down side... the string it came with are the worst strings i have ever seen. So i changed them as soon as i saw them, put on some elixirs and made the guitar sound much much better. One more thing remember its a jumbo so finding a case will be hard and not too cheap, so think ahead. This guitar is a great buy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow...just wow.

By KC

from Jacksonville, Florida

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I've been playing for 30 years or so and I know my guitars. My main acoustic is a 1945 Gibson LG-2. Talk about tone. Anyway, on Black Friday of 2010 I went into my local Guitar Center to wait on my wife who was in Best Buy. I wasn't looking to purchase anything so I was just browsing. Being that the Taylor room was occupied by other players, I waited in the main acoustic room. I spotted the Natural Finish EJ200 Artist on the wall and picked it up to waste a little time. I started playing and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was stunned. I'm the type of guy who likes to play everything to find a jewel. I knew instantly that I had a diamond in the rough ESPECIALLY for cheap. I have played $1500 Martins and Gibsons that didn't sound close to this. That being said, I put it down and walked away since I had Christmas shopping to concentrate on...but over the next few days I couldn't stop thinking about it. "That Epiphone couldn't be that good" I told myself. A week went by and I drove back to GC and thought surely somebody had snagged it by now. However, it was on the wall and I ran for it and played it again to make sure my memory wasn't fooling with me. Sure enough, it played as beautiful as I remembered it. I asked two of the older employees (buddies of mine) to play it and tell me what they thought. They both smiled and said they knew about this guitar. That was it. I purchased it and couldn't be happier. The tone is full. Snappy high end and clear bottom end as well. Intonation is dead on right out of the box. Zero tuning problems! I still have the same strings on and I can tell they are dying so I am anxious to put on some Elixers to see what it does. My only complaint is the plastic saddle and nut. As good as the tone is, there is still a "softness" to it that I think can be fixed. I intend to change them out to bone ASAP. Still...it's a remarkable instrument for the price!!!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Couldn't be happier

By PO

from Tuscaloosa, AL

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

Got this for Christmas and couln't believe the quality for this price. I had my eye on a Jumbo for a while; loved the sounds but hated the ornate looks of them for the most part. My nephew found this "less gay" version online and told me to check it out. I'm sure glad I did. I've had many guitars over the years from cheap to expensive and this one is among the best out there. Go ahead and buy some quality medium strings when you order, the lights that come on it are pretty weak and don't fret true. I was considering taking it to get set up but thought I'd just change strings first and see. I put on Martin SP mediums and it seems much happier, true tone all the way up the neck. It does seem to have a bit wider string spacing than I'm used to, but I do a lot of finger picking so this will be a plus when I get accustomed to it. All in all, a great guitar, a steal for the price. Get one while you can!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

noice

By nick

from ft lauderdale, florida

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

i must have played 20 acoustics yesterday trying to find one. i was going to drop about 400 untill i played this guy. the tone is excellent, full and big. just a great guitar for the money, no doubt about that

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jumbo Sound, Jumbo Shrimp $$$

By Ben E. Brady

from Maxwell, TX

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I was in the market for a six string acoustic guitar for doing some recording and perhaps some open mic gigs and I happened to see this on Craigslist advertised by someone. I had always been intrigued by the sound of a Jumbo and since all of my 12 strings were dreadnaughts, I was even more curious. I contacted the guy and told him to meet me about 30 miles down the road so I could check it out. He told me he had just purchased it at Guitar Center but they had sold it to him a bit cheaper because there was a cosmetic flaw in the neck near the headstock. He showed me a small crack. He said they were going to send it back but they told them not to bother. So he bought it and put a pickup in it with a preamp. He also had it in a hardshell case that was originally from an Alvarez jumbo. It fit so well, you would have thought it was the actual case for it. And it's not a black tolex case, it's a nice honey colored with brown leather trim. Sweet. I picked up the guitar and started strumming a few songs on it and I was just blown away. This had the BEST sound I had heard in a six string in more than 34 years of playing guitar. I gave the guy $200.00 and took it home before anyone else decided to buy it. I've been playing it a few nights a week and it's great. Put a new set of strings on it and it sounds fantastic. I think I'm going to replace the nut and saddle since they're made out of plastic and use bone instead. Then I'll change the under-saddle pickup and put in a nice sound hole pickup instead. All in all, this was a fantastic guitar and you will not be sorry if you buy one for yourself. The only other modification was they took off the pickguard and it's completely natural and quite beautiful without it. All in all, an EXCELLENT buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Cody

from Blue Ridge, Ga

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar yesterday at guitar center in Marietta Ga and I have to say that it really blew me away when I played it. I went in looking to spend around 400 on an acoustic to take everywhere and just beat up. I played quite a few of the acoustics that they had on the wall and I finally settled on a used epi masterbuilt aj 500 although I went in specifically looking for the standard epi ej200. However they didn�ۡ���t have one on the wall. When I was at the desk getting ready to buy the masterbuilt I decided to ask if they had any ej 200s in the back. The guy told me they had an ej200 artist in natural finish. I had looked at them on the website and wasn�ۡ���t really thrilled about the looks but decided to try it out just for fun. When they brought it out I played the masterbuilt and the ej for about an hour before I could finally decide which one to go with. This guitar has completely surprised me, I didn�ۡ���t expect much out of it. It is completely balanced with the lows up to the highs. You can really hear the entire notes ring out. It gives my Gibson j45 STD which I bought last December a run for its money. This guitar is the way to go for anyone. I�ۡ���m almost ashamed to say I spent a lot on a Gibson when this one sounds just as good. You should check this guitar out if you have the chance. For the price I could afford to buy a new hard-shell case to go with it. This is in my mind the best value you can get out of an acoustic guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Pleasantly Surprised

By Dwight W. Pitman

from Chino Hills, CA

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I did a lot of research and asked a lot of people's advice before selecting this guitar for purchase. This instrument came out of the box ready to be played. Big sound, especially in the lower strings. Stays nicely in tune. Nice action, a real pleasure to play. Although I own other guitars, for the price to quality ratio, this guitar would be an outstanding choice for a first instrument. Try it, I think you'll like it!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

you gotta be kidding

By LARRY DIXON

from Carrollton Va.

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

MY 14 year old son made his 1st guitar purchase on his own What a great decision he has made ,excellent sound , feel, room filling sound from a very nice inexpensive guitar.There is only one reason for the 3 star rating and it scares me. His guitar was bought used ,it was built in February of 2011. It is missing the third fret dot marker on the fret board and there is no dot on the side either.HE did not notice it ,nor did the salesman , I called, neither did Quality control at the factory. The reason it scares me is what else could be wrong that can't be seen from the outside.I want his first guitar purchase to last many years.Will it? NO its not a 1000.00 guitar but wow something so standard to get overlooked. IT does sound great though

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

What's all the hype about?

By Jeff Smith

from Arizona

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

What�ۡ���s all the hype about the Epiphone EJ-200 Artist? I�ۡ���ve been playing since 1974 and I currently own several acoustic guitars and most are solid tops with a few that are all solid wood body. Almost all are dreadnaughts with the exception of one Concert and one Auditorium and they are all Natural finish. I wanted to add a Jumbo and a Sunburst to my collection. So, in December of 2011 I ordered the EJ-200 Artist in the Vintage Sunburst based on all the positive reviews I read about the guitar and its�ۡ��� sound. Well here is my review: If I have to score this guitar on its�ۡ��� looks, I�ۡ���ll give it a 10. If I have to score it on the feel of the neck, I�ۡ���ll give it a 10. It has a petite neck which is great for small hands like mine. If I have to score it on its�ۡ��� sound, I�ۡ���ll give it a 5 at best. Epiphone says this guitar has a select (laminate or plywood) top and IT DOES!!! Mine was built in late 2010(December) and looking at the sound hole I can clearly see three distinctive layers of wood, LAMINATE!! Those who got the Natural finish that can see the wood-grain running from the top through the sound hole either are seeing things or perhaps ended up with a solid top miraculously. Perhaps that explains why they get such a great tone from theirs. Manufacturers don�ۡ���t built one finish with a solid top and another finish with a laminate top and give both finishes the same model name and specs. I played my lowest price dreadnaught (Mitchell MD100S) which has a solid top and sells for the regular price against the Epiphone and I could clearly hear the overtones and the harmonics, beautiful ringing tones on the Mitchell even though the strings were old. Notes played on the EJ-200 Artist sounded dead, no life to them what so ever, especially the low notes. If you are a beginner, you probably can�ۡ���t tell a good sound from the bad. But it won�ۡ���t take you long before you develop a trained ear and enjoy and desire a good tone. Even though I got the Epiphone on a great sale, I couldn�ۡ���t justify keeping it for its�ۡ��� good looks alone, so I sent it back. Besides,it was defective, minor issues. There are a lot of good sounding solid tops out there for the same price . You can even buy one on sale for much less. P.S. As far as the loud volume everybody raved about, it�ۡ���s not that much louder than a Dreadnaught. Epiphone really should make this guitar with a Solid top, they sell a lot more of them. An instrument should be all about the sound and not good looks.

 
4.0

Great guitar for the money

By Karl Bursa

from Key Colony Beach, FL

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I've been playing for 6 months and this was the first guitar I ever bought. I really liked it at first; and if you had asked me three months ago, I would have given it 5 stars. I got it used through Guitar Center online for about half what the MSRP is, so that was fantastic, especially for a guitar to learn on. I had the Vintage Sunburst and it was a beautiful looking guitar. I took really good care of the guitar and it was just as beautiful the day I sold it as it was out of the box. The feel of the guitar is great. Its balance is perfect, but boy oh boy does it take up SPACE. It's a jumbo body and you know it! The sound is HUGE and, as some other players have noted, you can play this thing live without a mic and not worry at all about being heard. I changed the strings 4 times and found that, depending on what sound you like, Martin 80/20 16's are good for country/folk, and D'Addario EJ16's work well for rock/blues. Either way, change the bridge pins as soon as you can. I switched out from the plastic ones to ebony and the difference in the sound is unbelievable - just make sure they fit right :) The holes in my bridge were a little tight at first. Now for the cons - the frets, especially the ones at the nut-end of the fretboard were not machined down enough, so they were much larger than they probably should have been. I didn't notice this at first, since I was a new player. As I got better, though, I had serious trouble getting a solid, clean A chord and had a nightmare trying to make G and B barre chords sound right. This brings me to my second con. The action on this thing is really high and very difficult to adjust. In hindsight, it probably made me a better player because it helped me build finger strength. During the time I had this guitar, though, those were the two things that stood out. Mine tended to drift out of tune easily, but that may be because I played it multiple times a day and I was just learning. So, to sum up: Pros - Big sound, fun to play, great bang for the buck, beautiful guitar. Cons - Frets at the low end can be a problem, the action is high and difficult to properly adjust, cheap bridge pins. Verdict - If you're just starting to play, this is a great guitar to learn on. I finally sold mine and bought a Martin D-1GT, which is why I'm writing this review. All together, I had a good experience with this instrument and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a beginner guitar or a beater/practice guitar with a big sound.

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