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Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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For almost 20 years, the Epiphone PR-5E acoustic-electric guitar has taken the stage with countless musicians. Designed by Epiphone in 1990, its distinctive body shape was patterned after Epiphone's c... Click To Read More About This Product

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For almost 20 years, the Epiphone PR-5E acoustic-electric guitar has taken the stage with countless musicians. Designed by Epiphone in 1990, its distinctive body shape was patterned after Epiphone's classic 335 guitars such as the Sheraton and Casino. But instead of a double-cutaway, it features a unique, single "Florentine" or sharp cutaway. The result is a large lower bout providing excellent lows and solid mid-range with easy access to the upper frets on the neck. The premium select spruce top uses a hand-scalloped, proprietary X-bracing pattern. Combined with the slightly arched mahogany back and mahogany sides, the PR-5E provides a sweet tone that projects well even when unplugged. Its Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile, makes the PR-5E very easy and comfortable to play without fatigue. Legendary Grover machine heads for tuning accuracy and stability with premium gold hardware and split-diamond, pearloid fingerboard inlays make the PR-5E an extraordinary value.

Recently updated with Epiphone's eSonic preamp and NanoFlex pickup system, the PR-5E comes alive when plugged in. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the eSonic preamp features a built-in, easy to use tuner. When engaged, the guitar's output is automatically muted ” with no "popping" noise ” making it a perfect choice for stage use. Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp include master volume, bass, treble, EQ shape, low battery indicator and a phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback. The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than heavy 9V batteries. Under the PR-5E'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.

Features
  • Top: Select, hand-scalloped Spruce
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with Split-Diamond Inlays
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Machine Heads: Grover
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Electronics: eSonic Preamp with NanoFlex pickup
  • Built-In Tuner, Master Volume, Master Tone, Phase, Treble, Bass, EQ shape,
  • Low battery indicator, Tuner On/Off/Mute
  • Power: Two 2032 Lithium Batteries
  • Output: 1/4", end pin
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EpiphonePR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 131 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone Pr5 Acoustic-Electric

This guitar is a good example of bigger bang for less of your buck. Unplugged, it has a fairly thin sound, but is loud enough to play to a youth group meeting or...Read complete review

This guitar is a good example of bigger bang for less of your buck. Unplugged, it has a fairly thin sound, but is loud enough to play to a youth group meeting or small coffee house gig. Plugged in though, the shadow preamp system is a monster. I get a great plugged in sound on this guitar straight through the PA, or on my Behringer acoustic amp. On all the pr5 models I have played, the fret work has been lackluster above the 15th fret, so if you plan on doing high register soloing on this acoustic, bring a slide. In all, if you're on a budget and need a decent acoustic-electric, this is your guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not too bad, but some things to look out for..

The main thing that I was "really" disapointed with was Epiphone as a company, really poor customer support. Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson and I expected better treatment. When I...Read complete review

The main thing that I was "really" disapointed with was Epiphone as a company, really poor customer support. Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson and I expected better treatment. When I emailed the main support, and after "going back and forth" in regards to the neck and bridge, they wanted "me" to ship them the guitar at "my" expensive.. not worth it when you add on insurance as well. I can still play the guitar, and the finish looks good, but the action on the neck it is just not right because of the neck and bridge "defects".
Finish is nice, sound is awesome.. nice low end for a cutaway. The pickup system is very nice as well.
The neck has a small bough in mine. Truss rod and saddle height adjustment did not help. Also the bridge is lifting just a bit in the back, not enough to worry about, but it does not make me happy.
If the neck and bridge did not have any problems, I would have rated this guitar a lot higher. Good for the price again if the defects were not there.

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4.0

Great Guitar for the Pricepoint

By RocknRobin

from Detroit, MI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Factory-set action needed adjustment

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Guitar came well packed and very clean with no smudges, scratches or defects. Out of the box it played very well in the 1st position. When moving up to the 2nd position chords began to sound out-of-tune. On mine the factory-set action was too high (very common on many acoustic guitars) and the intonation was off. This was easily corrected with a set of nut files. Quickly filed some saddle slots that lowered the action. This completely cured the intonation problem with zero fret-buzz. Now the guitar is just what I had hoped. Since I don't use an acoustic for anything other than personal enjoyment or the occasional open-mic situation I sold my $1700.00 Martin to draw some cash out of it and purchased this Epiphone as a replacement. This guitar is perfect for my needs, looks great and sounds great. Does it bellow loudly like the rosewood-sided Martin 00 I had? No, but it sounds quite good for a thin-body acoustic....especially at this price-point and seems well-built.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best choice I have ever made!!!

By AmanPatel73

from Nairobi, Kenya

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks Amazing
  • Rich Sound
  • Stands Out
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Just got this guitar a day ago and it blew me away. when I took it out of the box I was amazed at how light and thin it was, not to mention how amazing the finish looked. I was hyped and ready to jam (despite the fact that it was 3am) and as I opened my phone to use my tuning app I saw that it had a built in tuner as well, which I can tell you is the most helpful and precise tuner I have ever used. Finally, the sound!!! The guitar sounded impeccable! It was a hearty, rich sound and had no buzzing strings and was my seal of approval to calling this guitar one of the best I have ever played. I would recommend this guitar to any and everybody who appreciates and loves music as much as I do!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Had high hopes for guitar out of the box - didn't happen

    By Strat man

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Strings that come with this guitar must absolutely be changed right out of the box - I use D'addario phosphor bronze EJ 15's. Replaced the plastic nut with a tusg 1 11/16" nut to expand string spacing which also personally improved overall playability for me & sound quality. The bridge saddle material appears to work fine but had to take the saddle down to slightly level the string action and get the overall action within acceptable tolerances. I was a concerned when I first took the guitar out of the box as to whether or not I could get this guitar to work for me. However, In the end after committing to the guitar and doing some minimal luthier work, this acoustic electric guitar is now performing up to my expectations.
    Ultimately, I was trying to cheap it out due to limited resources so that I could add a couple acoustic songs to my repertoire. I was not expecting this guitar to have the sound quality of a high end acoustic electric but this guitar will adequately serve my purposes for the time being. Also, note the overall rating
    I'm giving this guitar was out of the box before I made any alterations - I would give it four stars post alterations.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for me!

    By Lars

    from Pasadena, CA

    Pros

    • Easy on the fingers
    • Excellent sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I'm an intermediate student player. This is the fourth Guitar I've played regularly. I really love this thing. The other two acoustics, a cheap Kona and well worn Yamaha were just to hard on my hand playing Barre chords. Within minutes I was in pain. I tested every guitar at GC within a reasonable price range to find a steel string that I liked the setup on. Though my son's Fender electric is easy on the hands, I wanted an electric/acoustic I could play around the campfire too. I almost resigned myself to a nylon string and as I was walking away I saw the PR5E. 30 seconds with it and I was sold. Not a single regret after months of playing.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Value on a Really Good Guitar

        By Les Paul Disciple

        from Covington, LA

        Pros

        • Easy Access Upper Frets
        • Fast neck
        • Versatile Eq Settings

        Cons

        • Shallow On Bottom End

        Best Uses

        • Playing Live
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        First off I want to say that my PR5-E is unlike any other in the world. It is a one-of-a-kind roundback prototype that I won as a door prize at a Musician's Friend store grand opening in Harahan, Louisiana about 16 years ago.

        The neck is what impressed me most about this guitar. I found it much more comfortable than my father's Martin D-35. If you have smallish hands, like me, you will find this a dream to play. It is very much like the rounded 50's profile found on most Les Pauls. I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio and there is no dropoff in playability when I switch between the two. The fretboard has slight curve to it and I find it to be well suited for players who drape their thumb over the top. Also, the florentine cutaway allows for easy access to the upper registers.

        The electronics on these newer models are much improved. If I didn't have this prototype, I would buy one without a second thought.

        The one shortcoming I've found with these models is a lack of bottom end. It can't compete with the standard dreadnought models but it isn't meant to. This baby begs to be run through an amp. I use a Rocktron Hypnotic Flanger, VERY subtle effect, and this baby shimmers. (I run my signal chain through an MXR 10 band EQ so I can add some bottom end.)

        Another neat aspect is that you can plug this directly into a mixer for recording and get a very lively sound. (This is where the onboard electronics become very handy.)

        The bottom line is that for the price you won't find many acoustics than can do so much. Perhaps that's the reason so many of these guitars have been sold. It makes sense to me.

        I would like to thank Musician's Friend for giving me this guitar as a door prize. It was a close companion during the no-electricity days after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. Thank You. Oh, I checked with Gibson. They confirmed it as a protoype and likely a one-of-a-kind item.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Haven't put her down yet!

        By MJGolda

        from Wonder Lake, Illinois

        Pros

        • It
        • It's An Epiphone
        • It's An Epiphone Love
        • Light Weight Affordable
        • Rich In Tone And Melodies
        • Superior Design Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Playing it

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Had been looking for an acoustic/electric and this plays easily and sounds good to the ear and heart.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great guitar with a little tweaking!!!

          By thomas

          from Dyer, Indiana

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I ordered this guitar with the hard shell case. Played nice but noticed a slight neck adjustment was needed. After making that, I changed the strings out for a brighter sound. This guitar is loud and rings like a bell. I have tried other brands and even some of the more expensive guitars but didn't match up to this one. Sound wise, I think this guitar will hold its own. Feels great, sounds great, plays great. Just clean, restring, tweak and go!!!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent guitar at this price point.

          By MEMIN

          from San Luis Obispo, CA

          Pros

          • excellent electronics
          • Good attention to detail

          Cons

          • Intonation Off On Low E
          • Low Acoustic Volume

          Best Uses

          • Singersongwriter

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Excellent instrument at this price point. Because of the shallow body it's a little quiet acoustically, but very comfortable. Good definition across the strings and a fast attack.
          The electronics are fantastic! Clear, transparent and sharp focus. Tuner is surprisingly accurate but doesn't have option for anything other than 440.
          I've only had this guitar for a few weeks, but have found it excellent for DADGAD tuning. Great 'quiet' guitar for songwriting.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Guitar

          By GreyLion

          from Nashville

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Appearrance
          • On Board Electronics
          • On board tuner
          • Playability
          • Sound

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • All around

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is my second one of these.
          I had one many years back that did not have the fine improved electronics.
          This is a good product at a low price.
          I am very happy with the sound, feel, and appearance.
          I have never had a bad Epiphone product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          good deal

          By Jimmy Ray Klarock

          from Clearwater Fl

          Pros

          • And Looks Sharp
          • Sounds good
          • Very Nice Neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practice
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            this is incredible for 250
            I couldn't be happier

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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