Instead of the tried and tested combination of a hollow body and soundhole, the SST Classic 2.0 acoustic-electric guitar was developed by Epiphone to combat the inherent feedback problems that threate... Read More
Instead of the tried and tested combination of a hollow body and soundhole, the SST Classic 2.0 acoustic-electric guitar was developed by Epiphone to combat the inherent feedback problems that threaten acoustic performance at high volumes. In a unique construction coup, this nylon-string guitar boasts a revolutionary solid-body design using a spruce top and mahogany body, combined with computer-designed sound chambers to deliver natural acoustic tone. They don't have soundholes because they don't need them.
The SST Classic 2.0 features a 2" nut and unrivaled comfort of a SlimTaper Mahogany neck, along with the security of professional classical tuners and a rosewood bridge. This guitar features an SST Classic preamp with active volume and EQ controls, the Shadow NanoFlex bridge pickup to convey the gorgeous raw tone through your amp or PA, and an innovative headphone/amp switch that lets you plug a set of regular headphones into the output jack and practice quietly. Not a piezo, the NanoFlex's unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics and picks up not only string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well without the harshness of piezos.
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John Denver played a Gibson Chet Atkins. My teacher has a Epiphone Chet Atkins. I loved it very much. Very nice guitar in terms of sound, build quality, and looks. Sadly Epiphone doesn't make the Chet Atkins anymore. That said they offer this SST model. So I ordered one from GC website. It arrived... with a chip in the finish (very noticeable) and some guy apparently didn't learn that you sand WITH the grain on the bridge.. not against it. So I called and complained.. A new guitar was shipped. It arrived in much better shape, but still the builder didn't know how to sand the bridge.. same issue. Also, the low E string had a fret buzz. I little work on the saddle fixed the issue. I shouldn't have had to do that, but I did. My teacher also purchased a Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue last year, and it didn't have ANY defects. Kinda bummed about Epiphone's quality control. That said my second guitar is fine, and sounds GREAT. I love the preamp. I wish shadow would provide a schematic or wiring diagram.. The output jack has 5 different connections, and if a new jack was needed if the old one broke, then how would one go about wiring it correctly. It has these extra wires as it is a stereo jack, and has a preamp, or no preamp, depending on the switch position. Overall, besides the quality issues, the guitar sounds GREAT, and unless you look at the bridge, you can't tell... making the guitar also look pretty. Good price too. Get the ECACS Epiphone case if you want a hardshell for the SST Classic OR SST Studio!
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