Epiphone PR-5E (Natural) Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
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from Coldwater MI
May 21, 2012Music Background:
Guitar player 49 years
Great Guitar Great PriceJust bought this one and love the tone. I love the thinner body which in my opionion is much easier to play. You do loose the deeper sound though. This guitar sounds best when plugged into an acoustic amp where it can really sing. I bought this for composing music and playing at church. I will definately keep this around for a long time!!
from Kauai , Hawaii
March 19, 2012Music Background:
awesome guitarThis guitar plays smooth and feels great to hold,the sound is nice clear and crisp for the money!
from Walsh, CO
July 23, 2011Music Background:
Guitarist, bassist, live and studio sound engineer, producer
Sweet dealThis is a big-sounding guitar for a slimline acoustic/electric. It is a slimline version of a jumbo-style guitar, not a dreadnaught, so for its size, the bottom end is surprisingly well balanced. It's also very comfortable to play, as most slimlines are, and anyone who has bruises on their forearm from reaching around a full-size acoustic for extended periods will find this a big relief.
As a player for over 40 years, I've played many acoustics, electrics and basses, and it's rare that I find something that sounds and plays so well, especially at this price. The built-in tuner is very handy and works at least as well as anything you have to plug in. It locks on to the pitch instantly and provides clear and easy tuning without hassle.
The e-sonic preamp is powered by two 2035 batteries, as commonly found on most computer motherboards and are not expensive to replace, if necessary. I haven't had this guitar long enough to determine battery life, but keeping a couple of spare batteries on hand is always a good idea. I've found no automatic shutoff for the tuner, so make sure that you turn off the tuner when you're done to preserve battery life. Tuning mode will also mute the output, so if you're onstage, you'll know if the tuner is on or off.
Plugged in, this guitar sounds amazing, and with the e-sonic's Dynamics slider, you can easily tailor your sound to your own preferences. For live shows, the Phase switch will attenuate or completely eliminate feedback while still sounding excellent.
For studio recording, I would recommend mixing a mic with the output and a taste of your favorite EQ setting to get an outstanding acoustic sound. As comfortable as this guitar is to play, I'm sure that a great performance in the studio is only a matter of a little practice and a few tweaks of EQ.
Overall, this instrument is well suited for everything from the stage to the studio to the campfire. It's a joy to play, very comfortable, and with the Florentine cutaway, upper frets are effortless to reach. I took away half a star because it's made in China, but otherwise it's top-notch and worthy of any guitarist's attention. The other reason for taking away half a star is that a satin finish neck is not an option.
July 6, 2010Music Background:
Been plying almost since I was in High School, stopped for a while when in Veit Nam and in service. Have a freind that got me to pick it back up and play for hobby and around a few friends.
Epiphone PR-5EGreat guitar, if you are in the market for a guitar that won't cost you an arm and leg, you will love the one,sound of this guitar is great. Easy to play.Guitar is good for just playing cords or finger picking, easy to play.
from Northern Plains USA
April 3, 2011Music Background:
Former weekend warrior and teacher, now hobby and some benfits.
Nice guitar, but consider...The price drop makes this an even better deal. But it's not a guitar for all seasons. It's a very nice fingerpicker especially run through an amp to add a bit more mid and bass and less of a wire-like sound to the top strings if you use very light strings for a very light hand as I do - 9-42.
Do not buy it without a case. It's a nice light guitar with a nice neck and a phase button that keeps it from screaming feedback. If mine broke or was stolen I'd replace it in a minute but don't expect it to be a D28 or a Hummingbird. For lots of lighter-handed stuff from gypsy jazz to folkie fingerpicking it's very nice.
from Silverdale Wa. USA
June 23, 2007Music Background:
Worship team, Hobby, been playing since I was 15
PR-5EI have this guitar for almost a year now and loving it a great tool for our worship team, the only problem I have was the Shadow EQ it make static sound that I have to send them to Florida to get fix, otherwise for the price it's remarkable.
from Nashua, nh
November 1, 2005
Great soundI put elixers med guage nanowebs on mine and plugged it straight in to the sound system-the phase switch modifies the sound as well as the 5 band eq for great stage presence. Very light and not too boxy for live sound and play.
Great at this price point.wish I had got the sunburst version, though.