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Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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Based on the body shapes of Epiphone's traditional 335 guitars such as the the Casino and Sheraton, the Epiphone PR5E made its debut in 1990. Unlike ...Read More

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Based on the body shapes of Epiphone's traditional 335 guitars such as the the Casino and Sheraton, the Epiphone PR5E made its debut in 1990. Unlike those double-cutaway siblings, it has a single, sharp Florentine for complete fingerboard access. The hefty lower bout produces round and warm bass notes and highly defined mids. The premium spruce top employs a hand-scalloped X-brace pattern for crisp response. The subtly arched mahogany back and mahogany sides warm up the guitar's tone. The SlimTaper neck is designed to minimize playing fatigue. Grover tuners offer smooth action and locked-in tuning. Gold hardware and split-diamond fretboard inlays give it the look of a guitar costing much more.Epiphone installs its eSonic preamp and Nanoflex pickup system to make the PR5E live-performance ready in amplified venues. The eSonic preamp, which is built in collaboration with Shadow Germany, has an onboard tuner. As you select the tuning mode, output is muted for silent onstage tuning. The tuner can also be engaged when you plug and unplug the guitar, eliminating annoying pops. A master volume, 3-band EQ, and shape switch make it easy to get your tone right. An included phase switch helps fight feedback. The eSonic is powered by two 2032 lithium watch batteries that keep the preamp operating much longer than bulky 9V batteries. The Shadow system's Nanoflex low-impedance pickup has special sensing material and integrated electronics that read body as well as string vibrations. This results in more natural, rounder tone that avoids the "quackiness" of piezo pickups.

A classic Epiphone acoustic-electric guitar.

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 91 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Value on a Really Good 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...Read complete review

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.

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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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5.0

With a doubt!

By 

from Edmonds, WA

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Haven't picked up a guitar in 25 years and was a little more than skeptical that this would be a quality instrument at this price point...I was surprised and impressed! The workmanship is incredible, the guitar is very easy to play and I began picking up where I left off two decades ago. I was going to trade up when I gained some playing experience...I'm not so sure now.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great Value on a Really Good Guitar

    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

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    5.0

    Haven't put her down yet!

    By 

    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

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent guitar at this price point.

      By 

      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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Guitar

      By 

      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

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      5.0

      good deal

      By 

      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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Well Worth the Price

        By 

        from Byhalia, MS

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Read previous reviews that original string s were not very good.. That's true....changed strings right away and adjusted truss rod. Guitar sounds good. Jack plugin loosened up ...had to tighen first week.
        I think I have worked out all the kinks now and sounds great. Very good electronics.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for value

        By 

        from Hungry Horse, MT

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is a beautiful guitar first off. I ordered with the case for the pr5e and musician's friend went ahead and put the guitar in the case which was a beauty in itself. Out of the box this guitar has great action and a straight neck. This thing plays better than my fender and I love the hardware. All in all great product and would recommend to beginners and experts alike.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very much worth the money!

        By 

        from The Republic of Texas

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        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought the sunburst model of this guitar a few years ago, and I have played the heck out of it. I have owned many guitars, and I have kept and played this one the longest. I decided I wanted to keep a guitar on hand at another location, and after research I was drawn back to this guitar. I got it in the natural finish. It does have a slightly thinner body (not as deep) but so much that it hurts the sound. It is easy to hold and play. I also got the Epiphone case for it which is very nice, too. Ordered it all by phone and got a very decent price.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very nice guitar at a great price

        By 

        from British Columbia, Canada

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear
        • Slim

        Cons

        • Charges
        • Customs

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Very happy with the fast service provided. I ordered this late and it arrived in plenty of time for Christmas. My son loves the sound of this guitar and is more than happy with it.

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