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Epiphone AJ-1 Acoustic Guitar   

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The select spruce top with mahogany back and sides on the Epiphone AJ-1 Acoustic Guitar generates a round, mellow, and perfectly pleasing tone. The m...Click To Read More About This Product

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The select spruce top with mahogany back and sides on the Epiphone AJ-1 Acoustic Guitar generates a round, mellow, and perfectly pleasing tone. The mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard is hand-friendly and easy to fret. Body binding, pearl fretboard inlays, chrome hardware, and a natural gloss finish unique in this price range add up to gorgeous looks. A fantastic value on a sweet guitar.

  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays
  • Body binding
  • Chrome hardware

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My first EPI

I sold my 69 Gibson J-50 (I bought new in 1971) to make ends meet about 4 years ago, and I'm in the middle of a do-over. I am an experienced rythm...Read complete review

I sold my 69 Gibson J-50 (I bought new in 1971) to make ends meet about 4 years ago, and I'm in the middle of a do-over. I am an experienced rythm guitarist and play as often as I can.A Yamaha F-310 has been on loan to me for a number of months and though I appreciate the loan I tire of it easily --though that thing really sings it is a little shallow on the deep end and,I just can't seem to finger it right. I had done the research and decided on a low budget model... with the choice in particular, hinging on the number of evaluations and referrals.That first strum sounded so familiar in fact, it was like an old friend returning home. Not exactly the sound of my J but familiar to it. It seems brighter and louder and though the deep end is not quite the same it's very close to the J. It blows away the Yamaha though hands down. I looked at the finish and it's great. The fit is great. I wished the top was solid as the upper laminated layer has very nice and regular spacing. The sides and back actually glow golden and though also laminated, they're very striking. The neck and fret board are also striking. One thing I did notice about the finish -- though it was'nt actually on the exterior of the guitar -- was just inside the sound hole and underneath the top where there was unsanded rough wood. I know by sanding that area myself I voided the warranty but how much of a hassel would that be to send it back and probably get another just like it? I wouldn't cry if Epiphone gave me a $10 credit, but if they could get that quality control issue straightened out it would mean a great deal. As long as I had the strings off I felt around the inside bracing and it all was very smoothly sanded and tight which offset the sound hole issue for me.But it's just a $100 guitar right? Other things that were on the cheap are the tuning machines (though better that my original "J's")as they are sloppy and the pins that hold the strings in were loose but work OK as the strings are tightened. (My J's pins were always tight and I never worried about them coming loose. I will though with this one.) This is a great looking guitar, and it sounds nice, so nice in fact, I'll invest in a better case. The resale value should hold up with this one.


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Broke neck issue

I have been playing guitars for over thirty years and I bought this AJ1 for my sons first guitar last year. The appearance was very good and the tone was good. After a couple...Read complete review

I have been playing guitars for over thirty years and I bought this AJ1 for my sons first guitar last year. The appearance was very good and the tone was good. After a couple of months of playing upon opening the hard case the head was found to be broken off just above the nut. I had seen on some of the reviews where this had happened with others. I should have returned it however I tried to repair it with epoxy and pins. It does not appear to have enough strength in the wood in the head area to take the strain as it breaks in a different spot in the same area. You may want to try a better model.

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My AJ-1 Setup

By BlueScoot (retired US Coast Guard)

from Northshore Lake Superior, Minnesota

I had to loosen the truss rod using the truss rodadjustment wrench that came with the guitar as well as the saetup instrucs.I also had one hi fret in the hi-E string... soi filed that one frert with a jeweler's file.Afeter filing that one fret ALL notes change now.I put new Martin Light strings on it and it playspretty nice now. Happy with it.


More Than Expected.

By El Duderino-V_rJC

from Orlando

I wanted an inexpensive guitar for hacking away from home. This seemed like the perfect axe for that. Little did I know that with some nice strings (Elixir Light Nanowebs) this thing would sound so good! I am completely blown away by the sound and solid tones. It seems to ring for days. If you're looking for a great starter or intermediate guitar, you cannot go wrong with this baby!


Amazing for the price

By Stratocruiser

from SE Wisconsin

I have had this guitar since spring 2004. After about 3 years and a lot of playing, I replaced the tuners, which made the whole instrument seem better (I should have replaced those way sooner). I then replaced the pickguard, and then installed a pickup. I have had great results with this guitar. After all these years, the tone has really warmed up, and strung with light guage strings, this baby plays/sounds like a dream! And the body actually has good x-bracing, kerfing and real binding, which seem to be rare for a guitar in this price range. I have played tons of gigs with it and it really behaves like a $500 guitar! Great for beginners who want a decent guitar that they can upgrade over time, as their playing ability increases!





Bought this guitar in Sept.09.Was a little cautious because of the price. After changing the strings to extra lights I was very pleased with the action and sound. The only thing that I can see that could be changed is putting Grover machine heads on it. Good product for the money.


Great value for the price


from Florida

I purchased this guitar just to have something to mess with on my lunch break at work or to take on vacation. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the guitar actually played. For the low price you get a nice guitar that has low action and sounds good. I did change the strings to D'Addario extra light. I would suggest to change the strings to your preference when you get the guitar. Overall I am pleased with the quality and value of the guitar. This is definitely a good value on a second or starter guitar. I believe I am now an Epiphone fan.


Couldn't ask for more at the price

By Caleo

from Michigan

Very nice guitar for its price (I got it on sale). It sounds great, has a pretty good action (no buzz ANYWHERE, not too hard to play), beautiful finish, and a nice solid/sturdy feel - I definitely wouldn't be ashamed to play it in public.Needed tuning out of the box of course, but it didn't really matter much because I didn't keep the stock strings on long at all - I replaced them with D'Addario EJ16 strings and it sounds great. The tuning pegs aren't the greatest quality ever, but they're not the worst either, and they should hold a tune.I'm not a professional by any measure, but for the money this appears to be a very high quality guitar. The top isn't solid, but it still looks/sounds great. There are no visible glue beads, or any sign of poor manufacture in general. The nut is perfect, though the saddle could probably stand to be a *tiny* bit lower, but it's not hard to play.


Excellent craftmanship for the price.

By Jazzman28

from Nashville, TN

When I ordered this guitar it was on the Stupid Deal of the Day. For the price I payed for it I thought it was going to be a piece of junk, but I was shocked when I opened it, tuned it up, then played it. For the price the quality is unmatchable.


great guitar for the price

By guitarrocker34

from Wisconsin

I just got this guitar today and it is a great bargain for the price. I would recommend it to beginners or those that have been playing for years. I was just expecting a guitar that I could throw in my car and have around for fun, but it turns out to be a great guitar that I will take better care of than I had originally planned. For the price, it's tough to find a better guitar.


Unbeleivable quality

By joe-w05I2

from far away

I've been playing guitar for 18 years. I just picked up 3 of these for some kids in Honduras. I was expecting junk, for the price i payed. I couldn't have been more wrong. All 3 guitars are consistently made with quality materials, and they actually sound good, even to my critical ear. Some of the other reviewers said it lacks complexity in just the tone, i disagree. all 3 that i bought have a nice spruce/mahogany tone. i've played similar guitars in this price range that didn't have any tone at all, so this is a big step. of course the tone isn't gonna project or resonate quite as well as a solid-top guitar, but it's more than acceptable for a beginner or a campfire guitar. What really got me is the action. all 3 consistently have perfect action, nice fretboard radius, perfect size fretwire, etc. Almost every high end guitar i've owned had to be setup out of the box, but not these. perfect. To the people at Epiphone, thank you very much for making such a nice guitar and so affordable, and ready to play out of the box. This is a very noble thing you are doing.


Great beginner guitar - really!

By StabnSteer

from Kansas City

Whenever you read "good beginner guitar" in a review, take heed - it typically means the guitar is probably difficult to play and it will cause any normal beginner to give up! The AJ-1 is admittedly not the greatest guitar out there, and some are better than others. However, this really IS a good beginner guitar since it is made MUCH better than any other guitar out there at this price. Its tone is pretty bright, lacking the lustrous deeper tones of a really good guitar - but so what?

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