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Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural Chrome Hardware

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The Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar brings the look and sound of the Advanced Jumbo to everyone. Guitar comes with standard AJ features su...Click To Read More About This Product

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Warm, woody tones for a tiny price.

The Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar brings the look and sound of the Advanced Jumbo to everyone. Guitar comes with standard AJ features such as a select spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard. The AJ-100CE includes a cutaway body style and the Nanoflex pickup for electric amplification.

NanoFlex pickup
The term "Nanoflex" refers to its ultra thin (nano-like) profile and its flexibility that allows it to conform to any surface shape. This assures complete guitar-to-pickup-to-saddle contact. Unlike other undersaddle pickups, the Nanoflex design utilizes 7 highly-sensitive and ultraresponsive layers of sensor material to not only sense the vibrations of the strings but the vibrations of the guitar body as well. The Nanoflex is the first pickup to incorporate active amplification directly at the pickup. As a result, the signal does not pass through even a single millimeter of the wire and therefore, the signal quality is uncompromised.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Select spruce top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Nanoflex pickup under the saddle and endpin jack
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay
  • Chrome hardware
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
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EpiphoneAJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 48 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • School bands (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pleasant Surprise

Very nice guitar overall, but has a few small problems. A few tips for beginners, this will sound terrible directly out of the box, but as with any new guitar, you should...Read complete review

Very nice guitar overall, but has a few small problems. A few tips for beginners, this will sound terrible directly out of the box, but as with any new guitar, you should change the strings, that will remedy the sound problems. The action is very high as well, so a professional tune/set up would be a good idea as well. The sound is a slightly less-huge Gibson, in all reality. The mids are still clear, the highs are clear and bright, but not brassy or ringy, and the bass is big. This guitar was worth its money plus some, and I would reccomend this to anyone looking for a guitar at and affordable price..
There are some features missing, but that is to be expected in a guitar ion this price range. There are no active electronics, preamp, equalizer, controls, tuner, bone saddle/nut, decent tuners. Now, what is there can be kinda surprising. Solid spruce top, laminated mahogany back and sides, solid mahogany neck, half-decent finish, great neck, etc. All-in-all, very well fitted for a guitar in this price range.
Have had to replace one thing, and that's the tuners, which I expected. I've had this guitar for about two years now, and am still happy with it, more or less. Body and neck are super solid, and the finish is alright, but chips too easily.
Overall, a very nice guitar for the money paid. Would buy another one if something happened to this one, just because funds are tight, and it's the best guitar for a price I might be able to live with.

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Ick.

I bought this guitar about a year ago, and straight out of the box, three of the tuning keys when played, rattle. The three highest strings to be exact. Whether I am...Read complete review

I bought this guitar about a year ago, and straight out of the box, three of the tuning keys when played, rattle. The three highest strings to be exact. Whether I am playing on g b or e the tuners still rattle. I can play one stroke of the low e and the tuners will still rattle. I'm not very pleased with this guitar. For the money, I guess its not too horrible though. It has good sound and projection, but fyi, i did remove the tuner keys from the guitar to tighten them and they still rattle. If I were you I wouldn't risk it. I have played the straight unelectric acoustic epiphone aj and two of the highest tuner keys rattle on that as well. Go with the rogue, you'll be much more satisfied. Or if your looking for just a guitar to play around with, look up the goldfish guitars. They sell two with a speaker in them. Fun little guitars to play if I do say so myself, and they perform.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great acoustic sound

By Robert Gluck

from Phoenix, Arizona

Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Good guitar, cheap electronics.
I have several Epiphone and Gibson guitars, and I have played guitar and pedal steel for nearly 40 years. This one has a very good acoustic sound, however the electronics are a little on the cheap side. The sound is very tinny with very little bass quality and there is no way to adjust it except for the controls on the amp. Overall, it is a good instrument, I just wish Epiphone would put more into the electronics. I bought an EJ 200CE about 2 years ago and had the same problem until I replaced the control panel and one of the pickups. I will eventually upgrade the electronics on this guitar.
Overall quality of the guitar itself is very good. I will adjust the action to be more like a Gibson though by lowering the bridge about 1/64"
If you are using this guitar acoustically, it is a good value with very good acoustic sound.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pleasant Surprise

By Taylor Parker

from J'ville, AL

Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Very nice guitar overall, but has a few small problems. A few tips for beginners, this will sound terrible directly out of the box, but as with any new guitar, you should change the strings, that will remedy the sound problems. The action is very high as well, so a professional tune/set up would be a good idea as well. The sound is a slightly less-huge Gibson, in all reality. The mids are still clear, the highs are clear and bright, but not brassy or ringy, and the bass is big. This guitar was worth its money plus some, and I would reccomend this to anyone looking for a guitar at and affordable price..
There are some features missing, but that is to be expected in a guitar ion this price range. There are no active electronics, preamp, equalizer, controls, tuner, bone saddle/nut, decent tuners. Now, what is there can be kinda surprising. Solid spruce top, laminated mahogany back and sides, solid mahogany neck, half-decent finish, great neck, etc. All-in-all, very well fitted for a guitar in this price range.
Have had to replace one thing, and that's the tuners, which I expected. I've had this guitar for about two years now, and am still happy with it, more or less. Body and neck are super solid, and the finish is alright, but chips too easily.
Overall, a very nice guitar for the money paid. Would buy another one if something happened to this one, just because funds are tight, and it's the best guitar for a price I might be able to live with.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

That's a whole lotta guitar!

By To Gaza

from Augusta, GA

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Pros

  • Feels good
  • Great quality for price
  • Great sound
  • Repels Aliens
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • CHURCH
  • Gettin' Jiggy With It
  • Practicing
  • Praise Band
  • Praise Bandchurch

Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought the AJ-100CE and the case (alson made by Epiphone) during the same purchase so my guitar came packed in the case. This guitar is big! Perfect for a big guy. After tuning the guitar everything played perfectly fine, right out of the box. I found no flaws in the finish or craftsmanship. I have two older acoustic OM style guitars and the sound from this one is a lot brighter and considerably louder. I will be changing out the strings for something a little less "jangly" sounding.
I'll be using it primarily for leading our youth group in praise in worship and figured since we plug into a mixer at church the lack of EQ on the guitar won't be a problem. It will also come in handy for those trips that have an "unplugged" atmosphere, like camping in the summer or the cabin for skiing this winter.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By mivison

from kennedale ,texas

Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I did not know that a guitar this cheap could sound and feel so good.I have 2 Guitar Centers in my area. I sample $300 to $600 guitars all the time. for some reason i always past up the Epiphones. my brother came down on vacation and brought an Epiphone DR-100. I could not stop playing it! i wanted one but with electric hook up. i would recommend this guitar over many $400 guitars I've played. I'm not saying it sounds better then them , but just as good for half the price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A return to playing

By Cwagon

from SE Ks

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Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I order the AJ100-CE/N Guitar and received the guitar before it was do.the boxes were in good shape not beat up. and they were well packed. on opening the guitar was perfect I could not find a thing wrong with it. Tune it and had a friend that has played a lot longer then I, and he could not belive how well it played and sounded, we played through three defirent amps, and it sounded Great on all three. It is a Great Guitar no matter the money.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Guitar

By huston l. saulters, jr.

from Phenix City, Alabama

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Pros

  • Appearance
  • Design
  • price
  • Quality

Cons

  • No On-board Eq

Best Uses

  • Budget Strummer
  • Recording
  • Songwriting

Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I received this guitar as a Christmas gift. As I opened the box, my son. an adult, remarked on how shiny it was. After almost a month of playing, I am pleased with the gift. After changing strings and adding brass saddle pins, the sound of this budget guitar came alive. The action was good out of the box, and so playability was not a problem. The quality of such a low-priced guitar is amazing, though I did find one tiny flaw that does not in any way affect playability. I especially love the cutaway on this model- I found my fingers going places in the upper frets that I have always dreamed of going but never could because of the rounded bouts on my other acoustics.

Like others who have reviewed this model, I found the lack of an on-board EQ a bit puzzling. I remedied this situation by purchasing a Behringer V-Tone Acoustic ADI 21 DI box, which acts as an tone/level controller. The V-Tone ADI 21 works well, and, like the guitar, didn't cost an arm and a leg. This combination affords me the flexibility I need for recording, which is my main application, aside from songwriting.

I have always been partial to the Epiphone brand (in all, I have previously owned over ten Epiphone guitars, and currently own six) and this inexpensive model packs a lot of value. Great for a beginner or the intermediate player looking for an extra strumming guitar. I am very happy with this guitar.

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  • Yes

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice buy!!!!!

By SSP

from Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Bought this for around the camp fire , I was really surprised what a great guitar for the money and this was my first purchase from this company very impressed ! Will buy from them again

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  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty decent guitar

By Garebear50

from Moses lake, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It's A Good Guitar

Cons

  • Had to adjust truss rod

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The guitar is really good, although lithe neck did come in dry and the action was really high, I had to clean and adjust the truss but once that was finished the guitar sounded pretty good for its price, I enjoy the sound of the guitar with its thicker body, it gives a more warmer sound and is perfect the playing I do. As for the sound of the pick up, I tend to use a pedal to adjust the sound to fit my desired sound, but it's a pretty decent pickup in my opinion.

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    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Guitar

    By DrDan

    from Coral Springs, FL

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    Pros

    • Amazing quality

    Cons

    • Pickup Distorts

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar for the price. Good action and surprisingly good quality construction. The electric pickup quality is a little poor, distorting somewhat when played through an amp. However, I bought it mainly for the capability of easily getting to notes above the 12th fret, so the pickup was a secondary consideration.

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      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Bought it new/second hand

      By Dobrofan

      from Vermont

      Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this new in box from a person who ordered it from Musician's Friend and never even tuned it. The factory strings were terrible and the action was high. I installed a set of light strings and sanded 1/16" off the bottom of the bridge. Now it frets nicely and has great tone. My only complaint is that the neck is a bit narrow. Other than that It's a great guitar. I'd buy one at the regular price.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOWZERS!!!!

      By Urban Cowboy

      from Lakeland Florida USA

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      Pros

      • Everything is right

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Any Kind Of Playing

        Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought this used. It doesn't look like it, not a scratch or blemish anywhere. I played it right out of the box and was delightfully surprised. My friends all love it and are talking about getting one themselves and I highly recommend it to all levels of musicians.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Unbeatable value

        By Cadillac Mike

        from River Falls, WI

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Epiphone did a great job with this model. I wanted an affordable acoustic/electric I could possibly gig with and not have to worry about as much. This guitar fits the bill. As a musician who's dabbled in guitar, bass, keyboards, and played a number of high end guitars I can say this is a pro-quality instrument. I wouldn't hesitate to gig out with this tomorrow with the factory setup. My father who owns several expensive electric guitars including a PRS and Jeff Beck American Strat picked it up and was impressed with how well it played. Bottom line; if you can't make this sound good you can't make a Martin D-28 sound good, period. Lets say a Martin D-28 is the Cadillac of guitars, well this is the Toyota of guitars. If you can't drive worth anything, you don't deserve a Cadillac in the first place!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice guitar

          By Artie

          from Stockbridge Ma

          Pros

          • Nice Instrument For The
          • Stays in tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              A nice guitar and it won't break the bank. This is a well crafted guitar and I'd recommend this 100%

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Sounded like a good buy

              By BOB

              from Molino, Fl.

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              Pros

              • Received The Guitar Quick

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • For Use At Church

                Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                The guitar was in need of an adjustment to the neck and could not be fretted. I had to travel 35 miles and spend money to have it adjusted. I could have bought this item locally with no problems with the merchandise. The money and time I had to spend made this item overpriced.

                (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not as described by sales rep

                By EvilleMonkey

                from Florida

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                Pros

                • good sound and feel

                Cons

                • wrong color

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This sales rep that talked to my wife told her that this was a better choice than what we were originally going to choose, which is fine. However, her main concern was that it had to be a white guitar. She asked the rep more than once if this was a white guitar, and he told her yes. After receiving the product we were a little disappointed. It was not white, it was a wood grain color. But other than the color it is a nice guitar but mislead by the sales rep.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Owned them or played them all

                  By lovebluestone

                  from Nicholasville, KY.

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                  Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I think this is one of the best guitars I've bought. Once again pleased with MM. Bought a #3 condition. Had been played by someone who needs help with struming. But 1/4 turn of rod and prefect. You just can not beat Epiphone. Gibson tone at a great price. Again well done.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  When Properly Set-Up...

                  By Zerep11

                  from Arizona

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                  Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I've had this guitar for almost three years. However, I must admit that when I first got it I had to re-string it with Ernie Ball Earthwoods because the factory strings were awful & hated the sound. After just two months I wound up taking it to a guitar shop because all between the tenth & fourteenth frets were dead & Epiphone would not cover it because it was "not a manufacturer defect". Well, it was a manufacturer's defect. The biggest problem was the bridge was not assembled properly at the factory & was collapsing. So the shop re-did it, re-strung it with Ernie Ball 2221 Electric Guitar Strings, replaced the plastic bridge pins with Abalone-Topped Brass Pins & gave me a Kyser Sound Hole Humidifier to boot. The final outcome? The best Acoustic-Electric Guitar I've ever played in my life. A close friend/30+ year guitarist with a $2400 Taylor always tells me time & again that he cannot get over just how beautiful my Epi sounds, either plugged or un-plugged, & plays it at every opportunity. So, there you have it. This now wonderful guitar is going nowhere, period.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great guitar for the money!

                  By UncleBilly

                  from Taos, nm

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    The specs never mentioned scaloped struts. Really opens it up. Neck is straight frets level. The only thing I did was shim the saddle 1/16 inch. Deep rich tone. Plugged in it's plenty strong and true although an eq helps. Fast delivery especially for the holidays.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    I would buy it for my students

                    By Henery

                    from New York

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                    Pros

                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • School Bands

                      Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      Great sounding guitar. Great for someone starting out and wands a big bright sound. As a player for many years I find the upper frets buzzing even after setting it up by myself and a tec afterwards to make sure. I find that the strings is on a very high tension which makes bending a killer. Besides these downsides its agree at guitar for the price.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Professional quality at starter pricing

                      By Big Poppa

                      from Independence, MO

                      Pros

                      • Sturdy Construction
                      • Warm Full-bodied Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Perfect For Practicing

                        Comments about Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of both the workmanship and the playability of this incredibly priced axe. The neck had a slight bow in it (but was easily adjusted with the included allen wrench). I've been through the gamut of "cheap" instruments, but this beauty stands alone as a ready to play topper! From the practice room to the stage the AJ100-ce fits perfectly. I would recommend this instrument to anybody from hobbyist to professional.

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