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Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Burst

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A vintage classic with modern electronics in the Fishman Sonitone and Sonicore System.

The classic Dove-style acoustic first introduced at the legendary Gibson and Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo in 1962 became one of the first acoustic guitars to become a recognized rock-and-roll icon. Now, both beginners and professionals can enjoy the classic sound of The Dove plugged in with the Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp and Fishman Sonicore pickup system, designed and built with the integrity you expect from Epiphone.

Unplugged, the Epiphone Dove PRO can easily drive an acoustic band. But plugged in, The Dove PRO can hold its own with drums and electric guitars. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Full-size dreadnought body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Select maple back & sides
  • Hard maple neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard and pearloid parallelograms
  • Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp with Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Case sold separately

This is an amazing guitar with a price to match. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Top: solid spruce
  • Body: select maple
  • Neck: hard maple
  • Neck joint: glued-in, dovetail
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: pearloid parallelograms
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Binding:
  • -fingerboard, 1-ply white
  • -body top, 5-ply white/black
  • -body back: 1-ply white
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Saddle: compensated, imitation bone
  • Truss Rod: adjustable
  • Bridge: rosewood with "Dove"-shaped pearloid inlay
  • Pickguard: imitation tortoise with traditional "Dove" artwork
  • Nut: 1.68"
  • Frets: 20, medium
  • Hardware: nickel
  • Endpin: 1/4"
  • Strings: D'Addario Phosphor (12-53)
  • Power: 9-volt battery
  • Pickup: Fishman Sonicore (under saddle)
  • Preamp: Fishman Sonitone soundhole preamp
  • -Master Volume
  • -Master Tone
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EpiphoneDove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practice (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing guitar

I've been using this guitar regularly for a year now and I'm still amazed at the quality of the tone, great playability and classic appearance, every time I take it out of the...Read complete review

I've been using this guitar regularly for a year now and I'm still amazed at the quality of the tone, great playability and classic appearance, every time I take it out of the case. I was looking for a good playing and relatively inexpensive acoustic electric to use at an outdoor gig I've done for several summers when I order the Epi Dove Pro last spring. I had looked at several much more expensive guitars that used the same Fishman pick up system and really like their amplified sound. I did not want a pick up that needed a large hole in the side of the guitar to mount the preamp because of the difficult in finding a replacement when they fail. The Fishman with the controls inside the sound hole is ideal for my needs as well as sounding very natural.

When the guitar arrive my biggest surprise was how fantastic the Epi Dove Pro sounds unplugged. It is loud and very well balance. I was concerned that the maple back and sides might be overly bright, but this is not the case. The tone is robust and works well for either strumming or lead work. I generally prefer guitars with Koa back and side, but IMHO Koa guitars are too expensive to be exposed to the extremes in temp and humidity of a weekly summer gig in the Midwest. Sure the Dove is a litter brighter than say an instrument with solid rosewood back and sides, but nowhere near as bright as a some of the maple Guild or Taylor dreadnoughts I've been around. Full and neutral is the best way to describe the unplugged voice.

So now I'm entering year two of using this guitar and I'm still in love with it. I routinely get positive comments about its looks and sound. It stays in tune extremely well and is very easy to play I did not have to do any setup after it arrived. Put on new string and start using it. I also like the fact it had a strap button installed on the neck heal, something I wish more acoustic guitar makers would do.

Are there any negatives to this love story? There are a couple of items, but neither is anywhere near a deal breaker. I've never been crazy about the oversize, historically accurate Epiphone headstock. I'd much prefer it if the Dove used the same more compact headstock design / size found on the Epiphone Les Paul guitars. I also noticed over the very cold winter that the Dove needed more humidification than any of my other acoustics. Maybe because it is the newest and / or because it was played out in the summer heat a lot. It's something I'll keep an eye on next winter.

Bottom line, I whole heartedly recommend this guitar and would immediately buy another one if it was destroyed or stolen.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buyer Beware!

Epiphone guitars are mass produced in Asia,there are lots of defective guitars getting through there inspection. I have had crooked necks, blemished paint and stain. M.F. is great and they will replace...Read complete review

Epiphone guitars are mass produced in Asia,there are lots of defective guitars getting through there inspection. I have had crooked necks, blemished paint and stain. M.F. is great and they will replace a defective guitar if you catch it right away. My suggestion is as soon as you recieve your guitar take it to your local guitar tech and have it inspected and set up. Dont wait or you will be forced to deal with Epiphone and that will be months of waiting for a replacement.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar

By greybeard

from middle of USA

Pros

  • Looks
  • Natural Pickup
  • Playability
  • Tone

Cons

  • Oversized Hedstock

Best Uses

  • Anything

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been using this guitar regularly for a year now and I'm still amazed at the quality of the tone, great playability and classic appearance, every time I take it out of the case. I was looking for a good playing and relatively inexpensive acoustic electric to use at an outdoor gig I've done for several summers when I order the Epi Dove Pro last spring. I had looked at several much more expensive guitars that used the same Fishman pick up system and really like their amplified sound. I did not want a pick up that needed a large hole in the side of the guitar to mount the preamp because of the difficult in finding a replacement when they fail. The Fishman with the controls inside the sound hole is ideal for my needs as well as sounding very natural.

When the guitar arrive my biggest surprise was how fantastic the Epi Dove Pro sounds unplugged. It is loud and very well balance. I was concerned that the maple back and sides might be overly bright, but this is not the case. The tone is robust and works well for either strumming or lead work. I generally prefer guitars with Koa back and side, but IMHO Koa guitars are too expensive to be exposed to the extremes in temp and humidity of a weekly summer gig in the Midwest. Sure the Dove is a litter brighter than say an instrument with solid rosewood back and sides, but nowhere near as bright as a some of the maple Guild or Taylor dreadnoughts I've been around. Full and neutral is the best way to describe the unplugged voice.

So now I'm entering year two of using this guitar and I'm still in love with it. I routinely get positive comments about its looks and sound. It stays in tune extremely well and is very easy to play I did not have to do any setup after it arrived. Put on new string and start using it. I also like the fact it had a strap button installed on the neck heal, something I wish more acoustic guitar makers would do.

Are there any negatives to this love story? There are a couple of items, but neither is anywhere near a deal breaker. I've never been crazy about the oversize, historically accurate Epiphone headstock. I'd much prefer it if the Dove used the same more compact headstock design / size found on the Epiphone Les Paul guitars. I also noticed over the very cold winter that the Dove needed more humidification than any of my other acoustics. Maybe because it is the newest and / or because it was played out in the summer heat a lot. It's something I'll keep an eye on next winter.

Bottom line, I whole heartedly recommend this guitar and would immediately buy another one if it was destroyed or stolen.

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  • No

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love at first sight

By randy

from undisclosed

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Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

First off, I am an advanced player who was just looking for a quality instrument to keep handy at my studio. I have a 15 year old Taylor 315 ce that I use for playing and recording, but I didn't want to keep an instrument like that at my studio (because I can't secure it properly with the amount of foot traffic) but wanted it handy when I needed to write or impromptu record. I had played a lot of inexpensive guitars and always found something I didn't care for, even more expensive instruments at pawn shops and "used" at music shops. I came across this guitar on MF and thought I would give it a spin. At such a low price point, I was expecting to do some fret dressing, some intonation, and to live with some blemishes. I really expected some issues. What a JOY it was when I opened the box and could not find a blemish, tuned it up and played the whole fretboard very comfortably and did not need to even adjust it. I plugged it in, played for a couple hours at different tone and volume levels and had NO ISSUES WHATSOEVER. I could not be happier, and would have paid a lot more for an instrument of this quality, but the eye candy makes it even sweeter. I had played one of these before, and it had the newer, side mounted Fishman system (this one is mounted inside top of the sound hole). I liked that better, and it had a tuner, but for the 150. difference, would not have made me change my mind about this one. All in all, great value and a wonderful instrument.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as Gibson

By Ken

from Northern Illinois

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Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I owned and played a 1963 SJ200 for many years. This Epiphone Dove Pro is as well built, sounds and plays as well as that Gibson which I bought new in 1963. This is one beautiful guitar. I could not be happier. This arrived well set up and almost completely in tune! The electronics perform so well that I cannot tell any difference when played through my Acoustic AG30 amp! Just louder!

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  • No

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A fantastic buy!

By Doug

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful to look at
  • Great Tuning Machines
  • Plays great
  • Quality Build
  • Sounds Great

Cons

  • Awkward to Replace Battery
  • Poor location for strap button
  • Strings needed Changing

Best Uses

  • Great For All Applications

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Brand new and it was set up to play! I didn't have to make any adjustments, which was a first for me. I normally have to tweak the neck and lower the action on most guitars I buy, but this was perfect out of the box. I was amazed at the quality of craftsmanship on this instrument. The color, the violin burst, was rich and vibrant. The dove details on the pick guard really made this thing pop. I carefully looked it over and I could not find a single flaw. The binding was beautifully done and the neck inlays were perfect. The Epiphone people got their act together. Unplugged it sounded really good, not super, but pretty darn good for an acoustic at this price point. Plugged in, it still retained the deeper lows that I like. I just added a bit more low through my amp eq and it was perfect. The maple sides make this guitar pretty bright sounding. The only complaints that I have about this guitar is the battery "compartment" location, the placement of the strap button, and the strings it was shipped with. Changing the battery is a hassle. The battery is held in a nylon pouch inside the sound hole and is attached to the inside of the guitar by velcro. To change a battery, you have to detune the strings to get them out of the way and go inside the guitar to unstick the battery pouch from velcro. After swapping the battery, you have to get the pouch back in the guitar sound hole and reattach it to the velcro strip...then re tune it. Not a major problem at home, but Lord help you if the battery goes dead during a live performance. I still do not understand why a lot of companies put the strap button on the underside of the neck heel instead of on top. I read that it balances the guitar better, but really? Is an acoustic so heavy that there are balancing concerns? Anyway, I started using my strap tied at the headstock and it seems ok so far. Last, I changed the strings to a lighter gauge and it plays like a dream now.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE THE DOVE

By LARRYBOZZ

from WARNER ROBINS,GA.

Pros

  • Awesome guitar
  • I Own Gibson And Martin
  • Play The Dove Mostly

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Any Gigs Large Or Small
  • Church Worship Team

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG BUYING THIS GUITAR. GREAT PRICE
GREAT GUITAR AND GREAT COMPANY. MUSICIAN'S FRIEND
WILL MAKE ANYTHING RIGHT.(IF THERE IS DEFECT OR ANY THINGS NOT RIGHT).I KNOW THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TO ME 2 YEARS AGO,AND THEY SATISFIED ME 100%

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  • No

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More then what I exspected

By Mateolive

from Supply NC

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Pros

  • As Good As The Gibson
  • Great action
  • Great Looking And Soundin

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Playing In And Out

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

So much more then I could have wished for truly love it. Plugged and Unplugged It just sounds GREAT.. Worth every penny......

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  • No

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Buyer Beware!

By boatman bob

from south jersey.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Not Consistent
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Epiphone guitars are mass produced in Asia,there are lots of defective guitars getting through there inspection. I have had crooked necks, blemished paint and stain. M.F. is great and they will replace a defective guitar if you catch it right away. My suggestion is as soon as you recieve your guitar take it to your local guitar tech and have it inspected and set up. Dont wait or you will be forced to deal with Epiphone and that will be months of waiting for a replacement.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice

By Jimmy Ray Klayrock

from Clearwater Florida

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Pros

  • Full sound
  • Nice Sunburst
  • No Black Paint
  • No Black Pant

Cons

  • Adjusted Bridge Height

Best Uses

  • display
  • Practice

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

bought this and a Epiphone jumbo and
was surprised at the quality. bought an Epiphone some years ago that had a strange dip in the neck
but these where fine. with bridge adjustment
and new strings .11's its fun to play and
sounds full unplugged. fill out your order and
call them I got a good discount by calling
the order in and giving item numbers. this
was a good experience all around.

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  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet guitar

By Andrew

from Olney

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright Tone
  • Pract
  • Practice

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Performance
  • Practice

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

While getting my primary guitar repaired, I needed a fill in option for a few gigs. This guitar has a great tone and presence. It arrived in spectacular shape with a nice lower action. Depth on the low end and crisp high end. Nice retro look. All I could possibly ask for. Great job Epiphone and great price Musician's Friend.

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  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't Overlook This One...

By rockinstephen

from So. ME/Central FL

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Pros

  • great set up

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Great For Acoustic Stuff

Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Just on a whim, I tried one of these out yesterday at a major guitar store. It should be noted that I didn't plug it in, so I don't know how it sounded amplified. But no guitar will sound good pluged in if it doesn't play well acoustically. Having said that, I wad quite impressed at how well this guitar played and sounded. The action and set up were very good and I didn't detect any buzzing. The guitar was made in Indonesia, but don't let that fool you. The overall quality was very good for a guitar priced so low and with so many fancy touches. If you're after a reall looker that won't break the bank, be sure to check this one out!

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  • No

(5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Impressed

By Guitarman Ohio

from Marietta, Ohio

Pros

  • Electric Pick-up

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I was extremely disappointed with this product. Thought Epiphone was my answer to a good acoustic. Although the finish is beautiful, the sound when playing unhooked is dead. My cheap Gibson acoustic gets better resonance. One string was misplaced on the bridge causing a tuning issue, the frets are sharp and cuts my hands when barring a chord and sliding upward. The pick-up is great, but I just can't recommend it.

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      • No

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      dove pro

      Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this because I have the epiphone hummingbird and I liked it so much I had to have the dove pro, you wont be sorry. iff I had to make a choice, having both I would say the dove pro. the dove is so much better pluged in I love it, I cant put it down. the finish is awesome , the set up is pretty good , love love love the dove. just get one.

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      • No

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A lot of bang for the buck

      By Tom

      from Wake Forest, NC

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      Pros

      • Easy to play
      • Great price
      • Nice Factory Setup
      • Sounds good
      • Sounds Great

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practice

      Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I really like this instrument, it plays great, sounds good with silk and steel strings and the price was fantastic. As always, M.F. was really good to work with and I'm very pleased with the purchase.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A quality classic

      By big daddy

      from Woodstock, IL

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      Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      fabulous value vs. the Gibson branded edition of this classic; very glad Epiphone is making this beauty accessible to modest budgets and delivering a very high quality guitar

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      • No

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very pleased

      By Jim B

      from Rochester, NY

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Good sound
      • Priced right

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • display
        • Every day playing

        Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Very handsome guitar. As I already have too many guitars, I bought this one for its looks & to display on the wall. With minor truss rod adjustment & light gauge strings, it plays very easily & sounds great. It also looks great on display hanging on the wall. I love the pick guard.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good sound and beautiful looks.

        By OldHillbillyHippie

        from Mid-Michigan

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        Pros

        • Nice Action Plays Nice
        • Set Up Nice
        • sounds very good
        • Very Inexpensive Quality

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Any Playing Anywhere

        Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This thing is beautiful. Pictures don't show the real beauty. Everyone who sees it compliments it. It sounds very good, nice and mellow, but loud when needed. The maple back and sides don't project the lows quite as strongly as my Martin with rosewood back and sides but it is still loud and clear and for WAY less money. The pickup works very well. Overall the best sounding and playing guitar for less than 1k that I have played.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent Value!

        By Will's Jazz

        from NJ

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Nice Electronics
        • Quality Workmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Setup Could Be Better

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I'm an advanced player with many years of playing experience. The only reason I gave this guitar 4 instead of 5 starts is that it could have been set up better, however, that's a lot to expect in this price range. It's otherwise a very nice guitar and the workmanship is top notch. Not a single blemish or flaw. Sounds amazing both plugged in and unplugged. The attention to detail is excellent and the finish is superb. Once it's set up properly it sings! The solid maple top really resonates. I also like the hidden pickup controls inside the guitar instead of a hole cut in the body to mount a box. One of the reasons I passed on the Hummingbird Pro. You're just not going to beat it at this price. I've played plenty of acoustics for more than twice the price that didn't sound this good! Is is a Gibson? Of course not. But it wasn't 3 grand either!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By Beanerlopez

        from Cleburne, TX

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          It got here, I tuned it, and proceeded to rock out!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A FEW LITTLE CHANAGES MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE

          By T. Scott

          from Illinos

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          Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I really like the looks of the Dove guitar and Epiphone has done a great job capturing a little of its glory. When I first tuned up the guitar I thought it sounded pretty good and had a similar sound to the Gibson's I've played. I decided to lower the action a bit by sanding down the saddle. (Something I am familiar with and have done before.) After I removed the saddle I noticed something under the fishman piezo itself. There were two shims used to build up the saddle, I guess. Of course I felt that was actually hurting the sound of the guitar both naturally and amplified. I ended up replacing the saddle all together and removing the shims. I noticed a huge difference in the sound quality right away. This guitar really came alive and gave me a better woody tone that I thought it should have. It not only looks good but now, sounds good too. It's nice to have both.

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          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Instrument

          By Gibsonman-J_Z6z

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Looks great
          • Sounds Great

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Beautiful guitar, sounded great right out of the box. Came with a near perfect setup- something I've never encountered with an epiphone. No fret buzz, solid workmanship, beautiful finish. You'd be hard pressed to find an instrument that could compete for less than 500$.

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            • No

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