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Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar 

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The select spruce top Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar is a dreadnought with mahogany body that delivers the tones and warmth you want. The ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big-toned, super-playable, and remarkably priced.

The select spruce top Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar is a dreadnought with mahogany body that delivers the tones and warmth you want. The set mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard deliver great feel. Epiphone gives you chrome die-cast machine heads with your DR-212 guitar to provide great tuning stability.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Select spruce top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Chrome hardware
  • 25.5" scale
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EpiphoneDR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 121 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (48)
  • Good feel (48)
  • Good audio (47)
  • Stays in tune (45)
  • Consistent (34)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (5)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Not consistent (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (50)
  • Jamming (47)
  • Small venues (28)
  • Recording (23)
  • School bands (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (49), Professional musician (8), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TLDR? - I _really_ like this guitar

TLDR? - the short version is: I _really_ like this guitar...
A little more detail? see below...
Yes, I am an owner - see order #104498349Read complete review

TLDR? - the short version is: I _really_ like this guitar...
A little more detail? see below...
Yes, I am an owner - see order #104498349
Before talking about the instrument - a little bit about the GC store and staff, sometimes the butt of jokes (whether the guys have earned that reputation is not for me to say).
Several guys named Mike @ the Westlake GC location (store 231), and each one I met was unfailingly courteous and customer-friendly.
Acoustic section Mike let me know I could ask him questions and was otherwise non-intrusive.
I watched him assist several others with their selections and come back to ask if I needed anything.
When I did, and he was busy, he let me know there was another Mike in the electric guitar section who could complete the order.

Electric Mike (receipt calls him associate 061185) was equally helpful and gave me an accurate estimate of arrival time as well as a good strategy for cases - wait til it arrives in the store to see what's in stock (and special order only if nothing in stock is a good fit).
I'll be happy to do business with them again and have recommended this guitar to two friends so far.

Instrument - Item ID 100291504
The +
The frets are level and properly trimmed (no jagged ends poking thru the plastic binding) but not polished.
Compensated bridge looks/sounds right on cowboy chords and when touching 12th fret harmonics.
"1.6 in " nut measurement spec on GC website is not not correct (fortunately).
It's closer to 1.75 in and feels right.
Sounds good right out of the box.
Tuners (twelve of 'em) work okay.

The -
Nut (plastic - not bone) arrived out of position, slightly off center - adjusted by the shop after a brief exchange of emails.
The model DR212 I received has a "Made in Indonesia" sticker (placed over scarf joint on the back of headstock).
The GC website specifies China as "Country of origin" - this is what I expected/hoped for instead.
Although this instrument never spent a day on the sales-floor, the original strings were surprisingly dirty, leaving corrosion marks on my fingers and black residue on my pick. (see pics)
Minor back-of-neck discolorations in the thick poly finish - I've applied Meguiar's fine-cut #2 w/ elbow grease and the marks remain, but it doesn't affect sound.

The ???
The cute little E logo falls off the pickguard in less than 24 hrs of at-home-play.
Honestly, I'd expected that to be riveted through the select spruce top and impossible to remove - shrug.
Peace - Deeve
cust #8790892

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sounding 12 string for a song

You can't beat this guitar for the price. The nut was a little sharp on one end, but an emery board took care of that problem. It has stayed in tune for a...Read complete review

You can't beat this guitar for the price. The nut was a little sharp on one end, but an emery board took care of that problem. It has stayed in tune for a long time. When I needed to retune due to the cooler temperature, one of the strings broke.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value 12 string

By Freeman Jim

from Claremont, California

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

    I will be using this guitar to celebrate our family holiday get togathers. This guitars rich tone and easy play and easy playability really captures t GH e spirit of the season.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great 12 string for the money

    By Steve Swannadino

    from Opelika, AL

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

      The 12 string is among my collection of acoustic guitars. I use them to practice with so that I don't need amplification and my hand strength and dexterity will be really good when I play my electric guitars.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Long Term Review

      By kdw

      from Kansas

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Construction
      • Good Feel
      • Great Value
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        This is my Long Term Review. I have had this guitar for a bit over two years now and can give a more complete picture of it.

        First, the good. This is a very well made guitar. Under the pros, you will notice I mentioned Good Construction. This is particularly important in a 12 string. The biggest issue with all 12's is that they tend to come apart very quickly. You will have bowing, warping, separation of glueing, etc. All this is because of the tremendous extra pressure 12's suffer. After 2+ years, this guitar is still solid as a rock, and I leave it strung all the time. So I would say construction and bracing are very good on this instrument. Along with this is the fact that it Stays In Tune. This is another major issue with all 12's. Again, that extra force tends to make them go out of tune quickly. This one holds tune very well, and that is important as tuning a 12 takes some time.

        As for sound, I would say Not too Bad overall, and Really Good for an budget level guitar. It is a little thin for my taste, but there are ways around that. First, throw on a set of decent strings. I prefer Martin Marquise on mine, but personal choice. Second, I like to play through an acoustic amp, and I put a Seymour Ducan Woody on mine. When adjusted correctly, I can get a really decent, full bass sound, lots of body and still keep a nice jangle expected from a 12. Will it sound like a Martin or Gibson, no, but it gives a really nice sound for such a low price.

        As for the negatives, very few. First, keep in mind when Epiphone says "Select Spruce Top," they really mean laminated, not solid. But I suppose there varying qualities of laminated woods as well, and this one is great - really good resonance and sustain. It could maybe do with a better set of tuners, but as said before, it holds tune exceptionally well.

        Overall, for the price, Epiphone makes a really nice and playable guitar. Now am just praying they come out with a Masterbilt version of it.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Epiphone DR 212 12- string guitar

        By Gene, Sr.

        from South Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        Wonderful guitar. Not my first one owned one back in the 1970's and this one is just as good. Great sound and the quality seems to be the best. I would compete with any guitarist with this instrument.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        TLDR? - I _really_ like this guitar

        By Deeve

        from Ballard

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

          TLDR? - the short version is: I _really_ like this guitar...
          A little more detail? see below...
          Yes, I am an owner - see order #104498349
          Before talking about the instrument - a little bit about the GC store and staff, sometimes the butt of jokes (whether the guys have earned that reputation is not for me to say).
          Several guys named Mike @ the Westlake GC location (store 231), and each one I met was unfailingly courteous and customer-friendly.
          Acoustic section Mike let me know I could ask him questions and was otherwise non-intrusive.
          I watched him assist several others with their selections and come back to ask if I needed anything.
          When I did, and he was busy, he let me know there was another Mike in the electric guitar section who could complete the order.

          Electric Mike (receipt calls him associate 061185) was equally helpful and gave me an accurate estimate of arrival time as well as a good strategy for cases - wait til it arrives in the store to see what's in stock (and special order only if nothing in stock is a good fit).
          I'll be happy to do business with them again and have recommended this guitar to two friends so far.

          Instrument - Item ID 100291504
          The +
          The frets are level and properly trimmed (no jagged ends poking thru the plastic binding) but not polished.
          Compensated bridge looks/sounds right on cowboy chords and when touching 12th fret harmonics.
          "1.6 in " nut measurement spec on GC website is not not correct (fortunately).
          It's closer to 1.75 in and feels right.
          Sounds good right out of the box.
          Tuners (twelve of 'em) work okay.

          The -
          Nut (plastic - not bone) arrived out of position, slightly off center - adjusted by the shop after a brief exchange of emails.
          The model DR212 I received has a "Made in Indonesia" sticker (placed over scarf joint on the back of headstock).
          The GC website specifies China as "Country of origin" - this is what I expected/hoped for instead.
          Although this instrument never spent a day on the sales-floor, the original strings were surprisingly dirty, leaving corrosion marks on my fingers and black residue on my pick. (see pics)
          Minor back-of-neck discolorations in the thick poly finish - I've applied Meguiar's fine-cut #2 w/ elbow grease and the marks remain, but it doesn't affect sound.

          The ???
          The cute little E logo falls off the pickguard in less than 24 hrs of at-home-play.
          Honestly, I'd expected that to be riveted through the select spruce top and impossible to remove - shrug.
          Peace - Deeve
          cust #8790892

           
          5.0

          Great for the price

          By Josh0151

          from Lincolnton,NC

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

            This a great guitar for a great price for anyone looking into a 12 string

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great for price

            By Votelesscomic

            from Ma

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

              Great guitar for the price, sound good and stays in tune. The only con I ran into was a slight warp from the bridge pulling on the body which 12 strings are prone to. The warp is no deeper than 1 mm. I am reluctant to leave this guitar in standard tuning but most songs I will be playing with this are open c, relieving much stress on the guitar. Haven't been able to put it down. Stock strings are just awful.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Value for the buck

              By Coach Dave

              from Denton Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

              Bought this as a beater, it had a few Burrs on the tuners, one was a real mess, got it fixed and played it pretty much daily for 16-17 months, the real bad turner finally had had enough of this life and committed suicide and no longer exists..lol. I still would recommend this guitar to someone who can work a small file to clean up the edges. tone is a little sharp but for the price its a steal. about to buy another cheap 12 string may get the Ibby this time to compare, or may just grab another one of these. with the right strings its not a bad 12 string a lot better then any no name products I have played. I also have a Breedlove and I also prefer this neck for relaxing and just playing so ya take a chance on this one. its not all that bad with a bit of work.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              WOW!!!

              By Muse Of Love

              from Cumberland City, TN

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                Was concerned about quality at this price, was delighted with this baby. Local music store said they couldn't come close to the price I paid, and I bought a separate hard case with it, for less than they wanted for just the guitar. Ordered just before Christmas and got it almost too fast. Husband wouldn't wait to open it, but on the plus side he was all warmed up for the Christmas sing along. If your thinking of getting this..DO IT. You are only reading this to make sure it's an ok deal...read no further. ps..Customer service at Musician's Friend so far is wonderful.

                 
                5.0

                Great guitar, price is hard to believe

                By Mattjack

                from Babson Park Florida

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone DR-212 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                  Looks great, sounds great!

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