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Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar  

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    Simple, elegant, and excellent for the parlor or the studio.

    This small-bodied, easy-to-play gem recalls the era when guitars were built to be played on front porches and in dens and parlors, not bars or voluminous theaters. There's no rhythm section to compete with here.

    Just pick up this great looking 00-sized acoustic with mahogany body and solid spruce top for that sweet vintage tone and ringing sound. Features a set mahogany neck with hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, 24.75" scale, rosewood fingerboard, and chrome hardware. From the period-correct mother-of-pearl dot inlay to the deluxe pickguard with historic metal "E" logo, this guitar authentically recreates the treasured original L-00 "blues boxes" of the '30s and '40s.



    Features
    • Solid spruce top
    • Mahogany body
    • Set mahogany neck
    • C-shape neck
    • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
    • Chrome hardware
    • 24.75" scale
    • 1.65" nut width
    • 15.5" width at lower bout

    Order now and enjoy the charm and character of this historic guitar.

     
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    EpiphoneEL-00 Acoustic Guitar
     
    4.5

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Let Me Keep It!

    The wife of a friend asked me to procure a nice, inexpensive guitar for his birthday. The Epi EL-00 has been in my wish list for quite a while, and the reviews...Read complete review

    The wife of a friend asked me to procure a nice, inexpensive guitar for his birthday. The Epi EL-00 has been in my wish list for quite a while, and the reviews have all been positive, so I thought, "Why not?" Sure enough, the reviews were right. This guitar came almost perfectly set up out of the box. The neck feels smooth and comfy, with a slightly shallow D profile and wide enough for clean finger style picking but fine for other styles as well, smooth fret ends and a nice level fretboard with less than 1 mm of relief. The top and back feature nicely figured wood for a guitar in this price range - the top is tight-grained solid spruce - and the finish is nearly perfect. The only finish flaw I found was on the heel cap, where a particle of sawdust had gotten into the finish. But for three Franklins, you don't expect this level of quality control. One disappointment: the designers saw fit to mount a strap button on the treble side of the neck heel. This is not where most players would like to find a strap button, so they would have done better to put the hardware in a plastic bag with mounting instructions. Still, that is a minor quibble in view of the bang for the buck you are getting with this Indonesian made guitar. Sporting an unusually wide lower bout, the body shape is unique but appealing, and it definitely contributes to the guitar's tonal balance. There is a rich bottom end that took me a little by surprise, having expected a more midrangy parlor guitar sound. It isn't quite into dreadnaught territory, though, as it retains that nice throaty quality found in smaller guitars, but sparkly highs and resonant lows are there in spades as well. The only drawback with this offering from Musician's friend is that they do not stock the Epiphone case for this guitar. I chose not to take a chance on a poor fit and opted not to buy a case at this time. But I might have to order another of these guitars for myself. This one is a winner!

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    Almost, but not quite

    I wanted to like this guitar, and for the most part it is good, but I sent it back.

    Neutral:
    Tone. Tone and volume are good for...Read complete review

    I wanted to like this guitar, and for the most part it is good, but I sent it back.

    Neutral:
    Tone. Tone and volume are good for what it is -- a small parlor guitar, with a fat lower bout (won't fit a normal case, BTW). Sometimes, on the middle strings, halfway up the neck, it sounds more like a big ukelele. But overall, it's a good ol' fashioned blues git.

    Pros:
    Grover tuners. Yay, 'nuff said.
    Finish is very good, with one minor exception (below).
    Looking in the soundhole, bracing looks good. And I love the new-spruce smell.
    Setup is great, plays well out of the box.

    Cons:
    Binding is rough-edged in one three-inch spot on the body where it rests on your leg. It's hardly noticeable because of the location, but I don't like it on a brand-new guitar.

    Reason I sent this guitar back -- joint in solid spruce top looks flaky. Just below the bridge (and probably under it) there is a ridge where the two matched pieces meet. Not at all flush and flat. You can both see it, and feel it by running your hand over it. The top looked fine when I initially inspected the guitar, but within a week the wood started moving. Maybe it'll never be an issue, but I didn't want to be watching that thing for years, waiting for it to split.

    My guess is that another EL-00 would be fine. But I decided not to risk it, and chose something else instead.

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    4.0

    Amazing bang for the buck!

    By Banning Guitars

    from Lodi, California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

      Epiphone has really blown me away with this guitar. I wanted a parlor size guitar for recording purposes and for church. Right out of the box it played nice and I noticed immediately the great tone! The guitar is pretty well balanced for a parlor sized guitar. For the price I dont think you could get a better guitar. The neck playes great and the tuners are very decent. The synthetic bone saddle was very well set up. I was going to change it out to a bone saddle but ended up leaving it. I did change out the plastic nut to a bone nut. I also added a LR Baggs ibeam system and that sounds great too.

      Overall this guitar deserves 5 stars for the price, my only gripe is the poly finish... I'm a nitro man, but the actual sunburst is beautiful.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I reach past my Martin HD-28 to play it

      By Mikehambone

      from New Orleans

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          I'm nearly middle aged and have enjoyed playing since I was 12. I stopped into [@] new music center on my way out one day and on a whim picked up an el-00/vs. I would not have walked out without it for $1000. I am not sure what it is technically about this guitar but it feels better in my hands than any I have played. I have played many that sound better but it just sings and I would recommend it to novices and pros alike.

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          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Epiphone EL-00 acoustic Guitar

          By benderb9

          from St Petersburg,Florida

          Ask me a question

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          I love Epiphones to be honest...this isn't my first. I currently have 2-SG's, a 335 Dot and a Wilshire, all Epiphones. This isn't my only acoustic either...but it has become my favorite in less than a week. I can pick it up and get transported to another time instantly. The way it snugs up to your body and sits on your knee make it a treat to hold, the sound that blossoms forth when played just make you want to play and smile. The beauty of this guitar is in the straight off familar sound and ease of that 12" radius fretboard. This guitar speaks volumes of joy whenever it's strummed or picked, it just can't help itself.
          This is as good as it gets if you like the acoustic blues and you can't afford a Gibson Blues King. This is a full sized guitar, essentially it has a slightly smaller lower bout and a smaller upper bout than a dreadnaught. Theres a lot of mid-range honk, if you will, and not a lot of lower end but the tonal balance is very even and pronounced. This just is not a boomy guitar like most people are used to. The sound projection is outstanding though through the range it excels at...think of your favorite old blues record and thats the sound.
          This was a '2nd' or floor model or something...I can not see where that designation came from and it certainly didn't affect the tone. The sunburst is drop dead gorgeous over the mahogony and spruce...it's a stunner. The interior fit and gluing is supeior to many brands charging a LOT more...I looked with a mirror inside and I am really impressed. The only niggle, and it's minor at this price point, is the nut and bridge. The plastic does let the guitar speak but as many other reviews state when changed it becomes a whole new instrument. I've replaced the bridge pins as well with black Tusq Graph Techs and Tusq'd the nut and bridge as well. This is not a major undertaking for even a novice and is a major improvement. A tech can do it and it should be less than 100.00 parts/labor, money well spent.
          Slight knock for the bridge and nut, the plastic parts are yeoman but not up to the rest of the instrument. This is an odd shape so be prepared to search for a case, the actual case is as rare as hen's teeth so if you happen on one grab it LOL...gig bags are apparently a must, I had an old Alvarez lying around that fit for now. I'm on the hunt for the factory HCS.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Almost, but not quite

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          I wanted to like this guitar, and for the most part it is good, but I sent it back.

          Neutral:
          Tone. Tone and volume are good for what it is -- a small parlor guitar, with a fat lower bout (won't fit a normal case, BTW). Sometimes, on the middle strings, halfway up the neck, it sounds more like a big ukelele. But overall, it's a good ol' fashioned blues git.

          Pros:
          Grover tuners. Yay, 'nuff said.
          Finish is very good, with one minor exception (below).
          Looking in the soundhole, bracing looks good. And I love the new-spruce smell.
          Setup is great, plays well out of the box.

          Cons:
          Binding is rough-edged in one three-inch spot on the body where it rests on your leg. It's hardly noticeable because of the location, but I don't like it on a brand-new guitar.

          Reason I sent this guitar back -- joint in solid spruce top looks flaky. Just below the bridge (and probably under it) there is a ridge where the two matched pieces meet. Not at all flush and flat. You can both see it, and feel it by running your hand over it. The top looked fine when I initially inspected the guitar, but within a week the wood started moving. Maybe it'll never be an issue, but I didn't want to be watching that thing for years, waiting for it to split.

          My guess is that another EL-00 would be fine. But I decided not to risk it, and chose something else instead.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar!

          By Mark Davini

          from Southeast Minnesota

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          On the advice of another reviewer, I had my guitar set up by a friend who has his own shop. He asked me how I wanted it set up, and even suggested the standard "Robert Johnson" style, and told me that he'd set the fretboard a little high for slide playing, and outfit the nut and bridge with bone. Now I'm not a guitar player, but when I got it, I was blown away! Not only is it beautiful, it sounds great, and feels good, too. Musician's Friend said the neck was slightly bent, so I got it for a really cheap price. When I went to pick it up, he asked who told me the neck was warped. I told him that's why I got it so cheap. He looked confused and told me there was nothing wrong with the neck at all. Only the frets were just a TINY bit wider than the neck. So everything said and done, this was a great purchase, and I couldn't be happier. And may all your tales be as sunny.
          This is a very nice fitting guitar. It's smallish, and very comfortable to hold and play. It is simply gorgeous looking, and the sound is wonderful. The grover tuning pegs feel nice and solid, it holds a tune really well. Nice instrument.
          As I've been told by many guitar players, there is nothing wrong with Epiphones. They are VERY similar in quality to Gibson, just with somewhat lower end parts. They still sound great, and the factory has a strong level of quality.
          As I said, for the price I paid (VERY low) I can't imagine getting a better deal anywhere.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Very Nice Guitar...BUT...

          By Yumpy Gower

          from Texas Hill Country

          Ask me a question

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          (See my first discussion, mistakenly entered under "Features)

          Only the Epiphone case made for this guitar is goning to fit properly. It has unusual dimensions. It is not a true "00" size.
          (This should be in "Overall, but I.m not going to re-type all this, so just play along)

          But its not a true "00", but rather the lower bout is the same width as a dreadnaught (15 1/4"). I bought this because I have developed a shoulder condition that requires me to change the angle of my arm, and a guitar that is 1" smaller (like, 14 1/4") might not seem much different, but it makes all the differenec to my shoulder. So, I reluctantly sent it back. I did find a "00"Great Divide that has even better tone, but is rather 'ordinary ' looking compared to this Epi.

          The El00 looks terrific, andis right in the same room as its Gibson ancestors. Beauttifully executed Vintage Sunburst. Plays well (all guitars require some tweaking to get the setup to match the player's personal preferences). I've had over 30 over the years (I'm old), and some needed only the change of strings, others saddles, nuts, tuners, etc...but this gitar was right-on.

          I cannot understand why it was condition 3, except the PO had apparently peeled the pickguard off (which I do, also), and, in re-applying it left one corner a bit lifted. (easily worth the $100.00 discount!).

          How's it sound? Well, pretty good, but remember its a laminate body, and lacks teh woody sound of an all -solid wood guitar...but play it a lot, and it'll dvelop a good voice. I've played alot of old ply guitars that now sound teriffic! ( early Epiphones and Yamahas come to mind).

          If I'd kept it, I would have put a soundhole pickup in there (you don't mind drilling a jack hole in a $300.00 guitar, and I don't care at all for end pin jacks.

          I particpate in a Bluegrass Jam once a week (even though I'm a Blues guy...'gotta keep my ear "up") and the banjos kill this gitar..it'll never be a banjo killer, just not loud enough...but sit down with a couple other like-minded players, throw in a Little Walter trainee, and the blues just flow out of this beautiful , great-looking box. (I really appreciated the 14 fret neck...'let's my old hand get some stretch on some of those high 'F' patterns.

          I thought about keeping it as an Open Tuned grabber, but that full-sized bout kills that idea.
          'hated to send the little beauty a-packin', but I do wish Musician's Friend put all the dimensions on the instruments "specs"...and that goes for cases as well...I'bought a couple that just didn't quite work for the instruments I got them for. Had they done so, I would not hav ereturned it, because at that point it would be my error, not theirs.

          Great guitar, plays well. A bit stuffy (ply back and sides, and the top is not all that thin). Looks dynamite. Not really a "00", so that is the only reason I don't assign a '10'.
          Exellent quality. Soildly constructed Plays well.
          Looks, feels, handles three times the price.

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Epiphone EL-00

          By Misterbruce

          from Victoria, Canada

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          10
          For the price, you cannot go wrong!! I have seen much priceier brands with inferior quality.
          The finish is impeccable. Great Grover Tuners!
          Being a person with a few guitars on hand and the knowledge, I will install TUSQ Bridge Pins,
          a TUSQ Saddle and a TUSQ Nut. I have Elixers 80/20 Nanoweb 12-53 right now but I will be changing to Gibson SEG 900ML Electric Strings (11-52) Pure Nickel Wrap. Easier to bend and an authentic 30's sound. I have this set on my Epiphone EJ-160E and they sound great.

          Until I get the parts in the mail I adjusted the Truss Rod which I go to .008" without a buzz and I strum rather hard. I also lowered the action to .090" Bass and .080" Treble.

          This type of guitar is not a dreadnaught sound so don't expect that. Think Parlour/Jazzy, just for relaxed style -- porch style. ENJOY!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EL-00 Revisited

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          I received this guitar nearly 3 years ago. I wasn't too impressed at the time, the fret ends were exposed and the tone was not at all good. My local guitar wrench fixed me up with the frets, we added a tusq nut, saddle, and bridge pins, and put on a good set of light Martin strings. The transformation is pretty amazing. I also own a Gibson J-200, L-00, 3 Guilds and a National. I still find this little bugger fun to play. I still like a little more width at the nut, but I often find myself picking this up to noodle around with. For the money, it's a winner for playing Robert Johnson, etc.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EL-00

          By Smokestack Lightning

          from Connecticut

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          I have owned this guitar for over a year and it gets better with age. I play blues, Lightning Hopkins, Robert Johnson type stuff and this guitar is great for this type of playing. I am amazed the guitar only cost me $250.00. I put a Martin end-jack pu in and play it through my Roland RC 30 and Microcube RX. This little beauty will bring you hours and hours of pleasure. Great sound, great guitar.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Let Me Keep It!

          By Jeff E

          from Nebraska

          Comments about Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar:

          The wife of a friend asked me to procure a nice, inexpensive guitar for his birthday. The Epi EL-00 has been in my wish list for quite a while, and the reviews have all been positive, so I thought, "Why not?" Sure enough, the reviews were right. This guitar came almost perfectly set up out of the box. The neck feels smooth and comfy, with a slightly shallow D profile and wide enough for clean finger style picking but fine for other styles as well, smooth fret ends and a nice level fretboard with less than 1 mm of relief. The top and back feature nicely figured wood for a guitar in this price range - the top is tight-grained solid spruce - and the finish is nearly perfect. The only finish flaw I found was on the heel cap, where a particle of sawdust had gotten into the finish. But for three Franklins, you don't expect this level of quality control. One disappointment: the designers saw fit to mount a strap button on the treble side of the neck heel. This is not where most players would like to find a strap button, so they would have done better to put the hardware in a plastic bag with mounting instructions. Still, that is a minor quibble in view of the bang for the buck you are getting with this Indonesian made guitar. Sporting an unusually wide lower bout, the body shape is unique but appealing, and it definitely contributes to the guitar's tonal balance. There is a rich bottom end that took me a little by surprise, having expected a more midrangy parlor guitar sound. It isn't quite into dreadnaught territory, though, as it retains that nice throaty quality found in smaller guitars, but sparkly highs and resonant lows are there in spades as well. The only drawback with this offering from Musician's friend is that they do not stock the Epiphone case for this guitar. I chose not to take a chance on a poor fit and opted not to buy a case at this time. But I might have to order another of these guitars for myself. This one is a winner!

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