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Epiphone Limited Edition 1963 AJ-45 Round Shoulder Dreadnought  

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Epiphone Limited Edition 1963 AJ-45 Round Shoulder Dreadnought is modeled after the Gibson J-45. Favored by finger style and folk artists since the 1...Read More

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Modeled after the revered Gibson J-45.

Epiphone Limited Edition 1963 AJ-45 Round Shoulder Dreadnought is modeled after the Gibson J-45. Favored by finger style and folk artists since the 1940s it has become known as "The Workhorse." It features classic materials such as a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, with a round shoulder dreadnought style body.

FEATURES
  • Round Shoulder Dreadnought body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 20 frets, 14 clear
  • Stylized white pickguard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1.72" nut width

This finely crafted American classic will inspire the artist within you. Order today.

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4.4

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Nice acoustic sound

Bought the Epi AJ-45 in vintage sunburst when MF had them on sale a few years ago. I wanted a cheap, well-made solid top acoustic to play around the house and it looked...Read complete review

Bought the Epi AJ-45 in vintage sunburst when MF had them on sale a few years ago. I wanted a cheap, well-made solid top acoustic to play around the house and it looked like a pretty good deal. If it actually sounded like a Gibson J-45, that would be a bonus. I opened the big box when it arrived and immediately liked the build quality (except the ultra cheap bridge pins) but the sound was a different story. The tone was thin and dry at first with absolutely no warmth. However, it turns out the spruce top just needed time to age...3 years later it is a completely different guitar. With my favorite D'Addario EJ16 strings, the sound has become rich and warm, with even a little bit of the "shimmer" that Gibson acoustics are known for. I don't expect that it will ever sound exactly like my real Gibson but getting 90 percent of the sound for 10 percent of the price was a great bargain. I am really glad I kept it.

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Epiphone AJ 45

Having purchased a Martin D 15 (Rosewood/Spruce) a couple of years ago,long scsle flat top, I decided to buy a short scale flat top to replace the Gibson J 45 I...Read complete review

Having purchased a Martin D 15 (Rosewood/Spruce) a couple of years ago,long scsle flat top, I decided to buy a short scale flat top to replace the Gibson J 45 I bought new in 1969. Having seen the first version of the Epiphone version ( no neck binding, butter bean tuners) and liking it, I decided to order one in the beautiful cherry finish. I'm sorry to have to say that this latest version, made in Indonesia, is not as high quality an instrument. After measuring the length from nut to saddle , I learned that this is not a short scake instrument and is actually 1/8 of an inch longer than my long scale Martin! Unfortunately, that wasn't the only problem, the fretrboard extends out over the sound hole by about a 1/16 of an inch! Then there's the different colored strap buttons( one chrome, one brass!?) And last but not least the action is so high at the first position as to make the instrument practically unplayable and the tone lacks bass and mids making it sound so trebly as to only be usefull as a toy. Being the proud owner of several Epiphones, two Les Paul plain tops a Dot Deluxe and an Explorer I'm sad to have to report that Epiphone Quality has taken a turn for the worse. The high quality of the instruments that came out of the Samik plant in Korea in no longer evident. It appears that the AJ500 Masterbuilt is my only option since they are truely amazing in quality of build and tone---just a bit out of my price range at the moment.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice acoustic sound

By RockNBlues

from Detroit

Bought the Epi AJ-45 in vintage sunburst when MF had them on sale a few years ago. I wanted a cheap, well-made solid top acoustic to play around the house and it looked like a pretty good deal. If it actually sounded like a Gibson J-45, that would be a bonus. I opened the big box when it arrived and immediately liked the build quality (except the ultra cheap bridge pins) but the sound was a different story. The tone was thin and dry at first with absolutely no warmth. However, it turns out the spruce top just needed time to age...3 years later it is a completely different guitar. With my favorite D'Addario EJ16 strings, the sound has become rich and warm, with even a little bit of the "shimmer" that Gibson acoustics are known for. I don't expect that it will ever sound exactly like my real Gibson but getting 90 percent of the sound for 10 percent of the price was a great bargain. I am really glad I kept it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great acoustic, nice folk sound

By Andy-cL1Rl

from Portland, OR

Love this guitar. I've owned and played much more expensive guitars, and although when I recieved the guitar it needed some work (the usual: set-up, strings, and I put a Fishman Rare Earth pick-up into it) it became an exceptional instrument after a little tweeking. I highly recommend it, the Epi is great for folk, alt country, fingerpicking...nice early Beatles type sound to it.

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5.0

Best deal ever!

By BillyD

from A corn firld in Indiana

Had mine for about a year now and WOW! All I had to do was put on a new set of strings and I was in heaven! Perfect right out of the box. Great action, beautiful black finish. Got mine when MF was blowing them out. The sound beats my handmade Seagull. If your gonna be famous I guess buy a Gibson. If not why pay for 3 or 4 times more for the same kinda guitar!

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4.0

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By Seve B

from drifter

This is my first acoustic, I bought because they were getting blown out last november. I got mine in red, and wow, the picture does no justice for the finish on the guitar, but I think the amount of finishing on the guitar takes some of the natural sound away from the guitar. Overall it has a nice tone to it. I like playing it, all my friends really like playing it, but the action on it is high, although I havent taken it in to be adjusted. It had a couple flaws in it from the factory, the bridge had a hairline crack in it. and there was a slight flaw in the wood on the top. but overall, for the price its the most guitar you can get.

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5.0

Great value

By Islander

from Jersey City , New Jersey

Plus: Classic looks, solidly built, sounds good and will even improve as it ages, Low Price....Minus: Action is a bit high, my fingers have callouses and I still felt some sting-maybe the strings just needed some breaking in. The thin pickguard-mine was peeling from near the sound hole but an easy fix. This guitar is longer than my other acoustics coz of the headstock, it barely fits my gig bag.Bottom line: If you are a pro then go for the Gibson. American made instruments are still superior to foreign made BUT the Quality Gap has shrunk. If you are a hobbyist or low in cash then get this. For Price/value ratio it's a steal.

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5.0

Couldn't be happier with this guitar...

By Dr.J

from Chicago

This guitar is sweet. I bought one for my girlfriend a couple weeks ago and another for myself when I realized that the price to awesome ratio was completely insane. I have been playing my Taylor 410-ce for the last 10 years and loving it but playing this thing makes me feel like Elvis. It looks amazing, it sounds amazing. I just got an Epiphone Dot Studio recently and that guitar is great as well. My $1000 "made in the USA" guitars aren't seeing any use now that I have a couple of gorgeous Epiphones. When I started playing guitar in high school in the late 90s Epiphone kind of sucked as I recall but they are making some nice stuff now.

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3.0

Sweet lookin' axe

By River Minstrel

from Davenport Iowa

Workmanship in terms of appearance was good to excellent on this vintage sunburst. The huge disappointment was in the action. Neck was bowed and the string action at the nut was way too high dispite the claim to meet factory specs. My tech said the action couldn't be lowered much or the strings would rattle and buzz at the 2nd & 3rd fret. Intonation was OK at upper frets but off at the lower ones due to the high string action at the nut. Sustain was minimal in the base strings, and did it not have the rich deep sound that Gibsons have. My advice, if you want a trophy is that you can say "I do" but remember that beauty is only skin deep, and you my be disappointed when you realize its too superficial for a long term relatioship.

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2.0

Epiphone AJ 45

By Little Albert

from Fort Worth, Texas

Having purchased a Martin D 15 (Rosewood/Spruce) a couple of years ago,long scsle flat top, I decided to buy a short scale flat top to replace the Gibson J 45 I bought new in 1969. Having seen the first version of the Epiphone version ( no neck binding, butter bean tuners) and liking it, I decided to order one in the beautiful cherry finish. I'm sorry to have to say that this latest version, made in Indonesia, is not as high quality an instrument. After measuring the length from nut to saddle , I learned that this is not a short scake instrument and is actually 1/8 of an inch longer than my long scale Martin! Unfortunately, that wasn't the only problem, the fretrboard extends out over the sound hole by about a 1/16 of an inch! Then there's the different colored strap buttons( one chrome, one brass!?) And last but not least the action is so high at the first position as to make the instrument practically unplayable and the tone lacks bass and mids making it sound so trebly as to only be usefull as a toy. Being the proud owner of several Epiphones, two Les Paul plain tops a Dot Deluxe and an Explorer I'm sad to have to report that Epiphone Quality has taken a turn for the worse. The high quality of the instruments that came out of the Samik plant in Korea in no longer evident. It appears that the AJ500 Masterbuilt is my only option since they are truely amazing in quality of build and tone---just a bit out of my price range at the moment.

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5.0

VERY NICE !

I bought this to just have around and save wear and tear on my Gibson. This thing has got me wondering why I paid so much for my Gibson,? it?s that good". If you buy one of these, as with anything I've seen on the market today if you can't do it yourself, have it set up and you will have something that no one will believe you paid so little for. I just love the way that it looks and the build quality is first rate. It's worth the asking price as wall decoration, but trust me it won't spend too much time hanging on the wall because you won't want to put it down once you play it. This thing sounds awesome and has the wider neck just like the Gibson and Grover tuners. Buy one before they are gone!

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5.0

Classic Sound, Classy Looks

By Reynardine

from South Bend, IN

I have the black model and the finish is very good. I love the chunky, thick sound of Epiphone and Gibson acoustics. And this guitar is RIGHT THERE! I play with my fingers and a thumbpick. I wish the pickguard was a little thicker, but no big deal. Good intonation but the action might be a little high for strictly chordal work.

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