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Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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Based on the body shapes of Epiphone's traditional 335 guitars such as the the Casino and Sheraton, the Epiphone PR5E made its debut in 1990. Unlike ...Read More

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A classic Epiphone acoustic-electric guitar.

Based on the body shapes of Epiphone's traditional 335 guitars such as the the Casino and Sheraton, the Epiphone PR5E made its debut in 1990. Unlike those double-cutaway siblings, it has a single, sharp Florentine for complete fingerboard access. The hefty lower bout produces round and warm bass notes and highly defined mids. The premium spruce top employs a hand-scalloped X-brace pattern for crisp response. The subtly arched mahogany back and mahogany sides warm up the guitar's tone. The SlimTaper neck is designed to minimize playing fatigue. Grover tuners offer smooth action and locked-in tuning. Gold hardware and split-diamond fretboard inlays give it the look of a guitar costing much more.Epiphone installs its eSonic preamp and Nanoflex pickup system to make the PR5E live-performance ready in amplified venues. The eSonic preamp, which is built in collaboration with Shadow Germany, has an onboard tuner. As you select the tuning mode, output is muted for silent onstage tuning. The tuner can also be engaged when you plug and unplug the guitar, eliminating annoying pops. A master volume, 3-band EQ, and shape switch make it easy to get your tone right. An included phase switch helps fight feedback. The eSonic is powered by two 2032 lithium watch batteries that keep the preamp operating much longer than bulky 9V batteries. The Shadow system's Nanoflex low-impedance pickup has special sensing material and integrated electronics that read body as well as string vibrations. This results in more natural, rounder tone that avoids the "quackiness" of piezo pickups.

FEATURES
  • Top: Select, hand-scalloped Spruce
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with Split-Diamond Inlays
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Machine Heads: Grover
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Electronics: eSonic Preamp with Nanoflex pickup
  • Built-In Tuner, Master Volume, Master Tone, Phase, Treble, Bass, EQ shape,
  • Low battery indicator, Tuner On/Off/Mute
  • Power: Two 2032 Lithium Batteries
  • Output: 1/4", end pin
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EpiphonePR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Value on a Really Good Guitar

First off I want to say that my PR5-E is unlike any other in the world. It is a one-of-a-kind roundback prototype that I won as a door prize at a Musician's Friend...Read complete review

First off I want to say that my PR5-E is unlike any other in the world. It is a one-of-a-kind roundback prototype that I won as a door prize at a Musician's Friend store grand opening in Harahan, Louisiana about 16 years ago.

The neck is what impressed me most about this guitar. I found it much more comfortable than my father's Martin D-35. If you have smallish hands, like me, you will find this a dream to play. It is very much like the rounded 50's profile found on most Les Pauls. I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio and there is no dropoff in playability when I switch between the two. The fretboard has slight curve to it and I find it to be well suited for players who drape their thumb over the top. Also, the florentine cutaway allows for easy access to the upper registers.

The electronics on these newer models are much improved. If I didn't have this prototype, I would buy one without a second thought.

The one shortcoming I've found with these models is a lack of bottom end. It can't compete with the standard dreadnought models but it isn't meant to. This baby begs to be run through an amp. I use a Rocktron Hypnotic Flanger, VERY subtle effect, and this baby shimmers. (I run my signal chain through an MXR 10 band EQ so I can add some bottom end.)

Another neat aspect is that you can plug this directly into a mixer for recording and get a very lively sound. (This is where the onboard electronics become very handy.)

The bottom line is that for the price you won't find many acoustics than can do so much. Perhaps that's the reason so many of these guitars have been sold. It makes sense to me.

I would like to thank Musician's Friend for giving me this guitar as a door prize. It was a close companion during the no-electricity days after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. Thank You. Oh, I checked with Gibson. They confirmed it as a protoype and likely a one-of-a-kind item.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not too bad, but some things to look out for..

The main thing that I was "really" disapointed with was Epiphone as a company, really poor customer support. Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson and I expected better treatment. When I...Read complete review

The main thing that I was "really" disapointed with was Epiphone as a company, really poor customer support. Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson and I expected better treatment. When I emailed the main support, and after "going back and forth" in regards to the neck and bridge, they wanted "me" to ship them the guitar at "my" expensive.. not worth it when you add on insurance as well. I can still play the guitar, and the finish looks good, but the action on the neck it is just not right because of the neck and bridge "defects".
Finish is nice, sound is awesome.. nice low end for a cutaway. The pickup system is very nice as well.
The neck has a small bough in mine. Truss rod and saddle height adjustment did not help. Also the bridge is lifting just a bit in the back, not enough to worry about, but it does not make me happy.
If the neck and bridge did not have any problems, I would have rated this guitar a lot higher. Good for the price again if the defects were not there.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best choice I have ever made!!!

By AmanPatel73

from Nairobi, Kenya

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks Amazing
  • Rich Sound
  • Stands Out
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Just got this guitar a day ago and it blew me away. when I took it out of the box I was amazed at how light and thin it was, not to mention how amazing the finish looked. I was hyped and ready to jam (despite the fact that it was 3am) and as I opened my phone to use my tuning app I saw that it had a built in tuner as well, which I can tell you is the most helpful and precise tuner I have ever used. Finally, the sound!!! The guitar sounded impeccable! It was a hearty, rich sound and had no buzzing strings and was my seal of approval to calling this guitar one of the best I have ever played. I would recommend this guitar to any and everybody who appreciates and loves music as much as I do!

     
    5.0

    Great guitar, especially at its price point

    By huston

    from Ladonia, Alabama

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great finish/looks
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Church services
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is a wonderful guitar, especially at this price point! I got a really good deal from Musician's Friend. I expected a great guitar (I have several Epiphone acoustics and electrics, and am very happy with the quality of the Epiphone brand) and I was not disappointed. Great finish, great sound, especially through an amp. I especially love the on-board pickup/electronics- what a great sound! After changing strings to Earthwood .10s, the string height and action were just great- no adjustments needed. The workmanship was flawless, and the finish was beautiful. I already had a case that I had purchased for a PR4e, but a quality hardshell case is still available for a remarkably cheap price.. All in all, a quality guitar at a great price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Had high hopes for guitar out of the box - didn't happen

      By Stratman in the Burgh

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Strings that come with this guitar must absolutely be changed right out of the box - I use D'addario phosphor bronze EJ 15's. Replaced the plastic nut with a tusg 1 11/16" nut to expand string spacing which also personally improved overall playability for me & sound quality. The bridge saddle material appears to work fine but had to take the saddle down to slightly level the string action and get the overall action within acceptable tolerances. I was a concerned when I first took the guitar out of the box as to whether or not I could get this guitar to work for me. However, In the end after committing to the guitar and doing some minimal luthier work, this acoustic electric guitar is now performing up to my expectations.
      Ultimately, I was trying to cheap it out due to limited resources so that I could add a couple acoustic songs to my repertoire. I was not expecting this guitar to have the sound quality of a high end acoustic electric but this guitar will adequately serve my purposes for the time being. Also, note the overall rating
      I'm giving this guitar was out of the box before I made any alterations - I would give it four stars post alterations.

       
      5.0

      With a doubt!

      By RM

      from Edmonds, WA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Haven't picked up a guitar in 25 years and was a little more than skeptical that this would be a quality instrument at this price point...I was surprised and impressed! The workmanship is incredible, the guitar is very easy to play and I began picking up where I left off two decades ago. I was going to trade up when I gained some playing experience...I'm not so sure now.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Value on a Really Good Guitar

        Pros

        • Easy Access Upper Frets
        • Fast neck
        • Versatile Eq Settings

        Cons

        • Shallow On Bottom End

        Best Uses

        • Playing Live
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        First off I want to say that my PR5-E is unlike any other in the world. It is a one-of-a-kind roundback prototype that I won as a door prize at a Musician's Friend store grand opening in Harahan, Louisiana about 16 years ago.

        The neck is what impressed me most about this guitar. I found it much more comfortable than my father's Martin D-35. If you have smallish hands, like me, you will find this a dream to play. It is very much like the rounded 50's profile found on most Les Pauls. I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio and there is no dropoff in playability when I switch between the two. The fretboard has slight curve to it and I find it to be well suited for players who drape their thumb over the top. Also, the florentine cutaway allows for easy access to the upper registers.

        The electronics on these newer models are much improved. If I didn't have this prototype, I would buy one without a second thought.

        The one shortcoming I've found with these models is a lack of bottom end. It can't compete with the standard dreadnought models but it isn't meant to. This baby begs to be run through an amp. I use a Rocktron Hypnotic Flanger, VERY subtle effect, and this baby shimmers. (I run my signal chain through an MXR 10 band EQ so I can add some bottom end.)

        Another neat aspect is that you can plug this directly into a mixer for recording and get a very lively sound. (This is where the onboard electronics become very handy.)

        The bottom line is that for the price you won't find many acoustics than can do so much. Perhaps that's the reason so many of these guitars have been sold. It makes sense to me.

        I would like to thank Musician's Friend for giving me this guitar as a door prize. It was a close companion during the no-electricity days after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. Thank You. Oh, I checked with Gibson. They confirmed it as a protoype and likely a one-of-a-kind item.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Haven't put her down yet!

        By MJGolda

        from Wonder Lake, Illinois

        Pros

        • It
        • It's An Epiphone
        • It's An Epiphone Love
        • Light Weight Affordable
        • Rich In Tone And Melodies
        • Superior Design Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Playing it

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Had been looking for an acoustic/electric and this plays easily and sounds good to the ear and heart.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent guitar at this price point.

          By MEMIN

          from San Luis Obispo, CA

          Pros

          • excellent electronics
          • Good attention to detail

          Cons

          • Intonation Off On Low E
          • Low Acoustic Volume

          Best Uses

          • Singersongwriter

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Excellent instrument at this price point. Because of the shallow body it's a little quiet acoustically, but very comfortable. Good definition across the strings and a fast attack.
          The electronics are fantastic! Clear, transparent and sharp focus. Tuner is surprisingly accurate but doesn't have option for anything other than 440.
          I've only had this guitar for a few weeks, but have found it excellent for DADGAD tuning. Great 'quiet' guitar for songwriting.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Guitar

          By GreyLion

          from Nashville

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Appearrance
          • On Board Electronics
          • On board tuner
          • Playability
          • Sound

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • All around

          Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is my second one of these.
          I had one many years back that did not have the fine improved electronics.
          This is a good product at a low price.
          I am very happy with the sound, feel, and appearance.
          I have never had a bad Epiphone product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          good deal

          By Jimmy Ray Klarock

          from Clearwater Fl

          Pros

          • And Looks Sharp
          • Sounds good
          • Very Nice Neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practice
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            this is incredible for 250
            I couldn't be happier

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Well Worth the Price

            By oldrookie

            from Byhalia, MS

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Read previous reviews that original string s were not very good.. That's true....changed strings right away and adjusted truss rod. Guitar sounds good. Jack plugin loosened up ...had to tighen first week.
            I think I have worked out all the kinks now and sounds great. Very good electronics.

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