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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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)

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    (70)

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    (16)

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    (4)

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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Budget Guitar!!!

By Stoked365

from IN

Pros

  • Action is good
  • Good sound
  • Good tuners
  • No fret buzz
  • Slim neck

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great guitar for home

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    For the price, I am very pleased with this guitar. I love the slim body and neck which makes it easy to play. The sound is great coming from this guitar, and even better plugged in. The finish is beautiful in the natural color. The cutaway looks great and provides easy access. I love the headstock and the gold tuners because they look great. I was unsure about this when I bought it. When I finally got it though, I fell in love with it. And no this is not a Gibson, Taylor, Martin, or any other high end guitar and it would be crazy to even compare it to them as some have done so. A lot of us are strapped for cash and this is great for the money. So, give it some thought if you have been looking for a budget guitar.

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    surprise

    By disappointed in fender

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar would be great for anyone. From beginner up. It is easy to play with great action. Solidly built, with beautiful amped sound. Not as good unplugged due to the thinner body. but plugged in it sounds like it's a foot deep!. I am usually a little hard to satisfy when it come to lower cost anything, and i wasn't very happy with this guitar until i put some good strings on it. now i am completely satisfied with it.
    Really Should be a 10 but need to leave room for adjustment. Great guitar for the money. If it came with better strings it may have gotten the 10. Swapped them immediately to Martin Marquis Lights, now 9.5 easy. the electronics are good also, and make the sound even better and tuning a breeze. It holds tune very well by the way.
    Very nicely finished guitar , Mine is the natural finish. Flawless as far as i can tell. For the money. Great!
    Again for the money, Great value. If all guitars in this price range sounded and looked, and played like this one there would be no need to make one for more.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

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

    By Mr.Tom

    from Columbia, South Carolina

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Brilliant acoustic!

    By Daniel Graver

    from Australia

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This acoustic is absolutely aweseome. I noticed some other reviews talking about the action, and I think that might be a personal preference thing, as the action is not noticably high. The stock strings were absolute garbage, so restring this guitar the moment you get it, and it will sound so much better!

    The open air sound is obviously not as deep and full as a full size body, but it still holds it own and sounds quite nice. Plugged in it sounds really really good though, probably about 80% as good as a Maton, Taylor, Cole Clark etc. For the price I am extremely happy with it.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar

    By Andres

    from Guatemala, Guatemala

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I think this is a really good guitar. I play on a jazz band and it gives you the acustic old sound of the 70's Jazz as well. I play stuff like So what, Take Five, Dear old Stocholm and it sounds great. It does stays in tune and works very well on different climates. I used to have an old one that was broken by accident still I have just purchased this one from here which is the same exact model and I hope tht I will get it on time and in very good conditions.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great little guitar

    By too many guitars-mHG8y

    from Northern Plains.

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought the guitar for fingerpicking. It works quite well. Fit and finish were excellent. I don't consider anything "perfect," especially guitars, largely because no guitar does "everything." This is not a dreadnaught. It's not for heavy pounding with a flatpick - although I still recommend my purchase of a Taylor clear pick guard even for a fingerpicker. It's held on by static and can easily be removed and is only $10 anyway. If you flatpick, I'd say it's a "must" add-on at the price of a set of strings.The phase button is worth its weight in gold using this guitar through an amp. The overall controls work well and help cover my inclination toward very light strings. In my case, DR Zebra A-E 9-42 which are lighter than most people wear on an acoustic guitar. But it will handle fingerpicking from Bach to whatever.Definitely buy a hard case for this guitar. It's worth the protection. Again, the neck, tuners... everything is quite nice. I doubt it would be my choice for bluegrass, but for what I do, it's an exceptional instrument.

    (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.

    (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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for value

    By Playing for Jesus

    from Hungry Horse, MT

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is a beautiful guitar first off. I ordered with the case for the pr5e and musician's friend went ahead and put the guitar in the case which was a beauty in itself. Out of the box this guitar has great action and a straight neck. This thing plays better than my fender and I love the hardware. All in all great product and would recommend to beginners and experts alike.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very much worth the money!

    By Countryside

    from Texas

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought the sunburst model of this guitar a few years ago, and I have played the heck out of it. I have owned many guitars, and I have kept and played this one the longest. I decided I wanted to keep a guitar on hand at another location, and after research I was drawn back to this guitar. I got it in the natural finish. It does have a slightly thinner body (not as deep) but so much that it hurts the sound. It is easy to hold and play. I also got the Epiphone case for it which is very nice, too. Ordered it all by phone and got a very decent price.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar

    By ADAM HASKEW

    from Birmingham, AL

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    overall ths was a very sour experience rearding the guitar. i returned it and musicians friend is always absolutely wonderful with customer service and satisfaction. so im happy that i was able to return it
    features seem nice the guitar is beautiful and well put together
    maybe i got a defected model but the quality of the sound was very poor. it had a cheap guitar sound to it and the guitar had terrible buzz when playing, but i raised the action under the bridge saddle and it was better. also the guitar wouldnt stay in tune or even more when each string played open it was in tune and i would press down on a chord or press a string on a fret the tuning would be too sharp but play the string open and it was in perfect tune. i tried changing the strings but didnt help at all. very dissapointing but maybe that particular guitar was just flawed. this isnt the first time that ive played a guitar and sound quality was poor but normally its a cheap guitar this guitar sound not have sounded this way
    if my guitar wasnt flawed i would say the value would be great

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Almost Indestructable

    By Dhoenisch

    from Chicagoland, IL

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have the Sunburst version of this guitar. I've only had it a few months, but I got it from a guy who had it for about 4 years, and traveled all over the place with it. I got it with a broken headstock. After I repaired it, and added a bone saddle, I finally got to play it. It feels great. One of the easier guitars to handle. The electronics sound great. My friend plugged it into our church's sound system, and we couldn't wipe the smiles off of our faces while he was playing it. Also, this guitar has been through a lot, even more than the broken headstock, and the finish still looks great on it. Mind you, I buffed out the entire guitar after repairing it, but what scratches that were on there didn't get past the stain. No chips whatsoever. Very durable finish. I don't know if the frets are original (I doubt it), but they, and the fretboard, are still in really good shape. One tuner was lost during the break, but the other 5 perform beautifully. This guitar hardly ever goes out of tune. I would definately recommend this to anyone looking for an acoustic-electric. Oh, I forgot to mention, not a very big sound when playing unplugged due to the slim body, but if you wanted to play it acoustically, why buy and acoustic-electric like this?

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a beauty

    By Johnny Erokan

    from Bay Area California

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Beautiful guitar... very nicly made, all the bells and whistles, great action, plays and sounds great!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

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

    By jereco

    from pittsburgh

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

    (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

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My pr5

    By Arius Wesley G Dupree

    from Ohio

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar -black does show every mark. Im a Luthier so Im gonna replace the plastic nut & bridge with bone, I love the thickness ,not thin -not dreadnought wide. Sounds good unplugged However--- The Electronics are thin.... I got a cheapy guitar here w/ fishman electronics that sounds way better I guess piezo just dont cut it!! Ill have my work cut out for me upgrading elecronics or buying a acoustic stomp box.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar and Good Sound!

    By Deltason

    from Somewhere in Mississippi

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    Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I play it through the PA system or my Marshell ASD100 amp. Sounds great pluged in and not to bad unpluged. Haven't changed the strings yet but know that would be a improvement on any new guitar.
    Just got this guitar yesterday. It has the same electronics as the EJ200 except for no stereo output. Gold hardware and good finish.
    Built solidly and beautiful guitar. Setup not bad either. Strings are not to high and no buzzes.
    Great value for the money.

    (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!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Value on a Really Good Guitar

      By Les Paul Disciple

      from Covington, LA

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      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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very nice guitar at a great price

      By BLASe100

      from British Columbia, Canada

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear
      • Slim

      Cons

      • Charges
      • Customs

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Very happy with the fast service provided. I ordered this late and it arrived in plenty of time for Christmas. My son loves the sound of this guitar and is more than happy with it.

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