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Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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Product# J09891
OVERVIEW

An upgraded top with all the features that make the series easy to play and stage-ready electronics.

When you're ready play live, the PRO-1 Ultra can plug into any size PA or amplifier with the Shadow Performer preamp and NanoFlex pickup system, the same pickup system found in Epiphone's legendary Masterbilt guitars as well as many other classic Epiphones. The PRO-1 Ultra also features a solid Spruce top for superior sound with beautiful 5-layer ivory and black binding just like Epiphone's vintage classics along with all of the PRO Collection's breakthrough innovations. Epiphone, one of the world's oldest and most respected guitar makers, has just made playing and learning guitar easy for everyone.

Designed by Professionals to be easy to play
Creating a truly easy-to-play guitar wasn't easy. Epiphone takes making a great guitar seriously, no matter what the player's level. So Epiphone rethought the guitar from top to bottom to make an instrument that anyone can play right away. The result is a truly "PRO" guitar that's easy-to-play, easy-to-own, and most importantly, delivers the full, vibrant sound Epiphone is known for. The PRO-1 Ultra acoustic/electric guitar is the result of exhaustive analysis, numerous technological innovations, and suggestions from a "who's who" of professional players. And now it's time to plug in and play.

Less fatigue
Wrap your hand around the PRO-1 Ultra neck and you'll immediately feel how comfortable it is. The new EZ-Profile neck is designed so your hand can easily form chords without feeling fatigued.

Effortless Fretting
Epiphone JumboPRO frets make fretting notes and chords seem effortless. JumboPRO frets are taller and wider than smaller frets. So, when you push down a string, it's easier to make string contact with the fret with less hand fatigue and finger friction.

Shorter is Easier
Scale length is the distance from the saddle to the nut. The shorter the scale length, the "looser" the strings feel. Because the PRO-1's scale length is almost 1" shorter than most acoustic guitars, the strings are under less tension so you don't have to press hard to get good tone. And - since the frets are closer together-- making chords is easier!

Make friction fiction
String and fingerboard friction not only slows your playing but also can hurt. The PRO-Ease string and fingerboard coating provides sleek, smooth action with reduced string noise.

No pain, no gain?
Nonsense-Epiphone believes in "no pain." Lighter gauge strings are easier to play so every PRO-1 is set-up and equipped with Epiphone Ultra-Light strings.

Easy action
With Epiphone's Dual-Action truss rod, you can adjust the neck in both directions, which not only stabilizes the neck but also makes set-up easier and more precise.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: Single cutaway
  • Top wood: Spruce Solid
  • Back & sides: Mahogany Select
  • Bracing pattern: Custom
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Shadow
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase switch
  • Tuner: Yes
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Other
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: GraphTech NuBone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Easy to play
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: eMedia lessons, Humidifier
  • Country of origin: China

And now it' time to play. Order today.

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EpiphonePRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
3.4

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

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    (1)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

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2.0

Terrible Low Fret Intonation

By Scotty-The-Guitar-Teacher

from Cape Cod, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Rattle
  • Poor Intonation

Best Uses

  • Can't recommend this instrument for anything.

Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased one of these online for a student. Low frets on bass strings were 15 cents sharp. Awful. Chords don't sound in tune. I sent it back. MF said they would check out the replacement before they sent it to us but they obviously didn't. The 2nd instrument had the same exact problem. I've generally been happy with MF but this deal has been a disaster. I should know better than to buy an acoustic without trying it first. I asked for a refund and will go to Guitar Center and pick out a different model or manufacturer.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good guitar, but there is room for improvement

By Brian

from West Tennessee

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Not Consistent
  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this as a second "practice" guitar for a couple of reasons: price, scale length, onboard electronics and it being a solid top guitar. I like the jumbo frets. Never used them before, but they do reduce finger fatigue some. Sounds is decent and the fact that it is a solid top means it should mellow and warm with age, so I expect it to continue to improve. Fit and finish are good. Frets are not sharp on the ends or rough. Fingerboard is nice. Setup was good. Intonation was spot on. No truss rod work was necessary out of the box (tuning was awful, though).

But...
1) The onboard tuner is awkward and confusing and even a bit hard to read.
2) Guitar tuning keys are... unimpressive. I have a Yamaha that has terrific tuners and it was an inexpensive guitar that sells for less than this one. I guess it set a high bar. This one requires more tuning than I expected it would. While I've seen worse (Squier Bullet Strat, anyone?), I will replace these tuners.
3) The neck. I kept reading how this neck was the right size... not too small, not too big, precisely engineered to be comfortable. There are guitars that are worse... no doubt about it. But on a scale of 1-10, it's a 5. And the sticky, lacquered back of the neck... just don't care for it. Feels cheap. Not terribly comfortable. I wish the neck were smaller and more comfortable -- again, the cheaper Yamaha set a high bar. I also don't like the sticky feeling of it.

It's a fine guitar, but I am going to use it was an acoustic beater, loaner and backup. I find it plays well and sounds good, but I hesitate to say it accomplished everything it touts when Epiphone says it's "precisely engineered" to be comfortable to play. It's above average, but uninspired... I give it a B-.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

epiphone hit a home run!

By JDF

from NH

About Me Child

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    bought for my son and he plays longer and enjoys practice more than with his other guitars. I also enjoy this fine quality guitar and hope the strings become more readily available!

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great deals, awesome prices!

    By RC

    from Highland,CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Used for practice

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This One Is Good

      By CK

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Guitar played fine right out of the box, shipped to local retailer, Setup Tech was impressed that it needed no adjustment. Having had two hand surgeries I find the instrument does require less pressure on the strings which makes playing easier.Guitar has a bright sound quality. The Shadow Performer Series and the tuning pegs take a little getting use to.. Although Epiphone recommends the Pro1 strings the EXP 12 sounds better.

          (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Very sorry I purchased this guitar.

          By Crash

          from Champaign, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • NONE

          Cons

          • Requires Constant Tuning
          • Won't Tune And Buzzes

          Best Uses

          • Make A Clock Out Of It

          Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This guitar was on back orders for months. I wish that I knew what a inferior instrument this thing was, I would have got something else. I traded it in on a Martin.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          10 years in the making!

          By Joey

          from Outer Banks, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Not Consistent
            • Requires Constant Tuning

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Bought this for a student of mine as I select guitars for them. Epiphone blanketed the universe with advertising about all of the research, science and professional input that went into the design of this questionable assemblage of wood products and by products.
              Had had one of the first generation which was a great sounding starter, much like the Wechter Maple Lake series.
              This one isn't just flat, it's dead. No chime. Headstock has been bent back very far for the shortened scale length, it is hard to get a consistent spot-on note. Chords sound ghastly, even with the instrument "in tune."
              Not easy on beginning fingers with rudimentary chording on the first through third frets. Couldn't get a decent sounding "A" to save my life. Even fret-ease couldn't help save my man's fingers (a disabled vet.)
              As far as service goes, MF is just as great as could be; Sara is the best and is working on a substitute as I write this. They truly value your satisfaction.
              Where we live on The Outer Banks, music stores aren't within access to try these out first.
              Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion, I do hope that others have greater success, maybe this is just a lemon.

              (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              good learner guitar - some quibbles

              By Aiviq

              from Nairobi

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone PRO-1 ULTRA Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I got this guitar as a learning guitar for my daughter. Out of the box it was set up well, just needing a quick tune to be ready to play. It sounds good either plugged in or unplugged. Two quibbles about the guitar I received. According to the Epiphone web-site, the electronics are supposed to be a shadow performer preamp with a nanoflex pickup. The Shadow Performer line of pre-amps come in a variety of iterations, but the one epiphone shows on its web-site is the shadow performer tuner model, which includes a built in chromatic tuner. The pre-amp actually installed on the guitar does not have the chromatic tuner, but rather what appears to be the "double-play" slider, which is supposed to be used to blend between a bridge mounted nanoFlex pickup and a fingerboard mounted nanoMag pickup. Since I don't believe this guitar includes the NanoMag pickup, I don't see any advantage in having the slider, and would rather have the chromatic tuner instead. I also kind of don't like the "end-pin" jack, as it is a non-standard "button" size for attaching a strap. I would prefer to have a standard strap pin button on the end, and have the jack mounted elsewhere.

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