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Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Sweet acoustic sound for plugged-in playing.

Incorporating radically different design elements, the Epiphone SST acoustic-electric guitar even dispenses with the soundhole. But don't let the SST Studio Guitar's seductive visuals fool you”behind the elegant ebony finish and curvaceous body is a superb acoustic-electric guitar designed to deal with the realities of playing in amplified settings.The Epiphone SST Studio has a solid mahogany body with sound chambers optimized to fight feedback using computer-aided design. An active SST Studio preamp with NanoFlex pickup designed collaboratively with Shadow Germany makes the SST stage and studio-ready. Unlike a piezo, the flexible sensing material used in the pickup includes active circuitry to pick up body and top vibrations along with the strings. This eliminates the brittle tone of piezo pickups. Thanks to the electronics and overall design, the SST can be played at high volumes without fear of feedback. The preamp includes an on-board headphone amp, letting you plug your headphones into the 1/4" output jack for quiet practice and warm-ups.The Epiphone SST Studio is equipped with a SlimTaper mahogany neck, a smooth 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and acoustic steel strings. Once you've picked the SST Studio guitar up, you'll never put it down. Like all Epiphones, the hardware is built with working musicians in mind and includes premium gold Grover machine heads for rock-solid tuning accuracy and stability and a solid rosewood reverse-belly bridge with compensated saddle. The Epiphone SST Studio is the complete acoustic-electric guitar package at the right price.

FEATURES
Top: Select spruce
Body: Acoustically chambered mahogany
Bridge: Rosewood with compensated saddle
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Frets: 24, Medium/Jumbo
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Nut Width: 1.68"
Machine Heads: Grover
Hardware: Gold
Electronics: SST-Studio Preamp (by Shadow)
Master Volume, Treble, Bass
Headphone/Amp Switch
Power: One 9V Battery
Output: 1/4", end pin

The perfect solution for acoustic work in loud stage environments. Order yours now.

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EpiphoneSST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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Awesome Guitar!

It's a great sounding guitar that's also fun to play! It's far more comfortable to play than a standard acoustic guitar, with the bonus of easy to record from, no problems with feedback,...Read complete review

It's a great sounding guitar that's also fun to play! It's far more comfortable to play than a standard acoustic guitar, with the bonus of easy to record from, no problems with feedback, and has the acoustic sound that regular electric guitars can't produce. I'm very impressed by this instrument.
I ordered my SST on Monday afternoon, and it was at my door on Thursday! That's incredible service. I applaud Musician's Friends for their prompt, courteous service!

I admit that I used to be anti-Epiphone, but after purchasing several different ones (Les Pauls, DOT, BB King, and recently a SST Classical) I have changed my mind.

It's a breathtaking beauty when taken out of the box! I got the natural finish. The finish is flawless as are the fine details. The top has a lovely fine grain that is accented beautifully with the mahogany back, neck, and rosewood fingerboard.

The intonation is spot-on perfect from the first to last fret. The tuners are smooth and dependable. I changed the strings after testing the guitar to make sure it's electronics worked properly. Does it stay in tune? Absolutely. I had to retune it a few times at first, but that's normal after changing strings. Now, after 3 days, it stays in tune with only minor adjustments after a few hours of playing.

The sound, which is THE most critically important feature of any guitar, is great! I have been using a 40 XL cube in my living room for practice and the quality of the sound is fantastic. I set the cube on solo, acoustic, with a touch of reverb and it sounds like a million dollars! It sounds like an acoustic guitar that someone has a mike on, with the plus of no feedback (full blast sitting in front of the speaker!) and very easy to hold and play by it's thin body.

The neck is slim and an electric guitarist would feel right at home playing the most finger stretching chords!

The built-in active equalizer is very effective in adjusting volume, treble, and bass. I've been keeping the bass up a little, the treble in neutral, and volume all the way up and making the rest of the adjustments on the amplifier. But I've only had the guitar a few days, so I'm still experimenting.

I've read some complaints about the battery (9 volt) wearing out quickly. I've not found that to be the case thus far. I've played it for about 10 hours now, and it's still working fine with the battery that was shipped in the guitar. By the way, battery replacement is a snap! No screwdriver is needed like the earlier versions required. So changing the battery is no big deal.

Recording directly from the instrument is just like recording directly from a Les Paul...pure sound, no hum, and clear as a bell. Obviously, running it through your favorite pedals is no problem. I'm finding that for myself a loop pedal, a little digital delay, and touch of reverb makes me totally happy! Of course distortion, equalizers, compression, shifters work equally well with this instrument.

I think any guitarist would find this a great addition to their guitar arsenol regardless of the style of playing.

Last month, I got the SST Classical guitar and I was so taken by it's sound and quality, I decided that I had to get it's twin, the SST Acoustic. I applaud Epiphone...and Musician's Friend!

I know some people are critical of Epiphone . . . and so was I. But I've changed my mind about them over the years and am pleased to have several of their guitars.
The physical quality of the instrument is flawless! There is NOT one thing that needs improvement. The binding, the finish, the color, the wood quality, the craftsmanship is as perfect as any company could make a guitar! The gold plated tuners just set off this guitar and make it a show stopper BEFORE playing the first note! It's easy to play and very comfortable to hold for hours. The neck has a nice feel to it and good action.

The sound of this instrument is what you'd want from an acoustic guitar, without the hassle of feedback.

I have a hard time putting this guitar down to be honest!
If a guitarist is looking for a guitar with good sound, looks good, is comfortable to play, but is not impressed by the name on the headstock, then this is a fantastic value. Of course, everyone has different opinions, so the best thing is to pick one up and play it, then decide. I'm very impressed by this instrument...and its "twin" the SST Classical.

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Risky

I bought it and I returned it! The quality wasn't there. Sorry for the truth of it. The battery cover strap was busted before I even finished unpacking. The body had a very...Read complete review

I bought it and I returned it! The quality wasn't there. Sorry for the truth of it. The battery cover strap was busted before I even finished unpacking. The body had a very discernable joint/seam misalignment. Very obvious when viewing a reflected light source off of the black body. The sound was o.k. but once I consider the flaws it wasn't worth it. I have an Epi Les Paul quilt top and a Jr half stack. Both great quality so I took the plunge on this and knew immediately it was a bad deal. For the price there are better choices to be considered. Final point: all the purchases were from MF and they were great all the way. I'm done buying equipment for awhile (because I bought everything I needed)but I'd buy from MF in a second.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar

By Kim Henke

from Arizona

Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A bult-in tuner would be far more useful than the headphone option. The guitar has enough natural acoustic volume for practice.
They should add a strap button to the body near the neck.
Lastly, MF should carry the SST ECACS case. This guitar is best for stage use, so at least sell the case !
These Indonesian made Epiphones are made very well. A real surprise for a budget guitar.
Excellent sound and build quality for the money.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar!

By Fritz

from Maryland

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

It's a great sounding guitar that's also fun to play! It's far more comfortable to play than a standard acoustic guitar, with the bonus of easy to record from, no problems with feedback, and has the acoustic sound that regular electric guitars can't produce. I'm very impressed by this instrument.
I ordered my SST on Monday afternoon, and it was at my door on Thursday! That's incredible service. I applaud Musician's Friends for their prompt, courteous service!

I admit that I used to be anti-Epiphone, but after purchasing several different ones (Les Pauls, DOT, BB King, and recently a SST Classical) I have changed my mind.

It's a breathtaking beauty when taken out of the box! I got the natural finish. The finish is flawless as are the fine details. The top has a lovely fine grain that is accented beautifully with the mahogany back, neck, and rosewood fingerboard.

The intonation is spot-on perfect from the first to last fret. The tuners are smooth and dependable. I changed the strings after testing the guitar to make sure it's electronics worked properly. Does it stay in tune? Absolutely. I had to retune it a few times at first, but that's normal after changing strings. Now, after 3 days, it stays in tune with only minor adjustments after a few hours of playing.

The sound, which is THE most critically important feature of any guitar, is great! I have been using a 40 XL cube in my living room for practice and the quality of the sound is fantastic. I set the cube on solo, acoustic, with a touch of reverb and it sounds like a million dollars! It sounds like an acoustic guitar that someone has a mike on, with the plus of no feedback (full blast sitting in front of the speaker!) and very easy to hold and play by it's thin body.

The neck is slim and an electric guitarist would feel right at home playing the most finger stretching chords!

The built-in active equalizer is very effective in adjusting volume, treble, and bass. I've been keeping the bass up a little, the treble in neutral, and volume all the way up and making the rest of the adjustments on the amplifier. But I've only had the guitar a few days, so I'm still experimenting.

I've read some complaints about the battery (9 volt) wearing out quickly. I've not found that to be the case thus far. I've played it for about 10 hours now, and it's still working fine with the battery that was shipped in the guitar. By the way, battery replacement is a snap! No screwdriver is needed like the earlier versions required. So changing the battery is no big deal.

Recording directly from the instrument is just like recording directly from a Les Paul...pure sound, no hum, and clear as a bell. Obviously, running it through your favorite pedals is no problem. I'm finding that for myself a loop pedal, a little digital delay, and touch of reverb makes me totally happy! Of course distortion, equalizers, compression, shifters work equally well with this instrument.

I think any guitarist would find this a great addition to their guitar arsenol regardless of the style of playing.

Last month, I got the SST Classical guitar and I was so taken by it's sound and quality, I decided that I had to get it's twin, the SST Acoustic. I applaud Epiphone...and Musician's Friend!

I know some people are critical of Epiphone . . . and so was I. But I've changed my mind about them over the years and am pleased to have several of their guitars.
The physical quality of the instrument is flawless! There is NOT one thing that needs improvement. The binding, the finish, the color, the wood quality, the craftsmanship is as perfect as any company could make a guitar! The gold plated tuners just set off this guitar and make it a show stopper BEFORE playing the first note! It's easy to play and very comfortable to hold for hours. The neck has a nice feel to it and good action.

The sound of this instrument is what you'd want from an acoustic guitar, without the hassle of feedback.

I have a hard time putting this guitar down to be honest!
If a guitarist is looking for a guitar with good sound, looks good, is comfortable to play, but is not impressed by the name on the headstock, then this is a fantastic value. Of course, everyone has different opinions, so the best thing is to pick one up and play it, then decide. I'm very impressed by this instrument...and its "twin" the SST Classical.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By Deanvandamme

from nashville, tn

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have played this along with the Gibson counterpart and this does hold up well against it. I am not saying this is a gibson level but it is a very nice instrument. It plays well the neck is a little more of a D neck. It sounds good doing things like Nugent and other acoustic blues and hard rock. It does have a very nice tone for light passages. My 2 critiques are pretty standard found on almost all epiphones with piezo. The High E is lower in volume even if you try an level the saddle. Not sure why this is true in almost all epiphones. The second is the 1/4 jack. the connection is loose and can't be easily fixed. Becuse its a switching (on/off) jack you cant use a standard replacement. The issues are not enough to return the instrument and it is a very nice guitar with good value

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Investment

By Lane V Thomas

from Cibolo Texas, outside of San Antonio

Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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I needed a back up acoustic electric. I took a chance on the Epiphone SST because of the price. I play everything from Haggard to Hendrix on acoustic electric and using various pedals. I was impressed with the look and action (after removing the awful strings and giving a complete cleaning and conditioning of the neck. I use D'Addario medium strings. The neck and the action is awesome and reminds me of the early 60's Gibson's that I played in my early bands back in the 60's. I would definitely tell anyone looking for something like this to buy it and not waste time looking around. The price alone is worth buying. The only I didn't like is that a hardshell case is not included. Order an SST and you'll be impressed!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Risky

By Keith-jk.

from Las Vegas

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought it and I returned it! The quality wasn't there. Sorry for the truth of it. The battery cover strap was busted before I even finished unpacking. The body had a very discernable joint/seam misalignment. Very obvious when viewing a reflected light source off of the black body. The sound was o.k. but once I consider the flaws it wasn't worth it. I have an Epi Les Paul quilt top and a Jr half stack. Both great quality so I took the plunge on this and knew immediately it was a bad deal. For the price there are better choices to be considered. Final point: all the purchases were from MF and they were great all the way. I'm done buying equipment for awhile (because I bought everything I needed)but I'd buy from MF in a second.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Learn to LOVE IT!!

By Andre From Idlewood

from Jacksonville FL

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Ok, so I researched this guitar, among MANY OTHERS, and finally decided on it because I gig with a full band sometimes and wanted an Acoustic that could hang without pissing everyone off about the feedback. I have to say, this guitar kinda grows on you. You have to dial it in, but once you do, it's a great sound. I was looking for that early Dave Matthews Band Live sound, and I finally got it out of her. For the price, you can play this outside under a shell or awning or tent in ANY weather and get the acoustic bright sound and not worry about warping or destroying the guitar... It really is a GREAT BUY and I would suggest it to ANYONE who needs a GOOD back up or RAINY DAY guitar. The one downer is that there is NO TOP STRAP PIN which is annoying, but if you use strap locks then that lets you pick where you want it, which is a good thing I suppose. Oh, and the other bad thing, it has an Epiphone headstock, which means it's probably NOT fitting in a regular case. Buy the EPI case or good luck trying to find one it fits in!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fwd: FW: Ya gotta love it!!!

By camp54

from Ontario, Canada

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just bought this little gem . Lite for a solid body guitar.I hooked it up to a Fishman mini amp.Could not believe how clear and crisp the sound was . This guitar just feels right and you don't ever want to put it down. For the money its' a keeper

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Affordable and Versitile.

By Dustin Taylor

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A great starter guitar. I've owned my for about a year, and being my first bought guitar its been pretty good to me. Its nice to be able to slap in some headphone and jam out where ever. It has a great acoustic sound; through headphones and amped. The craftsmanship is good and it stays in tune very well. All in all I've been very happy with it, except for one thing. The big draw back that I have noticed about the guitar is battery life. I didnt have a problem with the battery until I started playing on a regular basis and then I started noticing that I was going through batteries like crazy. It wouldnt be such a big deal but in order for the pick ups to work it has to have a working battery in it and thats even plugged into an amp. Its kind of annoying to pick up the guitar to play and the batteries out. So if your looking for a mid to low end priced acoustic/electric guitar that durable and fun to play then this is it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Solid 'Get Down To Work' Guitar

By heyheymymy21

from Los Angeles,CA

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just received my SST last week, and I am completely pleased with it. The comfort of an electric (body, neck, action, etc.) is there and excellent acoustic tones are there also. If you do not know how to tweak your amp/pre-amp very well, you may struggle but once you get it set how you want, this guitar has no boundaries. I have a fender tele and a Martin SWDGT and this guitar has become my main guitar. Even unplugged this guitar is great volume. Compared to the old Chet's, I feel this guitar is levels above because the pre-amp has been improved to a much higher extent. Do not let the price scare you away. if you want a rock solid guitar that has no limitations, do not hesitate. Just be prepared to put in your own top strap button, it only has a back button. Nothing too hard to fix. Made in indonesia so you might see some little mistakes, but how it sounds and plays is wonderful. I love my SST

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly as expected

By pepperman

from Cherry Hill NJ

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Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I ordered this guitar from Musican's Friend, as I had ordered with them before and always had success with them. I had naver played one of these guitars but was interested as I needed something that had an acoustic sound, and allowed me to play melody fills when I play with my piano player. I play Ovation and Taylor electric acoustics. For the price you can't beat this guitar. It is an import, but the work seems fine and the action, body and neck is standard or superior quality. The only minor concern is the battery compartment. The cap should be locked on stronger or fit more snug. This guitar plays and sounds exactly like I expected. I does have a great acoustic like sound when playing through an acoustic guitar amplifier or PA system. The pick-up (nano-flex) is powerful and is as good or better than a piezo of Fishman. I like the look and feel of the guitar. I've been playing for over 30 years and play all types of styles and guitars. For the player who wants to gig and play open chords and do melody fills, this fits the bill. Can't beat the value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epiphone SST Studuo WOW

By Balls

from Poconos Pa.

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Pros

  • Well Built Robust Guitar

Cons

  • Not american made

Best Uses

  • Studio Recording

Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What a value, the Epiphone SST Studio is a well made solid guitar although It is a bit on the heavy side. I replaced the stock strings I am pleased with the sounds that the guitar produces. I was hesitant to purchase the Epi SST because some were manufactured in China although my model was made in Indonesia and it was a restock. My particular guitar is well built and without any cosmetic flaws, I am pleased.The finish is beautiful.
The guitar stays in tune and it is very easy to play although I am probably going to install another strap stud on the body of the guitar to help with the weight. Overall I am very pleased with the Epi SST Studio and I have been playing it every day since I have received it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bargain

By Uncle Buck-KMabF

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What a great guitar for the money! The sound is really good straight through the board. I play it through a Crate CA125D and it is awesome! an on-board tuner would be a benifit but I use a Boss pedal tuner for quick change outs anyway so...This guitar stays in tune as well as my Taylor, too. All of my friends who play love it , too. Looks good, plays good and won't break the bank. What else can you say?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR FOR LIVE GIGS!

By DylanPeters

from Lehigh Valley, PA

Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is extremely versatile. I am an acoustic solo artist that does a lot of looping. I run my acoustic (was a Martin D15 now the SST) into the Digitech Jamman and use other various effects (DL4, Green Screamer, MicroPog, QTron, and a Vox Wah). This guitar sounds great and does not feedback at all with the overdrive. The sound is great plugged in, but do not get it for regular acoustic use. The sustain is nice and it does sound like an acoustic, very thick. Overall, I will be using my Martin for acoustic gigs and this one for ALL plugged in gigs. GREAT PURCHASE!!The only reason I do not give it a 5.0 in features is that it would be nice to have an on-board tuner.

 
5.0

The action and sound is unbelievable !!

By Johnny Astor

from Kentucky

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Pros

  • recording
  • Recording Dream

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wooden Music Loud

    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've been looking for this sound for years, thank you Epiphone. I have home studio and this is perfect for the style of music I play. And best of all no feedback. Works great with my BR 900.

     
    4.0

    I LIKE IT

    By skeetercaster

    from Jax, Fla

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    Pros

    • 0-feedbackgreat Sound

    Cons

    • Needs Different Strings

    Best Uses

    • Live Gigsand Recording

    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    We've added a couple of songs that just sound better with an acoustic guitar,I tried several different acoustic/electric guitars,and this Epi works the best for our particular needs,it sounds really good direct thru our PA

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value

    By Threeboys

    from Maine

    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Just bought for teenage son. A very fun, playable guitar right out of the box. Sounds great through Crate CA6110D acoustic amp.Only glitch are sharp fret ends that will need to be smoothed out.Well worth the money.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar for gigs

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I just bought this guitar for some new acoustic shows I had booked. I needed something thin and feedback free. This is it! I love it so much I'm fighting the urge to buy another one. You will have to tweak your amp or PA settings to get the best sound but it's entirely possible! My only complaint is the slight fret overhang on some of the frets, but a minor fix for me. All in all great guitar for gigs nice price and well worth it

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Plays acoustic, sounds electric

    By gcarroll48

    from Bland, VA

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    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    If you like an acoustic feel, and play amplified, this is a great guitar. Cuts thru a live band mix with ease. A bit tinny by itself, but sounds good in a live or recorded mix. Finish is pretty good for this price. Actually, it's a hard price to beat for solid spruce and mahogany with Gibson tuners.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a very nice knock around guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have had my SST for over a year now and prefer the action to my Strat or Rickenbacker. It has a bit of a muddy electric sound and the clean treble is weak. However, the action is good and it is rock solid when it comes to staying in tune. I use it to practice without amplification and leave it out for anyone to play. It is getting pretty beat up but, that is what I really like, it plays well, it is fun and I did not pay a fortune for it.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Watch Out

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone SST Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Just received my new SST Studio and when I plugged it in and gave it my first strum, It sounded empty. I plucked each string individually and both the G and B string had little volume. The other four string sounded fine but I could not rectify the problem with the G and B strings so I returned the guitar.

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