Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar Review
Since 1873, Epiphone has been making some of the oldest and most revered instruments, and the Epiphone DR-100 acoustic guitar is proof of this. The rise from a small family repair shop to a worldwide leader in the manufacture of quality instruments could easily be a novel! But this story is true, just like the quality you will find in both build and sound of their acoustic guitars like the DR-100! There have been many popular players and an incredibly rich history behind Epiphone guitars. Certainly why their experience in engineering great acoustics has a number of their guitars in some of our best lists and reviews!
The DR-100 brings the legendary Epiphone tone to beginners with a great build, balanced sound and some great feel for an entry level guitar! Join us as we take a deeper look into this acoustic guitar and see what it has to offer, and why it made our list of top 5 best acoustic guitars for beginners!
Epiphone DR-100 Features
Lets take a look at some of the key features of the Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic guitar.
- Solid spruce top
- Select mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany neck
- Rosewood Finger Board
- Dreadnought Body Shape
- 25.5 inch scale with 20 frets
- Epiphone Premium Tuners
Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar Body
This dreadnought style body has a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides and an incredibly classic look with 3 available finishes of either vintage sunburst, natural or ebony! In this review we are looking at the natural finish. The choice of woods in the build of the body really adds a balanced sound. The spruce top being a complex tone wood, adds rich harmonics that will only improve with age! Paired with the mahogany back and sides, the DR-100 produces a warm bold timbre yet has a sparkling top end that is sure to provide a great experience!
Epiphone DR-100 Neck and Headstock
The Epiphone DR-100 neck is made from mahogany with a rose wood fret board, 20 frets and a 25.5inch scale length. This neck is very comfortable with a nut width of 1.69 inches and Epiphones own Slimtaper “D” profile neck shape.
Additionally, the truss rod can be accessed from behind the small cover on the full size Epiphone headstock making any truss rod adjustments very easy should the adjustment be necessary. Overall its an easy neck to play and looks good with the standard pearloid dot fingerboard inlay.
Epiphone DR-100 Hardware
The acoustic comes with an imitation bone nut and saddle which are more than likely synthetic. Although this is quite common to find on an acoustic at this price point , it does not negatively affect the sound or tuning in any way. The bridge pins are made from PVC. The compensated Epiphone saddle, which is designed to improve intonation, helps in keeping the guitar in tune and does so wonderfully all over the neck of this acoustic.
Secondly, the tuning machine heads are Epiphone premium die cast tuners which feel great, hold tune well and are easy to use. Finally, the DR-100 does not come loaded with electronics, nor would we expect an acoustic at this price point to include this feature.
Epiphone DR-100 Sound and Feel
So, now that you know a bit about the guitar, the question is, how does it sound? Pretty darn good for the price let me tell you! The big bold sound off of this guitar is sure to impress! Not to mention the articulate top end which resonates off of the spruce top. For an entry level guitar the tone is great! I mean its a sub $200 guitar with solid wood and is excellent!
But how does it feel? The slim playable neck, string spacing and action on the guitar gave this acoustic a great feel, it was easy to get around on the fret board and was a joy to play. Also, the Epiphone neck was comfortable and easy to hold on to.
What Do Others Think of the Epiphone DR-100?
Its no surprise that the Epiphone DR-100 is getting great reviews from many different players from beginners to experienced players alike. From what we have seen so far, everyone has been incredibly happy with their purchase. But don’t take our word for it!
- Materials and Design
- Well Balanced Sound
- Plays great
- Great Price For a Beginner
- Vintage look
- A Set up may be required out of the box
- Frets might be a bit rough on some guitars
- Stock strings might be dull
Conclusion And Final Thoughts on the Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar
There are many great acoustic guitars in the under $500 price range available these days that play and sound great for beginners. Epiphone’s DR-100 is one of those guitars and with the great sound and is a great entry level acoustic guitar. The build quality and tone of the guitar is impressive and will have you wondering how they sell a guitar like this for such a great price. Seriously!
Epiphone has an incredible history and even with this guitar being made overseas, they have managed to design and build a guitar that will bring many people a great experience for under a couple hundred bucks! We recommend this guitar, especially to those beginning to learn how to play the guitar and need a quality instrument to keep you inspired to keep practicing on a very small budget.
We would love to hear from you! Please let us and the rest of the community know if you have played this guitar, or have any experience with one in the comments below. What are your thoughts?
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