Epiphone DR-100 Song Maker Review 2022

Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Review

Since 1873, Epiphone has been making some of the oldest and most revered instruments, and the 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 the build and sound of their acoustic guitars, like the Epiphone DR-100 song maker! There have been many popular players and incredibly rich history behind Epiphone guitars.

Certainly why their experience in engineering great acoustics has a number of their models in some of our best lists and reviews!

Epiphone DR-100 song maker Acoustic Review

The DR-100 brings the legendary Epiphone tone to beginners with a rigid build, balanced sound and some great feel for an entry level guitar! Join us as we take a deeper look into this acoustic and see what it has to offer, and why it made our list.

Epiphone DR-100 Song Maker Features

Let’s take a look at some key features of the Epiphone DR-100 Song Maker Acoustic guitar.

  • 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

Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar Body

This dreadnought style body has a laminated 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 Acoustic Guitar Neck


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 25.5 inch scale length. This neck is very comfortable with a nut width of 1.69 inches and Epiphone’s own Slim taper “D” profile.

Additionally, the truss rod can be accessed from behind the small cover on the full size Epiphone headstock. This makes truss rod adjustments very easy should they be necessary. Overall, it’s 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 Acoustic


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 wood. For an entry level model, the tone is great! I mean, it’s a sub $200 guitar with tone wood and is excellent!

The slim neck, string spacing and action on it 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.


  • 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 good for beginners. Epiphone’s DR-100 is one of those models with a great sound and is a perfect entry level acoustic.

The build quality and tone 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 some being made overseas, they have managed to design and build a model that will bring many people a great experience for under a couple of hundred bucks!

We recommend this it, especially to those beginning to learn how to play that need a quality instrument to keep you inspired to keep practicing on a very small budget.


Does the Epiphone DR-100 have a solid top?

No, the Epiphone DR-100 does not have a solid top. The spruce top is made of laminated pieces that are compressed to form the part. It’s still wood, but adhesive is mixed in, which does affect the resonance slightly. For the price, it would be too difficult for the manufacturer to provide a solid top.

Is the Epiphone Songmaker a good guitar?

The Epiphone Song Maker is a wonderful guitar, and at this price is hard to beat. More experienced players will find it decent, but it doesn’t compare to more expensive models as would be expected. But with some upgrades like new strings, this guitar is perfect for beginners and intermediate players,

What size is the Epiphone DR-100?

The Epiphone DR-100 is a standard dreadnought guitar body size. The dimensions are 44″ long, 18.5″ wide and 5.5″ deep. It is capable of providing loud, full sound as a result, but is still comfortable to play, even for some smaller hands.

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