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Epiphone J-200 EC Studio Review

Today I will present to you the Epiphone J-200 EC Studio review. According to the manufacturer, this model pays tribute to the king of flattops – the classic Gibson SJ-200 model. The same huge frame in rich Sunburst color with an iconic Imitation Tortoise with Iconic J-200 Graphics Pickguard and a “mustached” bridge – it is considered one of the most important models of the Epiphone. Well, I suggest you take a closer look at the features of the Epiphone J-200 EC Studio, so you will be convinced of its not only external beauty.


Epiphone J-200 EC Studio

This guitar is made for lovers of everything huge because it is in the shape of a Super Jumbo. It’s even bigger than a Dreadnought! And, of course, it sounds even louder. The back and sides in Select Maple and the top in Glossy Solid Spruce will ensure the instrument’s longevity, and its sound will only improve over time. The cutaway provides complete access to all frets, regardless of the size of the guitar, and provides sonic projection and volume. Stability and balanced resonance are achieved thanks to the scalloped bracing system inside the body. The build quality is impressive, and although this model is representative of the mid-price segment, you will be proud of it.

Neck, fingerboard, headstock

A superb 1960s SlimTaper D-shape neck in Selected Maple with a 12″ radius is glued to the guitar’s body. The Pau Ferro fretboard has 20 Medium Jambo frets and is inlaid with Pearloid “Crown,” and the scale is 25.5 inches long! By the way, the Pau Ferro material was a worthy substitute for Rosewood, which has always been popular, but quickly wore out. The neck, in my opinion, is very comfortable, despite the big size of the instrument, and is equipped with a connecting rod adjustable in two directions. The excellent Grover Rotomatic 18:1 gold-plated tuners fit seamlessly into the guitar’s design. They’re really easy to use.

Pickup system

The Epiphone J-200 EC Studio acoustic-electric guitar features a Fishman Sonicore pickup system under the saddle and a Fishman Presys preamp with a built-in tuner with a LED display powered by a battery. Unfortunately, the battery is not included, so be sure to get one beforehand, or you might get a nasty surprise when you unpack it at home. And it also has Volume control, Phase, and Contour switches. Thanks to this equipment, the guitar is very sensitive, and the sound comes off clean and produces a great effect.

Sound quality

Epiphone J-200 EC Studio photo

Of course, you can find flaws in the sound of any instrument, as it depends on many components and conditions. But as you can see, the materials for this guitar were chosen with the highest quality for its price segment. I think it sounds great – the sound is warm, balanced, deep, and resonant without buzzing or booming. It is so loud! You’ll want to play it on stage, and the difference for acoustic sound in electronics is almost imperceptible, which is great.

Key specs

  • Scale, in/cm: 25.5/64.7.
  • Frets: 20.
  • Fretboard radius, in/cm: 12/30.4.
  • Type: acoustic/electric.
  • Body material: maple.
  • Neck material: maple.
  • Neck joint: glued-in.
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