Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar (Ebony)
- Classic go-to Dreadnought Shape
- Select Spruce top
- Mahogany Body
- Premium Machine Heads
- SlimTaper Neck Profile
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Austin Bazaar||musicYo||Amazon.com||Austin Bazaar|
|Back Material Type||Mahogany||mahogany||mahogany||Mahogany||basswood|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood||walnut||rosewood||Rosewood||walnut|
|Hand Orientation||Ambidextrous||Right||right||Right Handed||Right|
|Item Dimensions||42.00 x 18.50 x 5.50 inches||42.10 x 18.70 x 7.50 inches||44.00 x 5.00 x 17.00 inches||42.00 x 18.50 x 5.70 inches||—|
|Neck Material Type||Mahogany||mahogany||mahogany||Mahogany||nato|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6|
|Top Material Type||Spruce||spruce||spruce||Spruce||spruce|
The DR-100 dreadnaught is Epiphone's best selling acoustic. All the basic elements you want-traditional shape Mahogany back and sides, Select Spruce top, Rosewood fingerboard and bridge make this a great entry-level instrument. The top of the DR-100 is made from select spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from mahogany, giving the DR-100 balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection.
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The guitar which arrived several days later seemed flawless. Not knowing much about guitar tuning besides the basics, I took it to a local luthier (guitar smith) who's world-famous, and he said it was already set up completely correctly.
The difference in tone between the old guitar and this new one is night and day. The Epiphone literally seems to ring like a bell. The sustain is amazing, and the guitar is super-loud but with a mellow tone. I agree with a couple of other reviews that the bass can be a bit full, but I wouldn't call it muddy. Overall it's a very pleasant-sounding instrument.
I replaced the bridge pins with ebony-wood ones, and the stock strings with Elixir Polyweb medium strings, and it got even better. The sound is hard to describe--I think of it as luscious. It makes you want to play non-stop.
It's the best $140 I've spent on an instrument.
It has very prominent muddy lows, which give it a kind of charm, but I find it lacking in the high notes. The tuning pegs aren't the best, and seem to loosen slightly pretty often. Lastly, which is mainly my fault for choosing it, but god, the black glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet. I guess it shows how much time I've put into playing it, but its not like you can clean and polish a guitar with anything.
All said and done though, its a great learning guitar. The way the notes resonate so well with the mahogany to where you can feel it in the back of the guitar is beautiful; it literally lets you get a feel for the instrument and the wonderful music you can make with it as you learn and grow.
The sound on the guitar is really nice. When the tinny sound isn't there it's a beautiful guitar and holds it's tune well.
Wasn't expecting much for a $100 guitar but this is just as good as some of the $200-$400 guitars I tried out at my local guitar shop.
I though the sound was great with the strings that came on it but realized the sound was much better once I replaced them with a set of D'Addario 80/20 Bronze stings. It wasn't very hard to do myself after watching a couple youtube videos.
This guitar doesn't appear to be cheap at all and looks like a quality instrument. I am very proud of it.
I've read comments that said it doesn't stay tuned very well, but I disagree. Mine stays tuned very well. I rarely have to tune it. I bought a snark tuner that works wonderfully but rarely have to use it.
Bottom line, you can't go wrong with this guitar. I can't see why anyone would be unhappy with this guitar!
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The sound is good, stock strings are great. I was expecting that the colour would be matte black but it's not, it's not a huge deal though.
This model has been voted in the top 10/50 guitars for people who want to get back into playing or even start on for the first time. Precisely the reason I bought this. Although, the right way to choose a guitar is to go to a store and play it before you make a purchase, but you will not be disappointed with buying this online.
Just a note, the fret board gets narrower towards the neck top (Not an issue at all for me). So if you have fat fingers you may want to look at another model. Also as Gibsons sister company, you can trust epiphone just as much.
First, and I appreciate that this may not be the same for everyone but its so good I feel I have to say something, it came stupidly quickly. I cannot highly recommend the seller enough in this respect, arriving in a little over 24 hours even though I paid for standard delivery.
The guitar itself is beautiful and plays brilliantly. It is, bar a tuning, good to go out of the box and Im certain once you see it you will want to play immediately. It holds its tune well and dons't need constantly re-tweaking unlike other guitars I have owned. The action is set well so you don't get any fret buzz assuming your fingering is right, and even the strings that come with it are pretty decent.
There isn't much more that I can say than that, for the price it is fantastic and is pretty much the perfect acoustic guitar. Brilliant for all levels of player not wishing the break the bank. I love this guitar.