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Epiphone AJ220SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar

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Product Description

The Epiphone AJ 220SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar has long been one of Epiphone's best selling acoustic guitars with the look, sound, and build quality that first time players and professionals expect to hear when they pick up an Epiphone. The Advanced Jumbo style was first produced at the legendary Kalamazoo factory in the 1930s and has been a favorite of musicians from every field of popular music ever since. The Advanced Jumbo sound is commanding when required but it's also well balanced which makes it perfect for stage and studio. Now with a killer cutaway and Shadow's new Performer Tuner preamp system, the Epiphone AJ 220SCE takes yet another step above the competition.

Epiphone AJ 220SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar Features:

  • Made of solid Sitka Spruce that sounds great right out of the box, as well as, improves with age
  • Bell shape gives is a clear mid-range that's never muddy
  • Features Epiphone's SlimTaper D-profile with a smooth, fast, satin finish that's easy to play
  • Equipped with Shadow's Performer Tuner preamp and NanoFlex pickup system for great acoustic tone
  • Nickel hardware including premium sealed die-cast tuners with 14:1 ratio for tuning accuracy and stability

Balanced Tone that Rings Like a Bell

With its bell like shape featuring a larger lower bout and a smaller, round upper bout, the Epiphone AJ 220SCE has a focused and balanced tone. The bass is deep, rich, and loud while the highs have a crispness and brilliance that cuts through. Most noticeable however, is the AJ 220SCE's clear mid-range that's never muddy like a square shouldered dreadnought. The Advanced Jumbo acoustic guitar is often described as the perfect instrument for the soloist or singer -songwriter with a sound that blends well with vocals. And, its generous and elegant Venetian cutaway enables you to access the upper frets with ease.

Quality Materials, Classic Construction

While the AJ shape plays a big role in its signature sound, the Epiphone AJ 220SCE benefits from the use of premium materials and traditional construction methods. The top is made of solid Sitka Spruce that not only sounds great right out of the box but actually improves with age and lots of playing time. The back and sides are made of select mahogany.

The solid mahogany neck has a 25.5 inch scale and is glued to the body using TiteBond glue and a traditional dovetail neck joint for great stability, tone, and sustain. The neck features Epiphone's classic 1960's SlimTaper D-profile with a smooth, fast, satin finish that's easy to play.

The bound rosewood fingerboard has a 12 inch radius with a 1.68 inch nut, 20 medium jumbo frets, and dot inlays. The classic rosewood 'reverse-belly' bridge has a compensated saddle for traditional looks and accurate intonation. And last but not least, the Epiphone AJ 220SCE has a tortoise-style pickguard with traditional metal 'E' to protect the top against pick marks on the beautiful Natural finish.

Shadow Premium Electronics!

The Epiphone AJ 220SCE is equipped with Shadow's new Performer Tuner preamp and NanoFlex pickup system for great acoustic tone when plugged in. Made by Shadow Germany, the new Performer Tuner preamp features all the controls you need to tailor the sounds of your AJ 220SCE to suit your playing style, volume level, and venue size. Professional features on this state-of-the-art preamp include a built-in Chromatic Tuner, Master Volume, Bass, Treble, Low Battery indicator, and a Phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback.

It also features a Tuner-Mute button which comes in handy when plugging in or unplugging your guitar. The Performer Tuner preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9-volt batteries. Under the AJ 220SCE's compensated saddle is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex low-impedance pickup. Unlike a piezo, the NanoFlex's unique and flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics and picks up not only string vibrations but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezo pickups.

Epiphone Rock Solid Hardware

The AJ 220SCE includes all nickel hardware including premium sealed die-cast tuners with 14:1 ratio for tuning accuracy and stability.

Product Specifications
Epiphone AJ 220SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body Material: Select mahogany
  • Neck Material: Solid mahogany with satin finish
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper D-Shape
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail, glued-In
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inch
  • Fingerboard Material: rosewood with ‘Dot’ inlays
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12 inch
  • Trussrod: Adjustable via headstock
  • Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
  • Binding: 6-Layer body; Front, 1-Layer
  • Fingerboard Nut Width: 1.68 inch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Sealed, Die-cast; 14:1 ratio
  • Bridge Pickup: NanoFlex low-impedance pickup
  • Controls:
  • Power: Two 2032 Lithium Batteries
  • Bridge: Solid rosewood; Reverse-belly
  • Saddle: Compensated; PVC
  • Pickguard: Simulated Tortoise with metal ‘E’
  • Output Jack: Metal Endpin Jack with 1/4 inch output
  • Strap Buttons: Yes
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Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Singer/Songwriter from Connersville, IN USA
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Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
I got what I expected as I always have from Epiphone. They honestly need to upgrade their inspection and setup procedures as I've always had to tweak out their acoustic guitars.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
I love this guitar. I bought one right out of the store, got it home and took out the bridge shim, lowered the action and presto, I lost three frets at the 13, 14 15th fret. I replaced a new shim and regained all but the 13 and 14th on the high E. The frets were horrible at the ends but a little smooth filing and I smoothed it out, so it plays nice with d addario 10-47 strings. The acoustic volume is awesome and has that great slope shouldered Gibson sound. I'm happy now, but I must say beware of the necks on these things.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Its a comfortable guitar and the neck is great, either for a beginner or an old picker like myself. The controls for me are very tiny and with bifocals, are difficult to get used to.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I play through my PA and like it dark and smooth. The shadow electronics are good enough to get you what you want.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Mostly very good except for sloppy work at the end of the neck and sound hole. The neck is really smooth! Overall, the sunburst is gorgeous.
Action
How was the action out of the box?
As I said, I lowered it first thing and screwed it up, so I got to say it was set good if you leave it alone. Action is a matter of taste and experience.
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