Great enhancement to the Epi product line !!!
By: Chuck Broyard from South Miami, FL
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I own a 2000 Epi Dove (Honey Sunburst) and a 2004 ( in Natural top) finishes, and found them dependable . Both are of Korean manufacture. The Chinese manufactured Epi's are sounding as good as those two. I had often thought of installing tranducers, (undersaddle), to use in a live setting, but held off. Both have held up over the years, no issues w/ construcion.
How has it stood up over time?
My two acoustic Doves have no issues at the moment. Action is still low to my liking. finish has held up, and the solid tops, get better w/ age.
Your general opinion of this product.
I also have two
Epi Hummingbirds ( 1994 and a 2004 ) and a Hummingbird Artist ( 2009) and found them to be dependable. the Dove, w/ its maple body, is a great sounding/bright, and sounds good in the mix while on stage. A great addition to the
Epi line to anyone playing miked in a band, and wishing to upgrade on a budget.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
I like the feel of the necks, not "chunky", not "real thin" Good action.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Maple bodied acoustics will sound a little "brighter" than their mahogany bodied cousins, and the Dove is no exception.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The " sunburst top" in the illustration , looks "more faded" like their Hummingbird Artist, which I really like !!!!! the neck seems to have the same "faded" look.
How was the action out of the box?
Epis usually have low action right out of the box, Never had to do anything to mine