Epiphone AJ-220SCE Acoustic-Electric GuitarSKU: EE2SXXXXXX
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The Epiphone AJ-220SCE 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 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 AJ-220SCE takes yet another step above the competition.
Balanced Tone that Rings Like a Bell
With its bell-like shape featuring a larger lower bout and a smaller, round upper bout, the 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.
The Epiphone AJ-220SCE is equipped with Shadow's "Performer Tuner" preamp and NanoFlex pickup system, and comes alive when plugged in. Made by Shadow Germany, the new Performer preamp features all the controls you need to tailor the sounds of your acoustic 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 preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries. Under the AJ-220SCE's compensated saddle, is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics and picks up not only string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos.
Quality Materials and Construction!
While the AJ shape plays a big role in it's signature sound, the 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 as it ages. Complementing this are back and sides made of select Mahogany fitted to a solid Mahogany neck. For great stability, tone and sustain, the neck is glued into the body using TiteBond glue and a traditional dovetail neck joint. Easy and comfortable to play, the neck shape or profile is Epiphone's classic 1960's SlimTaper D-shape with a smooth, fast satin finish.
Not typically found on instruments in this price range, Epiphone packs even more value into the AJ-220SCE. Included is a bound fingerboard for a clean look and smooth feel, premium sealed die-cast tuners with 14:1 gear ratio for tuning accuracy and stability, a solid "reverse-belly" Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle for traditional looks and accurate intonation and a tortoise-colored pickguard (black on Natural finish model) with traditional metal "E" to protect the top against pick marks.
- 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"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with "Dot" inlays
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Trussrod: Adjustable via headstock
- Frets: 20; medium/jumbo
- Binding: 6-Layer body; Front, 1-Layer
- Fingerboard Nut Width: 1.68"
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Sealed, Die-cast; 14:1 ratio
- Bridge Pickup: NanoFlex low-impedance pickup
- Controls: Shadow Performer Tuner Preamp, Master Volume, Phase (feedback cancellation), Treble EQ, Bass EQ, Tuner/Mute Button, Built-in Chromatic Tuner
- 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" output
- Strap Buttons: Yes
- Case: Not included
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- Beautiful finish
- Great Tuners Not Grovers
- Strong volume
- True Gibson Sound
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- Unfinished Uneven Frets
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Comments about Epiphone AJ-220SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
Great for songwriting, play solo gigs. Light to carry, comfortable to hold. I simply love the strong sound of this guitar. The satin finish neck is the best neck I've ever had on an acoustic! If only Epiphone would step up their inspection and how they set up their guitars! Luckily I can work past them, but a beginner would get frustrated pretty quick, I think. All in all, any beginner or professional would delight in owning this guitar. The price is a outright steal.
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Series Advance Jumbo (AJ) Other Features NanoFlex Low Impedance Pickup, Bound Fingerboard
AJ-220SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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