Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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A classic Epiphone acoustic-electric guitar.

For almost 20 years, the Epiphone PR-5E acoustic-electric guitar has taken the stage with countless musicians. Designed by Epiphone in 1990, its distinctive body shape was patterned after Epiphone's classic 335 guitars such as the Sheraton and Casino. But instead of a double-cutaway, it features a unique, single "Florentine" or sharp cutaway. The result is a large lower bout providing excellent lows and solid mid-range with easy access to the upper frets on the neck.

The premium select spruce top uses a hand-scalloped, proprietary X-bracing pattern. Combined with the slightly arched mahogany back and mahogany sides, the PR-5E provides a sweet tone that projects well even when unplugged. Its Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile, makes the PR-5E very easy and comfortable to play without fatigue. Premium die-cast kidney machine heads for tuning accuracy and stability with premium gold hardware and split-diamond, pearloid fingerboard inlays make the PR-5E an extraordinary value.

Recently updated with Epiphone's eSonic preamp and Nanoflex pickup system, the PR-5E comes alive when plugged in. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the eSonic preamp features a built-in, easy to use tuner. When engaged, the guitar's output is automatically muted—with no "popping" noise—making it a perfect choice for stage use. Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp include master volume, bass, treble, EQ shape, low battery indicator and a phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback.

The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than heavy 9V batteries. Under the PR-5E'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. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features

  • Top: Select, hand-scalloped Spruce
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with Split-Diamond Inlays
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Machine Heads: Premium die-cast kidney
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Electronics: eSonic Preamp with Nanoflex pickup
  • Built-In Tuner, Master Volume, Master Tone, Phase, Treble, Bass, EQ shape,
  • Low battery indicator, Tuner On/Off/Mute
  • Power: Two 2032 Lithium Batteries
  • Output: 1/4", end pin
  • Case sold separately

An excellent value at its list price; the PR5-E is a killer deal with our deep-dish discount! Order today!

 

PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Case Included: No
  • Controls: Piezo/Para-EQ Standard
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood/Split Diamond
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Scale: 25 1/2"
  • Top Wood: Select Spruce
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EpiphonePR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice, but buy a case, please.

By milod

from Northern US plains

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Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

First, no guitar is worth a 10 because no guitar is totally versatile even within its "type." For what it is, so far the PR5 E seems very close to ideal for "type." Since it's quite light, as are many parlor guitars, forget the gig bag and get a hard case to protect it from banging and temperature extremes.

This is an excellent fingerpicking guitar but it's set up for more of a strum style with a wrapped G - at least that's how I got mine. It's light in weight, the neck is wonderful but I'm certain I'll have to do some adjustment because I've dropped string size down to the lightest acoustic-electric strings I can find, the "Zebra" 9-42. At some point I may consider replacing the nut, but no problems now. This is typical especially for changing string gauges on acoustic guitars.

It feels especially good if you've been playing something like a semi-hollow or a small-body jazz guitar such as an ES175. It is big enough to sound decent acoustically as a "parlor guitar," but shines run through an amp or PA where you can add a bit for the lower tones and overtones as well as volume for performance. It may be an excellent stage A-E for someone used to playing a solidbody because it's not as huge as a dreadnaught type instrumen, yet it still sounds like a guitar

I've had no feedback problems thanks to the adjustments available both on the guitar and on my Kustom 30-watt A-E amp - nor run directly through a PA with speakers properly set up.

The cutaway helps, but for an electric player, the higher frets won't be as easily reached. No problem for how I play either folkie fingerpicking or acoustic jazz. I should work very well, by the way, for "Gypsy Jazz."

I haven't had to mess much with the controls yet, but the comment about the tuner and need for reading glasses is absolutely correct. We'll see how the "hearing aid" type batteries work. So far no problem. Another point about the tuner is that an inexperienced player, especially, may want something else to aid in getting a reference tone to work from. It's more or less chromatic so alternate tunings are not impossible.

Overall it is a very attractive instrument - I love the Folorentine cutaway - and the finish is fine on my sunburst. Tuning pegs are fine. I immediately tightened the endpin jack which was a bit loose. Strap goes onto the endpin jack and, as on an electric, at the heel of the neck. The endpin jack is not my favorite because you may have to mess a bit with your strap to fit over the larger metal piece; it will not hold as well as a regular endpin.

Also, I got a Taylor transparent pick guard for mine even though I fingerpick. The guard is held by static electricity and offers a bit of protection without looking ugly or changing the instrument in a way that may take it out of warranty.

This is NOT a guitar to beat on for bluegrass sorts of things. It's excellent for singer-songwriter stuff, '20s "blues," Gary Davis pickin', etc. For volume at any sort of performance you'll want to use the electric option or at minimum a darned good instrument mike on a double mike stand. The electric option to me is far preferable.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly an amazing guitar for the price.

By Richard

from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I had only seen the PR-5E online and was very intrigued with it. I finally decided to take a ramble and ordered it. As soon as I took out of the box I fell in love with it. Before turning it up I went over every inch looking for defects, but couldnt find one. Once tuned up I heard outstanding sound and the action was as if it was setup just for me. Of course it is a thinner body guitar, so youre not going to get the big sound of a Dreadnought. I ordered the guitar in natural finish and the woods are beautiful; especially mahogany back and side. For me the only down side is the on board tuner display. The characters are a bit small and I have to ware my glasses to see them. Plugged in the PR-5E does not disappoint. After playing with the controls I was very satisfied with the electronics. Finally I believe this guitar is the bench mark for all other acoustic electric guitars in this price range.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of a kind

By chris adams

from chicago

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is one of a kind. I got it for a gift couple years back and and it still plays great. For the price you really cant beat it. I did put a couple of nics in it and it hurts me more then the guitar.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth the price paid.

By Kit Soon

from Illinois

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I would say it's a worthy guitar looking at the parts that comes with it. Mine comes with Grover tuners, Shadow preamp and it's made in Korea. The finish of the guitar is ok but not to perfection. It's still worth the price paid for.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kick @$$ Acoustic Electric for its worth

By E-Town

from Canada

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for over a year now and when I got it I couldnt beleive the quality of sound that it produced. A month after I got it I had to get another one just because it was soo good.

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(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Great Guitar

By Danny-G9.28

from Kansas

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is great I just got mine but I love it the body is small so it fits any size even kids!! I love it so much! it sounds great in and out it has a great look to it too.

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(23 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value for the Price

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I actually have two of these guitars. One at home to practice with and another at work to actually play. This is an astonishingly high quality guitar for the price. It has the Gibson name on the access plate and the workmanship of this guitar is worthy of that name. I've had mine for over 3 years now and all I've ever had to do to it is change the strings. EQ is very flexible and allows fine tuning of the tone. The florentine cutaway makes it easy to get up above the 12th fret and the overall appearance of the guitar is very appealing. Another nice feature is the two different styles of output connections. Mine came with Grover tuners and they absolutely keep it in tune. Overall a really value for the price.

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(10 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epiphone guitars PR5

By Allen Austin

from Vancouver, WA now then in Camas, WA

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I once played bass in a band that used all Ovation guitars. They were very good guitars. Had the deep smooth sounds that a good guitar should have whether it's a bass, rhythm or lead lead guitar. These guitars have an ideal tone for picking the melody in a western song.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice starter guitar

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned this guitar for about 2 years. It has done me a world of good. A professional guitarist had a look at it for me and said that it was a great guitar and that there was nothing I couldn't do on it, therefore I could never blame it. It has an EQ on the side, which is useful. It sounds good too. A fantastic starter or intermediate guitar.

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(57 of 93 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By t-JMyA6

from Chicago

Comments about Epiphone PR5-E Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is truly amazing. The thin body gives you a comfortable fit and it sounds great! I've had mine for a couple of years and it still sounds brand new. This guitar is great for guitarists at any level.

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