Epiphone AJ-220SCE Solid Spruce Top with Cutaway Ebony AJ220SCEEBNH
Since the introduction of Epiphone’s Advanced Jumbo acoustic in 1998, the Epiphone AJ-220SCE has become a fan favorite and is possibly the best value you’ll find in acoustic/electric guitars today.
That Legendary "Advanced Jumbo" Sound!
In 1936, the legendary Kalamazoo factory introduced the “Advance Jumbo” (AJ) acoustic guitar. With a 16” lower bout (an inch wider than any other guitar on the market), a rounded or sloped shoulder dreadnought shape and a 25.5” scale length, the AJ was a powerful flat-top that was known as the “acoustic cannon.” Today, that legendary design is carried over with Epiphone’s AJ-220SCE.
Balanced Tone that Rings Like a Bell
With its bell-like shape featuring a larger lower bout and smaller, round upper bout, the AJ-220SCE has a very balanced tone. The bass is deep, rich and loud while the highs have a crispness and brilliance that cuts through. The AJ-220SCE also has a clear mid-range that’s never muddy like a typical square-shouldered dreadnought. The result is an acoustic guitar that’s often been described as the perfect instrument for the soloist or singer/songwriter with a beautiful tone that blends with perfectly vocals. And its generous and elegant Venetian cutaway enables you to access the upper frets with ease.
Epiphone's Century of Quality
While the AJ shape plays a big role in its signature sound, the AJ-220SCE primarily 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 also will improve with age. The back and sides are made of select mahogany and are fitted to a solid mahogany neck. For great stability, tone and sustain, the neck is glued into the body using TiteBondTM glue with a traditional dovetail neck joint. The neck is easy and comfortable to play and features Epiphone’s classic 1960s SlimTaperTM “D” shape with a smooth, fast satin finish. The AJ-220SCE comes in three beautiful color finishes, Ebony, Vintage Sunburst, and Natural.
The AJ-220SCE is equipped with Shadow’s Performer TunerTM preamp and NanoFlexTM pickup system and really comes alive when plugged in. Made by Shadow Germany, the new PerformerTM 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. Other 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. There also is 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 NanoFlexTM low-impedance pickup. 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 piezo style pickups.
A Century of Epiphone Value
Epiphone packs even more value into the AJ-220SCE with 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 a compensated saddle for traditional looks and accurate intonation, and a tortoise-colored pickguard with a vintage style 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 - Materialrosewood with "Dot" inlays
- Fingerboard Radius - 12"
- Truss Rod - 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