The Epiphone AJ-220SCE Review – The best-selling became better

One of the best selling Acoustic-Electric Guitar of Epiphone is the Epiphone AJ-220SCE. It has a solid sitka spruce top which definitely one of the best tonewoods and since it has a solid top, it will definitely sound better as it age. This guitar is one of the most recommended guitar for those who are just starting out because of the value of money and the sound it gives out is, if not the same as the high-end guitars of Gibson, Taylor and Martin, not that too far.

Of course, no guitar is perfect. It definitely has some flaws. But is it still worth it to have as one of your weapon? Well let’s see as we take a review of the Epiphone AJ-220SCE.


My Rating: 4.25 out of 5
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– Good Preamp compared to old version
– Balanced tone
– Good Action and Perfectly trimmed frets
– Good Value for the sound


– Bridge Pin and Nut are not that good
– Stock strings are not good

Best features of Epiphone AJ-220SCE

You cannot go wrong when you choose Epiphone AJ-220SCE to be your weapon in doing gigs or for recording purposes. It sounds wonderful, NOT MUDDY AND NOT TOO BRIGHT. You can expect that it produces a well-balanced tone that is clear winner for most of us.

Its size is an Advanced Jumbo which is the AJ in the model. It is almost the same as the Dreadnought but this guitar has round shoulder compared to the square shoulder of a dreadnought. Since it has difference, there is obviously a difference in tone. Dreadnought is a little bassier and a little punchier and the Advanced Jumbo is a little louder and more balanced.

It is not really that different but noticeable and I just want to clarify that this differs from different guitars. What I shared is just my experience about this two guitar bodies. Of course the best way is to try both bodies. But if you are not really that concerned about those little but noticeable difference, then you can’t go wrong either.

This is the Epiphone AJ-220SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Epiphone AJ-220SCE

It has Solid Sitka Spruce Top which is definitely a good one and will sound better as time passes. When purchasing a beginner’s guitar, I highly suggest that you go for the solid top instead of the laminated one. It is pricier but the laminated one will not be that good after long years so if you are tight on budget and if you can still make some money, go for the Solid top.

The best has some flaws

Many people have different opinions regarding to the actions and playability of this guitar out of the box. Some says that this guitar needed to be set-up. The truss rod needs some adjustment and it’s hard to get in tune. But some people says that what they ordered is already playable and they are satisfied.

But there is one thing that they all say the same about this guitar. It is the stock strings are not good. Some are disappointed because the guitar “doesn’t sound good” and return this guitar, not giving it any chance, but the solution is just to change the strings and that will solve the problem. So you might encounter that problem and you might become disappointed also. Just change the strings and you will surely produce a good sound.

The bridge pin and nut feels cheaper as expected to its price. As a beginner, this doesn’t affect too much but you might want to buy a good bridge pin to enhance its tone and achieve the highest potential of this guitar.

Some people also say that they encountered some fret buzz out of the box and that is one thing that you might want to check when you order this guitar. Again, some good set-up will remove these problems and you will be happy with this guitar.

This guitar is also compared to Fender CD-60SCE and Yamaha FG830. You might want to check the reviews for this guitar too. Those are good guitar too but they some minor differences and you might want the other instead of this.

The best way to know is to try all. Amazon offer 30 day return policy and you might want to use that so that you can try every other guitar. Or if there are some music store near you, play with it and see for yourself what works for you. After all, you are the one who will use it so make sure to choose what you really like.

A Good Guitar with a Good Preamp

The Shadow Performer Tuner Preamp is one of the best sounding Preamp and it doesn’t sound artificial. It is powered with two 2032 Lithium Batteries instead of the 9V battery and this will last longer. Finding this kind of Lithium batteries will depend on where you are as some are saying that it is difficult to find but some says that is easy to find. It has Bass and Treble controller which can shape the sound and a Phase Switch to switch off those unwanted feedback when on-stage. It has a built-in chromatic tuner and uses a Nanoflex low-impedance pick-up.

You can search for the reviews of the Shadow Performer Tuner Preamp and you will see positive feedback and this is one of the reason why this GUITAR HAS BECOME BETTER compared to older versions.

Beginner to Intermediate Player

This is definitely a Beginner’s guitar as it is easy to play with and its neck is one of a kind. Its frets are perfectly trimmed and there are no sharp spot.

There are also many genres that you can play with this guitar. It sounds nice and loud if you are n aggressive strummer. Its action and sound is also good for blues player. Fingerpicking is also one thing you can do.

Since it is an all-around guitar, you can’t expect it to be the best in one thing or another. If you really want the best guitar for fingerpicking then this is not what you are looking for. If you want the best guitar for strumming, then this is not what you are looking. But to tell you honestly, having the best guitar also require a lot of money.

You might want to save for that for now and choose a decent guitar so that when you have money to buy the best guitar you want, then you will know how to really take care of it and it will not be wasted because of improper handling.

Buy first a decent guitar if you are not yet a professional player and that way, you can practice until you can be better as you save for the high-end guitars.


To conclude the review of Epiphone AJ-220SCE, I can say that there are no perfect guitar. Every guitar will have its flaws but this guita is one of the decent guitar out there that can help you start your music career. Through the years, this guitar has already proved itself as one of the best guitar in its range and it’s still evolving and becoming better.

If you have some questions, please leave a comment below. I would really like to hear from you and know what you think about this guitar.

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The Epiphone AJ-220SCE Review - The best-selling became better

One of the best selling Acoustic-Electric Guitar of Epiphone is the Epiphone AJ-220SCE. It has a solid sitka spruce top which definitely one of the best to

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8 comments on “The Epiphone AJ-220SCE Review – The best-selling became better

  1. Chrissie Spurgeon

    The Epiphone really does sound like a great guitar.

    I love to play the acoustic guitar, although so far I have not used an electric one, so this could well be a good one to try out.

    Would you be able to tell me how close the strings are to the fret board? This is really important to me, as I have previously bought a guitar where the strings were far too high from the fret board for me.

    Very many thanks for your review.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Vincent Post author

      This guitar is a real deal. You won’t regret this. 

      As for the action of the guitar:

      Typical is .4-.5mm of neck relief and 2mm string height on the low E, and 1.8mm on the high E at the last fret.


    Epiphone AJ-220SCE has always be known to produce a unique sound with a well balanced tone because of some these features it is known to be a decent guitar good for beginners. But believe me  I definitely know that there is no guitar because each guitars has it own cons and pros ,which can be compared among one another. But my question is why is Yamaha more popular and known??

    1. Vincent Post author

      I can’t say more popular, they are both popular. Most musicians doesn’t stop on getting one guitar, they want all of it. So many guitarist who have this may also purchased one with yamaha. As you say, no guitar is the same because of its pros and cons, guitarist tend to try everything as possible.

  3. Rgpratap

    Hello Vincent,

    During my teenage, I always think of playing string instruments mainly guitar and violin. But instead of learning these instruments I became a dancer. When I drop in here and saw the guitar picture, it feels like WOW! Frankly speaking, I don’t’ know much about guitar. Still, I learn some of your experience on guitar. Especially for this brand Epiphone AJ-220SCE. Really enjoyed reading this article. Hope every knowledge is useful in our life.
    Thank you for sharing this review.


  4. tijil

    really Vincent brother you review was amazing and its title was eye-catching. thankyou for your research work, it really helps me a lot.
    now I can decide what to do and what not to do in respect to this model.
    good work.


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