Epiphone DR-100 Review

This is an excellent choice for a beginners dreadnought guitar.    Epiphone's DR-100 (view on Amazon) is basic guitar with a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides.   The appointments for this guitar are simple,  pearloid dot inlays on the fingerboard, chrome tuners and hardware, choice of 3 color schemes (Black, Natural, Sunburst),  rosewood fingerboard/bridge, and synthetic nut and saddle.  The Epiphone DR-100 model does not come with on board electronics but you can get a sound hole pickup for a fairly modest price.   If you are interested in getting a pickup for your Epiphone DR-100 check out our top acoustic guitar pickups page. 

Epiphone DR-100 Features

Body Shape -  Squared shoulder Dreadnought.   Dreadnought guitars are ideal for bluegrass, country, rock or situations where you are looking for sound volume with a nice bass tone.  This is a full-sized guitar, perfect for teenagers and adults.

Finish -  This guitar comes in three finishes.  Black, Natural, and vintage sunburst. This is a nice option in that you can select a color that suits your personality.

Solid Sitka Spruce Top -  This guitar comes with a select spruce top.    

Back and Sides -  Select mahogany laminate.  Mahogany has an affinity with the spruce top and assists in producing a nice warm tone.  

Nut and Saddle -   Both made from synthetic plastic, but still provide good tone for an entry level guitar.

Tuners - Premium Chrome Tuners.

Neck - Made from Okoume and comes with a slim-taper neck that is comfortable for most sized hands.

Adjustable Truss Rod -  Behind the bell shaped cover on the head stock is an adjustment rod that will provide you to ability to make adjustments to the neck bow.



  • Low Cost
  •  Slim Taper Neck
  • For an entry level guitar,  the tone is quite good
  • No Gig bag or case.
  • Doesn't come with pickups or electronics.

Should you buy the Epiphone DR-100?

If you are are on a budget and looking for a basic no frill's guitar this is an excellent choice.  The tone is good and the neck is easy to play.  While we would have liked to seen a gig bag come with this guitar to protect it that is a fairly inexpensive item to buy if you will be moving the guitar frequently or carting it back and forth from home to your gigs.   Also if you need to amplify the guitar you can use mics  or a sound hole pickup is a non-intrusive and inexpensive way to provide good amplified sound.   In short,  this should be one of your top choices when looking for an entry level guitar with no electronics or a practice guitar that you may be taking someplace you wouldn't want to damage a more expensive guitar.     If you plan on performing and need both electronics and a case,  you might want to check out some of the other Epiphone models.

Epiphone Songmaker DR-100, Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Vintage Sunburst
  • Additional Details: SlimTaper C-profile neck, Epiphone Sloped Dovewing headstock, and Premium Die Cast tuners
  • Mahogany body
  • Dreadnought body shape
  • Rosewood fingerboard

Still not sure about this guitar?   Check out this video of the guitar being played to get a better idea of the tone.

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