Encore EA255 Reviews
Before I start this review, I need to get a couple of things off my chest. Judging by some of the comments you hear in these reviews it's fairly obvious that there are a lot of people out there whose knowledge of acoustic guitars is, at best, rudimentary and, at worst, non existent. You know the kind of thing: "It sounded great when I bought it but after a couple of months it stopped sounding so good" - perhaps changing the strings might be a good idea? or "I had to tighten up the truss rod so much to get the action down the neck got warped" - plonker! or "I'm a crap guitar player but I sound really good when I play my Gibson" - no you don't, boy! There is also, alas, the occasional tired old snobbish fart (Dan? - if you really do teach guitar, thank God you didn't teach me).
OK. My main guitar at the moment is a Crafter (lovely) which replaced my old Epiphone which has served me well for 25 years and has now earned an honourable retirement. I keep the Crafter in standard tuning but I also use open and altered tunings a lot so I was on the lookout for a second guitar since it's a pain to have to keep retuning the one guitar.
I spotted the Encore in a second-hand shop, priced at £30 - worth a try at that price. It was obvious that the guitar had hardly been played, strings a bit tarnished but no wear or damage. I tuned it up and picked a few chords and riffs and was suprised how good it sounded - a crisp bright tone, even with the old strings. The action was a bit higher than I prefer but no more so than many guitars I've tried over the years - and it was perfectly playable - and a quick check of the nut, neck and saddle indicated that the action could be lowered without problem. I bought it.
From some of the comments you see in these reviews, I was expecting a completely rubbish guitar. On the contrary, it's not at all a bad instrument: quality and construction are reasonable; playability is OK and, with a little adjustment, very good; sound is bright and clear and as good as any laminate guitar, even ones costing much more (like bottom end Martin's for example?).Simon rated this unit on 2004-06-02.
I am just starting out learning acoustic
guitar and the amount of choice is amazing.
I didn,t know where to start looking fo a
guitar,I didn,t want to spend to much,well thats a lie I couldn,t spend too much , I saw the encore EA255 electric acoustic in
the local argos store price £79.99 you might think cheapscate you would be right,
but when i played it the sound was so crisp
i couldn,t believe my luck.
I took it too my next guitar lesson, when my teacher played it ,after putting down his
£2000 martin he would not believe how much i paid for it .I think its great value for
money ,but i still want to buy myself a martin when i can afford it.
If you are starting out i don,t think you could go wrong buying this guitar , Iam happy with it but i thik you will just have to give it a try for yourself.kevin rated this unit on 2003-12-01.
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