Epiphone EJ-200 SCE Review: Best Beginner Jumbo Acoustic

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 8, 2022

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The Epiphone EJ-200 is a great jumbo guitar. It’s a little big for my taste. I mean, it’s humongous. But it sits on your lap easily with the cutaway.

I was very happy with the sound quality though, and glad I was able to try it out for a few months.

Epiphone EJ-200 SCE Review

This is a great one for beginners. Not too expensive and still sounds and plays great.

Best jumbo acoustic guitar for beginners
Epiphone EJ-200 SCE
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  • Fishman pickup is really great
  • Lots of sound from the acoustics
Falls short
  • Extremely large

This jumbo-acoustic guitar delivers a great tone and volume to match

Let’s get into the specifications first.


  • Top: solid spruce
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
  • Frets: 21
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
  • Left-handed: No.
  • Finish: natural, black

Big body, full sound

It is a big one, and I had a little trouble positioning my arm well. I’m really not used to these jumbo guitars, but one of the advantages of such a large guitar is that it sounds really full-bodied.

It has a solid spruce top, a maple neck, the fingerboard is Pau Ferro, and it has 21 frets.

Unfortunately, you can’t get it for left-handed guitar players.

The action is actually quite quite low. I’m an electric guitar player and one of the things I run into when playing acoustic guitar is that the action is never quite the same.

The fretboard has these nice inlays that you can see quite clearly and also has dots on neck so you can see what you’re playing.

Best jumbo acoustic guitar for beginners: Epiphone EJ-200 SCE

Sometimes when you play an electro-acoustic guitar you will find that the tone comes across as a bit thin, as if the electronics are taking away some of the natural sound and the way an acoustic guitar body makes the sound reverberate.

But that’s not the case with the Epiphone EJ200SCE, which sounds big when plugged into a PA as well as on its own in a small practice room or stage.

Where the Fender CD60S is a good affordable choice for chord work, with this Epiphone you can also do more with some solo and single notes.

It’s really big so not for the smaller people among us, that’s the tradeoff between such deep bass sounds and a large body.

  • Sounds incredible
  • Classic looks
  • This is certainly a large guitar so not for everyone

The pickups are from the Fishman Sonitone system and give the option of 2 outputs, simultaneously stereo where you can blend the two to your taste, or separately through the two outputs to mix each in the PA. A lot of versatility for such an affordable guitar.

Epiphone EJ-200

This design is another classic from Epiphone, which will appeal to anyone with a love of heritage music.

It’s a great guitar – the ‘J’ stands for jumbo, after all, and as such perhaps too much for kids, but for adults looking to pick up the instrument, the EJ-200 SCE is an extremely rewarding choice.

I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Neaera and a content marketer, dad, and love trying out new equipment with guitar at the heart of my passion, and together with my team, I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2020 to help loyal readers with recording and guitar tips.

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