Epiphone DR-100 review

A budget dreadnought that way outperforms its price tag

Epiphone DR-100 review
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

The Epiphone DR-100 is a full-sized dreadnought that boasts a dynamic, rich and full sound, with superb playability. It represents excellent value for money.


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    Clear, balanced tone

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    Classic dreadnought sound

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    Incredible value for money

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    Great playability


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    Lacks complexity of solid wood

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The Epiphone DR-100 is a full-size dreadnought that sits neatly in the beginner acoustic guitar category and features an all-laminate construction - that is, the top, back and sides and are all made from laminate wood as opposed to solid wood. The DR-100 features the classic combination of a spruce top with mahogany back and sides.

Whilst solid wood, or at least a solid top is generally preferred amongst acoustic players, this does add to the cost. What the Epiphone DR-100 represents is how a guitar made from laminate wood can still sound great and come with a very modest price tag. 

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.