Epiphone El Capitan J-200 Studio Bass review

Epiphone is aiming high with this new electro-acoustic bass

Epiphone El Capitan J-200
(Image: © Bass Player)

Guitar World Verdict

Ideal for the budget-conscious bassist in need of a roadworthy acoustic.


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    Good standard of build and setup.

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    Comfortable, easy player.

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    Solid plugged-in performance.


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    Not the greatest breadth of tone.

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The Epiphone El Capitan J-200 Studio Bass is in many ways a very traditional instrument that’s designed to capture the over-all vibe of Gibson’s iconic SJ-200 jumbo-bodied acoustic guitar.

Standout appointments include a Moustache bridge, a solid sitka spruce top and a Fishman under-saddle pickup system, yet the El Capitan J-200 retails at a relatively modest $699. Add an impressive standard of workmanship into the mix and we’re expecting good things from this electro-acoustic bass guitar.

  • PRICE: $699
  • MADE IN: Indonesia
  • BODY SHAPE: Jumbo
  • TOP MATERIAL: Solid sitka spruce
  • BACK AND SIDES MATERIAL: Layered mahogany
  • BINDING: Figured Maple
  • NECK: Mahogany, 30.5” scale
  • NECK JOIN: Set
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.63”
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel, 20 frets
  • PICKUPS: 1 x Fishman Sonicore
  • CONTROLS: Volume and tone
  • BRIDGE: Moustache bass (Indian Laurel) 
  • TUNERS: Die-cast, nickel 
  • WEIGHT: 6.1 lbs / 2.7 kg
  • AVAILABLE FINISHES: Aged Vintage Sunburst, Aged Vintage Natural
  • CONTACT: Epiphone

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.