Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-45 and J-200 review

The J’s have it when it comes to bringing plenty of high-end Gibson vibes to Epiphone's flagship acoustics

Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-200 and J-45
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-45 and J-200 closely capture the irresistible tones and appealing mojo of the originals at prices that won’t break the bank.


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    All solid-wood construction.

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    Aged finishes give them a worn-in feel.

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    Classy builds.

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    Good value.


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    Nothing of note, but that high-end crispness will give way to warmth in time.

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There's a good reason legions of diehard musicians proudly play Epiphone guitars – because they outperform more expensive brands and boast an undeniable quality-to-price ratio that’s hard to beat. 

Following in Gibson’s towering reputation for impeccable craftsmanship, Epiphone has recently taken a lockstep approach in vastly improving their Gibson-counterpart line of guitars by debuting “Epiphone Inspired By Gibson,” an extensive collection of iconic acoustic and electric instruments designed from the original Gibson blueprints. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.