Epiphone Announces the PRO-1 Acoustic Collection
The Gibson-owned brand unleashes four new acoustics geared towards beginners.
Epiphone's PRO-1TM Acoustic Collection.
Nashville, Tennesse (July 29, 2014) -- Epiphone proudly presents the PRO-1TM Collection – four groundbreaking new acoustic guitars fully equipped with innovative trademark features designed to make playing guitar and learning new chords simple! The PRO-1 Collection is made to be easy to play and easy to tune, yet still remain a dependable and superb sounding instrument that players will want for life.
The PRO-1 Acoustic Collection is designed by Epiphone luthiers with consultation by pros from every musical genre. The PRO-1 guitars are not just the new ground-breaking “student” guitars, but the first in a new line of totally “pro” instruments that combine classic styling and bold new features, making it easy to play from the first note. There’s no “breaking-in” time with the PRO-1 Acoustic Collection – thanks to Epiphone, your first guitar will also be one of your best guitars.
“All of us at Epiphone are guitar players and we thought it was time that novice players have an excellent, affordable instrument they can learn on and still want to keep as they improve their skills,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “While designing the PRO-1 Collection, we took our combined knowledge about what makes a great guitar and merged it with cutting edge technology and design that could only come from Epiphone.”
Ask anyone why they ever quit learning to play guitar and you’ll hear comments like… “I could never get it in tune,” “My fingers hurt too much,” or “It was hard to play so I just gave up.”
Epiphone listened to beginners’ feedback and completely rethought the process of building a great acoustic guitar from top to bottom. The result is the PRO-1 Acoustic Collection featuring cutting-edge instruments made to be played right away without the long “breaking in” period that used to make learning how to play the guitar difficult. Now with the Epiphone PRO-1 Acoustic Collection, everyone can enjoy playing guitar from the first chord. Drawing on over 140 years of experience, Epiphone has practically re-invented the acoustic guitar to create an instrument that’s easy for players to get started on with the full, vibrant sound that Epiphone is known for.
The Epiphone PRO-1 Acoustic Collection includes four new instruments, each with a unique voice and style; the PRO-1 Classic, the PRO-1 dreadnaught, the PRO-1 Plus featuring a Solid Spruce Top inspired by Epiphone’s Masterbilt guitars and the PRO-1 Ultra featuring the ground breaking Shadow® Performer™ preamp and NanoFlex™ pickup system – the best acoustic amplification system in the business.
The PRO-1 Classic is modeled after the world’s great classical guitars and features the same tonewoods used to make the best classical instruments including a Select Cedar top. The PRO-1 Classic's balanced sound and professional features makes it easy for anyone to discover their unique “voice” on guitar. With the PRO-1 Classic, Epiphone makes one of the most challenging (and most rewarding) instruments easy for everyone.
The PRO-1 is a “dreadnought” style acoustic guitar – one of the most well-recognized acoustic guitar profiles in the world and a style that Epiphone has been perfecting since 1932. Known for their incredible volume and tonal range, the PRO-1 features the same classic profile and tonewoods with a reduced body depth, making it easier and more comfortable to hold and play.
The PRO-1 Plus is inspired by Epiphone’s legendary Masterbilt Series and is renowned for its beautiful styling and superior tone. The PRO-1 Plus includes all of the PRO-1 Collection’s breakthrough design features and also has a Solid Spruce Top that “ages” over time for a rich mellow sound that gives the PRO-1 Plus the same “voice” as world most famous vintage Epiphones like the Texan.
When you're ready to play live, the PRO-1 Ultra plugs in to any size PA or amplifier with the Shadow Performer preamp and NanoFlex pickup system, the same pickup system found in Epiphone’s legendary Masterbilt guitars and many other classic Epiphones. With the PRO-1 Collection’s innovative features and professional high-end pickup system not found in other value instruments, the PRO-1 Ultra puts you in the top class of players.
Epiphone’s four PRO-1 Acoustic guitars feature all of the PRO-1’s revolutionary breakthroughs in sound and design making every PRO-1 guitar easy to play. Each guitar includes a Humidifier, eMedia Online lessons, and a Guitar Beginner’s Guide. A separate PRO-1TM Accessory kit with extra strings, tuner, strap, and polish is also available when you buy a PRO-1.
PRO-1 Collection Specs:
- JumboPRO frets and Epiphone Light Gauge Strings that make holding down strings and learning chords easy and painless
- PRO-1 shorter scale length neck to make the strings “looser” and easier to play
- EZ-Profile “C” shape neck allows for comfortable play with less fatigue
- PRO-Ease Lubricant neck finishes for that “worn in” feel – from day one, your PRO-1 feels like a guitar you’ve played for years
- EZ-String Bridge that doesn’t require string pins
- Epiphone “Deluxe” Tuners with a more precise 18:1 ratio that makes tuning easy, intuitive, and best of all, rock solid
- Dual Action Truss Rod for perfect action and intonation
- GraphTech NuBone nut and saddle, made from hard and resonant TUSQ material which increases the guitar’s volume and harmonic “voice” for superior intonation
- Custom PRO-Prietary bracing which allows the guitar “top” (the voice of any great guitar) to resonate freely while still keeping its strength and its tone in any environment
- Smaller body thickness that makes all the PRO-1 guitars more comfortable to hold and use
PRO-1 Classic (Classical guitar): $119
PRO-1: Plus: $229
PRO-1: Ultra: $329
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