Epiphone PR5-E/N – The Trend Setter

4.6 out of 5 stars
Epiphone PR5-E – The Trend Setter
Body And Neck: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Hardware: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Sound:  4.8 out of 5 stars
Value:   4.8 out of 5 stars



If you are looking for the best slim acoustic guitar on the market to match the needs of any player with smaller hands, we definitely recommend taking Epiphone PR5-E into serious consideration.

This is an acoustic-electric guitar that comes with a budget price, slim design, and sturdy build. The mixture was spiced up with the addition of a resonant mahogany body, which serves as a perfect counterpoint to the instrument’s thin nature. But we’re getting a tad ahead of ourselves, read on for full review!

Body & Neck

The guitar features a Florentine cutaway mahogany body combined with a select spruce top combined with a sturdy mahogany neck, a classic rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets, a 25.5-inch scale length, and some pretty cool decorations such as snowflake fret inlays and a decorated circular rosette.

Looking strictly at the body and neck, we are looking at a light, yet fairly durable and quite resonant combination. The manufacturer made sure that all components are slim and highly playable, but still not prone to breakage, which is ideal for players with smaller hands – mainly the ladies and the little ones.


The instrument has a lovely rosewood bridge with white pins, as well as a classy set of premium golden Grover tuning pegs distributed in groups of three on two sides of the headstock.

Speaking of which, we are dealing with one classy headstock piece crowning the guitar, a distinctive Epiphone shape and one of the instrument’s many deal-breakers. But back to those tuners, he has to say that the company’s Premium collection does an excellent job and that the strings really do stay in tune for extended time periods.

Now this is an important bit! The PR5-E utilizes an eSonic preamp combined with a NanoFlex pickup system. Not only does this combo give the player solid sonic control when plugged in, but it keeps the sound quality on same – if not higher level than when unplugged. This is a rare feature and something we absolutely salute!

As far as the sound goes, the all-mahogany combination reels in plenty of resonance, power and mid-range punch while keeping a somewhat mellow undertone. Additionally, the spruce top is strong and keeps that booming sound well contained and concise, so when you strum a chord it really grooves out.

Due to the aforementioned quality electronic department, the instrument is equally powerful in plugged-in and unplugged regime, and we recommend it for both types of use.