Epiphone is another name-brand guitar maker. They are a subsidiary of Gibson guitars. You can think of them as the affordable Gibson brand.
The Epiphone DR-100 acoustic guitar has a Spruce top, Rosewood fingerboard and Mahogany back and sides. This combination gives it an balanced tone of both warm and bright.
Many people consider the DR-100 to be strictly an acoustic guitar for beginners. This is due to the fact that it will not be long before the serious player wants to trade up.
But for $100, it’s hard to argue this isn’t one of the best budget guitars out there – for beginners or otherwise.
It’s a solid construction from a name brand guitar manufacturer. The reason it’s so much cheaper than the others on this list is that it’s pretty bare-bones in design. It also does not feature a solid wood top. This makes it more durable, but less clear in its sound. You can think of the DR-100 as a cheap guitar made well.
It’s the perfect starter guitar for the beginner who isn’t sure he will have the desire or aptitude to stick with playing guitar.
It’s available in 3 different finishes: Ebony, Natural, and Vintage Sunburst.