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First, let's have a look at the Epiphone DOVE PRO Solid Top. The first electro acoustic on our list is very unsurprisingly an Epiphone product. The affordable Gibson brand makes a superb range of entry-level guitars, and this one is no different. The Epiphone dove pro acoustic-electric guitar is unquestionably one of the top instruments on this list, and doesn’t come close to your under $500 budget. Intrigued? See more budget acoustic electric guitars here.
The second product we are looking at in this head-to-head review is the Epiphone HUMMINGBIRD PRO Solid Top. The second Epiphone guitar to make our list is a modern entry-level take on the legendary Hummingbird, which is a staple of so many famous acoustic guitarists’ lineup, not least Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.
So what do you get? It’s a beautiful full sized dreadnought body with an orange-tinted violin burst finish, and - of course - a dovetail neck joint. From top to bottom, this guitar has been designed to reflect the classic Gibson and Epiphone dovetails of the 60s. The modern guitar goes one step further with a pretty little dove on the pickguard, and wings on the bridge. The hardware is made by Grover, and you’ll find a Fishman pickup under the saddle, and sound hole preamp.
It’s a stunning guitar, with another gorgeous violin-burst spruce top, but this time with intricate hummingbird design on the pickguard. As you’d expect from Epiphone, everything on this guitar has been put together with care and attention. There’s no reason one of these won’t last as long as the original acoustic Hummingbirds have.
|HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON|
|Epiphone DOVE PRO Solid Top||Epiphone HUMMINGBIRD PRO Solid Top|
+ Stunning quality and finish for the price
+ Dovetail neck joint
+ Excellent resonance and sustain
+ SlimTaper D neck for easy playing
+ Beautiful detailing
+ High quality hardware
|WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT|
|With enough change to spare from your under $500 budget to buy an amplifier and other bits such as a guitar amplifier mic or instrument mic, the Dove Pro is a seriously good proposition for those completely new acoustic electric guitars Under 500, or indeed new to guitars full stop. Really well made, easy to play with a narrow D neck, and a tone good enough for most. If you've got more money to spend, try our review on some fantastic acoustic electric guitars for less than 700 dollars. If you are interested in having warm tone in your guitar, we also recommend you check out Semi Hollow and Hollow Body Guitars.||This list was always going to have a couple of Epiphones on it, and the Hummingbird certainly deserves its place. We really like the attention to detail and design of this guitar, but the ergonomics and overall tone really back it up. The Shadow pickups are a particular highlight - really helping to get across the bright tone of this particular guitar model. You can barely believe it’s under $500.|
Also see Music Critic's article Top 10 Best Rated Electric Acoustic Guitars Below $500 in 2018 which includes even more information.