My dad gave me this guitar when I graduated highschool. I've had it ever since. Its the only steel stringed acoustic I've ever owned. It has a solid, unfinished Sitka Spruce top that has aged in nicely. Laminate rosewood sides, martin-style x-bracing, bound rosewood fingerboard in what feels like 24.75" scale (but I'm not sure really). I think it was made in japan. It plays very well and continues to sound nicer every year despite my neglect and abuse. Coated strings were the best thing that ever happened to this poor little acoustic because I never feel like changing them. Every couple years I deign to clean her and condition the fingerboard under duress when one of my friends sees the state she's in. I figure when my son's old enough I'll break down and buy myself a fancy Taylor or a player-grade prewar Gibson and give him the epi. Acoustics are not a priority to me. This one has done its job well for years and I think it deserves heirloom status despite the reasonable buy in at the music store way back when.
hey, in the 80s and 90s epis weren't all bad... I was never in love with their les pauls, but legit I used to like their acoustics and some of the hollowbodies. The Elitist Casino is a nice axe as is the elitist 335 from that era. from about 81 until 96ish japan and korea were cranking out some decent semis for epi.... the 70s were a bad spell for them, but the 60s were awesome when they were all made in Kalamazoo. The new ones are sadly junk though. The last epi acoustic I picked up was a fairly expensive Dove model, made overseas, not a knock ona gibbson Dove nor was it a knock on my old 90s epi acoustic. Interestingly a DJ/producer/label owner I sued to work for had an even older epi anniversary model, looked just like mine but from 88 and it was really mediocre. Same features and everything.
I guess if you say so, I will admit that my SGs cost substantially more than that, like 5 or 6 times as much used as a new SG400 or whatever they call the one everyone buys from epi, but I'm gonna say that my SGs are 10 or 20 times better so the value for dollar is there if you have the money to spend or the stuff to trade in on a legit SG.