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DR500MCEVSNH

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All SOLID WOOD Quality and TONE! When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an ALL SOLID wood instrument. Harking back to the 1930's and their heritage, the Epiphone Masterbilt line combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all solid tone woods to bring you a new "vintage" instrument with deep rich lows, shimmering highs and just the right amount of mids. While many other guitars in this price class use pressed backs, spliced neck joints and even artificial wood backs and sides, you can be assured that every Masterbilt holds true to it's all solid wood promise.

Traditional Construction Methods and Designs! As with all Masterbilts, the new DR-500MCE model features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25.5" scale rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the hand-crafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The DR-500MCE also has a solid Mahogany back and sides as well as a 20-fret hand-shaped Mahogany neck that joins the body at the 14th fret that is adorned with carefully cut, "split-diamond" pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500MCE features Epiphone historic "off-set" headstock with "stickpin" headstock inlay.

Superior Technology You've Been Waiting For! While the DR-500MCE sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged in thanks to the new eSonic2 preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the new eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy to use tuner. When engaged, the guitar's output is automatically muted - with no "popping" noise - making it a perfect choice for stage use. You can even push in the "tuner" button and unplug the guitar without a loud "pop." Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp include Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, Low Battery indicator and a Phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback. The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries.

Revolutionary Stereo Pickups! Under the bone saddle, is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics that not only picks string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting that is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the harmonic-rich, end of the fingerboard. Exclusively from Shadow, the NanoMag features 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated active circuit to capture all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics. With your choice of either 1/4" mono output blending both pickups or 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, you have incredible flexibility and opportunities to create the perfect acoustic tone live!

Loaded with premium add-ons! Other features included quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock. It also features Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Shdow's 5-year warranty (electronics) and is backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Specifications
Top Material:Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Material:Soild Mahogany
Side Material:Solid Mahogany
Neck Material:Mahogany; 1-piece plus heel
Neck Shape Options:SlimTaper; D profile
Neck Joint:Glued-In; Dove-Tail with hide glue
Truss Rod:Adjustable
Scale Length:25.5"
Fingerboard Material:Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Split-Diamond Inlays
Neck Pickup:Shadow NanoMag
Bridge Pickup:Shadow NanoFlex
Electronics:eSoinc-2 Stereo Preamp
Controls:eSonic2 preamp with built-in tuner, stereo output, Master Volume Pot, NanoMag EQ Pot, NanoFlex EQ Pot, Phase "Anti-Feedback" Switch, Electronic Tuner Activation w/Output Mute Switch
Binding:Body = 6 ply; Neck = 1 ply, Headstock = 3 ply
Fingerboard Radius:14"
Frets:20; medium
Bridge:Rosewood
Saddle Material:Bone
Nut Width:1.725"
Nut Material:Bone
Hardware:Nickel
Machine Heads:Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
Finish:Gloss body; Satin neck
Colors:Vintage Sunburst (VS)

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Closest StoreSt. Catharines, Ontario
I've owned it for two years and appreciate the 18:1 Grovers, even after a week of sitting it's still in tune and stays there. The richness lows & highs are very comparable to a Gibson at twice the cost. I had it set up to a better than playable state a few months after it was purchased, even the tech guy was impressed (after the sales guy told me I was crazy). My only negative is that the neck could be a bit wider and would likely find a "C" shape neck more compatible to my finger style playing (especially as years of playing have taken a toll on the joints) .... great value & my favorite acoustic.
Posted by Brian on Oct 3, 2018
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Closest StoreGuelph, Ontario
Tried all the guitars under a grand I could get my hands on. Not just at L&M. This was the best. The new model at L&M had somewhat high action, but they had a rental that was already setup, so I bought that and saved a bunch of money as well. Can't speak for each individually, but the intonation on mine blows my mind. I didn't think it possible on an acoustic guitar to intonate this well. Would give more stars for effect if I could. Try it and believe.
Posted by Jim on Jul 26, 2018
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TRIED SEVERAL GIBSONS, TRADED EM ALL FOR THIS EPI0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
I recently bought a new Gibson 415 CEX, had it for a few days, found it very "dead" sounding, and new strings didn't help, took it back and got another one, had frets lifting...traded that for a 415W?, didn't like that, so I traded for a J-15, J-15 was decent, but just not worth the dough, so I went back to my L&M, ended up trading it for this Epiphone Masterbilt, LOVE IT!!! from the electronics to the acoustic tone, this thing rocks...I wouldn't think about trading this for any of the sub $2000 gibsons..it's all solid wood, hand made, top quality woods, and flawless, no imperfections at all...the electronics are super cool to play with, and performs amazing for gigs....the nano-mag will even handle distortion tones well....I'm a huge fan of this Epi, and no typically ugly epiphone headstock!!
Posted by Draper on Jun 22, 2018
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Closest StoreWaterloo, Ontario
Thank you L&M for helping me out on this purchase. I actually bought 2 from Amazon first and returned them. They had their issues (fret buzz and uneven pickup outputs). But the guitar in store was perfect. I also learned that the fret buzz may be caused by the humidity of the guitar's wood being too dry, and after checking online, found this to be probable. So I also took the advice to get a hard shell case and humidifier. This guitar will last me a lifetime. Third time's a charm when bought in store from knowledgeable salespeople!
Posted by Michael on May 10, 2018
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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
No surprises, it was exactly what i paid for. Fit and finish was top drawer, mind you I did have it in my hands before buying. Actually, they had two in the store and i liked this one more than the other. I had a budget and i played quite a few different guitars over a couple days before deciding. Always play before buying lol.
Posted by J White on Sep 15, 2017
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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
Great guitar, good quality and playability. I have a hard time not wanting to put this fine instrument down. I had excellent service at the Steelles location and recommend this store to anyone. The staff is professional and courteous. Thanks Paul for your expertise. I will be back.
Posted by Dave on Feb 11, 2017
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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
Great guitar, from electronics to play ability best I've every owned and I've owned many.
Posted by Raymond Kosza on Sep 15, 2016
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Great guitar2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
The sound is excellent on this guitar and the workmanship is impeccable. I played more expensive guitars and this one is a step above all of them. Great deal for the price.
Posted by Ross Strickland on Jan 14, 2016
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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Quality Guitar for the price, mine came setup just fine great tuners stay in tune, nice action pretty low. Nice neck profile very comfortable hard to put this baby down. The electronics are quite good i use Amplitube and the sounds are amazing. Overall this is a very nice instrument with quality build. Paid $800 and came with a gig bag as a free Epiphone promo. Finally if this is your price range you must try this one out you wont be disapointed.
Posted by Wes on Nov 2, 2015
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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
Solidly built guitar with well rounded sound. Good sound projection without being too boomy. String height from frets can vary and small issues with finish from factory - choose best of best or get setup = makes a big difference in sound.
Posted by Dave Sloan on Jun 1, 2015
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Closest StoreEdmonton Whyte Ave., Alberta
A fantastic solid-wood acoustic bargain! I'm amazed at all the features this guitar possesses, which are shown in the specs. However, one thing that's NOT mentioned that I think is rather important is the fact that these have Plek'd necks -- hence no buzz at any of the playing positions. This, and the stereo outs make this a great recording guitar for those on a budget but needing a great sound. My only issue was the loose pickup connections on the guitar. However, a minor issue. The guitar sounds great on its own, mic'd or plugged into one or both outputs. The Shadow pickup system on this guitar is quite outstanding -- especially in stereo where you can assign bass notes to pan on one side of a recording and treble notes to the other side and everything inbetween. It sounds fantastic and adds so much life to your recordings.
Posted by Mike on Mar 20, 2015
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Closest StoreStratford, Ontario
I own many high end Gibson and Martin guitars- this Epi compares very favourably to them. I just wish I had purchased it when it was $650- now I'm going to have to pay the extra because I still believe it is worth it.
Posted by Shawn on Mar 17, 2015
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Closest StoreMontréal, Quebec
had a litle problem with the pick-up been fixin 3 days this is the best guitar i ever had very happy
Posted by Marcel on Jan 7, 2014
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The masterbuilt is well built2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
Constructed in the same manner as high priced guitars,solid woods,scalloped x bracing,bone nut and saddle, rosewood bridge,dove tail neck etc.The action is great with no string buzz.It sounds great plugged in or unplugged, very good guitar at a great price.
Posted by Bob on Dec 31, 2013
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Looks as great as it sounds3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
Hand built solid wood construction at a great price. Bone nut and saddle, the action is great right out of the box with no buzz. Best bang for the buck out there.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2013
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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
Overall this guitar has some great diversity. It's am electric acoustic as well as it has a tuner built in and great sound.
Posted by Kate on Jun 29, 2013
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