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When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all-solid wood instrument.

The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all-solid tone woods to bring you a new-vintage electric guitar 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 this Epiphone guitar holds true to its all-solid wood promise.

It features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25-1/2"-scale rosewood fingerboard, and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the handcrafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The Epiphone DR-500MCE guitar 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, which is adorned with carefully cut, split-diamond pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the Epiphone electric guitar features a vintage-style offset headstock with a stickpin inlay.

While the Epiphone DR-500MCE sounds great unplugged, it really comes alive when plugged in—thanks to the eSonic2 preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy-to-use tuner. When engaged, the Epiphone 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.

Under the bone saddle is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, a low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics into the Epiphone electric guitar that not only pick up string vibration, but also top and body vibrations for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting the NanoFlex 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 a 1/4" mono output blending both pickups, or a 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, the Epiphone Masterbilt guitar pickup gives you incredible flexibility and the opportunity to create the perfect acoustic tone live.

Other features on the Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic electric guitar include quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 16:1 ratio machine heads; bone nut and saddle; imitation tortoise pickguard; nickel hardware; and a bound body, neck, and headstock.


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • Top material: solid sitka spruce
    Body material: solid mahogany
    Side material: solid mahogany
    Neck: mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
    Neck shape options: SlimTaper "D" profile
    Neck joint: glued-in, dove-tail, hide-glue construction
    Scale length: 25-1/2"
    Fingerboard: rosewood with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlays
    Neck pickup: Shadow NanoMag
    Bridge pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
    Electronics: eSonic-2 stereo pramp
    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 with output mute switch,
    Binding: 6-ply body, 1-ply neck, 3-ply headstock
    Fingerboard radius:14"
    Frets: 20, medium
    Bridge: rosewood
    Saddle material: bone
    Nut width: 1.68"
    Nut material: bone
    Hardware: nickel
    Machine heads: Grover Sta-Tite, 18:1 ratio
    Finish: gloss body, satin neck




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  • Great Guitar

    As reviewed by David on 6/2/2010

    Wow was my first impression on playing this guitar unplugged. The volume and depth of tone are unmatched at this price range. Workmanship is excellent with solid top and back. I especially like the neck which is non lacquered matte finish. It just feels great in you hands. If this guitar had no electronics I would still give it the high marks, but this one really shines plugged in with the Esonic NanoMag. Everyone who has picked this up and played it can't believe the sound out of this thing for the price. I have a Gibson Hummingbird that I love dearly but it was close to 4 times the cost of this. I was always reluctant to throw the Gibson in a bag and take it over to friends and parties so I started looking for a mid priced box. For a guitar in the $600 range, you won't find a better value or with better electronics.

    48 of 48 people found this review helpful.
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  • Epiphone Masterbilt

    As reviewed by Jason on 9/15/2010

    I recently purchased this guitar from Guitar Center Dayton. At first, I went to GC to purchase the new Breedlove C250 plus. As I was taking a final look around the show room, I stumbled upon this guitar. I picked it up because of its gorgeous looks, not expecting it to be much because of the price and because of previous Epiphone acoustic guitars that Ive owned and had issues with. I was overly impressed with this. Aside from it being such a beautiful guitar, it has amazing tone (good blend, not to bassy or too bright), low action, and it plays great! It was more impressive than the Breedlove I was prepared to purchase. When I plugged it in, the nano mag pickup really shocked me with its clear, solid tone. I play live about 3 times a week, so Im really picky about finding a guitar that sounds good unplugged, but more importantly, a guitar that sounds good through a system. And this one made the cut. The Epiphone eSonic2 preamp system sounds amazing as well and the preamps tuner works like a charm. The Grover tuners do a great job at keeping this guitar tuned. Over all, this is an amazing guitar and you cant top this for the price.

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful.
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  • Very happy with the purchase

    As reviewed by Justin on 9/13/2010

    I've been searching for an acoustic for quite a while. I was looking mostly at Taylors, Martins and Breedloves (in the 600 - 800 range) and finally played this and loved it. I was a bit of a snob thinking Epiphones are a sub-brand but after reading a lot of forums about the cheaper Martins and Taylors, a lot of people were pointing at these masterbilts. It's made in China, but if you look at the 'American' brands ? all of their guitars at the lower price point are made somewhere else. Breedlove's Atlas series is Korean and Taylor's lower end models are made in Mexico. All of the above also have some sort of laminate back and/or sides. That said, I think you really get a lot more for your money with this guitar. It's ALL solid wood and sounds fantastic. The electronics are great and it looks beautiful. If you're looking at the Martins and Taylors in this price range, pick one of these up and give it a strum.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful.
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