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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt Series with the Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric. The legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been the driving power behind decades o... Read More

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Overview

Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt Series with the Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric. The legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been the driving power behind decades of classics in every genre -- rock, pop, and country. From Hank Williams to John Lennon, the J-45 has been the go-to guitar for songwriters and rhythm guitarists. Epiphone' first Ltd. Ed. reissue of the "The Workhorse" J-45 earned it a œMark of Excellence Award from Guitar One magazine and now the Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME brings two legends together for the first time.

Legendary Masterbilt Series
First released in June 1931, the original line of Epiphone Masterbilt guitars made a big impression on musicians and heralded the first great era of acoustic guitars. Today, the new line of Epiphone Masterbilt instruments continues that reputation around the world.

The original Epiphone Masterbilt catalog made the promise: "The possessor of an EPIPHONE instrument has the assurance that every possible precaution has been taken to build instruments for lifetime performance and pleasure." And Epiphone still stands by that promise today!

Guitar Player 2015 Maximum Gear Award Winner
"All Maximum Gear awards are unanimously selected by the GP editors to celebrate the past year's products we feel are transcendent, awesome, top of the tops, and totally deserving of the magazine's most prestigious Hall of Fame honor. We all felt this wonderful piece of gear exemplified our goals for the 2015 GP Hall of Fame Awards." - Guitar Player

Features
  • Body
  • Body type: Advanced Jumbo
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Info not available
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Slim taper, D profile
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with Pearloid Dot inlays
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Shadow
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: Indonesia
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EpiphoneMasterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great value, for the bucks!

I purchased this instrument a bit over a year ago. I did not have to adjust the action a bit, which is a first, for me. I own several Gibsons: 2...Read complete review

I purchased this instrument a bit over a year ago. I did not have to adjust the action a bit, which is a first, for me. I own several Gibsons: 2 J-45's, 2 B-25's 1 J-200 and 1 LG-2. I love them all and they all have their own sound from guitar to guitar. The Epiphone AJ 45 ME, actually plays easier and the frets are utterly perfect. I did eventually replace the Shadow pickup--it was a dog and popped all of the time. I put a Baggs Anthem in and it now sounds amazing acoustically and plugged in. The last thing two things that I addressed were: The saddle and the finish. I replaced the saddle with an unbleached bone one, that I compensated for both the 1st and 2nd strings. It stays in tune better and gained volume and tone. The unbleached bone saddle is harder. The last issue that I addressed is the finish. I called a friend of mine that owns an auto body shop. I asked him how to get ride of the flat finish and he recommended: Maguires Swirl Remover 2.0. He told me to use a soft rag and rub like crazy and after about 4-5 applications, I had a beautiful hand-rubbed finish. I finished it off with a soft Maguires car wax. The guitar now: Plays, looks and sounds amazing. It is my go to instrument. So, for you players that hate the finish, you now have the answer. I hope this review answers some questions. Buy this guitar, before they stop making them!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nicely Built, but no Jangle

Can't say enough on how well made, and the all around quality of these guitars. The neck is soooo comfortable, great for strumming and fingerpicking. The only problem is it's dead sounding,...Read complete review

Can't say enough on how well made, and the all around quality of these guitars. The neck is soooo comfortable, great for strumming and fingerpicking. The only problem is it's dead sounding, flat, no jangle. My Taylor rings out. Pick up a AJ220 at 1/3 the price, and compare. The build is not bad, and it won't break the bank.

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3.0

Nicely Built, but no Jangle

By kerberos62

from NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Can't say enough on how well made, and the all around quality of these guitars. The neck is soooo comfortable, great for strumming and fingerpicking. The only problem is it's dead sounding, flat, no jangle. My Taylor rings out. Pick up a AJ220 at 1/3 the price, and compare. The build is not bad, and it won't break the bank.

 
5.0

Very impressive guitar!

By Little Chief

from Caldwell Co. NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Satin Finish

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been wanting to play in some bars around town for open mic nights but had concerns with taking along my Gibson Hummingbird. I wanted something that still sounded phenomenal and well built but would be much more affordable to replace if something happened to it. This guitar measures up so stinking close with my Gibson acoustic and the satin neck makes it much more comfortable to play. I just wish the body was gloss but that's purely cosmetic and a personal preference.

When I was in the Winter Park Guitar Center, I narrowed my selection down to this and a $700 Mexican made Martin. I chose this one because though it lacked the name Martin, it did not take all the shortcuts the other had. It has a one piece neck and headstock, bone nut and saddle and like an actual Gibson is constructed with hide-glue. This is not a replica or toy Gibson like the low line Epi's; this guitar is heirloom quality and the best purchase you can make under $1500.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value, for the bucks!

By Dave

from Central, Indiana

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this instrument a bit over a year ago. I did not have to adjust the action a bit, which is a first, for me. I own several Gibsons: 2 J-45's, 2 B-25's 1 J-200 and 1 LG-2. I love them all and they all have their own sound from guitar to guitar. The Epiphone AJ 45 ME, actually plays easier and the frets are utterly perfect. I did eventually replace the Shadow pickup--it was a dog and popped all of the time. I put a Baggs Anthem in and it now sounds amazing acoustically and plugged in. The last thing two things that I addressed were: The saddle and the finish. I replaced the saddle with an unbleached bone one, that I compensated for both the 1st and 2nd strings. It stays in tune better and gained volume and tone. The unbleached bone saddle is harder. The last issue that I addressed is the finish. I called a friend of mine that owns an auto body shop. I asked him how to get ride of the flat finish and he recommended: Maguires Swirl Remover 2.0. He told me to use a soft rag and rub like crazy and after about 4-5 applications, I had a beautiful hand-rubbed finish. I finished it off with a soft Maguires car wax. The guitar now: Plays, looks and sounds amazing. It is my go to instrument. So, for you players that hate the finish, you now have the answer. I hope this review answers some questions. Buy this guitar, before they stop making them!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    In love with is beauty!!

    By JC

    from Tulsa, OK

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Before I purchased this guitar I was looking in buying a gibson J15, don't give me wrong the j15 sounds amazing and very good looking but I was so curious about this guitar after seeing reviews and sales are high on this item, so I bought it. Well I'm so glad I bought it because it is an amazing instrument so easy to play, the neck it's just so comfortable and it sounds amazing, maybe not as a J15 or even a J45 bit very very close, I just can't put it down any chance I have to play it is do it. I play this guitar at church and it also sounds amazing plugged in. I bought the Tc electronics acoustic bodyrez pedal and it's just makes it even better. I'm very happy and so glad I saved a lot of money with this choice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a great guitar.

      By Strat

      from Wakefield, R.I.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I was looking for an affordable jumbo and the Masterbilt AJ-45ME was just what I was looking for. I did a lot of research on both the Guitar Center and Epiphone sites and read the reviews before buying this instrument. My local G.C. didn't have one that I could try out so I took a chance based n my research and bought it. I have to say I was very pleased. It sounds great and is easy to play. The set up was dead on right out of the box, I didn't have to do any adjustments to the guitar. I love the sound unplugged, I am extremely happy with this guitar. When I do plug in I am playing through a Fender Stage 100. It's ok but I will be looking at buying an amp more suited to the nuances of the acoustic sound. I am researching the Fender Acoustsonic and Fishman Loud Box. Need to try both out before deciding.

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Jaybo

        from Fayetteville NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          After doing research on this guitar for a couple of months I was at the local GC a salesperson was steering more towards a laminate version of a Taylor. Didn't have a Masterbilt in store. I left and did more research. And decided to order the AJ 45 ME and have to say I'm glad I didn't listen to the sales person. Great sound and well worth the money. Epiphone has a rep of being a low level guitar but this is a great guitar and will only sound better with age.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar!

          By MainlandGal510

          from Emeryville/East Bay, CA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            What a great guitar! Excellent value for an all solid wood instrument, dovetail joint with hide glue, short scale length, and it has a pickup! I'm a beginner but after reading and hearing YouTube reviews online I went ahead and bought a used one at GC in practically brand new, excellent condition. (Thank you to whomever decided to let it go!) It's very easy to play, smooth fret edges, nice action and it's LOUD, thumpy, rich and full sounding. I don't mind the satin finish at all - I was more interested in how it sounded. Looking forward to practicing in the years to come on a quality instrument. After later comparing it to other guitars at the store, (Epi Hummingbird Pro, Epi AJ220S, Seagull S6) I was so glad I got the AJ45me.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A wonderful guitar——especially at this price

            By Dano

            from SoCal

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              The AJ-45me plays well and sounds really good. And with it's solid Sitka Spruce top, it should only sound better with age.

              I played a lot of guitars at the GC before settling on the AJ-45me — I found nothing that compared to, or surpassed the AJ-45me's tone and playability for less than $1,000 more.

              It doesn't sound like a Gibson J-45, but it sound very good in its own voice.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar for the Money

              By KEP

              from Albany, NY

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Can't speak to how an advanced player would feel about the guitar, but as a beginner, this is a great guitar to play. It's fun! The action is low, so it is easier for me to play chords or hit notes with good technique. I like the shape and feel of the neck. It sounds great. It's very well made. I haven't used the electronics a lot. Probably fine, but try it in the store if you intend to play through an amp. The only thing to watch is the bottom attachment for the strap. If you have a thick guitar strap at that end it's hard to get it to seat well. It's not unique to this guitar. Just a minor thing to keep an eye on.

                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Wonderful guitar. A steal at the price

                  By Dan

                  from undisclosed

                  Pros

                  • Great sound
                  • Playability
                  • QUALITY WORKMANSHIP

                  Cons

                  • Satin finish

                  Best Uses

                  • Playing A Wonderful Guita

                  Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  My last guitar (which I gave to my youngest daughter) was a 1972 Martin D-18. This new guitar can't compare to a nearly 50 year old instrument, but it is really very good and fun to play.

                  If I could change one thing it would be the finish—I'm old school, I prefer a gloss finish. Other than that, I love my new AJ-45ME!

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