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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneMasterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Stays in tune (17)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Consistent (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent Guitar, not great.

Here's some of the guitar's measurements before setup.

Action at the 12th fret (Bass side) 8/64"
Action at the 12th fret (Treble side)...Read complete review

Here's some of the guitar's measurements before setup.

Action at the 12th fret (Bass side) 8/64"
Action at the 12th fret (Treble side) 6/64"

Nut Action at the 1st fret (Bass side) >.024"
Nut Action at the 1st fret (Treble side) .021"

Neck relief measured at 7th fret (capo @ 1st fret, string depressed at 15th fret) .008"

Guitar came with Cleartone Strings gauged .012-.016-.025-.033-.043-.053
^measured with caliper.

As you can tell, like most guitars this one needed a setup. If you have the tools it's
a pretty simple job. Most of the measurements were too high for my preference.

Out of the box it plays pretty well. The guitar is much nicer looking in person. And
the quality of construction shows. The frets needed polishing but they were level.
And that's really saying something for a guitar in this price range. I guess the "Plek"
system did it's job. And the tuners do an excellent job of keeping the guitar in tune.

Two problems.
1. The guitar I received had problems with the pickup system. It kept cutting out on me (not batteries).
2. There is competition at this price point. And I don't think this guitar is your best bet.

I compared it to my Martin DX1R. And although the construction and looks were better on the
Epiphone, the Martin has much better sound in my opinion. The DX1R is around 10 years old,
so the top aging might have a little to do with this. The Martin is much more lively. And the Martin
cost less.

To sum it up. The Epiphone isn't bad, and I do like the brand. It's just not great. Even considering
the price. I have to wonder if it's overbuilt. Maybe that's why it doesn't resonate as it should. In time,
maybe it will open up a bit. I'm keeping it. Though I wouldn't really recommend it.

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5.0

With a few upgrades this baby sounds so good!!

By JC

from Tulsa, Ok

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

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

    Bought this guitar a last year, over the time I was able to install a Lr baggs anthem SL and tusq pins and saddle from graph tech and OMG, what a difference. It gained a longer sound a more voulume unplugged and when its plugged the anthem just makes it even better, such a natural sound and more volume also, I also need run it with a Tc electronic bodyrez and a acoustic reverb from mooer. Also made a few changes in the looks, I polished the top and added a tigerstripe pickguard, couldn't be happier with the looks. Well this guitar sounds so close to a j45, no joke! I'm more than happy with this instrument. For the moment I don't see buying any other guitar, this baby just does everything I wanted and needed.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome guitar

    By Talley

    from illinois

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • church
      • Jamming

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

      This is my first higher quality guitar a own two other epiphone's. The masterbuilt amazed me from the first strum. Very smooth to play almost effortless I have a hard time putting it down

      (6 of 6 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.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar, excellent for the price!

            By D from KS

            from Kansas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere, even for performing...

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

              I bought this guitar to travel with and to play at the beach. I have several nice acoustics that I perform with including a Guild D-55 and a Gibson J-200, but I am not keen on taking either out of the country or to "rougher" environments, so I bought this Epiphone to enjoy in less than ideal conditions and venues.

              I was really surprised at the set up right out of the box and the sound. Solid top, back and sides and nice level frets, bone nut and saddle (something that my luthier has had to do will my other guitars) and at this price point,I doubt you'd find a better playing and sounding guitar.

              I am even going to give it a test drive at my next coffee house gig! It's really that good.....

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Typical Masterbuilt Awesomeness

              By Dude from Vera

              from Vera, OK

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I have a 1965 Gibson J-45 that I bought new. A great guitar. But the Masterbuilt sounds much better acoustically. Electronics are very good, too. Some reviewers contend that you can get a better deal at this price point with other guitars. I haven't found one. Just make sure you're comparing apples to apples & you're getting a solid wood guitar, etc. I've played guitar for 55 years & think I know a thing or two about them. I don't know of a better deal with respect to price and quality for an acoustic/electric. I am VERY pleased with this guitar and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a quality instrument.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  My son was happy with this,but small pin hole in the body

                  By Mon

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Return it twice still has small pin hole on the body, wish someone would inspect it right otherwise the sound is good my son is happy

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