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The Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RE Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts expert luthiery to rival Epiphone's classic 1930s guitars. You can see it in the precision back, fretboard, and multi-ply top and heads... Read More

Overview

The Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RE Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts expert luthiery to rival Epiphone's classic 1930s guitars. You can see it in the precision back, fretboard, and multi-ply top and headstock binding. A light guitar with great volume, projection, and natural warmth made crisp and punchy by solid rosewood back and sides. The eSonic2 preamp system amplifies that great tone with surprising fidelity. Nickel hardware, stickpin inlay, and offset notch headstock add visual elegance.

The eSonic2 preamp

The eSonic2 preamp with built-in tuner features studio quality fidelity, premiere dynamics, and greatly increased harmonic content, resulting in uncompromising acoustic guitar realism. The preamp is equipped with a very accurate chromatic tuner. When the tuner button is activated, the tuner, there will be no output signal from the guitar. The tuner button can also be used as a mute function. By activating the tuner, you can avoid the loud pops when plugging in.

NanoFlex pickup
The term "Nanoflex" refers to its ultra thin (nano-like) profile and its flexibility that allows it to conform to any surface shape. This assures complete guitar-to-pickup-to-saddle contact. Unlike other under-saddle pickups, the Nanoflex design utilizes 7 highly-sensitive and ultra-responsive layers of sensor material to not only sense the vibrations of the strings but the vibrations of the guitar body as well. The Nanoflex is the first pickup to incorporate active amplification directly at the pickup. As a result, the signal does not pass through even a single millimeter of the wire and therefore, the signal quality is uncompromised.

Nanomag Pickup
Ordinary magnetic pickups have been used successfully to amplify electric guitars for years but when used to amplify acoustic guitars, they fail to deliver desirable acoustic response. That's because magnetic pickups have a very narrow bandwidth with an over-emphasis on mid-range frequencies. The Nanomag, referring to its small size and its composition, is a different kind of magnetic pickup that combines 3 Samarium”Cobalt magnets with on-board, active electronics to produce a low-impedance pickup with absolute linear response and an uncharacteristically wide frequency range.

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Features
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany neck
  • Gold tuners
  • eSonic2 stereo preamp with built-in tuner and NanoFlex/NanoMag pickup combination
  • Multi-ply binding on top and headstock
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4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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Diamond in the Rough

I just purchased an AJ-500REMS with ESONIC2 Electronics today after trying many guitars in four local stores. I have been playing for 46+ years. I know tone woods. I already have a...Read complete review

I just purchased an AJ-500REMS with ESONIC2 Electronics today after trying many guitars in four local stores. I have been playing for 46+ years. I know tone woods. I already have a Taylor 614ce-L2. The bottom line is that you can't find a guitar in this price range, Taylor, Martin etc. with this quality. The Solid Rosewood is exceptional not to mention the quality of the luthiery. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears! You wanna hear deep beautiful lows and wonderful highs? This is your guitar. Don't be fooled by low price and its plain appearance. I can't wait till it ages. Epiphone, you outdid yourself. If Rush and Heart members can like it so will you!

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Great guitar, BAD electronics!

I purchased this guitar new in store about a year ago while looking for a Martin. Loved it for the first six months but then the electronics went out. Sent it in to get...Read complete review

I purchased this guitar new in store about a year ago while looking for a Martin. Loved it for the first six months but then the electronics went out. Sent it in to get fixed and a week after i got it back same story. I loved the sound but the Esonic2 preamp is trash. Tried to get them to install a different preamp but to no avail. The guitar itself is a five star but with the Esonic2 one star. After sending it in three times for work on the electronics, and still having problems, I sold it for a quarter of what I paid and bought a Takamine EF340SCGN, which is an awsome guitar. Purchase at own risk. If they come out with a different preamp setup in the future I would purchase again.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great guitar, BAD electronics!

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from Dallas, TX

I purchased this guitar new in store about a year ago while looking for a Martin. Loved it for the first six months but then the electronics went out. Sent it in to get fixed and a week after i got it back same story. I loved the sound but the Esonic2 preamp is trash. Tried to get them to install a different preamp but to no avail. The guitar itself is a five star but with the Esonic2 one star. After sending it in three times for work on the electronics, and still having problems, I sold it for a quarter of what I paid and bought a Takamine EF340SCGN, which is an awsome guitar. Purchase at own risk. If they come out with a different preamp setup in the future I would purchase again.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

you'll be replacing the electronics!

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from Reese, MI

Great playing guitar. Problem is the electronics, in my opinion, suck. First of all, they run on CR2032 batteries, which are not cheap. Second of all, they don't last very long. Third, when I got the guitar, the electronics made a funky noise and the pickups were way out of balance. Got new electronics, now there's a buzz in the front one. Now, the pickups could be bad. However, I contacted Gibson about get a different type of electronics. Too bad, you are stuck with these. Although, they said they would replace them. Bottom line, buy the guitar, but expect to put a better pickup system in in it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JUST AWESOME!!!

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from Virginia Beach,Va

It's funny that I was looking for an acoustic with warm tones. I played many guitars and found that the AJ500RE by far had the best tone and obviously the best price. After the fact I saw that it was the guitarplayer pick! It sounds fabulous.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice!

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from Northwest Territories

Bought this guitar in Vegas in April. Got it to a luthier in July. What a difference when I got it back after the setup. It was pretty good off the rack but now it is absolutely wonderful. The rich sound from the rosewood does compare to much more expensive guitars. I have owned and epiphone for 27 years and this is my first new purchase since then. I am not disappointed except that I did leave it behind in the south for the winter. It is too dry here for the solid wood to bear. Looking forward to seeing this baby again in the spring.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very very great greater for the price !!!!

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from Pleasant Hill, CA

I have been coming back and forth to GC to check out great sounding acoustic guitars for a month. I've been to 200-400 usd range and wasn't satisfied with the sound. I went to the inner room with 1,200-7,000 range. I know it's too much for me (music is not my profession anyway) but most don't sound far better. I tried the EP AJ500RENS outside and that caught me. I brought inside the high range room and compared with Taylor's, Martin's, and Gib's. The closest is the Gib, same family I think. I was hesitant coz I wanted something with a name - Taylor, I think. But cost wise, the EP sounded better than Taylor in the price range...and the wood! It's in 1,600+ range! I took the EP.... guess what, I love it!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great versitile guitar

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from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

This guitar is amazing. I bought it about two years ago and I fell in love with it from the moment I played it. After having the action lowered I haven't run into many problems. The pug-ins give me some static and connection problems at times, but both are easily fixed. Easy to play and great tone. I love to play rich chords on this guitar because they feel even richer. Finger picking also suits the folk body, and because it's jumbo, the notes are well expressed and sustained. The built in tuner is very accurate, and the neck pick-up is the most effective. I'm still waiting for the day to try out it's stereo capabilities with the proper equipment. Great buy, very durable, beautiful sound.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Underated Ax

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from Chicago, Illinois

I almost purchased the earlier model with just the LR Baggs pick up in it. Boy was I glad waited until the new ESoninc 2 pick up came along! What an upgrade in quality and sound!!! I've only been playing for 6 years and have had several acoustic/electrics in my hands. I play everything from Irish and American folk to Jimmy Buffett to the Beatles. The musicians with whom I play are Takamine and Taylor snobs! When the got hold of my new Epiphone Masterbilt AJ500RE, they were blown away by the sound both plugged and unplugged not to mention the quality luthiery! As far as price is concerned, I couldn't believe the value! If your in the market, go NOW and GET one!!!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Competes with higher end Martins and Gibsons!

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from Phx, AZ

The AJ500RE is an amazing guitar for the money. It's an all solid wood guitar, giving it an amazing sound and value. Of course that means you have to keep it humidified, but that's no big deal. This feels like (and looks) like a vintage acoustic guitar already. Has a warm, rich tone that you'd find in many higher end Martins and Gibsons. I was originally going to get the model without the pickup (because i prefer the sound of an acoustic with a good condenser mic), but after I plugged the guitar into an acoustic amp, I just had to have the AJ500RE. Sounds amazing plugged or unplugged. Hands down, best guitar out there for the money.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

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from Bryan, OH

I have been playing guitars for forty years and my AJ500RENS is one of my favorites. Great sound with or with out amplication. The only draw back is no on/off on the ensonic unit. The ability to blend the pick-ups is great. You can play a lot of guitars that cost more but I am not sure you can get a better value for the money then the Masterbilt series. Way to go Epiphone!!

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

superb guitar

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from toledo

i spent weeks looking for the perfect acoustic at a price that i could afford, and it had to be all solid woods. i almost passed this guitar up, because i've played some of the less expensive epi's and was not impressed. but, i gave it a shot, and found that i couldn't put it down. then i plugged it in and fell in love. the l.r. baggs element pickup system was amazing, nothing but pure acoustic tone. with very little adjustment i was able to make it sound just as it did before i plugged in. which the guitar center also had one with the shadow pickups in it, that didn't even come close to the element system. if you're looking at this guitar, try to get it with the l.r. baggs.

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