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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a mahogany body and classic f-holes. Inside the upper ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a mahogany body and classic f-holes. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930s-era replica Epiphone label. The Olympic is available in traditional Honeyburst and Violin Burst aged gloss finishes, each with unique color tones inspired by Epiphone’s priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee. The tortoise-style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included. 

Case sold separately.

Like Epiphone’s original '30s-era Olympic, the modern Masterbilt Olympic has a unique body profile that’s smaller than typical archtops but with a tonal range that belies its small size. With its signature f-holes and solid spruce top, the Olympic is an ideal instrument for singers and soloists. Both the body and top feature single-layer ivory and black color binding. The mahogany neck has a full-rounded C-profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the Olympic will resonate as one piece of wood. The rosewood fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5” scale length, and pearloid "Dot” inlays modeled after the original Olympics.

The compact tone of the Olympic sounds beautiful unamplified on a small stage or in the studio. But now the cutting-edge eSonic HD (High Definition) preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup make it possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged. The Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ mounted just inside the lower f-hole. Now you have complete control over how much of the acoustic guitar is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, located near the 1/4" output jack. 
 
Historic Epiphone Hardware
The Olympic comes with Historic Epiphone Re-issue Tuners with marboloid "Crown" buttons with an upgraded 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and accurate tuning. The tuners are mounted on an Epiphone Dovewing headstock with pearloid "Banner" logos. Unlike many vintage archtops, the Olympic has a dual action truss rod for easy and perfect set-up. The Floating adjustable ebonoid bridge is made from a synthesized material that has the grain-like texture and look of ebony but is harder and more reliable for years of playing. The historic aged all-nickel trapeze tailpiece is also inspired from Epiphone’s vintage Masterbilt collection. Every new Masterbilt Century guitar is set up at the factory with Cleartone 12-53 gauge strings. 




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Masterbilt Series
Epiphone’s first Masterbilt archtops quickly rose to popularity during the 1930s “Big Band” era and were renowned for their warm woody tone, wide tonal range and punchy volume. However, with the invention of the electric guitar pickup, archtop acoustic guitars quickly became equipped with magnetic amplification and were for the most part, forever transformed into "electric" guitars. Until now...

Epiphone, an industry leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining Epiphone's original, time-tested designs with 21st century acoustic guitar electronics to bring you the Masterbilt Century Collection. The first collection of archtop “acoustic-electric” guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. Now with the eSonic HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup, you can plug in any Masterbilt Century arch top acoustic-electric into an amp or any PA and hear your guitar’s beautiful and dynamic true acoustic tone on any size stage. For flattop guitarists who have only played old plywood archtops, the sound of a Masterbilt Century guitars will be a revelation. Get ready for a totally new acoustic guitar experience.

Features

Body
Body type: Archtop
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Solid Spruce
Back & sides: Laminated Mahogany
Bracing pattern: Longitudal
Body finish: Aged Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Rounded C
Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Fingerboard: Ebony
Neck wood: Hard maple/Mahogany
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Aged Gloss
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: Yes
Brand: Shadow 
Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
Preamp EQ: 3-band
Feedback filter: Phase
Tuner: Yes
Other
Headstock overlay: Ebony
Tuning machines: Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons
Bridge: Floating Adjustable Ebonoid
Saddle & nut: Compensated Artificial Bone/Bone
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body shape
Case: Sold separately 
Accessories: None
Country of origin: Indonesia

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EpiphoneMasterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.0

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4.0

Great guitar.

By Doc

from Fort Worth, Texas

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great tone and feel for practice, gigging and recording. Beautiful finish and feel.neck is marvelous and easy to finger..overall best buy I've made in years. Thanks Epiphone.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nostaligic

    By McCartney Mike

    from New York

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is very nostalgic and beckons you to play it. Very pleasant to the eyes as it very close to Epiphone's early construction of the original Masterbilt series - with the exception being the headstock vine.
      Its small body size makes it easy to handle. The pickup system is great and really brings the guitar to life! Unamplified, I found it a be bright with lack of depth. The first thing I didn't like was that there was no instruction on how to remove the foam under the "floating bridge" which I did find on youtube and also how to put the pickguard on (also found on youtube). The other factor I didn't like was the Cleartone strings - to me they made the guitar difficult to play - so I changed them out immediately to Elixir strings which made it much easier to play (note - strings MUST be changed one at a time otherwise, without putting masking tape all around the floating bridge, you could mess up the intonation.) I also was a little disappointed that the guitar didn't even come with a gig bag - which would have been nice. Otherwise, nice little guitar at a nice price good for jamming and practice and possibly recording (haven't tried that yet) I wouldn't recommend this guitar to a novice but to an experienced player who knows a little about setting intonation and action.

       
      5.0

      Vintage look and well made

      By 12String

      from Rocky Mount, Virginia

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      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Bought the Olympic because it replicates a vintage Epiphone and it is an excellent size for RV travel. Nice guitar, well made.

       
      4.0

      Yes, I would buy again! The larger model perhaps?

      By Madman With Swagg

      from Where ever I hang my hat.

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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