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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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The Masterbilt Zenith Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched solid sprucetop with traditional Longitudinal bracing, a laminated flame maple body, and class... 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 Zenith Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce
top with traditional Longitudinal bracing, a laminated flame maple body, and classic f-holes. Inside the upper hole is a 1930s-era replica Epiphone label. The Zenith Classic is available in traditional Vintage Natural and Vintage Sunburst 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. 

Like Epi’s first generation of archtops, the modern Zenith Classic has a unique body profile with a 16” lower bout, a 11.6” upper bout, a 9.4” waist, and a body length slightly over 20”. Many archtop collectors consider a 16” archtop the ideal size for its concentrated sonic punch and overall tone. With its signature f-holes and solid spruce top, the Zenith Classic is an ideal rhythm instrument for singers and soloists.  And flattop guitarists will discover it can easily cut through a mix better than most any other acoustic. Both the body and top feature 3-layer ivory and black color binding while the ebony fingerboard has single layer ivory color binding. The f-holes have 2-layer binding. The 5-piece hard maple and mahogany neck has a full-rounded C profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the Zenith Classic will resonate as one piece of wood. The ebony fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5” scale length, and pearloid "Falling Snowflakes” inlays modeled after the original Masterbilt Zeniths.

The compact tone of the Zenith Classic 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. No archtop player has ever heard an acoustic guitar more accurately represented through a sound system before. The Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ mounted just inside the lower 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 solid
nickel 1/4" output jack.

Historic Epiphone Hardware
The Zenith Classic 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 Zenith Classic 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 setup at the factory with Cleartone 12-53 gauge strings.

Case sold separately.

Limited lifetime guarantee
The Epiphone Masterbilt® Zenith Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar comes with a limited lifetime guarantee and world renown 24/7/365 Gibson Customer Service.

Epiphone’s Masterbilt Century Collection
Epiphone’s first Masterbilt arch tops 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, a leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining their original, time-tested designs with 21st century guitar electronics to bring you the Masterbilt Century Collection. The collection of arch top “acoustic-electric” guitars designed to be played amplified as true acoustic instruments. Just play one and you will immediately feel and hear the difference between today’s common “flat top” acoustic guitar and the unique voice of a Masterbilt Century.

Now with the eSonic™ HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup, you can plug in any Masterbilt Century archtop 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.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body type: Archtop
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Spruce
  • Back & sides: Laminated Flame Maple
  • 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 Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent!

By dray

from Bronx new york

About Me Experienced

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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 Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    epiphone did an amazing job with the masterbilt zenith ! not only does it look great but it sounds amazing! specially with plugged into a amp. i am very impressed with the craftsmanship and resonance that it has! A+

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Treat Yourself

    By LT in Temecula

    from Temecula, California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have been exploring Jazz recently, first buying the Epiphone ES-175 and then buying the Masterbilt Archtop Zenith. (Mine is the f-hole version.) This guitar was a bit of a lark as I didn't really know what to expect, but after two weeks of play I can easily say it is one of the most fun guitars to play I have owned, and I've owned quite a few. First the easy stuff:
      It came with a perfect set up-I can switch between strumming, finger style and slide with no problems at all. The plugged in sound on this guitar is excellent-I run it through a Fishman Loudbox and the sound is superb-exactly as they advertise it. So on all those counts, the guitar is excellent and I highly recommend it. I only have one caution:
      The effort Epiphone went to make this an accurate arch top is very commendable, but you need to be aware of one detail if you are considering purchasing this guitar: the neck. Unlike almost all more modern guitars, the Epiphone Zenith has one hefty neck.
      I have been through more Taylors, Gibsons and Martins than I can count, and virtually all those necks, save for the V neck on Martin's Eric Clapton model, are considerably thinner by any comparison you want to make. I was initially put off by it as it seemed like at first I was playing with a baseball bat as a neck, but as the hours went by, I not only adjusted more easily than I would have imagined to the neck, but I have grown to where I really like the feel and the tone I know it helps to produce. As I mentioned earlier, the action is excellent, so once my had adjusted, the playability of the guitar is nothing short of amazing, but I caution you, it does take some getting used to, but once you get used to it, watch out!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

      By dray

      from Bronx new york

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        epiphone really did a great job with this guitar the craftsmanship is really good and the sound is awesome! it has alot of resonance! and when plug in it sounds even better! deff worth every penny. to be honest i have tried more expensive guitar like taylor and martins and they do not compare to the sound of this epiphone, just stunning. ive got so many complements already.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        2nd Childhood!

        By Kenny Everett

        from New Jersey

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Only had it 4 days - too soon to tell.

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought this based on a couple of positive reviews from friends.

         
        5.0

        Very cool guitar!

        By Randy

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Been playing for decades, but this is taking me in new directions. After all this time.

           
          4.0

          Staff at Guitar Center was very helpful.

          By Buck

          from Woodville

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic F-Hole Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            shipped to my home in just a few days. no damage. I love the guitar sounds great easy to play and projects well. seems to be very well built.

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