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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all-solid tone woods to bring you a new-vintage electric guitar with deep, rich lows, shimm... Click To Read More About This Product

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  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
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  • Includes 2-Year Free Warranty on all guitars and basses
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
  • Includes 2-Year Free Warranty on all guitars and basses
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
  • Includes 2-Year Free Warranty on all guitars and basses
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The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all-solid tone woods to bring you a new-vintage electric guitar with deep, rich lows, shimmering highs, and just the right amount of mids. While many other guitars in this price class use pressed backs, spliced neck joints, and even artificial wood backs and sides, you can be assured that this Epiphone guitar holds true to its all-solid wood promise.

It features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25-1/2"-scale rosewood fingerboard, and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the handcrafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The Epiphone DR-500MCE guitar has a solid mahogany back and sides, as well as a 20-fret, hand-shaped mahogany neck that joins the body at the 14th fret, which is adorned with carefully cut, split-diamond pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the Epiphone electric guitar features a vintage-style offset headstock with a stickpin inlay.

While the Epiphone DR-500MCE sounds great unplugged, it really comes alive when plugged in-thanks to the eSonic2 preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy-to-use tuner. When engaged, the Epiphone guitar's output is automatically muted-with no popping noise-making it a perfect choice for stage use. You can even push in the tuner button and unplug the guitar without a loud pop. Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp include Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, Low Battery indicator, and a Phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback. The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries.

Under the bone saddle is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, a low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics into the Epiphone electric guitar that not only pick up string vibration, but also top and body vibrations for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting the NanoFlex is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the harmonic-rich, end of the fingerboard. Exclusively from Shadow, the NanoMag features 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated active circuit to capture all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics. With your choice of either a 1/4" mono output blending both pickups, or a 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, the Epiphone Masterbilt guitar pickup gives you incredible flexibility and the opportunity to create the perfect acoustic tone live.

Other features on the Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic electric guitar include quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 16:1 ratio machine heads; bone nut and saddle; imitation tortoise pickguard; nickel hardware; and a bound body, neck, and headstock.


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Features
  • Top material: solid sitka spruce
  • Body material: solid mahogany
  • Side material: solid mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
  • Neck shape options: SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Neck joint: glued-in, dove-tail, hide-glue construction
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlays
  • Neck pickup: Shadow NanoMag
  • Bridge pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
  • Electronics: eSonic-2 stereo pramp
  • Controls: eSonic2 preamp with built-in tuner, stereo output, master volume pot, NanoMag EQ Pot, NanoFlex EQ pot, phase anti-feedback switch, electronic tuner activation with output mute switch,
  • Binding: 6-ply body, 1-ply neck, 3-ply headstock
  • Fingerboard radius:14"
  • Frets: 20, medium
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Saddle material: bone
  • Nut width: 1.68"
  • Nut material: bone
  • Hardware: nickel
  • Machine heads: Grover Sta-Tite, 18:1 ratio
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EpiphoneMasterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 66 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (20)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Stays in tune (16)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Jamming (13)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (8)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar

Wow was my first impression on playing this guitar unplugged. The volume and depth of tone are unmatched at this price range. Workmanship is excellent with solid top and back. I especially like...Read complete review

Wow was my first impression on playing this guitar unplugged. The volume and depth of tone are unmatched at this price range. Workmanship is excellent with solid top and back. I especially like the neck which is non lacquered matte finish. It just feels great in you hands. If this guitar had no electronics I would still give it the high marks, but this one really shines plugged in with the Esonic NanoMag. Everyone who has picked this up and played it can't believe the sound out of this thing for the price. I have a Gibson Hummingbird that I love dearly but it was close to 4 times the cost of this. I was always reluctant to throw the Gibson in a bag and take it over to friends and parties so I started looking for a mid priced box. For a guitar in the $600 range, you won't find a better value or with better electronics.

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Good guitar, bad preamp

I read many great reviews, so I decided to get one online, so I didn't try it first, as I should have.
I'm a professional musician, and I've been playing guitar...Read complete review

I read many great reviews, so I decided to get one online, so I didn't try it first, as I should have.
I'm a professional musician, and I've been playing guitar for 20 years now. I owned Taylors, Gibsons and Martins, and I have to say this guitar is pretty well built, and is a very nice sounding acoustic. The woods are great, satin neck feels great, the action was good, but I lovered it some more, and had to correct a small bow on the neck...but I don't consider it to be a problem. My main guitar is still Martin DC16GTE Premium(also mahogany), and it looks like that's not going to change any time soon. Comparing those two: the sound on Epiphone is somehow more on the treble side (brighter), definetly a bit louder, but Martin still has more defined tones.
Plugged in, there's no comparison, Martin is a monster (Fishman Prefix Premium Blend preamp). The preamp on Epiphone is small, with thin and tall potentiometers that are just not so convenient for quick on stage use...and turning the volume knob produces some kind of static noise, and now I'm in the process of exchanging the preamp wit a new one from Epiphone. But even then, I think I will just get a Fishman preamp, and install that one. The sound coming out of the Esonic2 preamp is just terrible. They say it should be more natural, something like combining piezo pickup and internal mic (which I have on Martin), but as I said, it's not even close. The nanoflex pickup is just bad, the eq knob does very little change to the sound turned all the way down, and up. It doesn't pick up any knocking on the wood, or any of that vibrations that internal mic, or even piezo would pick up. And the nanomag is in my opinion totally useless piece of equipment on acoustic guitar. Maybe I just have a bad working preamp, but I'm doing this review based on what I got for my money.
So, just two eq knobs that do very little change to the sound, and I can't seem to find any usable sound setting.

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(52 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By David

from Richmond, IL

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Wow was my first impression on playing this guitar unplugged. The volume and depth of tone are unmatched at this price range. Workmanship is excellent with solid top and back. I especially like the neck which is non lacquered matte finish. It just feels great in you hands. If this guitar had no electronics I would still give it the high marks, but this one really shines plugged in with the Esonic NanoMag. Everyone who has picked this up and played it can't believe the sound out of this thing for the price. I have a Gibson Hummingbird that I love dearly but it was close to 4 times the cost of this. I was always reluctant to throw the Gibson in a bag and take it over to friends and parties so I started looking for a mid priced box. For a guitar in the $600 range, you won't find a better value or with better electronics.

(39 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Masterbilt

By Jason

from Dayton, Ohio

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased this guitar from Guitar Center Dayton. At first, I went to GC to purchase the new Breedlove C250 plus. As I was taking a final look around the show room, I stumbled upon this guitar. I picked it up because of its gorgeous looks, not expecting it to be much because of the price and because of previous Epiphone acoustic guitars that Ive owned and had issues with. I was overly impressed with this. Aside from it being such a beautiful guitar, it has amazing tone (good blend, not to bassy or too bright), low action, and it plays great! It was more impressive than the Breedlove I was prepared to purchase. When I plugged it in, the nano mag pickup really shocked me with its clear, solid tone. I play live about 3 times a week, so Im really picky about finding a guitar that sounds good unplugged, but more importantly, a guitar that sounds good through a system. And this one made the cut. The Epiphone eSonic2 preamp system sounds amazing as well and the preamps tuner works like a charm. The Grover tuners do a great job at keeping this guitar tuned. Over all, this is an amazing guitar and you cant top this for the price.

(35 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very happy with the purchase

By Justin

from huntington beach, ca

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been searching for an acoustic for quite a while. I was looking mostly at Taylors, Martins and Breedloves (in the 600 - 800 range) and finally played this and loved it. I was a bit of a snob thinking Epiphones are a sub-brand but after reading a lot of forums about the cheaper Martins and Taylors, a lot of people were pointing at these masterbilts. It's made in China, but if you look at the 'American' brands �ۡ���� all of their guitars at the lower price point are made somewhere else. Breedlove's Atlas series is Korean and Taylor's lower end models are made in Mexico. All of the above also have some sort of laminate back and/or sides. That said, I think you really get a lot more for your money with this guitar. It's ALL solid wood and sounds fantastic. The electronics are great and it looks beautiful. If you're looking at the Martins and Taylors in this price range, pick one of these up and give it a strum.

(32 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar

By Bob

from sussex,nj

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've played many guitars and own many acoustics.I bought this guitar as an open mike nite guitar where alot of people have their guitars all lined up ready to play and occasionally someone without permission starts using the wrong guitar.With that said I didnt want to bring my Taylor or Breedlove.What I didnt expect was the incredible sound the 2 pickups produce and the craftsmanship was right on.I will say this guitar out-shines guitars costing many times more.Buy this guitar and put the others away.I've played for 42yrs now and play out alot.This is my choice of acoustic guitars for any situation.Any level of ability will be satisfied from novice to advanced like myself.Hey,its 1/3 the price of a comparable Martin.Believe me,I own several Martins and they're bench-warmers now.

(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Vinnie Sabatino

from Bridgewater,NJ

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Picked up an acoustic -electric by another popular manufacturer that was hanging on the wall at Guitar Center and thought I liked the feel, sound, and action. That was before I took the Epiphone DR-500MCE into my hands and felt the immediate delicate balance which far surpassed the "other brand" Unplugged , it was hands down far superior,but when I plugged the unit into the first amp that was handy ,I was completely blown away with the beautiful sound (clean) that I heard coming out of that little(used Fender amp) I couldn't buy this Guitar the day I tried it out,but it is definitely on my wish list. It has the true acoustic sound even when amped without the "feedback" normally associated with A/E guitars,especially within close range of the Amp. I give this guitar and it's Electronics a 5 star rating.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Acoustic / Electric for under $4000

By KungFuJosh

from Worcester, MA

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for 20 years. Building guitars for 15 years (electrics). I wanted an all solid wood guitar with a bone nut and saddle. I didn't even look at these. I went through a number of stores trying everything in the $1000 to $4000 price range. I even went to some luthiers that build acoustics locally. Then I found out about the Masterbilt series. Everything I wanted, and a fraction of the cost of anything else I was trying...and this guitar blew them all away. I couldn't believe that a $600 Epiphone sounded better than a $4000 Martin or Taylor. But it did. I was so impressed with the guitar, that I told another customer who was trying Martins to try one of the other Masterbilts. We both bough Masterbilts. One thing I will say, this guitar sounds good with whatever strings they put on it...but it sounds 10 times better with a set of Elixir strings. Better sound balance and projection. There may be other string brands that sound awesome on it, just realize when you try it out, that whatever you buy for strings will sound better than what comes on the guitar.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I named mine TKO for ...

By Guitarologist

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Taylor Knock Out. I recently sold one of my Taylors and was looking for a new and different replacement for it. Money wasn't a huge issue, I just wanted to find a lot of features, solid wood, and good tone. Don't get me wrong, I wanted something below $1,000, but if the right one would've come along over that I would've bought it. The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500-MCE was the one I picked. Coming from playing Taylors, I'm used to that balanced trebly and punchy sound. This guitar has it plus a bit more on the bottom end. The dual pickup system and preamp are fantastic for the price point - actually fantastic for ANY price point. The preamp takes lithium ion batteries so it last longer than the 9 volt driven units. The guitar comes with a bone saddle and nut, solid mahogony back and sides, nice tuners, a solid sitka spruce top and a pretty nice fit and finish overall. On the negative or neutral side ... the guitar doesn't come with a strap bolt on the neck - you've got to install one yourself. It also doesn't come with a hard case. I bought a decent one for $70 bucks. Mine also accidentally came with the standard saddle. When I noticed that, I took it back into Guitar Center and they swapped it out for one of the compensated bone saddles. These Epiphone bone saddles are very nice ... compensated for the B string, plus the contact point across the top is compensated for string intonation. So, its actually angled on the guitar, plus the B sting compensation, plus additional intonation compensation on the bone saddle itself. My test on guitars is to play an open D string, along with the 11th fret of the B string and the 10th fret of the high E. It's basically a D-major triad. Anyway, this little chord tells me right away if an acoustic guitar has good intonation. When I play that chord on this guitar it sounds better than on my Taylors - who are slightly off. The last thing that I'll mention about the bone saddle is that it puts a little extra "snap" in the stings. I'd played a regular composite saddle for a few days and that one rounded out the sound just a bit. Overall, very happy with the fit and finish of the guitar. I've been playing for over 10 years and consider myself really picky about acoustics and tone. I should also note for full disclosure, I don't play with a pick on acoustics. So its possible a guy who picks everything could pick up the guitar and not be as happy with it as I am. I've been really surprised by this guitar and the features. Sounds awesome through a P.A. or my Marshall acoustic amp with minimal adjustments. I'm not sure I would've bought it without the preamp and pickup system it comes with as I think those things really make it what it is when amplified.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SOLID

By Hambone

from Tacoma

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Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

That is the best word for this guitar. I just returned from GC Tacoma and put one of these beauties on layaway.Scored a "used" vintage burst MC500ce without a nick or scratch on it for 399!!!! WHAT A STEAL!!!! Trust me I did a ton of online research and went out and played a ton of 300 t0 600 dollar acoustics and this guitar beat em all GET ONE YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By Rob Lipkin

from Vineland Nj

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I play about three nights a week, my main guitar is a Gibson Chet Atkins SST. I have played Taylors, Takamines, and Breedloves and all the other guitars in this price range $500-$699 and the Masterbuilt is the best guitar I have played. This guitar feels and plays like a Gibson! It has great action and has a crisp sound-BUY THIS GUITAR.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST GUITAR EVER!!!

By chacha

from x

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Today I went to Guitar Center looking for this guitar that I have been looking at for a few months. The second I picked up this guitar, I knew that this is the guitar for me. For fun, I played a few $3,000 guitars, and this $600 guitar played as well, if not better than most of them. This guitar has a beautiful finish that I can't take my eyes off of. It sits perfectly in my hands. If you want to play classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, show-tunes, or more, this is the guitar for you. Overall, it's an awesome guitar.

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