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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... Read More

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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 49 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

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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5.0

Buy this guitar

By 

from Las Vegas

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

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

    I was looking for a solid body guitar for a good price and this guitar is exactly what I wanted. I am no expert in acoustics or how the pickups compare to others but this guitar does everything I need right out of the box. Zero fret buzz, very comfortable action, good tone. I planned on bringing it in to guitar center for a setup but after a couple weeks of playing it I simply can't find a reason that it needs further set up. Buy this guitar.

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    5.0

    Buy one...before they realize they're way underpriced!

    By 

    from Kingsport, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Good Feel
    • Plek'd Incredible Action
    • Rich Sound
    • Solid Woods
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • No case

    Best Uses

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

      I guess technically I'm a professional musician but that just sounds way above me...I play this thing twice a week live and throughout the week at home and she just STAYS in tune!!! I've never had a guitar stay in tune this well...those Grover tuners are doing their job!

      I have had two Gibson J45s but I honestly prefer this to either of those. The quality is evident in the first five minutes...this guitar could be priced double and I would still consider it a good deal!

      It sounds great either plugged or unplugged--I've not played with the electronics to their full potential but they are well beyond serviceable! They sound great out of the box and its' not broke so I didn't try and fix it.

      I can't say this any stronger...GET THIS GUITAR! If you can find a guitar that's nicer than this one for the money I will let you beat me over the head with mine! I'm thinking about getting another Masterbilt in a Jumbo now...I'm hooked!

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      5.0

      Very happy purchase

      By 

      from Philadephia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        I was looking for a good acoustic under $500. This was a tad more but I'm very happy with my purchase especially I was able to use a 20% off promotion. The sound is really clear and it is easy to play. The action was good out of the box but I lowered it a bit more. I decided to remove the pick guard so that the sunburst color looks undisturbed. It peeled right off and no residue was left behind. It still has the high gloss finish all around. This was the lowest price acoustic I was able to find that was ALL SOLID WOOD, acoustic electric, and with a tuner.

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        4.0

        AGAIN- Awesome guitar-- Bad preamps

        By 

        from Green Bay Wisconsin

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • GREAT LOOKING
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • Bad Preamps

        Best Uses

        • Playing around campfire
        • Practicing

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

        Took my Takamaine eg-523-sc To GC to have it worked on...While waiting , I went to the acoustic room to try the new model's....I tried the Gibson J-45 & Martin Aura. I liked the Aura, but way out of my price range...Then I picked up the Epiphone DR-500-MCE. Plays Beautiful with a nice feel,Great sound high, lows , and mid Range... Beautiful price tag also. Went home , and did some research on the internet... Good review's except a couple of guys complained about the pre-amp.Couple of month later I bought one anyway...Sounded great in GC,but when I went home and plugged it into mt Roland amp. It had a crackling noise once in awhile,, Took it back To GC three times.. Finally they just ordered a new one....No problems with the new one.Keeping my fingers crossed.. It is an awesome guitar for the money..They just have to work the bugs out of the preamp

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        4.0

        Give it some time

        By 

        from Middletown,oh

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

        I have been a player for 20 years. I do own Taylor's and Martins. I bought this little gem about 6 years ago. Right when they first came out. I bought it cause I needed a backup guitar. I am a worship Leader and play 3 services a week. So I needed something dependable. At First the Guitar sounded ok. Not like my Taylor's or Martin. But I loved the stereo inputs with onboard tuner. I thought I'd give it a chance being a all solid wood guitar. All I can say is as the wood is aging this Guitar is starting is come to life. I do run stereo out with two outputs. I split it left and right. It is now my go to guitar for every gig. I am very impressed with this guitar. Throw on some medium gage strings and play the heck out of it, and listen to this thing come to life. I get so many compliments on the sound. I am really thinkin about buying the rosewood version soon.

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        3.0

        Almost but not quite.

        By 

        from Mid Michigan

        Pros

        • Thin Neck
        • Very Rich Low End

        Cons

        • Inconsistent quality
        • Rather Muddy Highs
        • Unusual Electronics

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Fingerpicking

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

        Maybe I just caught a "Monday" model, but 3 trips back to the shop couldn't straighten out the action. Real close, but not quite. The lower end was mondo rich, but I would have liked a bit more sparkle out of the high end. Plugged in was great, but still that action (buzz) issue. Great price for an all solid wood guitar that does sound really rich, but I disagree with this being on a par with Taylor or Martin.

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        • No

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        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good guitar, bad preamp

        By 

        from Croatia

        Pros

        • Acoustic sound
        • Playability
        • Satin Neck
        • Solid wood

        Cons

        • Preamp

        Best Uses

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

          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Purchase!!

          By 

          from Knoxville, Tn

          Pros

          • amazing action
          • Gorgeous Headstock
          • Plays Amazingly Well
          • Sounds beautiful

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic rock
          • Blues
          • Jazz
          • Some Classical

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

          Fingerpicked for as many styles as I can learn. The action is nice and low, the guitar is just beautiful, and it sounds fantastic!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SOLID

          By 

          from Tacoma

          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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          • No

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          4.0

          Great guitar for the money!!!

          By 

          from Indio, California

          Site Member

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

          Great guitar for the money. Hey, I buy guitars for the sound, play-ability, and some for the electronics ( to help project the sound beyond the acoustic sound field). This guitar sounds mellow (mahogany sounds that way thanks to nature, not man), has great resonance, plays really good and has good to very good electronics. With the 2 pickup system you really can dial in almost any sound you like. The neck pickup is warm and has better lows, while the bridge pickup has clarity with sparkle for your top end. Blending them allows you to find any combination your heart desires for each use or song. It works great for recording. My rhythm guitar player has a REALLY EXPENSIVE 20 year old Martin D-28 and he likes playing this guitar better than his. Maybe he's just a fool, or maybe he has a point? I agree with him. This is a great working players tool, and for the working player, that is what we are always looking for. I don't buy guitars for the name on the head stock, I buy them for their sound, play-ability and usefulness. This guitar delivers on all those counts. Go ahead an spend a lot more on some ESOTERIC BRAND, but you will not find a better sounding guitar than this for anything under $3000 IMHO. I have played guitars costing in excess of $20,000 and they all have their good and bad points. I have never played a guitar I can honestly rate 5 stars. Every guitar sounds different, and if that is the sound you want/like then that's the tool for you. It's only a tool to let you express you music how you feel it. If you are looking for the warmth of Mahogony, this one delivers. After all, the only real opinion that matters is yours! By the way, all my guitars visit my luthier as their fist experience out of the store. Mine (Luthier) is an absolute magician, and he even said "This one's a keeper" (a man of few words). (If you have never had your guitar professionally set-up, do it now!! It makes any guitar better and sometimes exceptional.) Maybe I got lucky, or just maybe this is the find of the Year, Decade or (insert your own time table). Happy hunting!!!!

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