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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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All-solid wood quality and toneWhen it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all-solid wood instrument. Harking back to the 1930's and their heritage, the Epiphone Master... Click To Read More About This Product

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All-solid wood quality and tone
When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all-solid wood instrument. Harking back to the 1930's and their heritage, the Epiphone Masterbilt line combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all solid tone woods to bring you a "vintage" instrument 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 every Masterbilt holds true to it's all solid wood promise.

Traditional construction methods and designs
As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500ME model features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25.5"scale rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the hand-crafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The DR-500ME also 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 that is adorned with carefully cut, "split-diamond" pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500ME features Epiphone historic "off-set" headstock with "stickpin" headstock inlay.

Superior technology you've been waiting for
While the DR-500ME sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged in thanks to the new eSonic2 preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the new eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy to use tuner. When engaged, the 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.

Revolutionary stereo pickups
Under the bone saddle, is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics that not only picks string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting that 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 1/4" mono output blending both pickups or 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, you have incredible flexibility and opportunities to create the perfect acoustic tone live.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other features included quality vintage-style Grover(tm) Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock. It also features Epiphone's Limited Lifetime warranty and Shadow's 5-year warranty (electronics) and is backed by world famous 24/7/365-day Gibson Customer Service.


Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Material: Solid Mahogany
Side Material: Solid Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany; 1-piece plus heel
Neck Shape Options: SlimTaper; D-profile
Neck Joint: Glued-In; Dove-Tail with hide glue
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Split-Diamond inlays
Neck Pickup: Shadow NanoMag
Bridge Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
Electronics: eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp with:
Built-in tuner
Stereo output
Master Volume Pot
NanoMag EQ Pot
NanoFlex EQ Pot
Electronic Tuner Activation with Output Mute Switch
Binding: Body = 6-ply; Neck = 1-ply; Headstock = 3-ply
Fingerboard Radius: 14"
Frets: 20; medium
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.725"
Nut Masterial: Bone
Hardware: Nickel
Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
Finish: Gloss body; Satin neck
Colors: Natural
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By JohnnyFatFingers

from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

I was very skepticle about Epiphone acoustics. I am spoiled by owning a couple of Martins and a Gibson. I heard and read nothing but good about the Masterbuilt line. To prove them wrong I bought the DR500ME. What a beautiful guitar! I love the old fashioned look to it. And the sound rivals that of my other guitars. I am very, very impressed. One thing, I did have to spend an extra $60.oo bucks to have a luthier set it up for me. I was dissapointed with the factory settings.Actually I think they forgot to do this one. But anyway, to the folks at Epiphone....way to go.I am a beliver!!!

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Great Axe

By Steve

from oxnard CA

I am a professional musician and am extremely picky about the instruments I own. I needed an acoustic electric in my arsenal. spent several days - multiple visits in the guitar room at GC Decided that the pricey Gibson was my next purchase. Complained about the price to the sales guy who suggested I play the 500 JEEZ what a sound for 1/3 the money. Have shared it with many of my guitarist friends (snobs) - they can't believe it. The clarity in the high frets is as good or better than their "ego" guitars I am an Epiphone lover - PERIOD!! I too had to take mine to a luthier for a set up - but I do that with all my guitars - especially the expensive ones.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Unbeatable in its class

By Dwayne

from Twain Harte, CA

I've been shopping for a "take along" guitar at this price point for about a year, just picked one of these up last week. Seems to have great build quality and's going to need a little set up work to be completely right, but once that's in line it'll be phenomenal. The tone of this thing was the selling point...nothing else in this price range has come close for me.

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