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Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar Matte Natural

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An airy resonance results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck of the Masterbilt Fingerstyle guitar has a '50s V-shape and is graced with a... Click To Read More About This Product

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An airy resonance results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck of the Masterbilt Fingerstyle guitar has a '50s V-shape and is graced with a precision-crafted wider 1-3/4" rosewood fretboard for easy fingerstyle playing. E-Sonic 2 preamp system amplifies the beauty of wood. Multi-bound body and headstock and gold hardware add visual splendor.

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  • Solid cedar top
  • Solid premium rosewood back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Multi-bound body and headstock
  • Nickel tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • E-Sonic 2 preamp
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EpiphoneMasterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best sound and intonation of any guitar I've ever played. Period.

I did not buy my EF500RCCENS through Guitar Center but I wanted to offer my 2-cents here. I've been a finger-style guitarist since about 1974 and I consider my playing ability to be...Read complete review

I did not buy my EF500RCCENS through Guitar Center but I wanted to offer my 2-cents here. I've been a finger-style guitarist since about 1974 and I consider my playing ability to be relatively advanced. The day I got this guitar I played it for 3-hours straight. I was in another world the whole time. The most PERFECT intonation I could possibly have hoped for. Superb sound and projection, even with the bass strings. The overtones and harmonics are sweet and rich. It rings like a bell! I play it often and can't remember the last time I had to adjust the tuning. For less than 1k this guitar will hold its own against a Martin more than 3x the price. I know this first hand! Sure, it doesn't have near the fit and finish of a pricey Martin or Taylor. But if you want a guitar to actually enjoy playing and hearing then this Epi is truly the ONE!! Just try and tear this fantastic guitar from my cold dead hands. Not gonna happen!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Two times not the charm

I ordered one of these EF-500RCCE guitars and found the cedar top to be poorly sanded and finished, with several very rough spots and an uneven finish. The Rosewood sides near the neck...Read complete review

I ordered one of these EF-500RCCE guitars and found the cedar top to be poorly sanded and finished, with several very rough spots and an uneven finish. The Rosewood sides near the neck had some strange areas that looked uneven and poorly finished. On top of that, it played poorly--lousy strings and a rough fretboard. I sent it back and ordered another, hoping this one was an aberration. Not the case. The second unit was worse, with terrible sanding scratches behind the tailpiece and a dead sound. I sent it back, too. I have seen and played the EF-500M guitar from this series, with the spruce top and mahogany back and sides, and although it costs less (admitttedly without the electronics), it is much better finished and sounds great, like guitars costing much more. The EF-500RCCE, well, stay away from it.

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(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best sound and intonation of any guitar I've ever played. Period.

By TV

from USofA

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I did not buy my EF500RCCENS through Guitar Center but I wanted to offer my 2-cents here. I've been a finger-style guitarist since about 1974 and I consider my playing ability to be relatively advanced. The day I got this guitar I played it for 3-hours straight. I was in another world the whole time. The most PERFECT intonation I could possibly have hoped for. Superb sound and projection, even with the bass strings. The overtones and harmonics are sweet and rich. It rings like a bell! I play it often and can't remember the last time I had to adjust the tuning. For less than 1k this guitar will hold its own against a Martin more than 3x the price. I know this first hand! Sure, it doesn't have near the fit and finish of a pricey Martin or Taylor. But if you want a guitar to actually enjoy playing and hearing then this Epi is truly the ONE!! Just try and tear this fantastic guitar from my cold dead hands. Not gonna happen!!!

(16 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointment - Damaged

By David McIntire

from Oklahoma City, OK

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After making signifant progress on a beginner guitar I wanted to upgrade to a mid-level fingerstyle guitar. I had read some good reviews of the Masterbuilt EF series and wanted the wider 1 3/4" vintage V neck and Cedar top. I ordered EF 500CCRE through the Guitar Center Store and they had it shipped to their store where I picked it up. The box looked a little crushed but the salesman assured me it was doubled boxed and should be OK. When I got it home and unpacked it was crushed is several places big time and had a hole the size of a pencil in the top. In addition it did not have the wide V neck as advertised. The shipping box was very cheap cardboard whick is why it didn't hold up to shipping. My concern was if they paid so little attention to the shipping box perhaps they cut corners in the guitar. I did tune it up and play it a little before returning it. It sounded and played wonderfully. The tunners were positive and it tuned easily. I was very disappointed it was damaged. I returned it and since it was out of stock for 30 to 60 days I had to chose another brand and up my budget considerably. The Guitar Center did refund my money without question but it took two weeks to credit my charge card. I chose an American made guitar with the wide neck and cedar top and am quite pleased with it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By DONALD CARROLL

from Stonewall, LA

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Don't let negative reviews sway you away from buying this guitar. I ordered one and it arrived in about 3 days in perfect condition. Garret at my local Guitar Center checked it out and tuned it up for me on the spot. This is a beautiful guitar with a glossy, natural finish. It has beautiful tone. I love the "V" shaped neck. The intonation is perfect all the way up the neck. Great fingerpicker's guitar!. Get one, you will love it too!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value

By Youngster48

from Houston, TX

Pros

  • excellent craftsmanship
  • Great electronics
  • Quality material

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Fingerstyle
  • Gigs Or Home
  • Studio

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Recently purchased and very happy with the Masterbuilt quality. Good projection when played acoustic. I would compare with instruments 2-3 times the cost. (Taylor/Martin)
Value for dollar, exceeds any other acoustic/electric guitar on the market today.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Edward

from Barnegat NJ

Site Member

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned Martins,Taylors and Gibsons. The epiphone ef500 is the easiest playing, sweetest sounding, finger style guitar yet. I've been a finger picker since about 1963 when I first heard Freewheelin' by Bob Dylan. I've built a few guitars and know how hard it is to get the right wood and put it together correctly. The ef500 is a very responsive guitar and the best guitar money I've ever spent.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An all solid fingerstyle guitar with room for your fingers!

By Mark McCormack

from Ventura, California

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Why this guitar is apt for fingerstyle: (It's actually surprisingly good for strumming and flatpicking too though, and the cedar top does not easily overdrive even when strummed hard, probably due to the wide scalloped bracing) The one they sent me has a roomy 2-3/8 inch string spacing at the saddle-something that's really hard to find in a lot of much more expensive guitars marketed for "fingerstyle" It has a wider nut width of 1-13/16" It has a really great neck and action, well set up, intonation spot-on throughout It's relatively loud, even when fingerpicked, thanks no doubt to the satin finish It sounds sweet acoustically Has a versatile stereo pickup system with two output jacks and It has the 2-3/8" string spacing! If you're in the market for a very reasonably priced fingerstyle guitar I don't think you can do much better than this. If you get a bad one, with Guitar Center, you can always take it back. Actually, I have my doubts about those other reviews, but not about the guitar GC sent me. It's a shame that you can't find these in stock in stores to try though, but maybe that would detract from sales of some more expensive guitars...

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointed

By William Zielinski

from Somewhere, Pa.

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I ordered one of these and when it arrived I was told it had shipping damage but the box was not damaged and the saddle was lifting off the top. I gave the store the benefit of the doubt and ordered another one to replace the "damaged" original only to have that arrive with the saddle lifting slightly and evidence of poor workmanship in a few spots. This is a "Masterbilt" product??? Yikes!! Count me out. There was a different, less expensive "Masterbilt" in the guitar section of the store and it was virtually flawless. Either quality control at Epiphone is slipping badly these days or everyone involved thinks buyers just don't care about what they purchase. A shame really! No winners to be found when all is said and done.

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great sounding guitar but it's not all-solid wood

By Jeremy

from Houston, TX

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've seen a few other reviewers note this guitar is all-solid wood. In fact, it is not. This can be confirmed by the product specs here at the GC website as well as the Epiphone product page. Masterbuilt guitars are no longer all-solid wood (there are a few exceptions, this model is not one of exceptions. It has laminated b&s wood. See the Epiphone website). Having said that, this is a great guitar. The nano flex pickup system sounds fantastic. If you're looking at this model also consider the (non-masterbuilt) Epiphone Inspired by Texan. That model has the same nano flex pickup but also has solid back and solid top. It's priced about the same as this one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes

By hiking

from ecuador

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

i'm happy

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Restock Dream!

By Peter Theremin

from Maryland

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • All
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What an absolute bargain! I did have to take it in for an adjustment but Man do I dig the savings. To the complainers return another one. I have friends that love this Guitar and have the patience and time to have Guitar Center make the adjustments.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Two times not the charm

By bob

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I ordered one of these EF-500RCCE guitars and found the cedar top to be poorly sanded and finished, with several very rough spots and an uneven finish. The Rosewood sides near the neck had some strange areas that looked uneven and poorly finished. On top of that, it played poorly--lousy strings and a rough fretboard. I sent it back and ordered another, hoping this one was an aberration. Not the case. The second unit was worse, with terrible sanding scratches behind the tailpiece and a dead sound. I sent it back, too. I have seen and played the EF-500M guitar from this series, with the spruce top and mahogany back and sides, and although it costs less (admitttedly without the electronics), it is much better finished and sounds great, like guitars costing much more. The EF-500RCCE, well, stay away from it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Disappointment with this Guitar

By Lynn Thomson

from Boise, ID

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just purchased this Epiphone Masterbuilt and I have to say I am extremely pleased. My first really nice guitar was a Masterbuilt AJ 500 (I think). After a professional setup, it played beautifully. My Epiphone Dot Electric is awesome, too. So, I was not really concerned when I saw a factory restock Masterbuilt listed at a reduced price even though it was a "restock." I'm really glad I took a chance. The Masterbuilt arrived in great condition. There is just a slight nick on the finish near the soundhole. Otherwiwse it is perfect. No cracks in the bracing. Beautiful satin finish which adds to the tonal quality of the guitar. I like the thicker neck and wider string spacing. The action is a little high for my old fingers. I'll let it acclimate another week and take it to a luthier for setup. The Sonic 2 electronics are "sweeet." Unplugged the bass strings are a little muddy, but plug it in and the sound is comprable to my Taylor 314 which is about three times as expensive. Treble strings are bright. The guitar comes with Gibson's Premium Masterbuilt light guage strings. I prefer Elixer strings, but really didn't see much differenc when I changed strings. Like any product there can be an occassional quality control issue. Included in my owner's packet was a quality control sheet that identified the inspector and the height of the string measurements, which I checked and found they were spot on. Too bad one reviewer had a bad experience. After my experiences with the Guitar Center and Epiphone products, I'm convinced you get a everything they promise. An exceptionally high quality, solid wood guitar at a fair and reasonable price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar!!

By Audrey

from Texas Dallas

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for over a year now and it has been an awesome addition to my collection. The guitar is not only beautiful but has a deep rich sound. I have loved playing this guitar. I would not recommend this for a first guitar because it is quite large and is more expensive. Overall I would recommend this guitar to all guitar lovers!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Edward

from Barnegat NJ

Site Member

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned Martins,Taylors and Gibsons. The epiphone ef500 is the easiest playing, sweetest sounding, finger style guitar yet. I've been a finger picker since about 1963 when I first heard Freewheelin' by Bob Dylan. I've built a few guitars and know how hard it is to get the right wood and put it together correctly. The ef500 is a very responsive guitar and the best guitar money I've ever spent.

 
5.0

Versatile Guitar

By Gone Johnson

from Denver, CO

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See all my reviews

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I ordered this guitar from my local Guitar Center, based on user reviews on the web. On paper, it sounded like the perfect guitar. But when I got it, I have to say I was disappointed. The sound seemed thin to me - sort of like it swallowed itself. In fact, I was thinking of selling it.
    Then, for reasons I won't get into, I wound up using this guitar a lot. I own a lot of guitars (I'm blessed with a very understanding wife), but this was my 'nicest guitar that I'm comfortable hauling around.' Anyway, it seems to me the guitar has recently 'opened up.' I was always a bit suspicious of that whole theory, and had never experienced it myself. But I've been playing this thing pretty hard for about a year, and suddenly - man, does this thing sound sweet!
    Everyone seems to agree that this is a great fingerpicking guitar, partly because it has a 1.75" nut. But people also say it's not a good guitar to use with a pick.
    Don't believe it. I've been doing a lot of gypsy jazz lately, and this guitar is great for that. Granted, it's different than playing a regular dreadnaught, but it sounds great. Each string is very distinct, so it doesn't quite blend like some 'strummin' guitars. It's more like a classical guitar sound. Very clear, and very good projection. It may be (suddenly) the loudest guitar I have.
    I love the Flek'd neck. It's almost hard to get a note to buzz, it's so precise. The electronics are adequate, but did not knock me out.
    Last thing - I've read reviews that say the finish on this guitar is rough, or splotchy. I don't know the whole story, but those seem to have been the early models. The problem seems to have peaked in 2011, so if you order a new one now, I'd feel pretty safe that it won't have those problems. Mine certainly doesn't. It's gorgeous.
    Okay, this is REALLY the last comment. I have a Martin HD28 and a Gibson J-45, and I'm not going to say this guitar stands up to either of them. But, it is a very respectable third.

     
    5.0

    Immaculate

    By The Japxican

    from Pasadena, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Overall a great piece of work. Built to a T and plays wonderfully.

       
      5.0

      most beautiful guitar I have ever owned

      By Big D

      from Round Rock, TX

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      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 EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I considered several high end brands but beyond what I felt I wanted to spend, I do feel given the quality and sound of this guitar it's value far exceeds the money spent. I have been playing music since I was 14,(66 now), and I still play about 130 gigs a year. This is the finest sounding, looking, and best feel of a guitar I have ever owned. It has a very full, loud, rich sound unplugged but played through my Fishman Artist Pro it's just sweet. It was on back order, had to wait several months, but oh so worth the wait, I love this guitar.

         
        5.0

        Amazing tonal options! Solid woods!

        By C. Koonce

        from Ft. Worth, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is one of the best sounding Acoustic guitars out there. Compare it to other big name Guitars that are all solid wood and price differences! The craftsmen ship is flawless! The tone is amazing unplugged! Plug in the e-sonic and magic happens!!! Being able to blend the two pickups is tonal heaven. Then you can even have the extra option to split the pickups to different amps!!! Well worth the money! I urge anyone to try these guitars out. I traded in my Taylor made GS mahogany mini the an L. R. baggs Active M-1 pickup for this guitar and glad I did.

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