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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... Read More

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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
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EpiphoneMasterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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5.0

yes

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from ecuador

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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

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5.0

Restock Dream!

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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.

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5.0

Excellent value

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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.

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5.0

Great Guitar

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from Barnegat NJ

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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.

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5.0

Great Guitar

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from Barnegat NJ

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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.

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5.0

Awesome Guitar!!

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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!!

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3.0

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

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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.

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2.0

Disappointed

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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.

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5.0

No Disappointment with this Guitar

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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.

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5.0

Great Guitar!

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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!

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