The history of Epiphone's Masterbilt archtops goes back to the "big band" era of the 1930s, when their warmth, tonal range and volume made them popular right up to the invention of electric guitar pickups. And although amplification took over the spotlight for a while, acoustics were bound to make a well-deserved comeback for the qualities they offer that electric guitars simply can't. Those qualities are at the heart of the new Epiphone Masterbilt archtop series: they're designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments, delivering woody tone and dynamics that would make even their flattop acoustic cousins turn green with envy.Itching to get your hands on one? We don't blame you, so here's the first step to getting started: decide whether you want a round tone hole or a classic F-hole design. If you like 'em round, your options will include the Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar and the Masterbilt Century Collection De Luxe Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Both of those guitars come in F-hole variations as well, and if you prefer that style, you'll also have the Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar as an option. All models are spruce-topped, with the Olympic coming in a bit smaller than the others, and don't underestimate the extra room inside courtesy of the arched tops - it really makes these guitars come alive.If you've been searching for the perfect acoustic guitar to sound just as good whether it's unplugged or amplified, this new Epiphone Masterbilt archtop series could hold the answer. With their roots going back to the days before guitar amplification, they've got volume, tone and low-end to spare when played as pure acoustics. And when they're plugged in through their eSonic HD preamps and Shadow NanoFlex HD under-saddle pickups, they produce amplified tone that's incredibly natural. These guitars are built to perform, and the most surprising part of all might be how easy they are to fit into your budget - but we'd expect no less from Epiphone.
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