The Masterbilt DR-500M guitar has a large dreadnought top crafted from genuine solid Sitka spruce that produces sound to rival the Classic Epiphones of the 1930s. Solid mahogany back and sides add warmth while the bound rosewood fretboard with snowflake inlays provides a silky feel. A perfect acoustic guitar for everything from hard-rock rhythms to... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Masterbilt DR-500M guitar has a large dreadnought top crafted from genuine solid Sitka spruce that produces sound to rival the Classic Epiphones of the 1930s. Solid mahogany back and sides add warmth while the bound rosewood fretboard with snowflake inlays provides a silky feel. A perfect acoustic guitar for everything from hard-rock rhythms to bluegrass leads.
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All solid wood, old style Grover tuners, the diamond shaped inlays on the frets, etc. The satin finish allows the sound to resonate better than that of a "glossy" finish, producing rich, full lows and bright, crisp highs. Even though I'm not a pro...I'm HIGHLY familiar with what makes a good or bad guitar. (I've been around the block more than a few times.) If you want a different all solid wood guitar that sounds this good, spend $900, or more ($$$) on a Martin. The only thing I did was to change the strings. Everyone has thier own taste in that. They don't call it MASTERBILT for nothin'!
I bought this guitar because of the way it looked and sounded and felt. It has become my main guitar I like better than my Martin or Taylor. You cant go wrong with this guitar!
I play in an acoustic band and was so impressed with this guitar that I had to go and get one. It feels very comfortable and the sound is amazing easily compared to many martin or taylors which I am not a huge fan of. I am looking to put a nice pick up in it and start using it as my main guitar. If u are looking into getting a new acoustic pls try this before u dump 1,000 on a martin or taylor
The Epi Masterbilt is comparable to guitars that cost 3x as much.I replaced the Grover tuners with Klusons which I felt was this guitar's weekest point.No contest, there is not a guitar in this price range that compares to the Masterbilt's rich bass, sweet treble and many that cost more can't stand up to the Epiphone Masterbilt.
Played about six of these several weeks ago after a friend of mine at Gibson told me to try one. I was sceptical, but they are very good. If you are looking for a good player at a reasonable price, play several. Each one I played was a little different. Anyone that tells you that their's is as good as a Martin has never played a great Martin, but then they are $$$$$!
This all solid wood guitar is wonderfully crafted. It has rich tone, and impressive resonance. As others have noted, you can get a softer tone fingerpicking and strumming lightly, and lift the tone brighter with more aggressive picking, etc. This gives it very nice variety in the sound. Action is too high from set-up, but this is a small issue. I also bought an epi es175 reissue recently, love it, and was not disappointed with the Masterbilt. I am still amazed at how nice this guitar is made given the price point. I would encourage anyone looking around the $500 price range for acoustics to play this guitar, and try the rosewood and maple versions, too. I bought this sight unseen and am thrilled. Bravo epiphone.
To me, it's just not possible to get an all-wood guitar this beautifully done at this price. And it's not junk wood either. The top and back are made from really nice cuts with amazing grains. There must be something I'm missing. This is my first dreadnought and I had heard about some of the tone issues some dreadnoughts have. However, this guitar sounds amazing, and does not have any of the muddy base that a dreadnought can bring. Tone-wise, this guitar blows away my Martin. The guitar plays beautifully as set up at the factory and doesnt need a lot of adjustment. My only suggestion would be to replace the plastic bridge pins with some bone or ebony, but that's a fairly cheap upgrade. If you are looking for an all-wood, great sounding acoustic, you cant go wrong at this price.
This is a great guitar. It looks incredible and sounds great. Mine is a factory second(not bought here at GC, but I have done business with GC on many occasions), and it arrived with a ready to play setup. The picture here doesn't do this guitar justice. It's a beautiful instrument. The top on mine is really dark and grainy spruce, the mahogany back, sides and neck are very nice and the diamond inlays look really cool. I put some good strings on it and the tone is sweet.
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