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

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Designed by and for fingerstyle players with a solid cedar top.

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 C-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. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features

  • Top material: Cedar
  • Body material: Rosewood with hand-laid abalone inlay around the soundhole and body
  • Side material: Rosewood
  • Neck material: Mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
  • Neck shape: “C” profile
  • Neck joint: Glued-in, dove-tail with hide glue
  • Truss rod: adjustable
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Fingerboard material: Rosewood with pearloid dot inlays
  • Fingerboard radius: 14"
  • Frets: 20 medium
  • Neck pickup: Shadow NanoMag
  • Bridge pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
  • Electronics: eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp
  • Controls: eSonic2 preamp with built-in tuner, stereo output, Master Volume Pot, NanoMag EQ Pot, NanoFlex EQ Pot, Phase "Anti-Feedback" Switch, Electronic Tuner Activation w/Output Mute
  • Bridge: Rosewood, reverse-belly
  • Saddle: bone
  • Nut: bone
  • Nut width: 1.75"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Pickguard: Tortoise style
  • Machine heads: Gold Grover® Sta-Tite™ 18:1 ratio
  • Colors: Natural Satin (NS)
  • Case sold separately

Epiphone returns to their roots to bring you the vintage vibe and tone of their pre-'60s guitars. Make one yours today.

 
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EpiphoneMasterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

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4.0

level 4 used guitar

By rdcasmith1

from De Smet, SD

Pros

  • Great sounding
  • Like The Stereo Plug In

Cons

  • Do Not Like The V Neck

Best Uses

  • Home use

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

bought as a level 4 repair. Took me less that
20 minutes to reset the bridge and have like new guitar when finished.

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(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoust

By Bernhard.

from Gainesville, FL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Love The Look And Feel An

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I have bought more than one guitar from mucisian's Friend. I like all my choices. More than my choices I appreciate the great care this company gave me and delivering very well selected merchandice!
      Thanks you guys!
      Bernhard.

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      • No

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Epiphone Surprised Me

      By buildingmaker

      from Irving, Texas

      Verified Buyer

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

      I read all the reviews before I bought this one and I have several other Epiphones. While none of my Epi's can stand up to my Martins and Gibsons, they serve a good purpose. But this one is amazing. I used a mirror to look at every glue joint on the purfling, bracing and neck joint. There are no sloppy joints. My other Epi's are made in Korea and China. This one is made in Indonesia. The finish is not a gloss, as described in MF desciption, but is a matte. The manufacture's discription says there is no finish, but there is something and it looks good and feels good. There is no sandy feeling as some reviewers claimed. It has a good bright sound and the electronics and tuner are really good. It is definitely a fingerstyle guitar. A pick does it no good. For the price, this is an excellent purchase. On the strength of another review, I did buy extra strings and changed them out when I was having trouble tuning it. I had the same trouble with the new strings and I came to believe it was the bone nut. I think it could use a little file work to help the sting slide a bit. I can't find a case that really fits it and that I don't like. My Gibson 175 case fits it fairly well, but that case is a bit pricey for this guitar. I have been lead to believe that Epiphone is coming out with a case for it, but no one knows when.

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      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great value but some problems

      By olderplayer

      from Florida

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

      I've only had this guitar a few days. The sound is way more than the price tag, both plugged and unplugged. The exterior workmanship is very good. While the looks are relatively plain, the feel of the guitar is that of a more expensive instrument. The solid musical tone-woods make all the difference. The EF-500RCCE does have it's short comings. The interior workmanship was not so good. The spruce bracings for the top and bottom appear to have been kiln dried rather than letting nature do it more slowly. The result is the braces seem brittle. I found a crack in one of the bottom braces. I don't think the overall structural integrity is diminished by the crack, but it's not what I look for in a brand new guitar. While the sound of the guitar is not impacted, I'd guess the longevity may be. Another problem occurred when I plugged it in. There were intermittent but constant pops and crackles in the amp, annoying to an extreme. While waiting for the makers of the electronics (shadow-electronics) to get back to me, I discovered that the hole drilled through the bridge to wire the under the bridge piezo, had accidently pierced the X brace. The wire from the piezo was run through it and apparently the wire itself vibrated when the guitar was played. This resulted in the unwanted noise. I would think that this is a rare occurrence. Getting the wire out of the X brace resolved the problem. The sound is indeed beautiful. Overall, I like the guitar and am good with the purchase. However, I do think there will be issues with the bracing a few years down the road.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      love to practice

      By nickel02

      from towanda,pa

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

      this guitar is made very well,it is a little small but not to bad, the sound is pretty loud, loud enough!it has no finish on it but very smooth and perfect the way it is.the sound is not muddy as someone wrote in a review, you can hear the rosewood and you can hear the ceder top.ive got 5 or 6 guitars this epiphone ef-500cce is the best.i flatpick alot and it sounds beautiful,it plays real nice, it was made very well,the e-sonic nano mag pickup sounds real nice also, built in tuner and warranty is for 5 years, change the strings as soon as you get it though!the best strings are john pearse"s they sparkle,very nice and smooth guitar..

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I own this for about a year

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

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

      This guitar is wonderful. It is warm and very responsive. I really dig this axe. very comfortable for fingerstyle and it is my main preference. I don't have much experience since I have only been playing for 3 years and am classically trained.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A true gem

      By tdmayo2002

      from Beaverton, OR

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

      I bought the Epiphone EF-500 RCCE because I was looking for a fingerstyle guitar but wanted an acoustic electric as well. I ordered it throcpattonugh a local dealer. When it came and I played it I was stunned!! This guitar has an amazing sound. The solid cedar top and solid rosewood back and sides look beautiful. Strummed it souds a little muddy but when you are fingerpicking, this guitar really lets you know what it is capable of. Epiphone really out did themselves with this one. My hat's off to them!! I would recommend this guitar to anyone!!

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