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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Vintage Sunburst 

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Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt Series with the Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric. The legendary J-45 round shoulder drea...Read More

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Legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought hybrid with Shadow electronics.

Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt Series with the Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric. The legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been the driving power behind decades of classics in every genre -- rock, pop, and country. From Hank Williams to John Lennon, the J-45 has been the go-to guitar for songwriters and rhythm guitarists. Epiphone' first Ltd. Ed. reissue of the "The Workhorse" J-45 earned it a œMark of Excellence Award from Guitar One magazine and now the Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME brings two legends together for the first time.

Legendary Masterbilt Series
First released in June 1931, the original line of Epiphone Masterbilt guitars made a big impression on musicians and heralded the first great era of acoustic guitars. Today, the new line of Epiphone Masterbilt instruments continues that reputation around the world.

The original Epiphone Masterbilt catalog made the promise: "The possessor of an EPIPHONE instrument has the assurance that every possible precaution has been taken to build instruments for lifetime performance and pleasure." And Epiphone still stands by that promise today!

Guitar Player 2015 Maximum Gear Award Winner
"All Maximum Gear awards are unanimously selected by the GP editors to celebrate the past year's products we feel are transcendent, awesome, top of the tops, and totally deserving of the magazine's most prestigious Hall of Fame honor. We all felt this wonderful piece of gear exemplified our goals for the 2015 GP Hall of Fame Awards." - Guitar Player

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body type: Advanced Jumbo
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Info not available
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Slim taper, D profile
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with Pearloid Dot inlays
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Shadow
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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EpiphoneMasterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar, excellent for the price!

By D from KS

from Kansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere, even for performing...

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar to travel with and to play at the beach. I have several nice acoustics that I perform with including a Guild D-55 and a Gibson J-200, but I am not keen on taking either out of the country or to "rougher" environments, so I bought this Epiphone to enjoy in less than ideal conditions and venues.

    I was really surprised at the set up right out of the box and the sound. Solid top, back and sides and nice level frets, bone nut and saddle (something that my luthier has had to do will my other guitars) and at this price point,I doubt you'd find a better playing and sounding guitar.

    I am even going to give it a test drive at my next coffee house gig! It's really that good.....

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Typical Masterbuilt Awesomeness

    By Dude from Vera

    from Vera, OK

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have a 1965 Gibson J-45 that I bought new. A great guitar. But the Masterbuilt sounds much better acoustically. Electronics are very good, too. Some reviewers contend that you can get a better deal at this price point with other guitars. I haven't found one. Just make sure you're comparing apples to apples & you're getting a solid wood guitar, etc. I've played guitar for 55 years & think I know a thing or two about them. I don't know of a better deal with respect to price and quality for an acoustic/electric. I am VERY pleased with this guitar and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a quality instrument.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My son was happy with this,but small pin hole in the body

        By Mon

        from Michigan

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Return it twice still has small pin hole on the body, wish someone would inspect it right otherwise the sound is good my son is happy

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Masterbilt AJ-45ME WoW!

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            By I Neilson

            from NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic, Is extremely nice guitar. I own a Martin D18 acoustic, In my opinion this guitar is almost as good and the martin was 4x as much, my feeling about this guitar is that with time it will be one of the nicest sounding guitars I own. My only complaint is that this guitar came with fingerprints and a scratch on the back, it was sold to me as brand-new and I'm not sure if it actually was or not, however I love the guitar. In my opinion all guitars require professional setup and this guitar is no exception, although it does play very well right out-of-the-box I'm very happy.If you're thinking about getting one of these guitars think no further this was an excellent purchase.

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Most awesome playing guitar ever!

              By Dusty (New Again)

              from Bainbridge, OH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bluegrass
                • Gospel
                • Jamming
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                This is by far my favorite guitar I have ever played! I had done a lot of research on this guitar when it was first introduced because I am a huge fan of the Gibson J-45. I had read where someone said that the more you play a masterbuild guitar the better the play and that is the truth! I have had this guitar for almost a year now and it sounds better every time I take it out of the case! I am the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in our bluegrass gospel group and this is the guitar I play every time we perform and practice. This guitar plays wonderful, sounds wonderful, I really like the flat satin finish, stays in tune really nicely and is very well made! My brother and I also collect guitars, so I am comparing this to Gibson J-45's and Martin D-28's as well as other Epiphones and Finders! If you are looking to buy a well built guitar that will last for a very long time and don't have the money for Gibson J-45, this guitar is every bit as good and a great price!

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                (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Decent Guitar, not great.

                By Jack White

                from Southern Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Doesn't sound great.

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Here's some of the guitar's measurements before setup.

                Action at the 12th fret (Bass side) 8/64"
                Action at the 12th fret (Treble side) 6/64"

                Nut Action at the 1st fret (Bass side) >.024"
                Nut Action at the 1st fret (Treble side) .021"

                Neck relief measured at 7th fret (capo @ 1st fret, string depressed at 15th fret) .008"

                Guitar came with Cleartone Strings gauged .012-.016-.025-.033-.043-.053
                ^measured with caliper.

                As you can tell, like most guitars this one needed a setup. If you have the tools it's
                a pretty simple job. Most of the measurements were too high for my preference.

                Out of the box it plays pretty well. The guitar is much nicer looking in person. And
                the quality of construction shows. The frets needed polishing but they were level.
                And that's really saying something for a guitar in this price range. I guess the "Plek"
                system did it's job. And the tuners do an excellent job of keeping the guitar in tune.

                Two problems.
                1. The guitar I received had problems with the pickup system. It kept cutting out on me (not batteries).
                2. There is competition at this price point. And I don't think this guitar is your best bet.

                I compared it to my Martin DX1R. And although the construction and looks were better on the
                Epiphone, the Martin has much better sound in my opinion. The DX1R is around 10 years old,
                so the top aging might have a little to do with this. The Martin is much more lively. And the Martin
                cost less.

                To sum it up. The Epiphone isn't bad, and I do like the brand. It's just not great. Even considering
                the price. I have to wonder if it's overbuilt. Maybe that's why it doesn't resonate as it should. In time,
                maybe it will open up a bit. I'm keeping it. Though I wouldn't really recommend it.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Price increase ??? !!!

                By Stringbabe

                from Boston

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Five stars for the guitar, however......
                    Why is the price HIGHER than the original price from the ones advertised a few weeks ago ???

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                    (12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    AJ45 is a great guitar for the money!

                    By Terry Dean

                    from Raleigh NC

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        The 2015 Epi AJ45 Masterbilt is Awesome. The guitar played well right out of the box but ... the intonation was a little off and the saddle was a little high for my liking. I ordered a DR500MCE 2 weeks ago and it was "Plexd" very good - no need for a guitar tech. The AJ45ME needed a little setup. Seems like the Plexd can vary from guitar to guitar or wherever that process takes place. I think it is an AWESOME guitar ... most all guitars need a little guitar tech love - then they play like a dream! Great guitar for the money!

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