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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar  

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    Amazingly low price for a genuine solid Sitka spruce top and luxurious appointments.

    Expert luthiery to rival Epiphone's classic 1930s guitars is evident in the Masterbilt AJ-500M's precision top, back, and fretboard binding. A light jumbo acoustic guitar with great volume, projection, and natural warmth enhanced by solid mahogany back and sides. Nickel hardware, stickpin inlay, and offset notch headstock add visual elegance.

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

    Features
    • Solid Sitka spruce top
    • Solid mahogany back and sides
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Mahogany neck
    • Nickel tuners

    For a fine-looking, great-sounding, and easy-playing flattop, you'll never beat this price. Order now.

     
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    EpiphoneMasterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
     
    4.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

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      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        AJ-500M is a Winner!

        This AJ-500M is just what I was looking for. It's pure and simple vintage look makes it easy to look at...but the sound and tone are the best of all. Mine...Read complete review

        This AJ-500M is just what I was looking for. It's pure and simple vintage look makes it easy to look at...but the sound and tone are the best of all. Mine came set up well and was playable right out of the box. The wood is beautiful,the headstock is art deco, and the top is made of fine lined solid sitka spruce as good as any found on a $3000 Martin. I also have a $3000 Martin J-40, and let me tell you, THIS AJ-500M gives it a real run for the money! Had I stumbled on this baby before I bought the Martin I would have saved thousands. I like it BETTER than the rumbly and dark noisy Martin, and better than the tinny $3000 Taylor which I sold. If you want a quality solid wood guitar for a few hundred bucks, instead of a few thousand..then this is the guitar for you. Grab it now! You will be sorry if you don't! And Musicians Friend is a real class act. I have bought several guitars from them, and they have been wonderful with returns, as well as delivering excellent guitars! Don't hesitate on this one. After 30 years of playing, I know a good sounding acoustic guitar when I see and hear one...and THIS is one GOOD guitar!

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        dont get this

        i purchased this guitar in august 2012 wanted to wait to put my review in,, kinda glad i did,right from the box i thought the wood looked pretty cheap grade,compared to my...Read complete review

        i purchased this guitar in august 2012 wanted to wait to put my review in,, kinda glad i did,right from the box i thought the wood looked pretty cheap grade,compared to my other solid wood's,when i looked at the body wood i really thought it to be hpl it has a poor look for solid,as far as sound it was not unusual for a solid body,but not what i was expecting from the reviews,,the guitar has needed constant attention since ive had it,this is the first time ive had an epiphone with such bad constuction,it is in a climate controled room with many other guitars and mandolins,i would not reccommend this guitar for any reason the neck is so poor of a wood,its in constant state of repair,,im glad i got the gold coerage on this thing because in my opinian it is trash,,get a guild or martin and save yourself some headache's

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        dont get this

        By just me and my guitar

        from michigan

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • NONE

        Cons

        • All
        • Poor Construction
        • Requires Constant Tuning

        Best Uses

        • A Wall Hanger
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

        i purchased this guitar in august 2012 wanted to wait to put my review in,, kinda glad i did,right from the box i thought the wood looked pretty cheap grade,compared to my other solid wood's,when i looked at the body wood i really thought it to be hpl it has a poor look for solid,as far as sound it was not unusual for a solid body,but not what i was expecting from the reviews,,the guitar has needed constant attention since ive had it,this is the first time ive had an epiphone with such bad constuction,it is in a climate controled room with many other guitars and mandolins,i would not reccommend this guitar for any reason the neck is so poor of a wood,its in constant state of repair,,im glad i got the gold coerage on this thing because in my opinian it is trash,,get a guild or martin and save yourself some headache's

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Wandering Dave

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

          The guitar sounds incredible and makes practice a pleasure . I had one and sold it . Bought another right away , it's that nice . The guitar I had previously and my current guitar are both excellent . Good quality control .

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          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AJ-500M is a Winner!

          By ALD

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            This AJ-500M is just what I was looking for. It's pure and simple vintage look makes it easy to look at...but the sound and tone are the best of all. Mine came set up well and was playable right out of the box. The wood is beautiful,the headstock is art deco, and the top is made of fine lined solid sitka spruce as good as any found on a $3000 Martin. I also have a $3000 Martin J-40, and let me tell you, THIS AJ-500M gives it a real run for the money! Had I stumbled on this baby before I bought the Martin I would have saved thousands. I like it BETTER than the rumbly and dark noisy Martin, and better than the tinny $3000 Taylor which I sold. If you want a quality solid wood guitar for a few hundred bucks, instead of a few thousand..then this is the guitar for you. Grab it now! You will be sorry if you don't! And Musicians Friend is a real class act. I have bought several guitars from them, and they have been wonderful with returns, as well as delivering excellent guitars! Don't hesitate on this one. After 30 years of playing, I know a good sounding acoustic guitar when I see and hear one...and THIS is one GOOD guitar!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Quality so good !

            By William Wiseman

            from Winchester, Kentucky

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            Only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because a hard case wasn't readily available (I'm sure you can find them tho) and the action is just a bit high for me - it may be perfect for others.
            Build quality is excellent - satin finish is beautiful. Intonation checks out very well. Very nice looking mahogany back and sides and flawless spruce top - the guitar looks like a well taken care of instrument that was made years and years ago! It has an 'antique' air about it. The Masterbilt line
            lives up to the name... and does Epiphone proud. This is a jumbo, but doesn't seem to me all that huge, it's easy to hold and play, and it is quite loud. It does have a different sound than rosewood guitars, but that means no more than the sound of my voice compared to yours. I like it very much, and for the price, my goodness, what a deal! If this had "Gibson" stamped on it it would cost 3000 bucks - as far as I can tell it is essentially a Gibson in disguise... heck, I love the Epiphone name and logo and stickpin on the headstock... I wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it. At 500 bucks this is a true bargain if I ever saw one...
            I already indicated quality is excellent - in the above description... I find nothing to complain about.
            Only wish it came with a case! I'd gladly pay extra for a good hard case. For me, the action seems a tad high; but it is not bad.

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            5.0

            Lives up to tje hype

            By martin moore

            from Kentucky

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            I read the great reviews. I sold my Guild USA F40 and purchased the AJ500M and am very pleased with the sound and playability of this guitar. For the money it is unbeatable.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best value on the guitar market

            By Tom E. Boy

            from Westlake OH

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            The tone is amazing, the looks are classically elegant.
            Buy this guitar, you will not be sorry!
            This is a straight-ahead 6 string acoustic dreadnought. The stickpin inlays are kewl, so is the offset headstock notch. The satin finish is beautiful and is does not interfere with the tone whatsoever.
            Although it's made in China, the workmanship is every bit as good as a USA made guitar, no sloppy work anywhere.
            Where else are you going to find a 100% solid wood guitar for less $$ ?

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Quality Epi Advanced Jumbo

            By SAL-uBUF8

            from Lindale, TX

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            I use the Epiphone AJ500M at home and the sound is so sharp, full and "woody," I can't put it down. The slender neck lends the axe well to both lead and rhythm parts. I love the tuners and the satin finish looks classy in the sunburst color. I truly love this guitar and will keep it till the day I die; hopefully my daughter will then pass it on to her kids one day.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By TheSkitch6

            from Utah

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            It's the perfect acoustic in every way. Amazing price for a guitar that plays as well as high end Martins and Taylors. Solid spruce top and solid mahogany sides. Not some cheap knock off of a higher end guitar. It's a line all of it's own and I think it's one of the best kept secrets of acoustic guitars. I bought this used and it might as well have been listed as brand new. The earlier models came with a custom case and I wish they still did but this guitar is still WELL worth the money. The Natural Satin finish is the only way to go. It has a vintage, professional look and feel to it and it seems to help the body resonate so nicely. The tuners are a vintage open style and they look and work beautifully! You can't go wrong with Grovers. The higher notes are easy to reach even without a cut away and the tone of this thing blows my mind every time I pick it up. The basses aren't too boomy and everything has amazing volume. It my even be too loud when singing without a PA. Do yourself a favor and buy this guitar. It's the kind of thing that turns into a family heirloom. You won't be disappointed.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            amazing guitar

            By sing2mecali

            from california

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            i spent about 6 hours in guitar center over the course of about 3 days trying to decide which guitar was best for me.i played everything up to and under 1000 dollars. my budget couldnt budge any higher.during my search i picked up many guitars, but after everyone i went back and compared it to this. i eventually came to the conclusion that this is the best guitar anywhere near my budget. it sounded to my ears better than every martin under 1200 that the particular store had(no d-15s). the sound is great! i love a more muddy earthy sounding tone which is probably what drew me to the mahogany rather than the tonally clear sound of he more expensive rosewood. Anyways this guitar sounds amazing and i do not believe anyone would disagree. playability was also a large pull factor. this guitar plays and feels amazing! Visually this guitar is very simple. not a high gloss finish or pearl inlays or anything, just the simply beautiful look of fine woods, which personally i enjoy more. Overall i am extremely happy with this guitar, and i dont plan on ever parting with it. recommended to everyone!!!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            took the big boys to school

            By slim--nrVU

            from Owasso, OK

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            About once a month I get together with about 5 other guys for an accoustic jam. I usually play my Gibson J-45. The other guys all have high-dollar Martins or Taylors. One has a (beautiful) Breedlove.This month I brought my Masterbuilt to the jam and it was the star of the show. The other guys were just blown away by how great it sounded and played. They all agreed that my Masterbuilt sounded as good or better than any guitar at the jam (and I've got a feeling I'll be seeing another Masterbuilt or two at future jams).Unbelievably the Masterbuilt sounds better than my J-45 and much louder.I'm sure none of us would've believed it until we heard it with our own ears.What a great guitar. I couldn't be happier with it.

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