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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R Acoustic Guitar

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

It's all about rich, full tone at an affordable price with the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R Acoustic Guitar. Expert luthiery to rival Epiphone's classic 1930s guitars is evident in precision back, fretboard, and multi-ply top and headstock binding. A light guitar with great volume, projection, and natural warmth made crisp and punchy by solid rosewood back and sides. Gold hardware, stickpin inlay, and offset notch headstock add visual elegance to the Epiphone AJ-500R.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany neck
  • Gold tuners
  • Multi-ply binding on top and headstock
  • Full body and fretboard binding
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4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

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One Sweet Guitar!

I bought this after shopping around for a year. I played everything: Martin, Taylor, Blueridge. About 2 months ago I bought the Epi AJ-500r. It is true love. I found...Read complete review

I bought this after shopping around for a year. I played everything: Martin, Taylor, Blueridge. About 2 months ago I bought the Epi AJ-500r. It is true love. I found the sound I was looking for. This guitar has such a wonderful sound! The bass is full like a Martin. Also great highs and overall a punchy, balanced tone. It has remarkable sustain. I am using D'Addarion EXP mediums. The action is a bit on the high side, best for Bluegrass and flat-picking, although I finger pick as well. I may eventually get some neck work for a lower action. In the store, I played this Epi against several Gibsons, a Blueridge BR160 and a few Taylors. It was no contest in the tone and volume dept., although the Taylors and Gibsons had a bit better neck action. I am awed by the high quality of construction on this one. I play with a friend and I am proud to say that my Epi holds its own with his 20 year old Martin HD 28. I actually like the sound of mine more. BTW, I've played guitar since 1968, more of a writer than performer, although I've done that, too. If you want a moderately-priced, loud, rich-sounding guitar that can keep up with those top-dollar Martins, this is your baby.

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GreatAcoustic

First, Musicians Friend is a joy to deal with quick shipping and easy ordering. This acoustic (AJ-500R VS) is killer out of the box. Loud, tight treble and bass, and...Read complete review

First, Musicians Friend is a joy to deal with quick shipping and easy ordering. This acoustic (AJ-500R VS) is killer out of the box. Loud, tight treble and bass, and superb sustain. For the price it can't be beat. I have played guitar for 30+ years and this is a great acoustic. The solid woods on this guitar should mature with age and provide an awesome guitar for years to come. I have had it for about 2 months and can not really find any any real fault with it, it sounds better to me every time I play. I prefer a lower action than it came with, but that can easily be rectified at the repair shop. I will say as others have noted, the dull finish is not exciting, but with the quality of woods, sound, and workmanship who cares. You will not get a better comparable acoustic in this price range. There ain't nothing like playing guitar! Rock On!

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5.0

Very suprised

By TRH-V7Kwq

from Gatlinburg, TN

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I have an Epiphone Les Paul, and was fairly dissapointed, but this guitar blew me away. I got to play it at my graduation, and just fell in love with it. This guitar doesn't have too much tone, it's just right. Epiphone hit the nail on the head with this one.

 
5.0

Masterbilt AJ-500R review

By ADANTE44

from Maple Valley, WA

When it was time to start looking for a new acoustic I immediatly looked for higher cost guitars. When a salesperson had me play the AJ-500R I fell in love. It's playability is surpassed by none and it's sound in all ranges is exceptional. It is by far the best acoustic out there for under $1500.

 
5.0

Excellent Tone

By tbone

from Moline, IL

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I?ve owned other Epiphone guitars and either sold them or gave them away because the tone was just not there. The masterbuilt guitars are a different story, you?ll hear that same rich sound like a Martin or Taylor guitar. Plus the feel of AJ400-R is wonderful. I find myself reaching for it over my Martin D-28 and Martin DM. You won?t be disappointed.

 
5.0

Killer guitar

By Svenseel

from Pittsburgh, PA

I've owned old Gibson acoustics, Alvarez, Martin D-28, and played plenty of Larrivees and Taylor?s, to boot. This guitar beats them all handily. It's killing loud, has a great feel, and records like a dream. This was my Holy Grail guitar I got rid of my D28 because I just didn't like it anymore. They're not alike, so you might have to try a couple. But mine I wouldn't trade it for the world. I put a Baggs Element in it, and it sings. To me, this is the bargain guitar purchase going. No one seems to know much about them, and many assume an Epi is a cheapie. But no way, my kids will fight over this one when I croak (if they know anything about guitars).

 
5.0

Awesome Find!

By KK-r0h2P

from San Antonio, TX

I've played since 1966 and this is the BEST guitar I've ever owned. I looked for a loooong time before I found my Epi. I like the satin finish (not "shiny" like so many others). The tone is sweet but "punchy." I play with others in church (Takamine, Martin, Yamaha) and even the Martin's tone isn't a full and commanding as this guitar. It's definitely worth the bucks. I can't put this guitar down. This is one that I will pass down to my kids.

 
5.0

Dude, seriously...

By The Mark

from Pittsburgh, PA

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It's awesome. I've had it (the vintage sunburst) for like 3 months now. It is LOUD! Play one of these and then play a Gibson J-45. Guarunteed this is louder (unless the J-45 is plugged in).I was playing a gig (unplugged guitars)with a buddy of mine that was using his Martin D-28. People in the audience that knew about guitars were suprised how much better they could hear my Epi (make sure you put Medium strings on this - it seems to sound and play better, it comes with light or extra light). This guitar has amazing bass, but also sparkly highs. If you need a great looking, well made, and best of all inexpensive acoustic, then go with the Epi Masterbuilt series. The AJ500R is the BEST axe in the 500 to 1200 range that you can get. I spent 3 years reading about and playing all sorts of Blueridges and Breedlove Atlas Series. Had to go with this one. Lastly, the case is bomb. Very protective and accomodating for gigs. Go for it - you will not be dissapointed.

 
5.0

Awesome!

By NEMO65

from Wedowee, AL

Just got my Epi today and I've been playing for 4 hours straight now. My fingers are raw, but it's hard to put it down. I was looking at a Blueridge and an Alvarez, but this one tops them all. The satin finish makes your hand glide up and down the neck, the tone is awesome, the action is low. Note - if you play hard, you'll probably want to adjust the neck, I like it low. Great for finger picking or light strummers. It'll just get better with years. Comes with a cool case too. If you're like me and looking for a great guitar without having to take out a loan, this is your guitar! I've been looking for a guitar like this for a few years now. Also has a bone nut and bridge, sweet.

 
5.0

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from Milwaukee, WI

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This guitar is definitely a stand out guitar at most shops even when next to Gibsons and Martins- I'd choose this one over the both any day. The fretwork, finish, bone nut/saddle are just amazing. It's a simple guitar with a nice soft sound (something I always loved about Martins) at a moderate price. I've only been playing guitar for about a year- but I've played enough guitars to know this is a good choice. The satin finish is also, in my opinion, classier looking than a gloss finish. Solid wood is radical on this guitar seeing as how inexpensive it is. Epiphone did it nicely this time around.

 
5.0

One heck of an AX!

By BADFISH

from Fairbanks, AK

I wanted a Gibson. There are no Gibsons to be found in Fairbanks. So I thought I would settle for a Martin under a thousand bucks. Bottom line is, I played them all, even the more expensive ones, and really wasn't impressed. Then I picked up the Epiphone AJ-500R and lightly strummed a G chord. The sound was beautiful and the guitar itself seemed to purr. If felt like a motorcycle idling underneath my arms. I haven't been able to put it down.

 
4.0

Nice Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Had my eye on the guitar for awhile, and got it about a week ago. Plays great and the tone is killer, sounds like a Gibson. I gave the quality a low rating because when I changed the strings the saddle sank into the guitar. I know this guitar's price is no down payment on a house but come on now... regardless, it's a great sounding guitar that sounds amazing on recordings

 
5.0

Awsome tone for a good price

By PigFish8786

from Belmont, NC

I`ve had my AJ 500-R for a month now and I`m still amazed at what a quality guitar this is. The solid rosewood back and sides and beautiful sitka spruce top make for a wonderfully loud and ear pleasing sound. All my friends who have played it want one. It's an outstanding value, two thumbs up to Epiphone...

 
5.0

I love this guitar!!!

By Just Playin

from Virginia Beach, Va

I bought mine about 3 months ago. I was set on martins til I picked this one up. It has such a rich full tone. The case even came with a humidor. If you want a great sounding guitar for a affordable price. This is it.

 
5.0

Stunning tone quality!

By G-man #9

from Hurricane, UT

I received the AJ-500R for Christmas and I was stunned at how well it played right out of the case! I have played Fenders, Alvarez, Ibanez, and even a Martin, and they could not compare to my guitar. It has excellent tone quality and a nice, deep base response. Awesome guitar!

 
5.0

The Best Sounding Guitar for the Money

By Keith-b4VwY

from Highland Mills, NY

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I was in the market for a new acoustic and was willing to spend up to $1000. I tried Taks and Martins, but this guitar just had the fullest, richest sound. Deep bass and balanced tone, I fell in love with the sound and look (I have one of the last sunburst models). My only complaint, and it is slight, is that the action is just slightly high for my tastes (I own a cheap Tak that has action like a Gibson electric) but I could always get the saddle filed down a bit. By the way, the saddle and nut are both bone. The case is an extra bonus: excellent quality and sturdy. I am on my second set of strings now. It ships with Gibson Masterbuilt 12 gauge strings (which sound great), but I put Daddarrio EXP16 12 gaugers on it so they last longer. These strings also sound great on this guitar. I love this instrument!

 
3.0

GreatAcoustic

By GuitarJuJu

from SouthEast

First, Musicians Friend is a joy to deal with quick shipping and easy ordering. This acoustic (AJ-500R VS) is killer out of the box. Loud, tight treble and bass, and superb sustain. For the price it can't be beat. I have played guitar for 30+ years and this is a great acoustic. The solid woods on this guitar should mature with age and provide an awesome guitar for years to come. I have had it for about 2 months and can not really find any any real fault with it, it sounds better to me every time I play. I prefer a lower action than it came with, but that can easily be rectified at the repair shop. I will say as others have noted, the dull finish is not exciting, but with the quality of woods, sound, and workmanship who cares. You will not get a better comparable acoustic in this price range. There ain't nothing like playing guitar! Rock On!

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By thefiddlepicker

from Arnold, MO

I wanted a Gibson J45, Got to looking at this Epiphone, couldn't belive the sound and the workmanship, from a guitar made in china, the more I played it, the better it sounded, I would pick up the J45, then go back to the epiphone, it was louder & more mellow sounding [must be the rosewood] anyway I bought the Epiphone, It just sounded better, comes with a nice case too,[combnation lock], for the money you can't beat this guitar...

 
5.0

One Sweet Guitar!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this after shopping around for a year. I played everything: Martin, Taylor, Blueridge. About 2 months ago I bought the Epi AJ-500r. It is true love. I found the sound I was looking for. This guitar has such a wonderful sound! The bass is full like a Martin. Also great highs and overall a punchy, balanced tone. It has remarkable sustain. I am using D'Addarion EXP mediums. The action is a bit on the high side, best for Bluegrass and flat-picking, although I finger pick as well. I may eventually get some neck work for a lower action. In the store, I played this Epi against several Gibsons, a Blueridge BR160 and a few Taylors. It was no contest in the tone and volume dept., although the Taylors and Gibsons had a bit better neck action. I am awed by the high quality of construction on this one. I play with a friend and I am proud to say that my Epi holds its own with his 20 year old Martin HD 28. I actually like the sound of mine more. BTW, I've played guitar since 1968, more of a writer than performer, although I've done that, too. If you want a moderately-priced, loud, rich-sounding guitar that can keep up with those top-dollar Martins, this is your baby.

 
5.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Hi I am coming back to the guitar after a few years and could not afford a gibson. But the guitar is punchy and when I picked it up don't want to stop playing. I was amazed at the sound and how easy it is to play. I have small short fingers but lots of determination and enthusiasm . I have tried a few gibsons and the epiphone sounds almost as good. This guitar is great YOU WILL NOT REGREAT BUYING THIS ONE. PATSY

 
5.0

Epiphone > Martin, yep, I said it.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Last December I went to Guitar Center to look for new acoustic. I play a dozen Martins and Taylors and was dissappointed at their lack of tone compared to my 1979 Martin D-35. I picked up this Epiphone and was blown away. The reverb and sustain are incredible. The sound is very loud and strong. It's an incredible guitar. I urge you to buy it. Needless to say, I snatched it up on the spot.

 
5.0

fine guitar

By stickyfingers

from rural new jersey

I am a new guitar player and was looking for a quality acoustic to replace the 20 year old Kramer acoustic sitting in the garage. I looked at Martin, Gibson etc. and found them too expensive. When the sales clerk handed me the Epi I figured he was trying to slip me a stinker. Man was I surprised, I did not know much about the tech part of the guitar but I knew what sounded great and this was the real deal. I love playing this guitar, sustain is great, I don't have to tune it every time I touch it and it has mellow bottom sound with bright highs. A fine guitar and relatively inexpensive.

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