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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar   

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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 class...Read More

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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 acoustic 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.

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FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany neck
  • Gold tuners
  • Multi-ply binding on top and headstock
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4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lot of guitar for the money but not perfect

I've played this axe at a music store and couldn't put it down. The sound of it was warm, balanced, girthy, yet with adequate sparkle and a sweet top end...just a...Read complete review

I've played this axe at a music store and couldn't put it down. The sound of it was warm, balanced, girthy, yet with adequate sparkle and a sweet top end...just a fantastic tone, regardless of price and especially considering that it was a new guitar that had not yet had a chance to season.

The only reason I didn't give this a ten was that the frets were heinous...looked like they'd been dressed with a wood rasp...very course with obvious cross-hatching, and the ends were sharp. I would still recommend this guitar, especially at the price point, but figure on having the frets crowned and polished. Personally, I would buy a fret-crowning file from Stew-Mac and some steel wool and do it myself.

I own a Larrivee L-03 Mahogany, Larrivee DV-10 Koa (both from the Canadian shop) and a Taylor 412-Koa, so I didn't actually need this guitar, but I was really, really tempted!
I would stand this up against most Martins I've played that cost 3 or 4 times as much.

I just hope they aren't being turned out by political detainees in China.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For the money they are now... its a steal

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I was invited to play with a bunch of retired musicians that were traveling around to Senior Centers in the area doing shows. And since I just retired and the band I...Read complete review

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I was invited to play with a bunch of retired musicians that were traveling around to Senior Centers in the area doing shows. And since I just retired and the band I play with is kind of at a standstill due to health issues. So I thought, why not? It's a different style of music for me. It will give me a chance to learn new things. I had sold my Acoustic Guitar, an Ovation. So I went shopping... I live in a small rural town with no music store so the next trip to the big city I stopped into several of the Big Name music stores, spent some in them all trying their selection of acoustic guitars. I tried the Martin's, the Taylor's, when I got to Gibson's, I am a L/P lover, I found the tone I liked in the bigger bodied Gibson's. A big full bodied mellow tone with big clean bottom end and no tin can sound. But I am Retired now, the price tag was out of my budget. So I took a look at the Epiphone's. Nothing there close to what I wanted till I found the Masterbuilt. There it was the same Tone a Resonance. Great playability for an acoustic and a very lovely guitar. Right at the right price. Bottom Line if your looking for a really beautifully built acoustic guitar that sounds more like a Grand piano of guitars rather than the spinet upright, this is a really great choice.

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5.0

AJ-500 review

By DaVille guitarist

from Louisville, KY

I own 2 Aj-500's, one satin finished and one glossy. Both sound great and are typical of Epiphone products. Good guitars at a blue-collar price. I fitted both with Tusq end pins and Planet Wave Oports. Both add an additional tone and volume boost particularly if you prefer your guitar miced instead of acoustic/electrics as I do. I replaced the glossy one's tuners and hardware with Grovers in gold just because I like the look better than silver. AJ's are worth way more than you pay for them.

 
4.0

Lot of guitar for the money but not perfect

By Max the Axe

from Pacific NW

I've played this axe at a music store and couldn't put it down. The sound of it was warm, balanced, girthy, yet with adequate sparkle and a sweet top end...just a fantastic tone, regardless of price and especially considering that it was a new guitar that had not yet had a chance to season.

The only reason I didn't give this a ten was that the frets were heinous...looked like they'd been dressed with a wood rasp...very course with obvious cross-hatching, and the ends were sharp. I would still recommend this guitar, especially at the price point, but figure on having the frets crowned and polished. Personally, I would buy a fret-crowning file from Stew-Mac and some steel wool and do it myself.

I own a Larrivee L-03 Mahogany, Larrivee DV-10 Koa (both from the Canadian shop) and a Taylor 412-Koa, so I didn't actually need this guitar, but I was really, really tempted!
I would stand this up against most Martins I've played that cost 3 or 4 times as much.

I just hope they aren't being turned out by political detainees in China.

 
5.0

Outstanding Sound and Value

By Deanvandamme

from nashville, tn

I added this guitar to my current stable of 47 guitars. I have a Martin which is probably the only acoustic which sounds better. The Martin was almost twice as much as this one and while this guitar doesnt have the projection of the martin it does have great tone and is well made. You can't go wrong with this instrument.
The solid top really gives this guitar a tremendous tone
This guitar is well made and uses some of the highest quality materials.
This guitar matches up with guitars at twice the price.

 
1.0

For the money they are now... its a steal

By jet

from Oregon

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I was invited to play with a bunch of retired musicians that were traveling around to Senior Centers in the area doing shows. And since I just retired and the band I play with is kind of at a standstill due to health issues. So I thought, why not? It's a different style of music for me. It will give me a chance to learn new things. I had sold my Acoustic Guitar, an Ovation. So I went shopping... I live in a small rural town with no music store so the next trip to the big city I stopped into several of the Big Name music stores, spent some in them all trying their selection of acoustic guitars. I tried the Martin's, the Taylor's, when I got to Gibson's, I am a L/P lover, I found the tone I liked in the bigger bodied Gibson's. A big full bodied mellow tone with big clean bottom end and no tin can sound. But I am Retired now, the price tag was out of my budget. So I took a look at the Epiphone's. Nothing there close to what I wanted till I found the Masterbuilt. There it was the same Tone a Resonance. Great playability for an acoustic and a very lovely guitar. Right at the right price. Bottom Line if your looking for a really beautifully built acoustic guitar that sounds more like a Grand piano of guitars rather than the spinet upright, this is a really great choice.

 
4.0

Better Than a Gibson!

By Ed from Pueblo

from Pueblo, Colorado

I have played so many high end Gibsons that didn't have the tone and balance that this Masterbilt line has. The Masterbilts just have that solid balanced feel that defies their low price. A great value that their parent company just can't match.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor Killer

By E-man-Ow.1g

from mid atlantic

Having owned many acoustic guitars from early Epiphones to Takamines to an expensive Taylor 410kce, the AJ500R blows them all out of the water. Sure there are some minor finish flaws but it kills my Taylor in tone and volume hands down. I picked my 500R up used at my local shop that doesn't even sell Epiphones for a fraction of the retail price and lo and behold it came retro fitted with a passive pick-up (an extra bonus!) Needless to say, this guitar is a fantastic instrument for the price, a great travel guitar as well as one to perform with. My fingers now hurt from playing so long. I guess its a good thing...Go out and buy any of the masterbuilt Epiphones. You won't be disappointed. By the way, anyone wanna buy a Taylor? Its for sale.

 
5.0

Review

By van6143

from Wetumpka AL.

This guitar was great right out of the box this guitar holds it's own against guitars costing three times as much. Workmanship top notch playing it is a pleasure i own a Taylor and a Martin and this holds it own against both of these and still cant believe for this price you can get a guitar this nice great job Epiphone!!

 
5.0

Solid wood - a solid buy

By Izzy-EkXZM

from Dallas, TX

I've been playing for over 45 yrs., and am a true Gibson enthusiast, currently own a J-45 & a very rare J-60 in addition to an ES-175 & '56 Les Paul gold top re-issue. My 15 yr. old "metal head" son wanted an acoustic & in the course of our shopping, we tried the Epi - I was knocked out! Comparably priced Martins/Taylors, with HPL back/sides do not hold a candle to this instrument. Full acoustic tones that can only be produced from a solid wood guitar. Very playable, well constructed with a unique appearence. Anyone who may have "issues" about purchasing an import guitar would be foolish not to try this guitar. It is, without a doubt, the best solid wood guitar that can be purchased without breaking the bank. An absolutely incredible value!

 
5.0

Very satisfied

By Rick A-1E0wv

from Montana

I bought the AJ-500RE a little over a year ago, and have never once regretted anything about that purchase. This was a big treat for me, I've played for over 40 years and never had extra money to buy a top end guitar, although I've had chances to play several (Martin, Gibson, Taylor). They were all great guitars, but out of reach for me. The Epiphone wasn't! This is as nice of a sounding and playing guitar as any I have ever played, I simply love it.I know there are better guitars out there. To say that this is the best guitar in the world wouldn't be credible. BUT, I will say that for the price, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to match the quality of construction (excellant), sound (very clean), and playability (extremely smooth and easy). You can't go wrong with this guitar for value and performance. I say again that I love this guitar!

 
5.0

Incredible!!!

By Guitarded-CsDqu

from Midwest

Please, if you are considering buying this guitar, don't hesitate. You cannot go wrong here. I am a full-time musician and have played guitar all my life. I also own a Taylor 714, and believe me this guitar holds it's own alongside of it. You simply will not find a more solidly constructed, or sounding instrument for this little of money hands down. Truth is, in every music store that sells these, I deliberately pick every one of them up and play them, to judge for myself. Every single one of them has completely exceeded my expectations. Period. Great, great guitar. You are looking at a minimum of $1500 if you want a Taylor, Gibson, or Martin with these same specs and something that sounds this rich. If you love great acoustic guitars, save yourself a thousand dollars, and just buy and Epiphone Masterbilt.

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