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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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Epiphone's Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic/Electric guitar introduces one the most legendary acoustic guitars in music history, the mighty powerful dre...Click To Read More About This Product

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Premium-grade, solid rosewood back and sides with generous cutaway and quality electronics.

Epiphone's Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic/Electric guitar introduces one the most legendary acoustic guitars in music history, the mighty powerful dreadnaught, to the critically acclaimed Masterbilt Series with a beautiful cutaway and finish.

Epiphone's Masterbilt Series guitars are just as treasured as vintage models. But they'e a lot more affordable and available. First released in June 1931, the original Epiphone Masterbilts made a big impression on musicians from all styles of music and new Masterbilts continue to further 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 makes that promise.

As with all Masterbilts, the AJ-500RCE features a Solid Sitka spruce top. The AJ-500RCE has a modern stylish cutaway, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, and mahogany kerfing along with a rosewood bridge and bone saddle. One of the great attributes of a Sitka spruce top is that it gets better with age – and playing time. The AJ-500RCE's historic dreadnaught shape contributes its powerful tone mid-range projection. The rosewood bridge features a vintage classic 1.69 in. bone nut. The dreadnaught's classic profile top has 5-ply binding, 3-ply binding on the headstock, and single-ply binding on the neck along with a tortoise-style pickguard.

The AJ-500RCE has solid mahogany back and sides, just like vintage models. The hand-shaped neck is also made from solid mahogany with a one-piece heel, and is attached to the body with a dovetail joint and hide glue. The neck has a standard 25.5 in. scale and the Masterbilt's classic SlimTaper D Profile. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlays, a 14 radius, and 20 medium jumbo frets.

Shadow Sonic Preamp and NanoFlex Pickups: Revolutionary Acoustic Sound
While the AJ-500RCE sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged-in, thanks to Shadow's state-of-the-art Sonic preamp system with the revolutionary under-saddle NanoFlex low-impedance pickup to allow acoustic players to "plug in." Discretely mounted inside the sound hole, the Sonic preamp features an easy-access volume control with Treble and Bass EQ controls. There's also a "phase" switch that instantly cuts feedback without affecting tone. The NanoFlex pickup is the only pickup that senses both the vibrations of the strings and the movements of the soundboard simultaneously. So, the sound is truly "acoustic," combining accurate body and string tone with percussive attack. It's like having a microphone mixed with an undersaddle pickup.

Due to active amplification directly at the pickup and 100% shielding of the entire system, there is no signal loss and no "hum" created. A battery indicator LED turns on when the battery is low and should be replaced within 30 minutes. The preamp is powered by two 2032 lithium, 3V batteries and the complete system is extremely light and weighs far less than ordinary 9V systems. A premium Shadow output jack is incorporated into the endpin jack and the entire electronic system is covered by Shadow's 5-year worldwide parts and labor limited warranty.

The AJ-500RCE features Epiphone's quality nickel hardware and world-famous Grover Sta-Tite machine heads with a pro-level 18:1 tuning ratio for fast, accurate, and intuitive tuning.

FEATURES
  • Top Material: Solid Sitka spruce with cutaway
  • Body Material: Solid rosewood
  • Side Material: Solid rosewood
  • Neck Material: Mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper, D profile
  • Neck Joint: Glued-in, dove-tail with hide glue
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid dot inlays
  • Electronics: eSonic2 System
  • Binding Body: 6-ply; Neck: 1-ply
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14"
  • Frets: 20 medium
  • Bridge: Rosewood, Reverse-belly
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Pickguard: Tortoise style
  • Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
  • Case: Sold separately

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EpiphoneMasterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock Solid Guitar

By GM

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Everyone wants a great guitar, one that sounds great and feels good. Epiphone hit the bulls eye… again! This Epi stands on its own- it is very well made- no flaws that I can find. It sounds very rich and being solid wood, it will only get better over time. The slope shoulder seems to be "mid" oriented as compared with a square shoulder dread.

The satin finish neck and sunburst gives it an old school- cool look. Love the headstock. The rosewood (solid) back and sides are beautiful. The guitar sounds great plugged in- stealthy inside the guitar controls.

I have a small collection of the Masterbilt Epiphone guitars.This one was made in Indonesia- the others from China. This guitar is just as good- the craftsmanship is there, the overall quality is there. The bottom line is that you can get a sweet- solid wood guitar / set neck joint/ bone nut and saddle/ with out having to take out a second mortgage. This guitar is a keeper. I am very happy with the purchase!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar all the way around !

By Stratback

from Little Rock

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • elegant look , smooth feel
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've been looking for the past year for a versatile guitar under $1k that fit my needs. I found it with this beauty. Looks great, I love the satin finish, makes it look unique , and I think will also help the guitar 'breathe' easier and mellow faster. Comfortable body , not as bulky as a regular dreadnaught, but big enough to project well. I bought the AJ 500 instead of the DR model for two reasons, I wanted the rosewood back and sides , and the partial sloped shoulder is more comfortable than the dread head.
    I also bought a SKB soft case that fits it like a glove , better than a gig bag, but not as heavy to carry around as a hard case. As a guitar teacher, I lug mine to work everyday, and that matters to me. I also purchased a rimpitch drop in soundhole tuner, that gives me quick tuning without the clamp on snark type tuner, a must have if your guitar doesn't have a built in tuner. As far as electronics on this, I just plugged it in to see if they work, which they do. The electronics sound will have a lot to do with what kind of amp or pa you're plugged into. This has easy access inside the sound hole again without the bulky electronics on the side of the guitar , which detract from the look for me . So far I'm loving this masterbilt, I bought it to write songs with, it fits the bill for me !

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Overall a good value

    By Folkrock

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      If this were a Gibson, it would be $2200, so for an all wood guitar it's a good value. Playability and the sound is good. But I was slightly underwhelmed with the Satin finish and electronics hidden in the sound hole. No real complaints, but I traded it for a similar Taylor sunburst. .

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar, I don't give 5 stars!!

      By RobMP

      from CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Blues tone
      • Good Feel
      • Old vibe

      Cons

      • Awful factory setup
      • Saddle leans forward

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Well I got this guitar for a great price. Mine came with a pick guard that is very similar to the tear drop design used by the mother guitar. The set up was really bad and unplayable high. Had to shave it down bu half its height. Noticed the saddle is leaning forward meaning it's either too thin or the cutout is too large. Despite that the intonation was ok.
        The feel and the tone of the guitar is wonderful, feels like a guitar that has aged already. Love the clear tone and the rosewood back creating something familiar but new.
        Despite the imperfections I'd never get rid of it. The guitar is fabulous!!!! Love it, Love it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        another open box unit... mint...

        By N

        from somewhere in the US

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • high end pickup system
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune
        • v shaped neck, wide nut. nice action.

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • front porch music
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have had mixed success with open box units from MF. this one is a keeper.

          I have been shopping for a cedar top fingerstyle guitar and this one is very nice. I was impressed by the pickup units. nanoflex is made by Shadow. High quality piece, no scratches, nice finish, I could not find a blemish other than the unit needs a new set of strings which is expected on an open box unit from MF.

          I'm keepin' this one!

          thanks folks.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this guitar...nothing more to say.

          By De Oppresso Liber SFNQ

          from Llano, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I finally found MY guitar...Easy to play, sounds great, looks great. If I had to find a complaint it would be that it feels "Large" with a fairly deep body...but it is a great guitar!

             
            3.0

            I would not buy this product again

            By none

            from 32625

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Shadow electronic sound hole preamp HUMMING

            Best Uses

            • acoustic use only

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Great acoustic guitar for the price. Electronics not so great. Musician's Friend did give me a discount for the trouble I've had. Will continue to shop with Musician's Friend.

             
            5.0

            Absolutely

            By Trader pete

            from Canada

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500RCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Fine sounding bluegrss guitr

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