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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar Violin Burst

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The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a m...Click To Read More About This Product

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A smaller-size acoustic-electric archtop with an Olympic-sized tone.

The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a mahogany body and classic f-holes. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930s-era replica Epiphone label. The Olympic is available in traditional Honeyburst and Violin Burst aged gloss finishes, each with unique color tones inspired by Epiphone’s priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee. The tortoise-style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included. 

Case sold separately.

Like Epiphone’s original '30s-era Olympic, the modern Masterbilt Olympic has a unique body profile that’s smaller than typical archtops but with a tonal range that belies its small size. With its signature f-holes and solid spruce top, the Olympic is an ideal instrument for singers and soloists. Both the body and top feature single-layer ivory and black color binding. The mahogany neck has a full-rounded C-profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the Olympic will resonate as one piece of wood. The rosewood fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5” scale length, and pearloid "Dot” inlays modeled after the original Olympics.

The compact tone of the Olympic sounds beautiful unamplified on a small stage or in the studio. But now the cutting-edge eSonic HD (High Definition) preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup make it possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged. The Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ mounted just inside the lower f-hole. Now you have complete control over how much of the acoustic guitar is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, located near the 1/4" output jack. 
 
Historic Epiphone Hardware
The Olympic comes with Historic Epiphone Re-issue Tuners with marboloid "Crown" buttons with an upgraded 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and accurate tuning. The tuners are mounted on an Epiphone Dovewing headstock with pearloid "Banner" logos. Unlike many vintage archtops, the Olympic has a dual action truss rod for easy and perfect set-up. The Floating adjustable ebonoid bridge is made from a synthesized material that has the grain-like texture and look of ebony but is harder and more reliable for years of playing. The historic aged all-nickel trapeze tailpiece is also inspired from Epiphone’s vintage Masterbilt collection. Every new Masterbilt Century guitar is set up at the factory with Cleartone 12-53 gauge strings. 




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Masterbilt Series
Epiphone’s first Masterbilt archtops quickly rose to popularity during the 1930s “Big Band” era and were renowned for their warm woody tone, wide tonal range and punchy volume. However, with the invention of the electric guitar pickup, archtop acoustic guitars quickly became equipped with magnetic amplification and were for the most part, forever transformed into "electric" guitars. Until now...

Epiphone, an industry leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining Epiphone's original, time-tested designs with 21st century acoustic guitar electronics to bring you the Masterbilt Century Collection. The first collection of archtop “acoustic-electric” guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. Now with the eSonic HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup, you can plug in any Masterbilt Century arch top acoustic-electric into an amp or any PA and hear your guitar’s beautiful and dynamic true acoustic tone on any size stage. For flattop guitarists who have only played old plywood archtops, the sound of a Masterbilt Century guitars will be a revelation. Get ready for a totally new acoustic guitar experience.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Archtop
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Spruce
  • Back & sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Longitudal
  • Body finish: Aged Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Rounded C
  • Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Hard maple/Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Aged Gloss
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Shadow 
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: 3-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: Yes
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons
  • Bridge: Floating Adjustable Ebonoid
  • Saddle & nut: Compensated Artificial Bone/Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body shape
  • Case: Sold separately 
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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EpiphoneMasterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Jamming (3)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A "Parlor Archtop" with gorgeous, harp-like sound!

By RubyTuba

from Park City, KS

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've always loved the sound of acoustic archtops, and I've flipped over my Epiphone Masterbilt Olympic! It's small enough to play comfortably sitting on a couch, and the solid spruce top makes my fingerstyle folkie/jazz stuff sound golden and harp-like. The neck is fabulous - it feels like an old-school jazz guitar because it IS an old-school jazz guitar! It's perfect for what I do, which is songwriting and the occasional solo or small-group gig. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Refined Acoustic Gem

    By VG

    from Atlanta

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I'm a live electric player who has always wanted to enjoy playing acoustic guitar, but never could. Frankly, I've never found them fun or enjoyable to play. I bought a Martin X series 000 a year two ago and initially liked it for the punchy sound and compact size, but that joy wore off and it's been in the case since. After adding a Gretsch Electromatic to my collection last year, I thought "I wish I could find and acoustic that felt and played like this." I stumbled on the Masterbilt series one day and after playing the Olympic in a local store 3 different days, I placed my order. THIS is the type of acoustic guitar I've been waiting to meet my whole guitar playing life! Something about the way the arched top compresses the sound just does it for me. The feel of the neck and the fingerboard radius is different from any acoustic I've ever played before. Smooth as silk. The electronics reproduce the sound wonderfully (although the bridge mounted pickup is very sensitive). For the price, this is a very fine instrument. In my practice time I've been reaching for this before reaching for any of my electrics, and that has NEVER happened before. It is so fun to play, fit and finish are beautifully flawless and it feels just plain right in my hands.

      That said, I'll wager that this is not going to be the acoustic guitar for everyone. In fact, most players probably won't be interested (which is part of the appeal to me). If you're a jazz player looking to play some acoustic, you may want to give this serious consideration. I'm very happy with this purchase and for the first time, excited about playing acoustic guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great acoustic sound in a manageable, comfortable size

      By Veteran Guitarist

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Perfect for that acoustic sound through an amp
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Not One Con -

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Fantastically playable in parlor sized body with superior quality sound - if you are an acoustic player, this is what you need to record and play with other musicians playing non-acoustic instruments. Perfect for rhythym and for flatpicking and finger styles, but you can add amplification and effects to your sound to make it really stand out.

      If you are just learning to play this would be a great investment - it plays easily and sounds fantastic and will endure the test of time.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What's Not To Love

      By VeronCountri

      from Oxnard, CA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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