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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Acoustic Guitar

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Large dreadnought top crafted from genuine solid Sitka spruce produces sound to rival the Classic Epiphones of the 1930s. Solid mahogany back and sid...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big volume with subtle and sweet overtones!

Large dreadnought top crafted from genuine solid Sitka spruce produces sound to rival the Classic Epiphones of the 1930s. Solid mahogany back and sides add warmth while the bound rosewood fretboard with snowflake inlays provides a silky feel. A perfect guitar for everything from hard-rock rhythms to bluegrass leads.

FEATURES
  • Premium solid Sitka spruce top
  • Premium solid mahogany back and sides
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • Bound top and back
  • Nickel tuners
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4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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5.0

A really good guitar

By Les Paul Fever

from Gladys, VA

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I just bought this guitar from guitar center today. It sounds better than ALL of the martins costing around a thousand dollars. The action is also equal to that of a guitar that you might pay two grand for. This guitar is well worth the money. Go play one for yourself and I think you,ll agree.

 
5.0

Review

By Tino

from Delano, CA

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I had my epi for two months now and I bought it from a guitar center. I've been looking for a while for a great guitar and it took 3 visit to play every single guitar in the store. Well after playing this guitar I couldn't put it down because the action is great and the sound is deep. If you are looking at this guitar online, take my word for it, it's great buy.

 
5.0

No Better Guitar for the Money

By VivDiesel

from Michigan

Nice features, built in an Epiphone factory under Gibson specs. I play country or acoustic rock. Finger picking or strumming. It suits me well. This guitar is very playable and projects ample volume even when finger picking or finger strumming. The mahogany gives it a nice deep tone, which I love. It responds to how loud I want to play. For the money, I couldn?t get a better tone, but it doesn?t compare to a Martin or a Gibson with the same features.The factory settings are fine. Don't think I need a setup, but I may change my mind. I switched the strings first thing when I got home. Switched to Martin Phosphor Bronze Light Strings. Strings that came with it were dull. Otherwise, I was very happy with the condition it came in.You can?t get a better guitar in this price range as far I?m concerned. I?ve been searching for over a year.

 
5.0

Loads of quality and sound for little money

By Mark-Y.QRS

from NC

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When searching for a new guitar, I played much higher dollar guitars that were not half the quailty of this guitar. If you are looking for a guitar in this price ranger or higher, you owe it to yourself to give any of the Masterbilt line a try. As compared to other brands, this guitar should sell for much more money.

 
5.0

Nice for Newbie

By Disco

from ALoha, OR

Just picked this guitar up yesterday. I can't put it down. I'm getting my first lesson in a few days, so my fingertips hurt pretty bad. What a great sound. I have big fingers and this is so easy to play. I'm looking forward to years of playing. The case is just fantastic too =)

 
5.0

Martin Sound - Epiphone Price

By Old Hippie

from St. Louis, MO.

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If you want the same sound & quality for under $1500...you won't find it anywhere else. The DR-500M comes with 'old style' Grover tuners, solid wood throughout and a satin finish. There is a reason for the 'satin finish' vs. a glossy finish. This lets the sound 'resonate' better thus producing full, rich lows & bright, crisp, clean highs. Final note: I am NOT a kid...I've been around the block. This will be the last acoustic guitar I will ever need or want.

 
5.0

Great Sound Easy to play

By harry36321

from N.Y.

This thing sounds great, nice tone and great look. If your in this price range for an acoustic I would make it one of your top choices.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By acousticfan

from IL

I was searching for a quality solid wood acoustic at a resaonable price. I compared this to some Alvarez and Martins but found that this one had a sound much like the Gibson counterparts. I couldn't believe how well rounded this guitar is. Just a good guitars for twice the price

 
5.0

Best Solid-Wood Guitar For the Money

By thnx

from Philadelphia, PA

I finally pulled the trigger and bought the DR-500M. It is fantastic. The mahogany back and sides give a wonderful deep tone. It has fast action. I played several other, more expensive, solid-wood dreadnought and I liked this Masterbilt the best. When you factor in the excellent pricing, anyone looking to buy a nice acoustic should play this guitar and consider buying it.

 
5.0

Great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I recieved this guitar as a gift for christmas and this baby whails. Amazing tone, tone thats hard to find in some upper priced guit fiddles. Just a quality piece of work. Im probably going to order a new one since I smashed mine up pretty good by running it over with my car. Messed up story, but in the end its still an amazing deal. If your looking for a fine guitar thats not hard on your wallet, end the search here.

 
5.0

Best guitar dollars I've spent

By Rydynmuzic

from Central Florida

I have either played or owned most of the better know acoustics out there over the past 34 years and have got to give this DR-500M the hands down two thumbs up. The only thing I've done to this beauty since I've got it is change to Martin phosphor-bronze medium strings. The tones, up and down the neck are second to none of the other guitars that I own, and that includes my Martin and my Gibson. Averaging 4 hours a night 5 nights a week of playing, this mahogany wonder keeps asking for more. As long as she gets a new set of strings each night, we're both happy.

 
5.0

this one sings

By Keith-Z8EYo

from Sacramento Ca.

I am so impressed with this guitar I can`t put it down,I owned a martin D-18 for years,but this epiphone holds it own. The sound is warm with bright over tones perfect for a hard strummer like me.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Fujitsu921

from Sudbury, MA

The guitar almost makes you sound better then you are. It doesnt have that deep ring you get from a Martin or Taylor, but what it makes up in is its superior punching sound. The action might be a bit low for some, but for me its perfection, and it is so easy to play. For any guitasrist making a move towards a real nice guitar, this is the best value and quality around.

 
5.0

A Great Solid Wood Acoustic.

By Wrangler2

from Midwest

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The DR-500M is a great sounding solid spruce top, and solid mahogany body guitar. The workmanship, fit, and finish is very good with no signs of shortcuts in the manufacture. A very pleasing satin finish and wood grain surface on the body. With Martin "SP" Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge strings, it gives a traditional spruce/mahogany sound with great sustain. Medium gauge Martin "SP" strings sound good for Bluegrass chording, but for my finger picking style at times, I like using the Martin light gauge strings. This Masterbilt DR-500M is a great buy. I got mine from Musicians Friend since I live near them in Kansas City, Missouri. I own two Martin D-28's, but this Epi 500M gets a lot of playing time. It's enjoyable to play.

 
5.0

CAN'T PUT IT DOWN

By Kleinster

from Memphis TN

I bought my Epiphone DR500M this past weekend and just like so many others stated, I cannot put it down. I strummed on some Taylors, Martins and Seagulls but as soon as I strummed this guitar, I was sold. It has great tone and fast neck so it is great for running leads. I turned it upside down and cannot find anything wrong with it. Great harmonics too.

 
5.0

A solid buy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I recently bought this guitar and i'm very happy that I did. I sat in the shop and played some Martin's and Taylor's in the same prince range and this is the one I walked out with. The tone is very nice and bright and the neck action is very smooth. Epiphone has really stepped up to the plate with their Masterbilt series and it sounds and plays as well as a lot of other guitars costing 2 or 3 times as much. Give it a try.

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4.0

NICE LITTLE GEM FROM EPI

By TAYLORFANFOR LIFE

from Texas

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I like this EPI for the moderate price, playability and extremely nice case. It's not anything special but just a well built, nice playing acoustic guitar. What really sold me was the inclusion of a super nice case. Almost too nice of a case for such a plain looking guitar. The action on the guitar was set pretty low, so you get the occasional fret buzz on the higher frets, but it is very easy to play. I would look into this one for a beginners guitar if you can afford it. I use mine for practice only. Don't think it would fair too well for stage use. but it does resonate a nice sound. Pretty clear.

 
5.0

My Favorite Epi Acoustic

By LUVmyGibby

from CA

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I set out to purchase a Taylor, Martin or Breedlove and compared all three to this at my local music store. I picked up the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Acoustic Guitar and was completely blown away at how comfortable and fast the neck & fret-board felt and fell in love with the incredible sound. I ordered one here immediately and was also pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Epiphone rigid gig bag with hygrometer. The only guitar I have EVER played that sounds better is a Gibson. Buy this guitar, this is a GREAT deal!

 
4.0

Great Guitar

By guitar John--62Ot

from Florida

I purchased this guitar a couple of weeks ago, I was orginally looking at a Taylor 300 series guitar. I picked up the Masterbuilt and played it for a while and found out that I could not put it down. This instrument is fantastic. The sound, the quality, the action. I would recommend it to anyone.

 
5.0

SOLID Acoustic....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I spent days in the local guitar shop playing every guitar, and this is the one i walked out with. It's worth every dollar and i believe this is the best guitar you can buy for $500. Straight up: you will not find a solid top AND solid body guitar as nice as this epiphone for less than $1000. If you can afford this guitar, you must look at it before making any purchase.

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