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The Masterbilt DR-500M guitar has a large dreadnought top crafted from genuine solid Sitka spruce that produces sound to rival the Classic Epiphones ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big volume with subtle and sweet overtones!

The Masterbilt DR-500M guitar has a large dreadnought top crafted from genuine solid Sitka spruce that 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 acoustic guitar for everything from hard-rock rhythms to bluegrass leads.

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

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4.7

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This Acoustic is Wet.

This acoustic guitar is one of the finest for under $1,000. The factor that determines a great acoustic for an intermediate or beginner guitarist is tone. Alot of guitars within this price range say...Read complete review

This acoustic guitar is one of the finest for under $1,000. The factor that determines a great acoustic for an intermediate or beginner guitarist is tone. Alot of guitars within this price range say they have it, but they simply don't. I own all three different versions of the Masterbilt DR-500 models. They all are great in their own rights and depending on the player, determines alot about which wood should be chosen, wheither it be the Mahagony (DR-500M), Maple (DR-500P) or Rosewood (DR-500R) versions. I have owned these guitars for over a year now so i'm not like some of the other reviewers that just recieved them in the mail and are caught in the moment of how awesome their new purchase just was. I have played these three DR models for quite some time and have tried thousands of techniques and styles with each of them. I also own other instruments that cost two and three times what these guitars cost from big names like martin. Here is what I have found:DR-500M - My personal favorite of the three DR models. Volume is pleasing but not harsh and the tone is great for almost any style. The notes are clear and concentrated towards the midrange frequencies of the instrument. Palm muting, along with DADGAD tuning sounds best with this version of the DR line. Great for people who would like to play open chords and practice in their rooms or with groups of people without being overpowering.DR-500R - This version has awsome tone. Quite a bit louder than the DR-500M. Brighter high notes and lower bass notes than the DR-500M. This makes, in my opinion, alternate tunings not quite as pleasant than with the Mahogany bodied DR. This guitar has gold hardware rather than the nickel hardware as found on the 500M. I would recomend this guitar to people who want a more traditional sounding acoustic guitar (majority of songs on the radio use Rosewood bodied guitars - not all, but alot). This guitar sounds best of the three versions to do lead guitar work on. Great for recording and or playing for others.....but if people are trying to talk, like at a party, this Rosewood version is pretty overpowering and they might get peaved because it's too loud. DR-500P - This version is a little tricky to find at times and I don't think Musician's Friend even carries this version, but they should. The 500P is about as loud as the 500R and is a very clear sounding guitar. It's a bit brighter than the other two but this contributes to a very unique sound. The high strings are bright but are less "tinty" sounding than the 500R's high strings. I don't know how else to describe those high strings, but after playing the 500P, going to the Rosewood sounds kind of funky. The 500P is great for making a song your own, because it sounds very different from the other two more traditional sounding versions. It has great clarity and makes lead guitar, open and bar chords sound great. This is a very versatile version but, it dosen't really sound like anything else. I would recommend this version for recording because of it's natural compression of notes. Like the rosewood model, it's great for playing with others but be careful because it can get pretty loud. In a nutshell, all three versions of the Masterbilt DR models are great. Tone and playabilty are fantastic. This review is supposed to be for the DR-500M but i figured some of you might not be sure on which version to buy and since I have them all, I figured I might be of some help for those of you still deciding. I have recomended these Masterbilt guitars for my friends who also play guitar and they have all tried, fell in love with and then bought their own Masterbilt guitars.

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Terrible

I bought one of these NEW from a reputable UK online retailer. When it arrived and I opened the box up, I was shocked by the poor workmanship.The top end of the fingerboard was...Read complete review

I bought one of these NEW from a reputable UK online retailer. When it arrived and I opened the box up, I was shocked by the poor workmanship.The top end of the fingerboard was sinking into the sound hole due to a concave top. There was a chip out of one of the upper frets that got caught when I played a bend. The gloss finish on the top was verry poorly applied, I could go on...The sound was very average, kind of boxy sounding and dull with Martin SP PB strings...Needles to say I sent it straight back and am now awaiting a Yamaha FG730s!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Acoustic is Wet.

By NK

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This acoustic guitar is one of the finest for under $1,000. The factor that determines a great acoustic for an intermediate or beginner guitarist is tone. Alot of guitars within this price range say they have it, but they simply don't. I own all three different versions of the Masterbilt DR-500 models. They all are great in their own rights and depending on the player, determines alot about which wood should be chosen, wheither it be the Mahagony (DR-500M), Maple (DR-500P) or Rosewood (DR-500R) versions. I have owned these guitars for over a year now so i'm not like some of the other reviewers that just recieved them in the mail and are caught in the moment of how awesome their new purchase just was. I have played these three DR models for quite some time and have tried thousands of techniques and styles with each of them. I also own other instruments that cost two and three times what these guitars cost from big names like martin. Here is what I have found:DR-500M - My personal favorite of the three DR models. Volume is pleasing but not harsh and the tone is great for almost any style. The notes are clear and concentrated towards the midrange frequencies of the instrument. Palm muting, along with DADGAD tuning sounds best with this version of the DR line. Great for people who would like to play open chords and practice in their rooms or with groups of people without being overpowering.DR-500R - This version has awsome tone. Quite a bit louder than the DR-500M. Brighter high notes and lower bass notes than the DR-500M. This makes, in my opinion, alternate tunings not quite as pleasant than with the Mahogany bodied DR. This guitar has gold hardware rather than the nickel hardware as found on the 500M. I would recomend this guitar to people who want a more traditional sounding acoustic guitar (majority of songs on the radio use Rosewood bodied guitars - not all, but alot). This guitar sounds best of the three versions to do lead guitar work on. Great for recording and or playing for others.....but if people are trying to talk, like at a party, this Rosewood version is pretty overpowering and they might get peaved because it's too loud. DR-500P - This version is a little tricky to find at times and I don't think Musician's Friend even carries this version, but they should. The 500P is about as loud as the 500R and is a very clear sounding guitar. It's a bit brighter than the other two but this contributes to a very unique sound. The high strings are bright but are less "tinty" sounding than the 500R's high strings. I don't know how else to describe those high strings, but after playing the 500P, going to the Rosewood sounds kind of funky. The 500P is great for making a song your own, because it sounds very different from the other two more traditional sounding versions. It has great clarity and makes lead guitar, open and bar chords sound great. This is a very versatile version but, it dosen't really sound like anything else. I would recommend this version for recording because of it's natural compression of notes. Like the rosewood model, it's great for playing with others but be careful because it can get pretty loud. In a nutshell, all three versions of the Masterbilt DR models are great. Tone and playabilty are fantastic. This review is supposed to be for the DR-500M but i figured some of you might not be sure on which version to buy and since I have them all, I figured I might be of some help for those of you still deciding. I have recomended these Masterbilt guitars for my friends who also play guitar and they have all tried, fell in love with and then bought their own Masterbilt guitars.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice guitar - Great Value!

By New Epiphone Fan

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this from MF a week ago, looking for a second guitar to take to play with friends. I was hesitant, but after reading more good reviews than bad, I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. The overall build quality is very good, like a tank! The finish isn't bad, a couple of darker patches on the sides, but overall nice. The bone nut and saddle on a lower priced guitar are a very nice touch. I don't like the way the slots are cut in the nut, (just a hair too deep) but there is no problem tuning the guitar. The neck is a very comfortable low profile, and the action from the factory wasn't bad, a slight buzz on the B string which I fixed with a tweak of the truss rod.The sound that eminates from this guitar is better than I expected. I've read reviews that have stated it's sonically as good as a Martin and/or other high end guitars. I also own a Martin OM21 Special, and this just isn't true. It does not have the fullness, depth or richness of sound that my Martin has, but it is stiil very good. The volume, sustain and balance across the strings is excellent for a guitar in this price range. It is a mahogany (sapele) guitar, and therefore has a drier, woodier sound than a rosewood, not as much bass response, but like I said before, very balanced. The trebles do not have that tinny cheap guitar sound. The forward shifted X bracing is a nice touch also. The strings it came with in my opinion were not very good. Don't know the brand. A little too light I think. I put a set of John Pearse PB lights on and they improved the volume and tone by leaps and bounds.Overall, I'm very impressed with the build quality and tone of this instrument. If you're looking for an excellent lower priced guitar, you can't go wrong with the Masterbilt collection from Epiphone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

From a Martin D28 owner

By xxx_and_a_V

from Circle Pines, MN

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Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I'm not a shill from the Epiphone sales department. I have played these Epiphone Masterbilt's and owned a previous version of this AJ500 and they are excellent guitars. As an owner of a Martin D28, here is my advice to you: if money is an issue for you, buy a Masterbilt. The sound quality and playability are very, very close to expensive Martins, Gibsons and Taylors. And don't waste money on a low end (under $1500)Martin or Taylor - you are paying for the name stamped on a foreign manufactured guitar, which is exactly what these Epiphones are for half the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible

By Azza

from UK

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought one of these NEW from a reputable UK online retailer. When it arrived and I opened the box up, I was shocked by the poor workmanship.The top end of the fingerboard was sinking into the sound hole due to a concave top. There was a chip out of one of the upper frets that got caught when I played a bend. The gloss finish on the top was verry poorly applied, I could go on...The sound was very average, kind of boxy sounding and dull with Martin SP PB strings...Needles to say I sent it straight back and am now awaiting a Yamaha FG730s!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best value on the market.

By Tom E. Boy

from Westlake OH

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Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

If you're looking for a high quality 6-string acoustic guitar then look no further than the Epi Masterbilt line. Built by Chinese luthiers for a fraction of the $$ that American luthiers charge, these guitars play and sound like high end, name brand guitars. I own this model and am exceptionally impressed by its playability but more so it's tone- this puppy is LOUD! I also highly recommend picking up the Epi Masterbilt hard shell case w/hygrometer. it's a steal and will keep your all-wood investment in good condition.I've always been a big fan of Martin guitars but i couldn't resist buying this beautifully crafted instrument. It's an irrestistable value for any musician, budget minded or not.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Masterbilt

By Drake-aFvgE

from TN

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Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This is my favorite acoustic, sounds and plays amazing. Bought it from a local music store used and loved it since. I bought the straight up acoustic model, but not a month after buying it he got in the model with the cutaway. Little bit upset about that at first but the full size I think is louder. mellow sound, I highly recommend this guitar.

 
5.0

Amazing in so many aspects

By Link

from Toronto, Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

So I had been researching into acoustic guitars under a grand. I narrowed it down to this one and the DR-500MCE. If you're playing unplugged, this guitar is the one you want. Full tone, highs are clear, low notes rumble with power. It sounds beautiful, feels amazing with the satin finish. Stays in tune literally for days, even when I play 2 hours a day. A bonus is the great looking headstock. All solid wood. If you're having doubts, just try it out. If you don't have the chance to try it, take my word for it and buy it. You will not regret it.

 
5.0

Your ears will love you !

By SandyBeaches

from Lancashire UK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    For the first time, I bought a guitar on spec, without first listening and playing it but, at bargain price for the woods, thought it worth trying out.
    Took it out of the snug, plush case - hmmm, gold, bindings galore, and all so nice, smooth satin. Then, feel the light weight and hear resonance - getting interesting, but surely it's not gonna sound that good is it?
    Play a few notes, they come out rounded and complete. Then a few more, higher and lower, looking for excesses and deficiencies, there must be flaws somewhere in the frequency response. Up and down the neck we go, and the guitar gives completeness - everywhere. No harshness, no boom, all sweet.
    Putting on a set of Elixirs took this Epi to a new level, and I couldn't help thinking 'Hey, this is getting serious!' When I played all day without getting fatigued, I knew I was onto a winner.
    Onto the guitar store, back to back with a '69 D28, I just couldn't find anything better on the 10 x more expensive instrument.
    Paradoxically, the only rub is,the headstock will never cut it on stage like CF and a few other usual suspects.
    However, if you think you can't afford the luxury of premier quality acoustic tone, I dare you to do as I did, and buy one of these - you'll love it for a long time.

     
    5.0

    Just bought it!

    By kevin-_iHFO

    from Detroit

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I just bought this Epiphone Masterbuilt DR-500M. I played it for 30 minutes, and I knew I had to have it. I played a standard epiphone, martin, taylor, and gibson just for comparison, and the masterbuilt was up there with the taylor and martin. It is a steal at the price. The inlays and headstock are beautiful, and the action right out of the box is fantastic. It feels amazing and plays like a higher end acoustic, because it is but for less money. If you want acoustic that looks, sounds, and feels awesome for a low price, pick this acoustic up, you wont be let down.

     
    4.0

    Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M

    By Mellon

    from Conyers,Ga

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    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I tried this Epiphone Masterbilt at my local music store. These are my opinions/findings:Features: Solid wood construction- Mahogany and Sitka spruce20 fret rosewood fingerboarddovetail neck joined at the 14th fret open style Grover tuners dreadnought body style with satin finishasymmetric headstock w/ Epiphone inlay Sound:Pretty good sound from this guitar, suites my style very well (finger-picking and strumming).It has a very tight lower end with a nice shimmering high end that just works. The bass response could be a little more pronounced, but overall very good.Fit/Finish:Guitar had factory setup which was good, but had fairly high action in my opinion. I took a look at the neck relief and it was under relieved, but played decently with no buzzing. The back on the one I was looking at had started to separate from the center joint, which was visible since the binding was bulged out, I reported it to the store owner.The frets also were a little rough and could use polishing. Reliability: Most of the hardware is made to last, the finish over time will wear, which is fine. I wouldn't mind using this as a main guitar at a performance, as long as I have a backup.Overall:A great guitar with features that are pretty amazing considering it's price, If you really want it to shine though you should take it to a professional to get it set up. I would also inspect the guitar closely before purchasing it, checking for structural integrity ( just in case there are more like the one I tried).

     
    5.0

    Can't beat it for the price

    By Biljum3

    from Kansas City, MO

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I was saving up for a more expensive acoustic when I happened to come across one of these in a retail store...by the feel and sound it seemed like it should have been in the price range I thought I was planning to spend. This is a very high quality instrument, extremely well made. If you can find a solid wood guitar in this price range somewhere else, I've never seen it.

     
    5.0

    Why pay $1000

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Great guitar. Mines about 3 years old. Needed to put a heavier set of strings when I got it home. Made a world of diffrence. Holds great tone. I have to admit My martin and taylor have nicer action but I definetly like the sound better on this guitar.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Amazingly affordable

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I've played this puppy at local music store a few times. I was amazed with the tone and playability of it and when I saw the price tag I was amazed. I am probably going to buy either this one or one of the upgraded models in the near future. It was also very classy looking. Great job epiphone. Sweet guitar.

     
    5.0

    unbelievable value

    By elstongunn

    from chicago

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    was looking for a'beater' 2nd guitar/ looked at the epiphone hummingbird and el 00. was hesitant because i wasn't sure i'd be satisfied with just a wood top but had a budget. found anoverstock,b-stock whatever you call it DR 500M. not a thing wrong with the guitar. just a stamp in the back of the headstock. great tone. the sound just bounces out. easy to play and looks pretty sharp. my favorite design is the headstock. cool retro feel with really cool open gear grover tunerrs. love looking down the neck and seeing them.

     
    5.0

    MARTIN KILLER

    By BrickMason

    from Clarksburg, WV

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    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    What a great guitar.I spent almost a year trying to find the perfect guitar that I could step up to and this was the perfect choice.If you want the name then yes...buy a Martin or Taylor but if you want a great playing and sounding acoustic buy the Epiphone Masterbilt DR 500M.I played every guitar I could get my hands on including all the Martins from the D28 down to the cheap DX1 or whatever it is and this thing blew most of the line away and sounded near the D28 .The only talor that sounded this good was their 710 and once again..very expensive.I feel that I could not find another better deal than what I found in this guitar. It has everything I need...low action that almost plays itself..Killer tone..Perfect finish..The Satin finish is great..does not leave those fingerprints and pick marks.I also played this model with solid rosewood back and sides.It sounded better with each note picked but this one had better sound when strummed hard.Its a well balanced sound..pefect for my kind of playing.If something happened to this guitar there would be another Masterbilt to replace it.

     
    5.0

    Outstanding!

    By Old Hippie

    from St. Louis, MO.

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    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    You WILL NOT...repeat NOT find an acoustic guitar with this sound for under $900 in a different brand. It's all solid wood. The DR-500M has a solid spruce top with solid mahogany back & sides. The 'snowflake' diamond shaped inlays are KEWL looking. The tuners are 'old style' Grovers, so you know it'll stay in tune. I've been around the block quite a few times; yes, I'M OLD. Take it from experience...it's worth the bucks. Epiphone also makes a DR-500ME if you prefer one with the Baggs Element pickup system.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone

    By Oziel JEFFRIES SR

    from Ohio

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    Like new condition. Very good sound.

     
    5.0

    Simply the best for the $$$

    By Dr. V

    from Huntington Beach, CA

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I own several acoustic guitars including Gibsons, but I can't justify buying anything other than an Epiphone Masterbilt in the future. I own both a DR-500M and an AJ-500M and am still amazed at the quality, sound, and playability of these instruments regardless of price. You have to spend three to four times as much to get a comparable guitar from the "name" manufacturers like Martin, Gibson, or Taylor. Martin and Taylor insist on pasting their names on inferior products using laminate materials that can't hold a candle to the Masterbilt in terms of tone, projection, and sustain. These are truly solid wood guitars; backs, sides, top, and neck. Don't be fooled by claims of "solid" from other companies int this price range when in actuality only the top is solid. I gave a 4.5 in features only because these are straight forward guitars with no frills, just beautiful wood, Grover open-gear tuners, and superb workmanship. Buy a Masterbilit before Epiphone figures out they are selling them too cheap!

     
    5.0

    VERY NICE GUITAR

    By musicman-EnDIp

    from Virginia

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    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I have owned this guitar for a little over a year now. It's amazing how you can get this quality for $499. The sound is well above average, especially for this price range. It is a joy to play. I'm sure as it ages it will open up more. I'm a martin man but, I'll give credit where credit is due. No, this guitar does not sound as good as my hd28, but, in this price range it's a keeper.

     
    5.0

    wow

    By august rush

    from nashville tenessee

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this guitar yesterday. I own a few martins and have played countless taylors.... this guitar sounds like it should cost 4500 dolars. Martins? love em...Taylors, not my cup of tea but you can't argue with their tone. But this epiphone is amazing. It looks like its been hidden away in a music store for 50 years and it sounds like its been played 50 years. The tone is incredible. You will not find a better guitar no matter how much you spend!!!!! All of the masterbuilts sound amazing, but this one had they same tone and playabilty as the rest for less money... their is no point in emptying savings accounts to by a brand name when the cheaper guitar is solid wood and has just a s good craftsmanship and better tone!!!!! Who cares where its made? The important part was their set up and inspected in the usa! Buy this guitar!!!!

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