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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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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

    Epiphone is committed to providing expert craftsmanship at surprisingly low prices. Order yours today and enjoy our dual guarantees.

     
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    EpiphoneMasterbilt DR-500M Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 21 reviews)

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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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    5.0

    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.

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      5.0

      Epiphone

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

      Like new condition. Very good sound.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Masterbilt

      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.

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      5.0

      VERY NICE GUITAR

      By musicman-EnDIp

      from Virginia

      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.

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      (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!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best value on the market.

      By Tom E. Boy

      from Westlake OH

      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.

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      5.0

      Relit the Fire!!!!

      By PBRCharlie

      from Western Virginia

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

      I wanted to get a new guitar because they're like potato chips; you can't have just one. I fought with myself and read reviews and checked site after site but finally settled on this Masterbilt a few weeks ago. I waited to send this review because I was pinching myself and waiting for the other shoe to drop but it hasn't yet. The folks at Epiphone took a big swing and hit the nail on the head with this one. Thanks.

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      5.0

      Solid wood for less than $500.00!

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

      I am a bassist basically but wanted an acoustic to have at my house to strum and for when real players stop by. This guitar sounds so darned good. Genuine Grovers, beautiful binding and cool snowflake inlaid abalone fret markers top it off. The neck is very nice and as easy to play as my Gibson Les Paul Special. Many other acoustics have baseball bat necks. But the sound of this guitar is the selling point. My buddy is asking to use it to record some stuff already. Has to be good for him to ask that!

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      (2 of 2 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.

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      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!

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