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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 888365840482 (Open Box)
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When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all-solid wood instrument.

Epiphone's Masterbilt DR-500MCE acoustic-electric guitar incorporates decades of acoustic guitar building know-how with premium tonewoods. This ensures a well-balanced tonal range with rich, resonant bass, clearly defined mids, and transparent treble with crisp articulation. Despite its modest price tag, the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE acoustic-electric guitar is built with solid tonewoods unlike the laminates used by other makers in this price range. The solid Sitka spruce top has hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, and a rosewood bridge helps transmit the guitar's rich tonality. Epiphone handcrafts the dovetail neck joint for maximum tone transfer and uses traditional hide-glue construction, giving the instrument the look and feel of a vintage classic. The solid mahogany back and sides produce a mellow, round tone with ample projection. The 20-fret, hand-profiled mahogany neck is set into the body at the 14th fret while the fretboard sports traditional split-diamond pearl inlay work. The DR-500MCE comes equipped with the eSonic2 preamp system that's manufactured in collaboration with Shadow Germany and includes an intuitive tuner. When in tuner mode, the guitar's output is muted for silent tuning onstage. Pressing the tuner button lets you connect and disconnect the guitar cable noise-free. The preamp has a full suite of controls to fine-tune your sound, including settings a Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, and a low battery alert. A phase switch helps fight feedback. Its use of two ultralight 2032 lithium watch batteries delivers much longer life than the usual 9V battery used in other preamps. Under the bone saddle is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, a low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics into the Epiphone electric guitar that not only pick up string vibration, but also top and body vibrations for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting the NanoFlex is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the harmonic-rich, end of the fingerboard. Exclusively from Shadow, the NanoMag features 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated active circuit to capture all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics. With your choice of either a 1/4" mono output blending both pickups, or a 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, the Epiphone Masterbilt guitar pickup gives you incredible flexibility and the opportunity to create the perfect acoustic tone live. Other features on the Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic electric guitar include quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 16:1 ratio machine heads; bone nut and saddle; imitation tortoise pickguard; nickel hardware; and a bound body, neck, and headstock.

FEATURES
  • Top material: solid sitka spruce
  • Body material: solid mahogany
  • Side material: solid mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
  • Neck shape options: SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Neck joint: glued-in, dove-tail, hide-glue construction
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlays
  • Neck pickup: Shadow NanoMag
  • Bridge pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
  • Electronics: eSonic-2 stereo pramp
  • Controls: eSonic2 preamp with built-in tuner, stereo output, master volume pot, NanoMag EQ Pot, NanoFlex EQ pot, phase anti-feedback switch, electronic tuner activation with output mute switch,
  • Binding: 6-ply body, 1-ply neck, 3-ply headstock
  • Fingerboard radius:14"
  • Frets: 20, medium
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Saddle material: bone
  • Nut width: 1.68"
  • Nut material: bone
  • Hardware: nickel
  • Machine heads: Grover Sta-Tite, 18:1 ratio
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EpiphoneMasterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Tone (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love at first sight

The sound, feel and quality of workmanship of the DR-500 Masterbuilt is A one. I expected less and got more. I have one entry level guitar for learning when I started to...Read complete review

The sound, feel and quality of workmanship of the DR-500 Masterbuilt is A one. I expected less and got more. I have one entry level guitar for learning when I started to learn. Playing the Epiphone is much easier to play I gave the other guitar to my grandson. Recommending this Epi to anyone who is serious about learning to play and enjoys the challenges the come with it. I am 79 so you're never to old to learn.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice guitar with bad preamp

I read many great reviews, so I decided to get one online, so I didn't try it first, as I should have.
I'm a professional musician, and I've been playing guitar...Read complete review

I read many great reviews, so I decided to get one online, so I didn't try it first, as I should have.
I'm a professional musician, and I've been playing guitar for 20 years now. I owned Taylors, Gibsons and Martins, and I have to say this guitar is pretty well built, and is a very nice sounding acoustic. The woods are great, satin neck feels great, the action was good, but I lovered it some more, and had to correct a small bow on the neck...but I don't consider it to be a problem. My main guitar is still Martin DC16GTE Premium(also mahogany), and it looks like that's not going to change any time soon. Comparing those two: the sound on Epiphone is somehow more on the treble side (brighter), definetly a bit louder, but Martin still has more defined tones.
Plugged in, there's no comparison, Martin is a monster (Fishman Prefix Premium Blend preamp). The preamp on Epiphone is small, with thin and tall potentiometers that are just not so convenient for quick on stage use...and turning the volume knob produces some kind of static noise, and now I'm in the process of exchanging the preamp wit a new one from Epiphone. But even then, I think I will just get a Fishman preamp, and install that one, but they are so expensive. The sound coming out of the Esonic2 preamp is just terrible. They say it should be more natural, something like combining piezo pickup and internal mic (which I have on Martin), but as I said, it's not even close. The nanoflex pickup is just bad, the eq knob does very little change to the sound turned all the way down, and up. It doesn't pick up any knocking on the wood, or any of that vibrations that internal mic, or even piezo would pick up. And the nanomag is in my opinion totally useless piece of equipment on acoustic guitar. Maybe I just have a bad working preamp, but I'm doing this review based on what I got for my money.
So, just two eq knobs that do very little change to the sound, and I can't seem to find any usable sound setting.

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4.0

Pretty good for the money .

By R.L.

from Hico, Tx .

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Does sound very much like a higher end Gibson.
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Bad electronics on mine .

Best Uses

  • Just play it .

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Bought this guitar in May of 2015 . Had it set up ,, and it does play pretty well . Intonation is a little off , but most are anyway . I must say that it does have that bit of a higher end Gibson sound . That's good if you like Gibsons I guess . Don't really have any real complaints except for the electronics . It's in the shop right now getting a new pre-amp put in . Thankful for the 5 year warranty on it . I have a couple of friends who have more expensive guitars , ( MARTIN and BREEDLOVE ) , which to my ears do sound some better than this one ,, but they cost a lot more money . So , for the money ,,, apples to apples ,, it's not a bad guitar at all . As with anything ,, you just gotta try it out for yourself .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this guitar!

By Timjone

from Detroit, mi

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've played guitar for 25 + years, on many different acoustics. This is a excellent guitar! Love it! Sound is great, feels great. Set up nicely, plus a built in tuner! Very happy with purchase. For the price, it's a great deal. I'll be playing this for years. I've had the guitar for over 2 weeks.

     
    5.0

    Nice guitar. Check out the Epiphone Masterbilts.

    By Vee

    from San Antonio

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Big sound with the dreadnought body (large body). Strings are almost too low, so I need to adjust that. Plek'd and set up in US. Made overseas.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than expected!! What a deal on a great guitar!!

    By Deerhunter1972

    from Plano, Il

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing guitar for 40 years. I Played 20+ high end acoustics including GIbson, Taylor and Martin at guitar center. This one beat them all. You cannot find an all solid wood guitar of this quality and playability under 1500. Decided to buy from MF open box "mint" for 440 so I saved over 200 off list and still got the Manufacturers Lifetime warrenty. Arrived without any flaws at all. Looked as if it were never touched. The sunburst looked so much better in person than in the picture online. Everything about the guitar was perfect. Perfectly set up from factory. I did change the strings to Elixir light 12's and sounded even better. Musician's Friends' Open Box is the best deal out there!!!! Would definately buy again!!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    No, there seems to be a quality problem with those guitars.

    By Mark

    from North Shore Maui

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    There seems to be a quality problem with those guitars. whether it's just this batch of guitars I can't tell you. The first one had a neck bump where the neck meets the body, sent it back. The second had a big flaw in the finnish,by the back of the neck where it meets the body on the cut out..So I sent that back. The 3 rd one has the same flaw to a lesser degree in the same stop.I was told that the guys in the wear house would look at it and make sure it was good to go. Sadly it wasn't. I've been going thought this for a onto now. I guess I'm going to keep this guitar. I live in Hawaii so sending things back and fourth can be a time consuming thing.To there credit MF tried to work it out. But I'm stuck with a less then perfect guitar.( should I send it back and get something else?) BTW about 3 months ago I got a epi ES335pro... Om my god thats an awesome guitar, loved right out of the box, I was expecting this type quality.. I gave it a one star only because of the stuff I've gone though. If it had been with out the issues I would rate it much higher

     
    4.0

    Poor Action

    By Troy

    from Tri-Cities, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Poor fret board action out of the box

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great value in this guitar, good range and tonal projection- built in tuner is great. Havnt had a chance to plug it in yet, so I cant comment on that aspect. Out of the box, you will likely need to have the action adjusted and restring the guitar with a higher quality string, and then give it a good few days to acclimate to your environment. Once those boxes are checked, the guitar is pretty great- easy to play, beautiful sound for an instrument in the sub $1k range. If you can get it on sale, its one of the best options for a beginner/novice musician and will be a great instrument to learn and develop on.

     
    5.0

    Five Star All The Way

    By Dave

    from ME

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is a beautiful guitar and i have a hard time to stop playing it it's has a real good bass sound not a tinny sound and it is loud plug in or not i have been playing for many years on wonder that everybody gives it a five star rating i love it. Dave from Maine

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing quality, tone and playability

      By Chris Jammer

      from St. Aug, FL

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good action
      • Intonated

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          The finish and quality of workmanship of this guitar is amazing. The best thing is that the guitar is intonated correctly and rings true all the way up the neck and from E to E. The sound is very consistent also- my other acoustics all have booming bass and piercing highs but not much mids. This guitar has good mids and allow me to control the boominess of the bass or treble with my playing.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          aged

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          i read all the reviews before i bought it. at 1st i didnt like the sound at all. it sounded subdued. 1.5 yrs has gone by and recently ive had friends hearing me play several of my guitars and they all liked the sound of this one the best.i guess the wood aged in 1.5 yrs and now im liking it more and more. the only changes i made were sanding down the saddle and i put on gibson masterbuilt strings 12-53.its got a comfortable neck and the guitar is not real heavy.i think in time this will be a runner up as one of my favorite guitars.my favorite guitar is my yamaha cpx-700. . be patient with this guitar, but buy it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice guitar with bad preamp

          By brziri

          from Croatia

          Pros

          • good acoustic sound
          • Great finish
          • nice satin neck
          • Solid Back And Sides

          Cons

          • Preamp

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I read many great reviews, so I decided to get one online, so I didn't try it first, as I should have.
            I'm a professional musician, and I've been playing guitar for 20 years now. I owned Taylors, Gibsons and Martins, and I have to say this guitar is pretty well built, and is a very nice sounding acoustic. The woods are great, satin neck feels great, the action was good, but I lovered it some more, and had to correct a small bow on the neck...but I don't consider it to be a problem. My main guitar is still Martin DC16GTE Premium(also mahogany), and it looks like that's not going to change any time soon. Comparing those two: the sound on Epiphone is somehow more on the treble side (brighter), definetly a bit louder, but Martin still has more defined tones.
            Plugged in, there's no comparison, Martin is a monster (Fishman Prefix Premium Blend preamp). The preamp on Epiphone is small, with thin and tall potentiometers that are just not so convenient for quick on stage use...and turning the volume knob produces some kind of static noise, and now I'm in the process of exchanging the preamp wit a new one from Epiphone. But even then, I think I will just get a Fishman preamp, and install that one, but they are so expensive. The sound coming out of the Esonic2 preamp is just terrible. They say it should be more natural, something like combining piezo pickup and internal mic (which I have on Martin), but as I said, it's not even close. The nanoflex pickup is just bad, the eq knob does very little change to the sound turned all the way down, and up. It doesn't pick up any knocking on the wood, or any of that vibrations that internal mic, or even piezo would pick up. And the nanomag is in my opinion totally useless piece of equipment on acoustic guitar. Maybe I just have a bad working preamp, but I'm doing this review based on what I got for my money.
            So, just two eq knobs that do very little change to the sound, and I can't seem to find any usable sound setting.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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