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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all-solid wood instrument.

The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all-solid tone woods to bring you a new-vintage electric guitar with deep, rich lows, shimmering highs, and just the right amount of mids. While many other guitars in this price class use pressed backs, spliced neck joints, and even artificial wood backs and sides, you can be assured that this Epiphone guitar holds true to its all-solid wood promise.

It features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25-1/2"-scale rosewood fingerboard, and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the handcrafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The Epiphone DR-500MCE guitar has a solid mahogany back and sides, as well as a 20-fret, hand-shaped mahogany neck that joins the body at the 14th fret, which is adorned with carefully cut, split-diamond pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the Epiphone electric guitar features a vintage-style offset headstock with a stickpin inlay.

While the Epiphone DR-500MCE sounds great unplugged, it really comes alive when plugged in-thanks to the eSonic2 preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy-to-use tuner. When engaged, the Epiphone guitar's output is automatically muted-with no popping noise-making it a perfect choice for stage use. You can even push in the tuner button and unplug the guitar without a loud pop. Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp include Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, Low Battery indicator, and a Phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback. The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries.

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.


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

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 63 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Tone (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Playability (4)
  • Beautiful finish (3)

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      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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      Too Much Buzz

      I just received my guitar after waiting over a month. I was really excited to play, but was greatly disappointed upon first strum. The buzz was just too much. I am considering taking...Read complete review

      I just received my guitar after waiting over a month. I was really excited to play, but was greatly disappointed upon first strum. The buzz was just too much. I am considering taking it to a local guitar shop to see if they can make adjustments, but I think I'm just going to exchange it for another one and take my chances. Hopefully, there will be no problems with an exchange, and the new one will meet my expectations.

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      5.0

      Believe the hype!

      By IanEric.com

      from Phoenix, AZ

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

            Lots of reviewers on various sites are saying this could be the best bang-for-buck acoustic electric on the market, and I happily agree. This thing plays and sounds like guitars costing many times more.

            Fit and finish are excellent. I had to tighten the ring around the mono output (doubles as a strap button) to stop it from spinning, but that's no big deal. The whole guitar just resonates, and the solid top feels very alive. I can't wait to see what this thing is like 5 or 10 years from now as it continues to loosen up. But the tone is fantastic right out of the box. I swapped the stock light 12 strings for medium 13's, and the tone has only gotten better and more full. I play music full-time, and don't buy high-priced instruments that will get the snot beat out of them. This is easily the best-sounding acoustic-electric I've ever owned.

            The only two minor complaints I could have are: The EQ on the pickup system could be better. Just a single "tone" knob for each pickup - not a lot of shaping you can do. But it's still not hard to dial in a great tone using those and the blend control. Second: While this is a loud, bold guitar, it's rather quiet for fingerstyle playing. Not a problem if you're plugged in; just boost the volume a bit. But when unplugged, fingerstyle is not nearly as loud as strumming.

            Overall, though, I'm incredibly happy with this guitar. When you look at the low-end offerings from Martin, Taylor, etc., and realize that they charge more than this for laminated wood and very plain-utilitarian looking instruments, the Epiphone Masterbilt looks even better. It's beautiful, sounds amazing, and is an incredible value. Don't think twice.

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            5.0

            Amazing Value & Amazing Sound

            By pastorbob

            from Clarksville, TN

            Pros

            • Appearance
            • Construction
            • Playability
            • Tone

            Cons

            • Can't put it down

            Best Uses

            • Hobbyist
            • Performance

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

            First, I am amazed that a guitar this good is being sold at this price point. The setup was perfect right out of the box, and the frets were Plecked at the factory, so they were perfect. The neck is satin finsihed, and the fretboard has a nice smooth feel. The dual pickups are excellent, and being able to blend them is a nice touch, as is the stereo output. I already played it plugged into 2 acoustic amps for that stereo effect, and it really did add that little something special.

            There are three minor downsides: first is that the soundboard has a pronounced orange tint, rather than a more natural look. As noted already, it does give it that little bit of a vintage look, though. Second, you need to give this guitar a couple of days after delivery to let it open up. My customer service rep mentioned it, and he was right. Each day now it is opening up a little more, and is becoming more and more resonant. The last downside is that you won't want to put this guitar down.

            I have three prized acoustic-electric guitars now - a Takamine Glenn Frey Signature, a Taylor 710ce, and now this Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE. There is no question that the Masterbilt is worthy of being compared to the other two . . . and for a lot less $$.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Diamond in the Rough

            By John Anderson

            from Upper Black Eddy, PA

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

                  I bought a Taylor 100 series and after plugging it in to a Bose L1 system I realized I had to take it back - sounded terrible. I was planning on getting a Martin but decided I would not let name brand sway my decision (I lived 5 minutes from the Martin factory). I was in GC for 4 hours playing everything in my price range and couldn't find one that had it all. The salesaman came in and said they just got an Epiphone Masterbilt in and brought it over. I had reached Nirvana. All solid wood, great electronics, and a bit of a rare bird. I bought the natural which is more orange (aged look) than blonde but that makes it even more unique. While I hated the idea of feeding the Indonesian economy, I couldn't resist. These are hand-made start to finish by one luthier. That's $3000 plus if it's done here. It plays great, sounds great, and you won't see 5 other ones at every open mic or gig. This is a diamond in the rough, folks. Don't let the name fool you, this is a top quality guitar - regardless of price. They are hard to find, I just lucked out.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful

                  By Elliott

                  from Washington DC

                  Pros

                  • Setup
                  • Sound
                  • Style
                  • Tone

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Everything

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

                  I'm a drummer and this is my first acoustic guitar. I was looking for a good mid-priced guitar to pick up. My choice was between a low level Taylor/Martin or this highest level Epiphone. After much research I couldn't be happier. Straight out of the box it was set-up great. The playablity and tone are comparable to my friend's Martin. The tone sounds great plugged in during a live show as well. The pick-ups and tuner are awesome.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Goodf guitar to buy!

                  By Butch

                  from Horse Shoe N.C.

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

                        I looked at several guitars and this guitar had the best sound. The quality of this guitar is awesome. I would highly recommend.Out standing for the money.

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                        5.0

                        Love at first sight

                        By Jake

                        from Washington State

                        Pros

                        • Attention to detail
                        • Quality of workmanship
                        • Superb sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Personal Enjoyment

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

                          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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Wouldn't have it any other way.

                          By Inflection

                          from Altoona, PA

                          Pros

                          • excellent electronics
                          • Solid wood

                          Cons

                          • Some Finish Blemishes

                          Best Uses

                          • Maybe Some Recording
                          • Public Gigs

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

                          So far so good with my guitar! Overall it seems to be of excellent quality and construction. Having a blast with the pickup system!
                          One thing I noticed is that the neck isn't very fast. It's comfortable but not exceptional. Basically I'm pretty happy with it and I would buy it again!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best choice in its price range by far!

                          By Tgear720

                          from Johnstown, PA

                          Pros

                          • Awesome Sound

                          Cons

                          • Needed Set Up Before Play

                          Best Uses

                          • A Good Workhorse

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

                          Needed set up outta the box, but i always do it anyhow. Great fit and finish, sound is amazing with nice overtones! Bought the NAT and the top is an aged finish, much darker than pics! Epi hit a homer with this one folks!

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                          5.0

                          Love it more every day

                          Pros

                          • Amazing sound
                          • Features
                          • Great looking
                          • Playability
                          • Quality
                          • value

                          Cons

                          • Absolutely non
                          • Absolutely none

                          Best Uses

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

                            I have owned this guitar for six months now, and absolutely love it more every time I play it. When others say it sounds as good as guitars costing 2-3 times as much, believe them. I have played everything on it from country to folk to blues to classical, and the sounds are amazing. Unplugged great, plugged even better. I can make this thing sound like a harp on classical pieces.

                            As for quality, fit and finish, mine was flawless. I have read some reviews that these are made in China, but mine says Indonesia. Regardless, I will stack this up against the best of them. I have the sunburst model and it is a work of art. The woods all seem top quality and I am sure it will only get better with time.

                            As for the initial setup, these are "Plek'd" at the factory when they arrive in the states. I believe only Gibson and Epiphone use this system. The action is low and the neck is the fastest I have ever held. This is perhaps the best thing about this guitar, playability. I have played for 30 years and thought I had reached my limits. But this is so easy to play it has expanded my capabilities.

                            Bottom line, this is an amazing guitar for a fantastic value. You will not be disappointed with it. I only hope that Epiphone comes out with a 12 string version. Hint hint.....

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                            5.0

                            Happy Camper

                            Pros

                            • Best Tuner On Any Guiitar
                            • Cowboy Or Bar Chords
                            • Great neck
                            • Great Tone Out Of The Box
                            • Love The Headstock

                            Cons

                            • A TAD BIG
                            • High Gauge Strings

                            Best Uses

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

                              I bought this because someone compared it to an old Yamaha FG 30 that in a moment of pure stupidity i sold along with other high reviews. Ive always been a Taylor guy from a 114 up to an 800 series and several Takamine Import & USA + Yamaha guitars.But i just couldn't afford another Taylor and I needed acoustic /electric because I had just sold a 1200.00 Black Takamine I like this guitar better its more comfortable has a better tuner & pick ups by far the best on any I have ever had. It actually shows you the note and tells you if you are sharp or flat. I play a lot of drop tuning so this comes in very handy. Its sound better unplugged as well not as thin. I really haven't put it thru the paces i just received it but I like it and for 500.00 its a steal I thought it was going to be a Cowboy chord guitar but the bar chords are rich and full. This is my first Gibson/ Epiphone acoustic, have plenty Electrics with mixed results. The products coming out of Indonesia seem to be very high quality these days especially Fenders. I lubed up the neck and then immediately ordered a HSC from MF on sale to keep it in highly recommend the guitar or look at some of the higher end Takamine imports like an EG 523 SC another great value comes with case and is as pretty as they get especially f you want something a tad smaller ,This def a jumbo. But for the price, this a a good buy. One last thing ill def go down a gauge on the strings when these are a little bigger then what I'm use to and i found one small smudge in the finish

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