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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.

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 76 reviews)

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    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

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    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Tone (5)
  • Playability (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Appearance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

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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5.0

Nice guitar. Check out the Epiphone Masterbilts.

By Chris

from undisclosed

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.

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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!!

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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

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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.

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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

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    (3 of 3 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.

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        (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.

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        (3 of 7 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.

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          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best guitar purchase I've made in 20 years

          By Devin Scott Hodge

          from Orland Park, IL

          Verified Buyer

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

          This Epiphone Masterbilt is the best guitar purchase I have made in the last 20 years. Let me start my saying I am a solid intermediate player. Im not a virtuoso, but I have a complete set of guitar skills. I'll begin with the tone of the guitar. It is fantastic! It has tons of booming bottom with a bright sparkly high end. This guitar sings which is probably due to its all solid wood construction. I played this objectively side by side with other guitars at the box store prior to purchasing from my favorite online purveyor of musical instruments, MF, and have to say I preferred the tone and playability of this one over all of the others I played, even the Taylors (1xx and 2xx) and Martins I tried. I know those brand have come a long way with engineering and such but this Masterbilt is a beefy, well made instrument, made in the spirit of the instruments of old. Don't ask me if its American or foreign made I don't care. The quality of this guitar is good...period. This could be the end of my review, however, I haven't discussed the value. This guitar has by far the best instrument to price ratio I've ever seen. It sits at a price point without ANY competition. I didn't believe the other reviews when people said It plays like double or triple its cost. If you have 1.5 to 3k to pay for a guitar and are willing to sit in a hermetically sealed, padded room to play it, don't buy this guitar. If you're like the rest of us that want to play guitar at a bar gig, open mic, at a beach, around a campfire, while drinking beer, BUY THIS GUITAR! Way to go Epiphone, you might have made a new loyal customer. Keep it up.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best bang for the buck

          By old salt

          from central texas

          Pros

          • "custom" headstock
          • Excellent Fit and Finish
          • fantastic electronics
          • perfect intonation!

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I've been playing for 50+ years- own 15 guitars (gibson/fender/washburn/PRS) and this is undoubtedly the best guitar for the money I've ever purchased. Action, playablility, and sound both amplified and unamplified is great. Especially love the headstock- there is a slight taper in the thickness of the wood from the nut to the end of the headstock, and the asymetrical shape and nice inlays along with the "retro" open tuners make it especially appealing. I would only expect this type of attention to detail on much more expensive instruments. BUY ONE- you won't be disappointed!

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