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Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Matte Natural

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An airy resonance results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck of the Masterbilt Fingers...Read More

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Designed by and for fingerstyle players with a solid cedar top.

An airy resonance results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck of the Masterbilt Fingerstyle guitar has a '50s V-shape and is graced with a precision-crafted wider 1-3/4" rosewood fretboard for easy fingerstyle playing. E-Sonic 2 preamp system amplifies the beauty of wood. Multi-bound body and headstock and gold hardware add visual splendor.

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FEATURES
  • Solid cedar top
  • Solid premium rosewood back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Multi-bound body and headstock
  • Nickel tuners
  • Gold hardware

Epiphone returns to their roots to bring you the vintage vibe and tone of their pre-'60s guitars. Make one yours today.

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EpiphoneMasterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fenomenal Sounding Masterbilt

To me the Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE is by far one of the best steelstring guitars out there. I was looking for a steelstring with a wider nut/fretboard (This one is...Read complete review

To me the Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE is by far one of the best steelstring guitars out there. I was looking for a steelstring with a wider nut/fretboard (This one is 1.750") because I'm more a nylon strings player. I've played many steelstrings guitars at Guitarcenter before I decided to purchase the Masterbilt and I fell in love instantly when I hooked it up to the amp. Phenomenal!! There's no need to mention all the specs (which can be found on the Epiphone website) but I must say that this is just an amazing sounding guitar. It comes with the eSonic 2 system by Shadow. Here is a recording with this Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE and make up your mind. I received this beauty within 3 days without any flaws. Thanks to Musician's Friend. Great service!!!

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Nightmare

I'm 66 played guitar all my life, this was by far the worse purchase in my life. Made out of garbage, sounded like garbage,electronics did not work.I was floored as I was...Read complete review

I'm 66 played guitar all my life, this was by far the worse purchase in my life. Made out of garbage, sounded like garbage,electronics did not work.I was floored as I was anticipating a beautiful sounding guitar. Anyone that likes this guitar is deaf. what a disappointment.

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5.0

Bingo Bango Lot of Guitar for Truckin Around

By Travelin Sandman Bruce

from Wild Rose Wi.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Looking Well Appointed
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I was looking for a decent guitar with wide string spacing, fat neck, solid woods, cutaway with humbucker and saddle pickup with tuner. I got all of that and then some with this Masterbilt. I own a Martin 00028EC and did not feel comfortable lugging it around in and out of my truck and gigs and worrying. This Epi has solid rosewood and solid cedar top. It does not have the deep thud of the Martin but the cedar sounds very nice and is breaking in well. With the superb electronics, great gold tuners, tasteful inlay, and dual input this is a tremendous value. I got a level three with a slight knock in headstock for 50% off retail.
    Changed strings, lowered action and away it goes, very nice guitar I can take camping and gigging without the worry. I removed pickgaurd, gives the guitar more character, better sound.
    I've had epiphones since since 1968. I actually have a 1934 Epiphone, lots of mojo.
    This new masterbilt is commendable, comfortable, and fits the guitar slot I was aiming for. Well done Epiphone.

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    5.0

    I'm keepin' it!

    By N

    from somewhere in the US

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • high end pickups and tuner
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • front porch music
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      open box unit from MF. not a blemish on it. needs a fresh set of strings. i expected that and it is not a problem. awesome... cedar top, rose wood back and sides, v shape neck, shadow brand pickups, it is a finger style guitar, different setup than my dreadnought or archtop, you will have to pry it from my cold dead hands... ha ha ha ha ha. I am keepin' it! another fine mint quality open box unit from MF.

      thanks folks!

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      5.0

      Excellent guitar. Gold tuners.

      By Chris

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Excellent guitar. Plekd and setup in US. This guitar has the strings wider apart than normal(fingerstyle). I preferred the normal string width, so I returned it. But very good guitar.

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      (4 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Nightmare

      By Righthandplayer

      from DEEP,DEEP in Louisiana swamp

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I'm 66 played guitar all my life, this was by far the worse purchase in my life. Made out of garbage, sounded like garbage,electronics did not work.I was floored as I was anticipating a beautiful sounding guitar. Anyone that likes this guitar is deaf. what a disappointment.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful & Amazing

      By Old Rocker

      from Vermont

      Pros

      • Beautifully built
      • Incredible Sound
      • Well worth the price

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Good For Stage Or Home

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I had my reservations about ordering this guitar sight unseen and unheard. Always been a Martin fan, along with Takamine or a nice Gibson but I was looking for something different that was in a more reasonable price range.

      This guitar was masterfully built and is beautifully appointed. The sound range is lush and warm and she is an absolute joy to play. I have no regrets and I am extrememly happy!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fenomenal Sounding Masterbilt

      By Romero

      from New York City

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      Pros

      • All Solid Wood
      • Esonic 2 System
      • Fingerstyle
      • Full Rich Tone
      • price tag
      • Value price
      • Vintage
      • Wider Fretboard
      • Wider Nutfretboard

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Stage
      • Studio

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      To me the Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE is by far one of the best steelstring guitars out there. I was looking for a steelstring with a wider nut/fretboard (This one is 1.750") because I'm more a nylon strings player. I've played many steelstrings guitars at Guitarcenter before I decided to purchase the Masterbilt and I fell in love instantly when I hooked it up to the amp. Phenomenal!! There's no need to mention all the specs (which can be found on the Epiphone website) but I must say that this is just an amazing sounding guitar. It comes with the eSonic 2 system by Shadow. Here is a recording with this Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE and make up your mind. I received this beauty within 3 days without any flaws. Thanks to Musician's Friend. Great service!!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      level 4 used guitar

      By rdcasmith1

      from De Smet, SD

      Pros

      • Great sounding
      • Like The Stereo Plug In

      Cons

      • Do Not Like The V Neck

      Best Uses

      • Home use

      Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      bought as a level 4 repair. Took me less that
      20 minutes to reset the bridge and have like new guitar when finished.

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      • No

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      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoust

      By Bernie

      from Gainesville, FLORIDA

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Love The Look And Feel An

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have bought more than one guitar from mucisian's Friend. I like all my choices. More than my choices I appreciate the great care this company gave me and delivering very well selected merchandice!
          Thanks you guys!
          Bernhard.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This Epiphone Surprised Me

          By buildingmaker

          from Irving, Texas

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I read all the reviews before I bought this one and I have several other Epiphones. While none of my Epi's can stand up to my Martins and Gibsons, they serve a good purpose. But this one is amazing. I used a mirror to look at every glue joint on the purfling, bracing and neck joint. There are no sloppy joints. My other Epi's are made in Korea and China. This one is made in Indonesia. The finish is not a gloss, as described in MF desciption, but is a matte. The manufacture's discription says there is no finish, but there is something and it looks good and feels good. There is no sandy feeling as some reviewers claimed. It has a good bright sound and the electronics and tuner are really good. It is definitely a fingerstyle guitar. A pick does it no good. For the price, this is an excellent purchase. On the strength of another review, I did buy extra strings and changed them out when I was having trouble tuning it. I had the same trouble with the new strings and I came to believe it was the bone nut. I think it could use a little file work to help the sting slide a bit. I can't find a case that really fits it and that I don't like. My Gibson 175 case fits it fairly well, but that case is a bit pricey for this guitar. I have been lead to believe that Epiphone is coming out with a case for it, but no one knows when.

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          (16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great value but some problems

          By olderplayer

          from Florida

          Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I've only had this guitar a few days. The sound is way more than the price tag, both plugged and unplugged. The exterior workmanship is very good. While the looks are relatively plain, the feel of the guitar is that of a more expensive instrument. The solid musical tone-woods make all the difference. The EF-500RCCE does have it's short comings. The interior workmanship was not so good. The spruce bracings for the top and bottom appear to have been kiln dried rather than letting nature do it more slowly. The result is the braces seem brittle. I found a crack in one of the bottom braces. I don't think the overall structural integrity is diminished by the crack, but it's not what I look for in a brand new guitar. While the sound of the guitar is not impacted, I'd guess the longevity may be. Another problem occurred when I plugged it in. There were intermittent but constant pops and crackles in the amp, annoying to an extreme. While waiting for the makers of the electronics (shadow-electronics) to get back to me, I discovered that the hole drilled through the bridge to wire the under the bridge piezo, had accidently pierced the X brace. The wire from the piezo was run through it and apparently the wire itself vibrated when the guitar was played. This resulted in the unwanted noise. I would think that this is a rare occurrence. Getting the wire out of the X brace resolved the problem. The sound is indeed beautiful. Overall, I like the guitar and am good with the purchase. However, I do think there will be issues with the bracing a few years down the road.

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