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Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RA Acoustic Guitar

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The Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RA Acoustic Guitar has an airy resonance that results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Astounding looks with genuine abalone, full binding, and beautiful finishes.

The Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RA Acoustic Guitar has an airy resonance that results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck of the Epiphone EF-500RA Guitar has a '50s V-shape and is graced with a precision-crafted, wide 1-3/4" rosewood fretboard for easy fingerstyle playing. Epiphone graces your EF-500RA with gold hardware.

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  • Solid premium Sitka spruce top
  • Solid premium rosewood back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Abalone inlays on rosette and on body, neck, and head binding
  • Gold hardware
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By Joyful

from Texas

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I own 2 Gibson Acoustics, a Taylor and a Martin HD28. All of the above are set up well, good action, and great intonation. I have played for 45 years. I own the vintage burst satin version Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RA. The only thing it needs is a new nut to allow the high E string to align a little further off the edge so I can grab it cleaner up the neck. I have adjusted to allow very easy fretting and it barely makes a buzz on the low E at one point on strum patterns that is easy to avoid. A good compromise taking it to the extreme on the neck adjustment. I am sure if I spent a little more time on the set up it would be flawless. I like it better than any of the Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton models I have played. Why? tone, projection resonance and volume. Better looker as well. I have absolutely refused to marry a particular guitar in the past but am almost married to this one. If I wasn't such a guitar brain I'd get rid of al the rest and just keep this one. I go back to the MArtin and Taylor but quickly return to this small body Epi Masterbuilt. It is equipped with a non inside mounted controls B Band A2.2 system. When I play it on my Fender Acoustic Jr. Amp I just know it dosn't get any better. It doesn't matter if you are unplugged playing fingerstyle or with a pick, folk bluegrass or blues. This is the best overall guitar I have played. I can't wait to get a chance to perform with it now that it has the pre amp.I played a Collings one time at FQM in Louisville Kentucky that was easier to play but that was the only one I can remember. Of course with the 1-3/4" nut you have to have good size hands to clasp the low E on the F chord. If you can get along with that feature, you will never be sorry for getting one.

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Epiphone EF-500RA

By Josh C.-EA3cp

from kansas city

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This is an amazing guitar I own a Mart D-28 and I like this more than I do a $3000 dollar Martin this is simply a great guitar for all styles plus its pretty and the abalone binding is amazing it has great action for an acoustic guitar and the v neck is awesome buy it you won't regret it

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Rosewood Winner

By tmmblues

from Atlanta

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I always wanted a rosewood acoustic guitar but the prices scared me away. Well, the Masterbuilt has been part of the collection from almost day one from when they were released. Flipped a coin and the tobacco burst won. No regrets as it sounds better than it looks or feels (great is an understatement). Deep V neck is unusual and once you get used to it you'll begin to wonder why more guitars don't have V necks. Open gear tuner remind me of an old classical guitar and is a nice touch to detail. I fully expect this guitar to age and mellow over time very well. It won't surprise me if it doesn't rival my fifty year old classical guitar except I'll do my best to treat it better (the classical isn't quite as bad as Willie Nelson's but it's close). Hard to compare to other acoustics because of the unique headstock and neck shape but dollar for dollar I don't think you can get a better guitar especially for a rosewood guitar. The only mod has been replacement of the nut and saddle which is a simple upgrade. Perhaps this model would be even better with an option of no pickguard (I'd remove it but I don't want to leave a big scar or have it refinished. And finally, the satin finish is smooth and thin allowing for breathability. Play one and enjoy an acoustic set for a change of pace.

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Masterbilt EF-500RA

By Emery Benoit

from Lake Charles La.

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This guitar is a great guitar-sound-looks-workmanship. Right out of the box, I just had to tune it.
The Abalone really stands out. You would not regret buying this guitar.Get you one!!!!


Finger style dream machine

By DW-Tszdo

from Hartsburg, MO

I was looking for a guitar that had a little wider neck, and even though guitars made before 1938 had them, I was leary of puting out that much cash for a vintage instrument. Luckly for me, Epiphone came through with the EF-500RA. This instrument is awsome. I own a Gibson Songwriter and it rivals it for sound/tone. I really dig he vintage looks which include the open tuners and the sunburst satin finish. The action is superb right out of the box. I would highly recomend this or any Masterbilt guitar to anyone looking for an affordable quality instrument.


Pleasant surprise

By jamuga_47

from Massachusetts

I own 3 other 6-strings, 2 Martins and a nice Guild D60. This has replaced the Guild as my #1 performing guitar. Nice bass boom with generally good balance. Took a while to get use to the "V" neck but am now quite comfortable with it. Very good value for the cost.


great epi intro

By Mike V.-ugRw4

from sherman, tx

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I was never a great epi or gibson fan until I purchased this guitar. Although I am only an advanced beginner I have learned more in the last 3 months than I have in my previous lifetime. The guitar is so easy to play that you sit down for 5 minutes and before you know it you've been playing for 2 hours! Cosmetically, this guitar is gorgeous. Now I'm dying to have a J-45 Gibson but have been told it would be a waste of money because this ef-500rav is so great for the price. The sustain is incredible and the size is great for finger picking and parlor playing with friends. Only reason I did not give 5 stars across is because it did not come with a case! I absolutely would not trade this for a D-16 Martin I have.


An outstanding guitar!

By Mojo

from Montana

This guitar is all they say and more. I'd been looking for a new acoustic for some time, but couldn't bring myself to shell out the dough for a J45 or a D28. I read the reviews and took a chance. Man, am I happy! Excellent, balanced tone. If I had a complaint, it would be that the truss rod was sloppy loose when it came, but I'd have adjusted it anyway, so no big deal. GREAT guitar for the dough. It really is a J45 for half the price. Better looking, too.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid, Beautiful, and Nice-Sounding piece of history

By Natalia Worthington

from Charlotte, NC

Solid, Beautiful, and Nice-Sounding piece of history! But be aware of the 'V' neck profile and gemerous string spacing. People with shortf ingers might want to look elsewhere (like Epiphone Masterbilt AJ500RA). Playing stuff from Clapton's 'Unplugged' never sounded better:)
Solid, Beautiful, and Nice-Sounding piece of history!

Solid wood throughout. Abalone looks awesome. Inlays are very neat. Vintage tuners. You'll love the look.

But be aware of the 'V' neck profile and gemerous string spacing. People with shortf ingers might want to look elsewhere.
Serious value here! This guitar can easily stand against some Gibsons 3x Epi's price.



By Tommix

from Lake Havasu City, AZ

I recently bought this EF-500RA from MF. I was shopping for a Gibson but evert time I got ready to hit the 'complete order' button I'd choked on the amount of money I was spending. Now, I was facinated by the Epiphone Masterbuilts I'd been reading about, so I took a chance about bought this one. Wonderful choice for half price.

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


These Epiphones Confuse Me...


from Nebraska

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I have read, researched, contimplated...done everything short of playing this great-looking guitar. It sounds like they are going to become very popular. What I don't understand, is why Epiphone selected the title "Masterbuilt" for these guitars. I mean, shouldn't all Epiphones be "Master-built"? I don't get it. After all my research of these guitars, I still think I'm going to buy an Epiphone "Regular-built" ej200 instead.


a surpisingly great tone

By cupperrz-S5px_

from Honey Brook, PA

I bought the EF-500RANS (natural satin) and find it exceptionally easy on the fingers, great spacing of the strings, a knock-out tone from that rosewood body. I think the natural looks infinately better than the sunburst (should be called sun-burnt). The abalone binding is stunning, great little touches throughout. I would recommend this guitar to anyone intersted in a serious guitar for not-so-serious bucks.


Love this Guitar

By DannoNorCA

from SF Bay area, CA

I have been looking for a new acoustic for a while. I have read good reviews about the EF-500RA and they were right. This guitar kicks. It sounded great right out of the box (with a little tuning). I assumed that I might need to take it in for a set up, but luckily, no adjustments were needed. The sound is very rich and smooth and it's easy to play.


My My My!!

By Viking69-Gy23-

from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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I was so happy with the DR500ME that I wanted to try this one. I am glad I did. Yeah, I've played others but this is a good old fashion great looking guitar. Everything about this guitar makes it speacial. Another well made nice sounding guitar from Epiphone.


Can't find a better guitar for the money

By Learning to keep it simple and skip the technology

from Naperville, IL

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Unlike some others in this forum who have rated the EF-500RA even though they don't own one and it's questionable whether they have even played one, I OWN one.It is an absolutely gorgeous guitar. The attention to detail, fit and finish is second to none. The sound is superb. The v-neck feels great in my hand.I also own a Taylor 814CE. Yes, I like my 814CE more than my Epiphone Masterbilt. The the Taylor costs FOUR TIMES as much as the EF-500RA. The Taylor does NOT look or sound FOUR TIMES better or play FOUR TIMES nicer.I have no regrets about adding the beautiful EF-500RA to my collection. It continues the Epiphone Masterbilt tradition and deserves to bear the Masterbilt name.



By Telegraff wolff

from Redding, CA USA USA USA USA!

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This is a custom made acoustic with SOLID ROSEWOOD THROUGHOUT!
I own many guitars and have played Martins, Taylors, and Gibsons of which all were priced in the thousands! NONE of these can beat the look nor the sound of my EF500 RA Epiphone! NONE! I know many are thinking I am deaf but let me tell you I have an EAR FOR SOUND! I know what sounds good and this EF500 RA is AMAZING QUALITY! First off it is light as a feather. It has great projection and clarity and records extremely honest! It requires little or no equalization! It has great balance and plays like butter! Sure if you have short fingers it will be difficult to grasp the low e on the F chord but I don't have that problem at all! This is an HONEST GUITAR so if you play badly it will show and if you play beautifully it will SHINE! I am so glad I have one and when my friends come over with their thousands of dollars of gear they ALL ask to play my Epiphone and every time they say it is truly BETTER SOUNDING AND PLAYING then their own! I know it is a winner and will NEVER LET GO OF MINE! Epiphone has created a MASTERPIECE and soon they will be gone! Mine only gets better with age and of course with Elixir Nanoweb strings!

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