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Epiphone AJ-45ME Masterbilt Acoustic-Electric Guitar

With mahogany and Sitka spruce construction and a Shadow NanoFlex under-saddle pickup, the AJ-45ME carries the Masterbilt torch that's been passed since 1931. (12) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Epiphone AJ-45ME Vintage Sunburst
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Features: What it does for you:
Solid mahogany back and sides Dry and airy tone; clear, present midrange
Solid Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Shadow NanoFlex under-saddle pickup Low-impedance pickup senses the body's vibrations

The Classic Masterbilt AJ Dreadnought -- Gone Acoustic-Electric

Since its debut back in 1931, the Epiphone Masterbilt series made a big impression on musicians during the first great era of acoustic guitars. Epiphone's AJ-45ME Masterbilt acoustic-electric guitar harnesses the features that made the original such a popular choice over the years. You get that warm J-45 resonance with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, and a sturdy mahogany neck spanning 20 frets long over a buttery rosewood fingerboard. Thanks to its Advanced Jumbo shape, this guitar puts out serious decibels -- whether you're going through an amp or playing unplugged.

The "Workhorse" J-45

From John Lennon to Hank Williams, the J-45 has been a popular choice among many different songwriters and musicians over the decades. It had a limited release back in 1936, and quickly became a rare jewel preferred by bluegrass musicians during the '30s. Your Epiphone Advance Jumbo 45's sloped jumbo shape boasts a comfortable feel, a healthy bass and midrange punch, and an attractive look that's perfect for an intimate performance.

All Solid Wood: Mahogany and Sitka Spruce Body

Mahogany and spruce are a perfect tonewood pairing when it comes to resonating a warm and inviting acoustic tone. Mahogany will keep your lows and mids present and punchy. The Sitka spruce top features an attractive vintage sunburst satin finish and brings some sonic bite to the table to offset the deeper resonance of the mahogany back and sides.

Addicting Mahogany Neck

The Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME comes with a '60s SlimTaper neck shape, a traditional neck with a slightly bulkier D profile. Mahogany necks offer a serious dose of sustain and low-end resonance. All 20 medium jumbo frets yield a comfortable action, and simple pearloid dot position inlays on a smooth rosewood fretboard mark your fret positions.

Going Electric

Fire up your AJ-45ME Masterbilt's Shadow Sonic Soundhole electronics when you're ready to hit the stage. An under-saddle-positioned Shadow NanoFlex pickup captures your performance for amplification. The discreet preamp right beside the soundhole features a master volume control, a bass EQ control, and a treble EQ control. There's also a phase switch to help combat any feedback issues you may encounter from your amplifier or PA system.

Features:

- Solid wood J-45 acoustic-electric guitar
- Sitka spruce top
- Mahogany back and sides
- 5-ply body binding
- Tortoise style pickguard
- Mahogany neck
- SlimTaper D neck shape
- Scale length of 24.75"
- 20 medium jumbo frets
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Pearloid dot position fingerboard inlays
- Shadow NanoFlex pickup -- under saddle position
- Shadow Sonic Soundhole electronics
- Master volume control
- Two-band EQ control -- bass and treble
- Phase "Anti-feedback" switch
- Nickel hardware
- Grover Sta-Tite tuners with 18:1 ratio
- Bone saddle
- Rosewood bridge

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- Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back Material: Solid Mahogany
- Side Material: Solid Mahogany
- Neck Material: Mahogany; 1-piece plus heel
- Neck Shape Options: SlimTaper; D profile
- Neck Joint: Glued-In; Dove-Tail with hide glue
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with Pearloid Dot inlays
- Bridge Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex; Under Saddle
- Electronics: Shadow Sonic Soundhole
- Controls: Master Volume, Treble EQ, Bass EQ, Phase "Anti-feedback" Switch and Low-Battery Indicator
- Power: Two #2032 Lithium Batteries (3V)
- Body Binding: 5-ply
- Fingerboard Radius: 14"
- Frets: 20; medium
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.69"
- Nut Material: Bone
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
- Extras: User's Manual, Truss Rod Wrench, Epiphone Poster and Epiphone Bumper Sticker
- Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 46 x 19 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EME4VSSNH1
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Epiphone AJ-45ME Masterbilt Guitar

Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt series with the Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric. The legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been the driving power behind decades of classics in every genre -- rock, pop, and country.

From Hank Williams to John Lennon the "J-45" has been the go-to guitar for songwriters and rhythm guitarists. Epiphone's first Ltd. Ed. reissue of the "The Workhorse" J-45 earned it a "Mark of Excellence Award" from Guitar One magazine and now the Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric brings two legends together for the first time!

First released in June 1931, the original line of Epiphone Masterbilt guitars made a big impression on musicians and heralded the first great era of acoustic guitars. Today, the line of Epiphone Masterbilt instruments continues that reputation around the world. As with all Masterbilts, the Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric is an ALL SOLID WOOD instrument featuring a solid Sitka Spruce top finished in a Vintage Sunburst Satin finish. The top is supported by hand-scalloped Sitka Spruce braces and is set off by Mahogany kerfing along with a Rosewood bridge and a bone saddle. One of the great attributes of a Sitka Spruce top is that it gets better with age--and playing time--so play your AJ-45ME a lot! The 2015 AJ-45ME's historic sloped jumbo shape contributes to the guitar's mighty tone, booming bass, and mid-range projection. The Rosewood bridge features a vintage classic 1.69" bone nut and the top has 5-ply binding and a tortoise style pickguard.

The Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME has solid Mahogany back and sides, just like revered vintage models. The hand-shaped neck is also made from solid mahogany with a 1-piece heel. The neck is attached to the body with a dovetail joint and hide glue, and the neck has a standard 24.75" scale. Like all Masterbilts, the neck has a classic SlimTaperTM D profile. The Rosewood fingerboard features pearloid dot inlays, a 14" radius, and 20 medium jumbo frets.

While the 2015 AJ-45ME sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged-in, thanks to Shadow's state-of-the-art Sonic preamp system with the revolutionary under-saddle NanoFlex low-impedance pickup.

Discretely mounted inside the sound hole, the Sonic preamp features an easy-access volume control with Treble and Bass EQ controls. There's also a "phase" switch that instantly cuts feedback without affecting tone. The NanoFlex pickup is the only pickup that senses both the vibrations of the strings and the movements of the soundboard simultaneously. So, the sound is truly "acoustic," combining accurate body and string tone with percussive attack. It's like having a microphone mixed with an under-saddle pickup!

Due to active amplification directly at the pickup and 100% shielding of the entire system, there is no signal loss and no "hum" created. A battery indicator LED turns on when the battery is low and should be replaced within 30 minutes. The preamp is powered by two 2032 lithium, 3V batteries and the complete system is extremely light and weighs far less than ordinary 9V systems. A premium Shadow output jack is incorporated into the endpin jack, and the entire electronic system is covered by Shadow's 5-year worldwide parts and labor limited warranty.

Features:

- Solid Sitka Spruce top
- Solid Mahogany back
- Solid Mahogany side
- Mahogany neck
- Shadow Sonic Soundhole
- Epiphone Limited Lifetime warranty
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great guitar buy!"
Overall: I have twenty solid body flat tops, some imports and some domestic built. I have four J-45's and love all of them. They all have their voices. When I saw the add for the AJ 45 ME, it looked great and sounded great in the add so, I took a chance on it. I am certainly glad that I did. This guitar is amazing, in particularly for $599.00. I have had it for a week and it is finally beginning to settle down a bit. All new guitars have a break in period where they are hard to keep in tune until all of the joints get used to being played under standard tuning stress. The only changes that I made to the instrument was to: Polish the frets with 0000 steel wool and I applied three coats of Maguiar's Number 2.0 swirl remover to the finish and then applied Maguiar's cleaner wax. It added a bit of shine and deepened the finish considerably. The finish was a bit too flat for me, almost smoky. I had read that some players were not happy with the flatness of the satin finish. I also restrung it with DR Dragon Skins 12-54. After about a week, the guitar and strings settled down and an amazing instrument appeared. I can find no flaws in the finish nor, build. The tone is big, balanced, warm and wide. I am a long time finger style player, teacher and performer and I have found this to be the best guitar deal that I have ever made. The set-up on the guitar was perfect when it arrived. That has never happened to me before this guitar. I called a friend of mine two days ago and gave him my report and he purchased one that day. If you are sitting on the fence with this instrument don't--it is a wonderful guitar. It does not sound like the new J-45's, if that is what you want, I have one; it sounds like my old ones, from the 1950's and I love that quality about it. The pick-up is great and very easy to balance. Given the all solid wood construction, dove tail neck joint and hyde glue joints, this guitar will only continue to get better in time. I will be purchasing another one for open tunings and slide. I hope that this helps interested buyers out. As usual, the service at zZounds, was first rate. I received the guitar in three days, from purchase date. Congratulations to Epiphone, for building a great guitar, at an amazing price! Capitalism, is a wonderful thing is it not!
Style of Music: Blues, jazz, ragtime, old country, swing, gypsy
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Overall: The guitar sounds very nice and was set up nice and low but not too low. It is very comfortable and enjoyable to play. Very good value for the price.
Style of Music: Pop, country, bluegrass.
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