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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural

Thanks to all-solid tonewoods and Shadow pickups, the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE acoustic-electric offers enormous tone for a not-so-enormous price. (32) Read 29 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Epiphone DR-500MCE Natural

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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Solid Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Solid mahogany back and sides Dry and airy tone; clear, present midrange
Shadow NanoMag humbucking pickup Captures rich body acoustics and string harmonics
Shadow NanoFlex under-saddle pickup Low-impedance pickup senses the body's vibrations

Product Description

As part of the Masterbilt line, the Epiphone DR-500MCE acoustic/electric guitar has high expectations to meet. Epiphone has ensured this modern Masterbilt incarnation is up to par with the company's legacy by constructing it of all solid wood and incorporating modern advancements into the historic design.

A Solid Foundation

The biggest contributor to the DR-500MCE's deep lows and balanced mids is its all-solid wood construction. Solid wood guitars are known to get better with age, and the DR-500MCE is built to last. Like the Masterbilt guitars before it, the DR-500MCE features a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The guitar's dreadnought shape further reinforces the guitar's deep bass and pronounced mids.

Dressed in the Vintage Look

The offset headstock design on the DR-500MCE echoes Epiphone guitars from the 1930s, as do the "split diamond" mother-of-pearl inlays along the rosewood fretboard. Other relics from that era alive in this model include the dovetail neck joint and use of hide glue in construction. One tweak from the vintage models is the swooping cutaway which allows for better high-fret access.

Innovative Shadow NanoMag and NanoFlex Pickups

Magnifying the DR-500MCE's tone are two pickups: a Shadow NanoFlex under the bone saddle, and a Shadow NanoMag at the bottom of the fingerboard. The NanoFlex is a low-impendance pickup which gets its name from its flexible sensing material able to pick up vibrations along the guitar's top and body. The NanoMag utilizes Samarian-Cobalt magnets for capturing a wide range of harmonics.

Versatile Preamp for Playing Live

Plug in the DR-500MCE and the guitar's palette of electric features instantly becomes apparent. The eSonic2 preamp offers a built-in tuner that mutes the guitar's output when engaged -- a handy perk for avoiding popping noises when plugging in or unplugging. The preamp also features master volume, a tone control for each pickup, a stereo blend switch, phase switch, and low battery indicator. The preamp is powered with two 2032 lithium batteries, which are lighter and longer lasting than 9V batteries.

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Features:

- All solid wood construction
- Sitka spruce top
- Mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany neck in slim-taper D profile
- Rosewood fingerboard with "split diamond" mother-of-pearl inlays
- eSonic2 stereo preamp
- Shadow NanoMag and Shadow NanoFlex pickups
- 6-ply body, 1-ply neck, and 3-ply headstock binding
- Rosewood bridge
- Historic offset headstock design
- Bone nut
- Nickel hardware

The Epiphone DR-500MCE carries the torch of the historic Masterbilt line by staying true to the building techniques of old, while adding new technology to take your playing into the future.

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- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Body: Solid mahogany
- Side: Solid mahogany
- Neck: mahogany; 1-piece plus heel
- Neck Shape Options: SlimTaper(TM) "D" profile
- Neck Joint: Glued-In, Dove-Tail with hide glue
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Fingerboard Material: rosewood with mother-of-pearl Split-Diamond Inlays
- Neck Pickup: Shadow NanoMag
- Bridge Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
- Electronics: eSoinc-2 Stereo Preamp
- 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 w/Output Mute Switch Binding: Body: 6-ply; Neck:1-ply, Headstock: 3-ply
- Fingerboard Radius: 14"
- Frets: 20; medium
- Bridge: rosewood
- Nut Width: 1.68"
- Nut Material: Bone
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Grover(r) Sta-Tite(tm) 16:1 ratio
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Natural
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 44 x 19 x 7 in
Vintage Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 19 x 6 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all-solid wood instrument. Harking back to the 1930's and Epiphone's heritage as masters of acoustic guitar design, the Epiphone Masterbilt Collection combines traditional construction methods and historic features with premium all solid tone woods to bring you a "vintage" instrument with deep rich lows, shimmering highs and a balanced mid-range. 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 every Masterbilt holds true to it's all solid wood promise.

Vintage Construction, Historic Sound

As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500MCE features a solid Sitka Spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka Spruce braces, and mahogany kerfing along with a rosewood bridge. One of the great attributes of a Sitka Spruce top is that it gets better with age -- and playing time! The DR-500MCE's historic dreadnought shape with a spectacular cutaway also contributes to its great tone by providing the classic booming bass and mid-range projection that has made the dreadnought style a favorite of rock, country, bluegrass, and folk musicians.

The DR-500MCE also has a solid mahogany back and sides, which adds to the guitar's legendary tone as well as a hand-shaped solid mahogany neck. The 25.5" scale mahogany neck joins the body at the 14th fret and is adorned with carefully cut "split-diamond" pearl fretboard inlays. The historic "off-set" headstock has a "stickpin" headstock inlay along with a 1.68" bone nut. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the handcrafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction as seen in all classic '30s era acoustic guitars. One of the outstanding features of the DR-500MCE that wasn't seen in the original Masterbilts is its superbly shaped cutaway allowing for easy reach of all the frets.

Superior Technology You've Been Waiting For

While the DR-500MCE sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged-in, thanks to the eSonic2(tm) preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy-to-use tuner. When engaged, the 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.

Revolutionary Stereo Pickups

Under the saddle is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a harsh piezo like you'd find on budget models, the NanoFlex uses unique flexible sensing material featuring integrated active electronics that not only can pick up string vibrations but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone not possible with piezo pickups.

Complimenting the NanoFlex is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the 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 1/4" mono output blending both pickups or 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, you have incredible flexibility and opportunities to create the perfect acoustic tone live.

Epiphone Quality All the Way

Other features included quality vintage-style Grover(r) Sta-Tite 16:1 ratio machine heads, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware, and a bound body, neck and headstock.

The Masterbilt Story

First released in June 1931, the original Epiphone Masterbilts made a big impression on musicians from all styles of music and the Masterbilts have done the same. The original Epiphone Masterbilt catalog made the promise: "The possessor of an Epiphone instrument has the assurance that every possible precaution has been taken to build instruments for lifetime performance and pleasure." And they still make that promise!

Like all Masterbilts, DR-500MCE comes with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Shadow's 5-year warranty (electronics) and is backed by world famous 24/7/365 Gibson Customer Service.
zZounds Expert Review
I've had the pleasure of checking out a number of great acoustics here at zZounds, and I am kicking myself for not picking up one of these sooner. Every once in a while, a real gem pops up -- and you may be surprised to hear me say that it is one of Epiphone's imports. Having played the full line of Epi acoustics, and a number of similarly priced acoustics, I can attest to the build quality and tone that is standard for these guitars. They aren't fooling around with the name "Masterbilt" -- these are Epiphone's cream-of-the-crop acoustic line, and it only starts at the slick cosmetic appointments. The Masterbilt DR-500MCE is a solid wood guitar with amazing low-end resonance and sustain that doesn't get choked out by my harder playing. The soft touch fingerpickers out there will immediately notice the even balance between the mids and articulate highs, but this one stands out to me as a great strummer -- or in my case, something to really bang on. If your bread and butter comes from playing a real beauty from way back when, you should check out this workhorse. It's a great option for someone that doesn't want to gig every night with their collector's item, and refuses to compromise on tone. This Masterbilt stands out -- better yet, jumps out at you -- and will have you wondering why this one isn't in your arsenal yet.

- Bert, zZounds Guitar Expert

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Overall: Not only is this guitar beautiful both in looks and in sound, the electronics are unbeatable and its totally affordable! What an amazing guitar! If you are looking for something with a beautiful warm tone, singing highs and an amazing feel to kill for, you found it, stop your search because i love this guitar and you will too
Style of Music: Blues, Rock, Acoustic, Shoegazer, Psychodelic Rock, Hard Rock
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Sound: Great un-plugged and even better plugged in!!!! Feature: Great features for the $$$, but it should come with a case.... Ease of Use: WOW!!!! Is all I can say!!! I guess I got lucky or it was the PLEKING!!! And I even like the strings that are on her, not to bad at all!!!! The neck is like BUTTAAAA!!! Fret's are smooth. Just nice, that's about it. Great player!!!! Quality: Seems very well made, not perfected but heck its a hand made AX!!! Value: Great value, but should come with a case!!! Manufacturer Support: I like Epip support, I have ask several times about string gauges and finishes and they have always got back to me very fast. The Wow Factor: I was WOWED when I opened the box and it still gets better!!!! Overall: First ZZounds is the best, I ordered yesterday and new guitar here today. I am near Boston. Now this guitar is completely Plek'd!!!!!! I know this is going to sound out of this world but this guitar was in tune and playing very very nice straight out the box. NO LIE!!!! I guess I got very lucky. Now after going over her she is not perfect but very close. The only thing I can find are two very small imperfections on the front. Small indentions like sanding was missed. NO DEAL BREAKER, I am keeping this one for sure. This is my 4 Epiphone. I do have others in my heard, Fender,Gibson,Seagull ect. But have been into grabbing some Epip,s. My last was the Sorrento,just a month ago.. But have been wanting to add a nice AE to my only Ovation. Had my eye on this and just thought what the heck I will go for it. And I am glad I did!!!! Sounds great!!! Even Better with the electronics!!! And I am just putting her down to give this review. Going to be fun to play with this new AX. I would say if your looking give this model a try!!!
Style of Music: Rock,Blues,Jazz
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