Epiphone EL-00 Studio Parlor Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Epiphone EL-00 Studio Parlor Acoustic-Electric Guitar

This short-scale acoustic guitar's "blues box" design evokes the 1930s -- but its Fishman Sonitone preamp and Sonicore pickup are ready for the modern stage.

Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Reach the pinnacle of tone with the Epiphone Zenith. This Masterbilt archtop's unique shape yields a full voice, making it a great choice for rhythm players.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Arched spruce top Responsive, balanced tone; great projection
Laminated maple back/sides Even tone with great sustain
Ebony fretboard Dark color, tight grain; premium fretboard wood
Epiphone eSonic preamp system Includes volume, 2-band EQ and phase switch

The Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and a round sound hole. Inside the sound hole is a 1930's era replica Epiphone label. The Zenith is available in traditional Vintage Natural and Vintage Sunburst aged gloss finishes, each with unique color tones inspired by Epiphone's priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee. The tortoise style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included.

See what artist have to say about Epiphone's Masterbilt Century guitars:

Like Epi's first generation of archtops, the new Zenith has a unique body profile with a 16" lower bout, a 11.6" upper bout, a 9.4" waist, and a body length slightly over 20". Many archtop collectors consider a 16" archtop the ideal size for its concentrated sonic punch and overall tone. With its round sound hole and Solid Spruce top, the Zenith is an ideal rhythm instrument for singers and soloists with a fuller tone than most archtops. And flattop guitarists will discover it can easily cut through a mix better than most any other acoustic. Both the body and top feature 3-layer Ivory & Black color binding while the Ebony fingerboard has single layer Ivory color binding. The 5-piece Hard Maple and Mahogany neck has a full rounded "C"- profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the Zenith will resonate as one piece of wood. read more

The Ebony fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5" scale length, and pearloid "Falling Snowflakes" inlays modeled after the original Masterbilt Zeniths.

The full tone of the Zenith sounds beautiful unamplified on a small stage or in the studio. But now the cutting edge eSonic HD (High Definition) preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup make it possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged. No archtop player has ever heard an acoustic guitar more accurately represented through a sound system before. The Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ mounted just inside the sound hole. Now you have complete control over how much of the acoustic guitar is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, located near the 1/4" output jack.

Epiphone takes you through an overview of their Masterbilt Century guitars:


- Arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing
- Laminated Flame Maple body
- Body and top feature 3-layer Ivory & Black color binding
- Ebony fingerboard with single layer Ivory color binding
- 5-piece Hard Maple and Mahogany neck
- Pearloid "Falling Snowflakes" inlays modeled after the original Masterbilt Zeniths
- eSonic HD preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickups
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- Finish: Aged Gloss
- Hardware: Aged Nickel
- Top: Solid Spruce; Longitudinal Bracing
- Body: Laminated Flame Maple

Body Dimensions:
- Lower Bout = 16"
- Upper Bout = 11.6"
- Waist = 9.4"
- Body Length = 20.125"

- Neck: 5-pc Laminated; Hard Maple/Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Rounded "C" shape
- Preamp: eSonic HD (High Definition)
- Controls: Master Volume & Master EQ
- Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex HD; Under-saddle
- Power: 9 Volt Battery
- Output Jack: 1/4"
- Truss Rod: Dual-Action
- Truss Rod Cover: Black PVC "Bullet"; 1-layer
- Neck Joint: Dovetail; Glued-In
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid "Falling Snowflakes"
- Headstock: Historic Epiphone Dovewing with Pearloid "Banner" logos
- Tuners: Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons; Improved to 18:1 ratio
- Frets: 20; Medium
- Nut: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.69" (43mm)
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Strings: Cleartone; 12-53
- Bridge: Floating Adjustable; Ebonoid
- Saddle: Compensated; Artificial Bone
- Tailpiece:Historic Epiphone Trapeze

- Body Top - 3-Layer
- Body Back: 3-Layer
- Fingerboard - 1-Layer
- Headstock - None
- Sound Hole - 2-Layer
- Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise; Shipped unattached with mounting hardware included
- Strap Buttons: Yes

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-4GIBSON

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted February 15, 2018 by M S in Waltham, MA
"Good quality and authentic vibe for the money"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I have been playing guitar and a musician for over 30 years. I have a special thing for archtop guitars, and have a kind of old school blues/roots and jazz feel on the instrument. I have had a number of archtops though usually at the fairly cheap end of the spectrum. I like cheap guitars that are made well and this one qualifies. It is heavily built and clean finished, and very nice looking. It has a rather chunky neck which feels and plays wonderfully, very comfortable. It is bright and loud and barks like it should when attacked. It has an excellent blues tone and feel for me. It reminds me of a good quality vintage piece but does not need to be repaired and is not falling apart. The first one I had, had a crack at the seam and I returned it, still played great but that worried me. So you have to look out for the QC issues, but this one is all good, but the pickguard was not included for some reason, so getting that replaced by Gibson. Straight up, I know there have been some crappy reviews by the mostly jazz archtop snobs out there but I have played guitar forever and this is a very nice guitar for the money. It has the right archtop vibe and punch and does not cost thousands, seems built like a tank. It is addictive to play. I did compare this to an F-hole deluxe model and this was louder and better. I have another older epiphone masterbilt flattop that is better than most new $3k guitars and they did well again with this one. I will add that I bought this read more for its acounstic sound, but when I plugged it in to try the amplified sound was beautiful. My advice, don't listen to the negative snobs on this one. it is a very nice offering, just look it over carefully for quality and finish issues and buy from a place that has good service.

Musical Background:
30 years with guitars, and saxophones, many of them professional

Musical Style:
jazz, reggae, jam, blues, roots, fingerstyle etc
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