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A Masterbilt Acoustic, for Masterly Tones

The Masterbilt DR-500MCE is built with one of the most classic tonewood combinations in the history of flat-top acoustic guitars—a solid bookmatched spruce top, solid mahogany back, mahogany sides and one-piece mahogany neck—all of which help it to produce a sweet, frequency-rich tone with excellent lows and plenty of warmth. Its SlimTaper™ “D" neck profile and deep cutaway give you the superb playability required to make the most of all this tone, while the piece de resistance, a revolutionary new eSonic2™ pickup and preamp system, takes it all over the top plugged in onstage or in the studio. Developed in conjunction with Shadow in Germany, the eSonic2™ includes two acoustic pickups—a slimline magnetic Shadow NanoMag™ at the end of the neck and a piezo Shadow NanoFlex pickup under the saddle—which are blended according to your own settings of the eSonic2 preamp. In addition to its other professional control features, this preamp’s built-in feedback filter and tuner (which mutes the guitar output when engaged) make it a performance-ready tool for the gigging musician.

And you can bet the Masterbilt DR-500MCE looks every bit as gorgeous as it sounds. Its gloss Vintage Sunburst finish with soft feeling satin neck, multi-ply body binding and rosette, mother-of-pearl split-diamond fingerboard inlays, tortoiseshell pickguard and multi-bound Masterbilt headstock are total class all the way. Round it off with high-quality, open-gear Grover Sta-Tite tuners, a genuine bone nut, and a compensated saddle, and you’ve got a performance instrument that’s unparalleled at this price. All Masterbilt DR-500MCE's include an owner’s manual, adjustment literature, and Epiphone’s Limited Lifetime Warranty with Gibson’s 24/7/365 customer support.
Body and Finish
The Masterbilt DR-500MCE is made with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, a classic acoustic tonewood combination. It is hand finished in a high-gloss Vintage Sunburst.
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Body
Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
The guitar’s neck and headstock are made much in the tradition of the many great Epiphone and Gibson acoustics, with the 24 3/4" scale length as featured on several classic flat-tops. Carved from a single piece of solid mahogany to a SlimTaper™ “D" profile, and topped with a bound rosewood fingerboard, the design incorporates a back-angled headstock (crafted to Epiphone’s historic 1930s offset-notch shape), which contributes greatly to the instrument’s resonance and sustain, and the wider dimensions of 1.75" at the nut, which many players prefer.
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Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
The Masterbilt DR-500MCE comes equipped with a revolutionary new eSonic2™ pickup and preamp system, developed in conjunction with Shadow in Germany. In addition to using two different pickups to capture the guitar’s full tone, the eSonic2’s preamp includes a clever array of control features to help you tackle any gigging or recording situation.
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Pickups & Electronics
Hardware
The Masterbilt DR-500MCE carries an up-market hardware set, including vintage-style nickel Grover Sta-Tite open-gear tuners, and belly-down rosewood bridge with traditional bridge pins and compensated saddle.
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Hardware