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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE is constructed from one solid piece of solid, lightweight mahogany. Neck Species
Tonal Characteristics
The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the superior resonance, sustain, and overall tone of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE.
Neck Profile
The neck of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE is carved to the popular SlimTaper™ “D" profile. Neck Profile
Neck Joint
Epiphone uses a compound dovetail joint fixed with TiteBond glue to attach the neck of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE to the body at the 14th fret. This technique, traditional in cabinet making and high-end luthiery, creates a joint with superior strength to that of a single piece of wood. Neck Joint
Joint Angle (Pitch)
3° (+/- 15 seconds) 
Headstock Angle (Pitch)
The Masterbilt DR-500MCE’s headstock is carefully angled at 14 degrees to increase resonance and sustain. Headstock Angle (Pitch)
Truss Rod
Epiphone’s traditional truss rod, found in nearly all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. Truss Rod
The pre-War Epiphone logo is inlaid in across the top of a headstock that is crafted in the historic 1930s offset-notch shape. Logo
TiteBond wood glue is used to attach the dovetail joint, which is the strongest glue in use in guitar-making today.  
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The Masterbilt DR-500MCE’s bound fingerboard is made from rosewood, the traditional wood used for this type of flat-top guitar. Fingerboard Species
The fingerboard of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE carries 20 medium frets. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
Rosewood fingerboards have been a favorite for more than a century and are legendary for their rich, round tone, attributes that blend beautifully with the depth and dimension of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE’s voice.
Fingerboard Radius
Epiphone’s traditional 14" fingerboard radius is used for this guitar, which offers excellent comfort for both chording and single-note runs, and avoids any “choked-out" notes when strings are bent for blues, country, and rock playing.
The fingerboard of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE carries custom mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlays in the traditional positions, up to the 17th fret. Inlays
Nut Material
The Masterbilt DR-500MCE carries a bone nut, a traditional component of quality flat-top acoustic guitars. Nut
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Masterbilt DR-500MCE is approximately 1.68", which contributes to a roomy, comfortable fingerboard, suited to all playing styles.