Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

9.3
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Bottom Line – This is a legit guitar.  Don’t sleep on it.

$699.00

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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

Description

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic Electric Guitar Features:

  • 6-string Acoustic Guitar 
  • Spruce Top
  • ESoinc-2 Stereo Preamp
  • Mahogany Body 
  • Mahogany Neck
Adam’s Take

A solid mahogany body with a Sitka spruce top provides the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE with as an impressive of sound as beautiful look.

There is a reason why rosewood is ideal for a fretboard; it just feels good on the fingers.  If you are going to spend some money on a guitar you want to make sure it’s enjoyable to play and not going to fatigue your hands.

Epiphone did a great job with the electronics as well, with solid pickups and a stereo preamp with a built in tuner.  This could easily be far more expensive than it is for the quality of this acoustic electric Epiphone guitar.

 

 

 

9.3
Sound
9.2
Price
9.2
Look
9.5
Feel
9.3
+ Positives:
  • A good balance of deep low tones and rich high end that creates and enjoyable sound for the player and listeners
  • The rosewood fingerboard and rosewood bridge are very well made
  • This is a rare situation where the electronics are so good that the guitar shines the most when plugged in.
  • Sounds great unplugged as well, just a well made guitar
  • Similar to a high end Gibson but at a bargain price for the quality
- Negatives:
  • I would suggest buying this guitar new based on some experiences I've heard from folks that bought used, but that's a risk with any instrument
  • Could use a tune up at a guitar store for optimal experience
  • If you can afford a Gibson of a similar style it is a big upgrade, then again it's twice the cost

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Specification: Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

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Professional

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