All SOLID WOOD Quality and TONE!
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 Natural 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.
Traditional Construction Methods and Designs!
As with all Masterbilts, the new DR-500MCE model features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25.5″ scale rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the hand-crafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The DR-500MCE also has a solid Mahogany back and sides as well as a 20-fret hand-shaped Mahogany neck that joins the body at the 14th fret that is adorned with carefully cut, “split-diamond” pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500MCE features Epiphone historic “off-set” headstock with “stickpin” headstock inlay.
Superior Technology You’ve Been Waiting For!
While the DR-500MCE sounds great “unplugged,” it really comes alive when plugged in thanks to the new eSonic2 preamp system. Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the new 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 bone saddle, is Shadow’s proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics that not only picks string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting that is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the harmonic-rich, 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!
Other features included quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock. It also features Epiphone’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and Shadow’s 5-year warranty (electronics) and is backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.
|Top Material:||Solid Sitka Spruce|
|Body Material:||Soild Mahogany|
|Side Material:||Solid Mahogany|
|Neck Material:||Mahogany; 1-piece plus heel|
|Neck Shape Options:||SlimTaper; D profile|
|Neck Joint:||Glued-In; Dove-Tail with hide glue|
|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|
|Machine Heads:||Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio|
|Finish:||Gloss body; Satin neck|
|Colors:||Vintage Sunburst (VS)|
|Warranty:||Epiphone Limited Lifetime|