Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE - Vintage Sunburst

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top, Mahogany Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and eSoinc-2 Stereo Preamp - Vintage Sunburst
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All Solid Wood Masterbuilt Epi

The Masterbilt Epiphone DR-500MCE acoustic-electric guitar is a rarity: a new instrument with a distinctly vintage vibe, big, balanced tone, and buttery playability. But it gets even better: the DR-500MCE is all solid wood - and it's amazingly affordable! Oh, yes - one more thing - Epi's loaded this cutaway dreadnought with premium electronics - Shadow's NanoMag neck and NanoFlex bridge pickups, and an eSonic-2 stereo preamp with integrated tuner and feedback zapper switch. Is this all good to be true? No, the Epiphone DR-500MCE is real, and it's here at Sweetwater, waiting for you!

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-electric guitar at a Glance:
  • All solid wood, for great tone and resonance
  • Masterbilt Epiphones: a grand lineage
  • Stage-ready, with superior onboard electronics
All solid wood, for great tone and resonance

In the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE, solid wood is used throughout the instrument, giving you big, balanced sound and unmatched resonance. In it's price range, you'd be hard pressed to find acoustic guitars with solid wood backs and sides. Epiphone - happily - has a different approach: they built the DR-500MCE with a solid mahogany body, a Solid Sitka spruce top, and a glued-in, dove-tailed neck joint. The result? A brand new instrument with rich robust lows, balanced, lucid mids, and bell-like, shimmering highs. We've all heard the expression, "they don't build 'em like they used to." Well, Epiphone does!

Masterbilt Epiphones: a grand lineage

The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE stems from a renowned lineage. Since their first release in June of 1931, Masterbilt Epiphone acoustics have been coveted by guitarists of all genres for their easy playability and exceptional tone. The company stated in the original Epiphone Masterbilt catalog: "The possessor of an Epiphone instrument has the assurance that every possible precaution has been taken to build instruments for lifetime performance and pleasure." This promise is backed up by their Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Stage-ready, with superior onboard electronics

With Epiphone's Masterbilt DR-500MCE acoustic-electric guitar, you're always ready to take the stage. Epiphone has fitted this fine guitar with Shadow's NanoMag neck pickup and NanoFlex bridge pickup, and the eSonic-2 stereo preamp. This combination gives you natural-sounding amplification and outstanding ease-of-use. the system features stereo output and a built-in tuner. To control your sound, you get a master volume, separate EQ controls for the NanoMag and NanoFlex pickups, a phase switch for killing feedback, and a tuner activation switch with output mute.

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-electric guitar Features:
  • Masterbilt all solid wood cutaway dreadnought
  • Solid Sitka spruce top; solid mahogany back and sides
  • One-piece mahogany neck, SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Neck joint glued-in, dove-tail with hide glue
  • 25.5" scale; adjustable truss rod
  • 14" radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium frets and pearloid Split-Diamond Inlays
  • Shadow NanoMag neck pickup; Shadow NanoFlex bridge pickup
  • eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp
  • Binding: Body: 6-ply, Neck:1-ply, Headstock: 3-ply
  • Rosewood bridge; bone saddle
  • 1.68" wide bone nut
  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 machine heads
  • Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • 24/7/365 Gibson customer service
  • Shadow's 5-year warranty on the electronics
Play a legend - the Masterbilt Epiphone DR-500MCE acoustic-electric guitar!

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Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Vintage Sunburst
Finish Satin
Top Wood Sitka spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing X bracing
Binding Binding on body, neck, and headstock
Neck Wood Mahogany, set
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Split-Diamond Inlays
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Grover Sta-Tite 18:1
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.68"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16"
Body Depth 4.875"
Overall Length 41.5"
Electronics Shadow NanoMag neck and NanoFlex bridge pickups; eSonic-2 stereo preamp
Strings (.012-.052)
Manufacturer Part Number EMECVSNH3

Customer Reviews

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Great new guitar with an old fasioned sound

First of all I want to thank Sweet water for the great service your company was everything the reviews said it would be. First class service with care and that means so. much to me personally. thank you Matt you are the greatest. led me in the right buying direction. thanks again. Secondly the guitar was set up perfectly. I have purchased other instruments that were setup badly or not setup at all. This alone will bring me back to buy from Sweet water again. Now the guitar I wanted what they call retro sound. I am old enough to have played some of the 1930s Gibsons Martins and Epiphones so I knew what i was looking for. To say the least I found it. The Epiphone 500 masterbilt fit perfect for what i wanted and i can not put it down It plays so smooth and sounds just like the old Gibsons and Mattins I used to play when i was young. So the 2plus years i spent looking for the perfect sound was well worth it. the bonus is sweet water and their easy payment plan and service thanks again gang 5 stars all the way.
Music background: guitar for35 years play for fun

Bang for your Buck

I bought the DR500 MCE vintage sunburst about a month ago and I'm loving it. The sells rep was great and very knowledgeable, really helped me in making a decision. I must admit that I purchased this guitar without ever playing one, a risk I know. But my local guitar shop did not have any in stock so I played all kinds of other big brand name guitars that cost twice as much as the Master built. But after reading all I could and watching as many video reviews that I could find I was determined that this was the guitar for me, and now I know that I was right. Out of the box ready to play the set up was great, not sure what brand of strings are on it but you can tell they are quality strings. the tone of this guitar is rich and warm and the ease of play is unbelievable. So if you are like me and can't afford a 1,200/1,400 dollar guitar and you won't Bang for your Buck get an Epiphone Master built you won't regret it.
Music background: Hobby

Amazing tone

I'm amazed at how great this guitar sounds. Unplugged or plugged in this thing sounds amazing. The 2 pickups give you some great options you won't find in guitars that are twice the price. If you play leads you will love the bright tone the mahogany will give you. Try playing this next to a $2000 guitar. You are going to save some cash. If you scratch it you won't cry. No laminate B.S either. It's real wood.
Music background: Texas Country

Great Guitar

Fantastic guitar, sound well balanced, crisp and clean, excellent built quality.
Music background: Musician

Epiphone DR-500MCE Vintage Sunburst

My DR-500MCE arrived on Friday and I spent the weekend exploring the features and sound. This is one awesome guitar. The fit and finish is superb. I've been playing guitar for several years and this particular one is exceptional. Hard to imagine the sound will improve over time. This guitar definitely rates a full five star review. My sales engineer, Dave Walent handled my purchase..Working with him has been a very pleasant experience. Especially after I made two changes to my original order. His experience and pleasant personality are greatly appreciated. I look forward working with him regarding advice and future purchases. Thank you for the fast, friendly, professional service.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars