Epiphone De Luxe Classic, Masterbilt Century Collection - Vintage Natural

6-string Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Flame Maple Back and Sides, 5-piece Maple/Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Shadow Electronics - Vintage Natural
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A Golden-era Guitar for Today's Player

Epiphone reissues the New Century De Luxe archtop 6-string acoustic-electric guitar, one of the instruments that originally put them on the map as a leading guitar manufacturer. The New Century De Luxe re-creates the original De Luxe archtops from the 1930s. Their powerful note clarity is there in spades thanks to the solid spruce arched top. And features like the onboard Shadow pickup system bring the New Century De Luxe into the future with a plugged-in voice that proudly displays all of the natural character of a great archtop acoustic.

Epiphone New Century De Luxe Classic Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Reissue from the golden age of archtops
  • Assertive tone for lead or rhythm work
  • Modern electronics and playability
Reissue from the golden age of archtops

The New Century line re-introduces the 6-string guitars Epiphone was making in the 1930s. These designs were elegant and effortless to play as they became favorites of many top artists of the time. Vintage examples of these models are hard to find and deservedly come at a premium. Now's your chance to put the iconic sounds of yesterday in your stable of favorite guitars.

Assertive tone for lead or rhythm work

Assertive may be the best term to describe the full yet cutting tone that a great archtop acoustic guitar displays. This sound puts much of the focus on the guitar's midrange, making the instrument superb for powerful chord work and letting your single-note runs really jump off of the fretboard, which were essential for cutting through the sound of your band in the days before modern guitar amplification. The New Century De Luxe delivers this character through its solid spruce arched top and maple/mahogany back, sides, and neck.

Modern electronics and playability

While the design of the New Century De Luxe archtop looks back to the 1930s, updates abound that prepare this instrument for the demands and requirements of a modern musician's lifestyle. This archtop loves live performance thanks to the onboard Shadow electronics system. The controls are tucked neatly away to not interrupt the vintage and curvy lines of the guitar. And Sweetwater players are excited about the modern "C" neck profile that remains comfortable over long gigs.

Epiphone New Century De Luxe Classic Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Archtop acoustic-electric that recalls Epiphone's New York years
  • Solid arched spruce top delivers the unmistakable vintage tone
  • Full-sounding 17" maple body
  • Epiphone mother-of-pearl decorative headstock inlay
  • Elegant notched-diamond fretboard inlay
  • Shadow electronics deliver a natural plugged-in tone
  • Real bone nut
The Epiphone New Century De Luxe Classic Archtop is a reminder of a great time in guitar design.

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Archtop
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Vintage Natural
Finish Aged Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Laminated Flamed Maple
Body Bracing Longitudinal bracing
Binding 3-layer Body, 1-layer Fingerboard
Neck Wood 5-piece Laminated Maple/Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Notched Diamonds
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners, Marboloid "Crown" buttons, 18:1 ratio
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone Nut
Nut Width 1.69"
Body Length 21"
Body Width 17" Lower Bout, 12.6" Upper Bout
Electronics eSonic HD preamp with Shadow NanoFlex HD undersaddle pickup
Strings Cleartone 12-53 gauge strings
Manufacturer Part Number ETD2VNNH1

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Excellent craftsmanship

I've had this guitar for about a month now. I am really blown away by the quality of the build, especially for the pricepoint. It's a very substantial instrument. I'm generally more of a light finger-picker, but I find myself wanting to really tear into this thing, and it can handle it. My other main guitar is a OO Martin, and it took some adjusting to get used to the higher string tension and floating bridge on an archtop, but now I love it. It's funny, but you learn to play this guitar in a very different way than a flat top with attached bridge. That is probably obvious to archtop players, but this is the first archtop I've ever owned. I bought this because I fell in love with a 40s Epiphone archtop at a guitar shop, but it was in pretty bad shape and expensive. So I started looking to see if Epiphone still made them, and low and behold. Now I have a guitar that, as far as I can tell, sounds and plays much like the original, but is in far better shape and cheaper. The wood and detailing is really beautiful, and I love the super-fat neck. I've never ordered a guitar online before, but I could not find any local shops that carried this. The customer service was really good, and it arrived heavily protected and in great condition. I did bring it into my local guitar shop for a very minor set-up. They were actually really impressed with how it played (and with the instrument over-all), but it needed some minor adjustments. Over-all, great guitar and great buying experience!
Music background: 25 years playing
5/5

Love it!

I own a Gibson J45, Gibson LG2 American Eagle, and a Gibson ES335m and wasn't planning on buying anything anytime soon. Then I started watching YouTube video reviews of this guitar, and had to have one. Usually I like to play an acoustic before purchasing one, but since this is so new, nobody in my area had one in stock to try out. I decided to take a gamble and try it. I was not disappointed! I did have to do some research on setting up the floating bridge as I have never had a guitar with one before. But, after watching a short video I was able to fine tune it and then I could not put it down. It does have it's own unique sound. It is a nice blend of warmth and bite. It sounds good played through my Fishman Loudbox Artist, and my Bugera V5 tube amp. It can be played as an acoustic or electric sound, even though it is an acoustic pickup. It is definitely not a replacement for my Gibsons, but it is a great addition to my arsenal. And as always, Jason was a great help, and I ended up getting my guitar and it's case ahead of schedule!
Music background: I am a gigging singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist
4.5/5

Epiphone DeLuxe Classic

I struggled to not give this guitar a 5 star rating, but I'll stick with a 4.5 because after all it is not perfect. But it is awesome! And kudos to Nicholas Weaver for his extraordinary customer support. I must admit from the packaging to the subtle nuances throughout my order I'll definitely be doing business with Sweetwater again. I received the guitar almost in tune (amazing as it came amidst a snow time from half way across the US) and it plays wonderful. Great action and playability. A couple of the tuners were a little hard to turn at first but they seem to be loosening up over time. I play this guitar every day and am really enjoying the variety of sounds especially the difference between acoustic and plugged in. Great purchase from a great company. Very satisfied and highly recommend this guitar. FWIW I play predominantly blues and folk.
Music background: Yup, I'm a harmonica player - go figure!
4.5/5

Sweet guitar!

Nice sounding both acoustically and electrically, resonant solid top. Feels alive and responsive, blends well with voice. I also have a 1938 Gibson L7 (solid carved top) and a D'Angelico Excel (modern, plywood top). This Epi sounds better than either acoustically, and the hidden electronics give it the same exact sound when amplified with volume and tone controls at center detente. It's hard to put down, very enjoyable to play. This one's a keeper!
Music background: 50 yr. professional
4/5

Great archtop value for the price.

I have a number of flattop guitars but have been missing an archtop for a decade or so. This guitar definitely has a different "voice" compared to flattop guitars. (Listen to the many video reviews to get a better idea.) The 9-volt preamp battery arrives in a nice little plastic bag, and is very easy to slip into the battery box. I found the YouTube video on how to adjust the floating bridge to be helpful in placing the bridge for optimum intonation. It was also easy to lower the action by using the thumb-wheels on the bridge. I was disappointed in the Epiphone case that is sold separately for this guitar. (It is deeper than the guitar body. Epiphone should offer a covered pad to place in the bottom of the case; so that the body is supported on the backside.)
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars