Epiphone De Luxe Classic, Masterbilt Century Collection - Vintage Sunburst

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 Sunburst
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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 Sunburst
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 with 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 ETD2VSNH1

Customer Reviews

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Unique Look & Signature Sound

Purchased this guitar after my Gretsch Historic Acoustic gave it's life for the cause. I tend to stay with Gretsch and Epiphone guitars and I didn't want a typical acoustic guitar. The Masterbilt had a look I liked and took a chance. My old guitar had a very big body and deep sound, the Masterbilt is small and thinner which produces a higher sound. It took some getting used to but playing it live in the band, it cuts through the mix much better with it's mid-range sound. The fret board is easy to play. The neck is fat and comfortable. Great look all the way around. I would recommend playing it first before purchasing to make sure it's right for you. Sweetwater is the place to purchase it though. Always a great experience dealing with Stuart and Sweetwater.
Music background: Busy Working Musician

Archtop Heaven

Great guitar at any price, but especially at $899. Truthfully, I am sure some desgin compromises were made to reach the price, but none of them take away from the playing experience. It will not replace my Taylor 712, but it is not intended to. This is a tool in the tool box for specific sounds and needs. In spite of its girth and significant size, the tone resides in the mids and highs, quite bright. That is, unless the guitar is plugged in, in which case you need to dial the tone in to the system and venue or risk boominess and feedback from the low end. This is a great addition to my set up and will reside right between my Taylor 712 and my Martin dread. I played many vintage archtops while shopping around and the reality is that for professional gigs I rather have the dependability that comes with this instument, than whatever pride or magic mojo comes with the old instruments which can be very quirky and high maintenance. Tone wise, nothing I played in the range of $1500 and below was better than this in the archtop domain. You have to get into $3k territory to note tonal improvements. Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase and feel I have reached archtop heaven. Hope this was useful for you but please comtact me if I can aswer specific questions. Happy hunting!
Music background: Professional Musician for 27 years

Great Sound Especially When Plugged In

This archtop sounds great plugged in. The piezo pickup gives some very warm lows to the De Luxe, accentuating it's large, resonant frame which could otherwise get lost when not amplified. It gives the guitar more range overall. It could be both a traditional archtop meant for jazz accompaniment or a full sounding acoustic that any solo singer would love. I'm giving this a 3.5 because the frets on the neck were uneven and in need of work. Not such a big deal as I get all my guitars set up. It's just a letdown given that the hefty pricetag of this guitar. There should be much more quality control from Epiphone. Please bear in mind that this rating is in no way directed toward the team at Sweetwater as they continue to provide fantastic service. I had purchased a demo model of the De Luxe but it had a crack in the bout. Sweetwater did not hesitate to arrange for a return of the damaged guitar (probably damaged in shipping) and replace it with a brand new guitar. Geoff Allen and his team were extremely accommodating. 5 stars for them.
Music background: Working Musician
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars