Epiphone Olympic, Masterbilt Century Collection - Honeyburst

6-string Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Shadow Electronics - Honeyburst
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Re-creation of a Ground-breaking Epiphone Archtop

Epiphone reissues the New Century Olympic 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 Olympic re-creates the original Olympic archtops from the 1930s. Their powerful note clarity is there in spades thanks to the solid Sitka spruce arched top. And features such as the onboard Shadow pickup system bring the New Century Olympic into the future with a plugged-in voice that proudly displays all of the natural character of a great archtop acoustic.

Epiphone New Century Olympic 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 while 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 Olympic delivers this character through its solid Sitka spruce arched top and mahogany back, sides, and neck.

Modern electronics and playability

While the design of the New Century Olympic 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 Olympic Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Archtop acoustic-electric that recalls Epiphone's early, New York years
  • Solid arched spruce top delivers the unmistakable vintage tone
  • Epiphone mother-of-pearl decorative headstock inlay
  • Shadow electronics offer a natural plugged-in tone
  • Real bone nut
The Epiphone New Century Olympic 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 Honeyburst
Finish Aged Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Laminated Mahogany
Body Bracing Longitudinal bracing
Binding 1-layer body
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dots
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 19.2"
Body Width 14.62" Lower Bout, 10.6" Upper Bout
Electronics eSonic HD preamp with Shadow NanoFlex HD undersaddle pickup
Strings Cleartone 12-53 gauge strings
Manufacturer Part Number ETOLHBNH1

Customer Reviews

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Epiphone Olympic Master built Guitar

This guitar is perfect. Love it. Comfortable,tone is great, and when using the electronics it will blow you away!

Old-school elegance

Epiphone's Masterbilt series has a good reputation, and for good reason. I'd been looking for an archtop for some time, and after weeks of research, reading up and listening, I decided on the Olympic. The guitar itself is beautifully designed and executed. The curvature of the neck just feels good, and the overall playability of the guitar is top-notch. Tuning the guitar is a pleasure as the reissued, yet redesigned, tuning gears are smooth and very responsive. The guitar holds its tuning very well. The acoustic sound is very much what one expects (and wants) out of an archtop: strong and punchy, weighted more to midrange but with a nice amount of highs and deep tones underneath. The sound from the included electronics is rich and balanced. As for color and finish, the honeyburst is beautiful and the finish on the guitar feels great. Epiphone's classic headstock is a real attention grabber as well. Sweetwater's setup is spot-on. I like my action low - almost as low as I can get it without buzz - and out of the box from Sweetwater the guitar is pretty much where I want it to be. It'll need a couple of weeks to breath to be sure, but I don't see needing to adjust it much at all. It's also nice to see that the strings are clean and bright (many guitars off-the shelf have aged strings that are dull and scratchy). I cannot think of any way in which I'm not happy with this purchase. Epiphone really has done an amazing job bringing the old-school elegance of their classic archtops into the 21st Century.
Music background: Performing musician/music leader

Epiphone Olympic

I love this guitar. Sounds great by itself or connected to an amp. Has that old time bluesy vintage sound. I also love the smaller body size.
Music background: Play as a hoody/fun

Peppy EPI

I dig this ax - Got it on Tuesday played it with My Bluergrass Band Thurs at a Winery - and My Jazz Duet - (Guitar and Trumpet) Saturday and Sunday other wineries. I was using a Taylor 512c - Nice - but this is beautifully Crisp - Tight - Quick and Punchy. a new pal.
Music background: classical jazz blue bluebrass

Epiphone Century Olympic

Since Dave Rawlings has been playing a 1935 Olympic, the vintage market for that guitar has dried up. I glad to own one of the new Century Olympics. Although few people can make it sound like Dave Rawlings's playing, it certainly meets all the published rave reviews that have been written about it.I think I will leave mine plain (with no pick guard added) for the time being. A great additional to my collection of Epiphone guitars.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars