Epiphone Olympic, Masterbilt Century Collection - Violin Burst

6-string Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Shadow Electronics - Violin Burst
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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 Violin Burst
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 ETOLVBNH1

Customer Reviews

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I love it!

The tone and volume, as well as the feel put me in mind of a Kay archtop I started on as a teen. Beautiful guitar, nice playing ( I prefer thinner strings) sweet sound all around! Thanks to Geoff!

Olympic Masterbilt

I will admit to being a better guitar buyer than I am a player. I have several higher end guitars and quite a few in the 500 to 900 dollar range , I would give the number but my wife might see this! My new Olympic Masterbilt is flawless in its construction. It came in tune and perfectly intonated, ready to play right out of the boxes it was shipped in. From my buying experience I would say that $ would not be asking to much for this guitar. It's the perfect size for me and I know what to expect from an f-hole guitar, so I'm very pleased with the guitar and the fine treatment I received from the folks at Sweetwater. I want all to know I received no compensation for these words of praise...

Epiphone Olympic, Masterbilt Century violin burst guitar

I have played instruments since back in the mid 60's and although I am not what you call a "Pro" at it, I have and do own a few pieces over the years. This Epiphone Olympic, Masterbilt Century six string just blew me away in looks and in playability....out of the box I was amazed at how it fingers on the frets so nice and I have fairly small hands. All I can say is it plays even better than a Gibson I have played in the recent past and of course it costs a lot less. Sure it is a foreign made product but if Epiphone can produce this great of a product...wow!!! Check it out for yourself....Hey, Sweetwater still has what it takes to get it to you as well....thanks to all involved to get it to me. Love this Epiphone sound and playability on this guitar. thanks. RAS

A sweet-voiced, parlor-sized archtop!

I've always preferred the sound of archtops. I think they give a truer representation of the string sound, and they certainly project better! There's a reason the string sections in orchestras are all archtop instruments. A flattop violin would sound like a bowed ukulele, and wouldn't carry very far. This Epiphone Olympic is a dream-come-true for me - it's become my favorite for everything - composing, plinking around, arranging, and recording. I'd describe my playing as "fingerstyle folkie-jazz", and the solid spruce top on this instrument produces such a pure, harp-like tone that it inspires me every time I pick it up. The body is compact - about the size of my old 60s Harmony Stella - but the 25.5" scale gets definition and note separation that no flattop parlor guitar could ever approach. It sounds and feels like an old-school jazz guitar because it IS an old-school jazz guitar, and the amazing Shadow Nanoflex pickup gives a true sound through an amp that the old magnetic pickups could only hint at. I'm glad I took the plunge - I ordered mine after watching the video, without ever playing one!
Music background: Playing since 1967.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars