Epiphone Zenith 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

The Epiphone Zenith Classic New Century is a reissue of its Zenith archtop from the 1930s, an instrument that helped put the brand on the map as a leading guitar manufacturer. The original Zenith's clarity and classic looks are intact in today's Zenith Classic thanks to a solid spruce arched top and vintage-inspired decor. And features like the onboard Shadow pickup system bring the Zenith Classic New Century into the modern age, delivering a plugged-in voice that embodies the natural character of a great archtop acoustic.

Epiphone Zenith Classic New Century 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, effortless to play, and became favorites of many top players 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 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 of a great archtop acoustic guitar. 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 was essential for cutting through the sound of your band in the days before modern guitar amplification. The Zenith Classic New Century delivers this character through its solid spruce arched top and laminated flame maple back and sides.

Modern electronics and playability

While the design of the Zenith Classic New Century archtop looks back to the 1930s, updates abound that prepare this instrument for the demands of a modern musician's lifestyle. This archtop lives for the stage thanks to its onboard Shadow electronics system. The controls are tucked neatly away so as not to interrupt the vintage and curvy lines of the guitar. And Sweetwater players found it easy to get excited over the modern C neck profile, which promises to remain comfortable over long gigs.

Epiphone Zenith Classic New Century Archtop Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Archtop acoustic-electric that recalls Epiphone's New York years
  • Solid, arched spruce top delivers unmistakable vintage tone
  • Full-sounding maple body with Sitka spruce top
  • Epiphone mother-of-pearl decorative headstock inlay
  • Elegant Falling Leaves fingerboard inlays
  • Shadow electronics deliver a natural plugged-in tone
  • Real bone nut

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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
Binding 3-layer Body, 1-layer Fingerboard, 2-layer F-hole
Neck Wood 5-piece Maple/Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Falling Snowflakes
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Historic reissue 18:1 tuners
Bridge Material Ebonoid
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/Synthetic bone compensated saddle
Nut Width 1.69"
Body Length 20.12"
Body Width 16" Lower Bout, 11.6" Upper Bout
Electronics eSonic HD preamp with Shadow NanoFlex HD undersaddle pickup
Strings Cleartone 12-53 gauge strings
Manufacturer Part Number ETZ2VSNH1

Customer Reviews

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This Guitar has the Wow Factor built in!

When I opened the box in the the recording studio, the people in the room were were impressed the beauty of the instrument. Then when we heard it on playback, they were amazed! The quality, the feel, the sound this instrument provides and produces, for the price is unbelievable! This guitar looked and sounded great on TV!
Music background: Professional


I bought this guitar because I was very interested in Arch-top compared to Flat-top acoustics. I also like anything vintage, or at least mostly vintage. While my guitar came in perfect condition, I did get a pro setup and some nicer strings now she just plays like a dream! A warning for those in places that are dry and/or cold (I live in the middle of Colorado) this guitar is somewhat fragile, as my neck warped a little when I left it on a guitar stand for a few days, so I recommend getting a case and possibly a humidifier. Its decent for the price, it is a new guitar after all and sometimes when you get a brand new guitar you can feel like you paid too much. But, with care and adjustments to your personal taste I know for a fact this guitar is a keeper! It honestly SINGS! I haven't played it plugged in yet, nor do I intend to until I take her to a bigger gig. Make sure your tuner buttons are screwed on super tight, I was tuning the low E string and the button totally fell apart. It isn't a big problem, just make sure they're tight, this guitar has no problem staying in tune. All in all while it might not be a super-high end arch-top it is a nice value (seeing as they're hardly any other pure acoustic arch-tops on the market, unless you shop second-hand or locally) it does have some phenomenal projection, rings very nice and with the right touch it can be anyone's main acoustic (i know its my main acoustic!) Note- be careful if you decide to drill the pickguard in, Epiphone does have a tutorial video, just make sure everything lines up correctly. I put mine on and I absolutely love the look!
Music background: Musicain

The Story of the Missing Pick-Guard

As always, great guitar and great service. But the guitar arrived WITHOUT an unmounted pick guard as Epiphone promised. My guys at Sweetwater got on top of it and although it took a few weeks, I received the pick guard from Epiphone today! I could buy things at a lesser price through other on line sources, but I could NEVER get the service and expertise that Sweetwater offers. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and Sweetwater delivers every time.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Acoustic / Electric Guitars