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Masterbilt Version Of a Very Rare Epi

One of the rarest Epiphone models ever, just 141 Excellente acoustic guitars were produced between 1963 and 1970. Made famous by country music legend Loretta Lynn, the Excellente now joins the Epi’s Masterbilt Collection. Featuring a Solid Sitka Spruce top, an ebony fingerboard with historic mother-of-pearl Block Cloud inlays, a bone nut and saddle, and gold Kluson Waffleback tuners; the Epiphone Masterbilt Excellente is powered by onboard Fishman Sonitone electronics. Guitarists at Sweetwater are knocked out by the Masterbilt Excellente’s exceptional tone, playability, looks — and value. We’re sure you will be, too.

Sitka spruce and ovangkol: tonewood alchemy

A quality acoustic guitar is all about the wood, and the Epiphone Masterbilt Excellente serves up a classic tonewood cocktail with no compromises. The top is solid Sitka spruce for robust projection and crystalline note clarity. Solid ovangkol, used for the back and sides of the Excellente, is tonally similar to rosewood, but with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright high-end reminiscent of koa. The tonewood characteristics of the Masterbilt Excellente — together with its large dreadnought body — give it the power and nuance to accommodate a wide range of playing styles.

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Hit the stage with Fishman Sonitone electronics

The Epiphone Masterbilt Excellente comes equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics that are ready for you to hit the stage or plug into your computer for easy recording. The pickup is mounted inside the soundhole, giving you easy access to volume and tone controls. Fishman is a world leader in acoustic amplification, giving you exceptional plugged-in tone with your Epiphone Masterbilt Excellente.

Epiphone Masterbilt Excellente Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:

  • Masterbilt edition of one of the rarest Epiphone models
  • Solid ovangkol body; solid Sitka spruce top
  • 5-piece maple/walnut neck, C profile
  • Ebony fingerboard with historic mother-of-pearl Block Cloud inlay
  • 25.315-inch scale length; 20 frets, bone nut
  • Fishman Sonitone pickup system transfers every nuance of your tone to your PA or amp
  • Vintage-style gold Kluson Waffleback Tuners with metal buttons

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Tech Specs

  • Steel
  • 6
  • Square Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Right-handed
  • Antique Natural
  • Aged Gloss
  • Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Solid Ovangkol
  • Ivory/Black 6-ply top, 4-ply back
  • Maple/Walnut
  • C
  • 12"
  • Ebony
  • Excellente Block Clouds
  • 20, Medium Jumbo
  • 25.315"
  • Gold Kluson Waffleback Vintage Tuners with Metal buttons
  • Ebony
  • Bone/Bone
  • 1.68"
  • Fishman Sonitone
  • Gibson, .012-.053
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First off, the specs are wrong folks. Just about every website you go to calls out the inlays as "Perloid" when we all know is a fancy word for crap plastic. They are not plastic, they are Mother of Pearl. I personally confirmed this with Gibson, who confirmed it with the Epiphone Engineering team, as well as the factory. I have it in writing. Now, on to the guitar itself. It is incredible, and I mean incredible. You could not get me to touch an overseas guitar until 2 things happened:
1. Solid woods were deployed with an actual build quality
2. Prove you're worthy of my hard earned money

Epiphone has accomplished this. I wouldn't touch Epiphone prior to the "Inspired by Gibson" and this "Excellente" to which I now own the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird as well as this Epiphone Excellente. Both guitars are just killer as far as sound and build quality are concerned. If they skimped, I can't find it. The Excellente is a step above the Hummingbird and I don't mind saying that. You can't go wrong buying this guitar. The only thing I'd do different is to remove their pickup system. When I said they didn't skimp on these, I meant on their construction. The pickup system should either be removed or replaced, to which Sweetwater will surely do for you at a reasonable price. Again, this Excellente is bad to the bone friends! I did a review of it at: https://youtu.be/JFdOWLAIH7I

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Randy Cox

First off the guitar is absolutely beautiful. The mother of pearl, ebony fretboard, the spruce top looks like a one piece. It's very well crafted with tones you can get are clean bass and really clean crisp highs. Every note rings and the sustain is really good. The action on mine is perfect with no buzz anywhere. Sweetwater does it right. Keep in mind, everyone has a preference in how their guitars are set up. Set up is the most important. I purchased mine with the Epiphone case to protect this beauty. This guitar should be a lot more money for what you get. I don't like talking about big brand companies and I own plenty. It's all opinions and tastes, and what you want out of guitars. I always say check it out for yourself, and don't listen to anyone making your purchase decisions. You are the one that has to play it. All I can say is that I'm incredibly happy with my Excelente and I would recommend it to anyone.
Well..after buying the IBG Hummingbird which l absolutely love... I had to get an "Excellente" and lm seriously happy l did..personally l do not like the "artwork" on either pickgaurd, l find it downright ugly, l don't understand why they would use such quality wood and then slap a huge thick gummy pickgaurd right on the sound board of the guitar?¿? and l can't help but wonder how much better would the tone be with a thin coat of nitro or better yet..varnish! These are my only concerns or questions about the guitar..it sounds and plays fantastic. For one issue l did order a Bruce Wei dark rosewood pickgaurd without artwork that will be ebonized before I install it, at that time it will get a set of Elixer nano's, I will say the action is perfect on the guitar for me, med/low..much better than the Hummingbird ( which was purchased locally..no fault of Sweetwater!) which will only be remedied with shaving the bridge saddle. Nich at Sweetwater was amazing with frequent updates on the status of the guitar prior to shipping! Thanks Nich!
Been playing my new Epi about a week now and she's super fine;) Really solid, feels well built. Plays easy and spot on intonation out of the box:) It sounds really great plugged in too. This guitar is such a looker as well, feels like I'm in the 70s lol Neil Young keeps asking me to borrow it but I told him no…
I was searching for a new acoustic, and when the Excellente appeared in Sweetwater's catalogue, I knew this was what I was looking for.
It took a while to pull the trigger on the purchase, only to realize they were on backorder. OK, my Epi Bonamassa V was worth the wait, I'll take a chance.
I bundled the Excellente with an Epi eDread case. I couldn't be more pleased with both products.
My guitar does NOT have thick, plastic like polyurethane. It is a thin coating, with a flat matte like sheen.
The guitar looks incredible, plays great, & sounds 'excellent' plugged in or unplugged. Fishman electronics sound great through my tube amps as well.
Thank you, Jordan! I am, once again, well pleased!
Trust Sweetwater, they deliver the goods!

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The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all-solid tone woods to bring you a new-vintage electric guitar with deep, rich lows, shimmering highs, and just the right amount of mids.

Where are Masterbilt guitars made? ›

Epiphone Masterbilt series guitars are produced at Epiphone's own factory in Qingdao, China.

Are Epiphone Masterbilt guitars any good? ›

Epiphone's Masterbilt series guitars are one of the most complete expressions of the bang-for-the-buck philosophy that's now the backbone of Epiphone's business. Masterbilts are some of the most reliably impressive instruments in the under-$1000, solid-wood acoustic market.

Are Epiphone Masterbilt solid wood? ›

All solid wood construction, for great tone and resonance

In the Epiphone DR-500MCE, solid wood is used throughout the instrument, giving you big, balanced sound and unmatched resonance. At this price point, it's somewhat unusual to find acoustic guitars with solid wood backs and sides.

Are Epiphones as good as Gibson? ›

If you picked up a US-made Gibson and compared it to an Epiphone then you would probably notice a difference. The quality, setup and finish on a Gibson will almost always be superior. However, today's mass-produced guitars are far better than those made a few decades ago.

Are all Epiphones made in China? ›

Although most of their guitar lines are made in China, that's not the case for all of them as they still produce certain models in Indonesia. Since 2020 Epiphone has also started making some high-end guitars in the US again.

Is Epiphone made by Gibson? ›

In 1957, the company that owned Gibson bought out Epiphone and since then, they've been sister companies. Other brands may make copies of the Les Paul, SG, 335 etc but Gibson and Epiphone are the only two brands that can really lay claim to these guitars.

Will Epiphone guitars go up in value? ›

Do Epiphone Guitars Hold Their Value? Epiphone guitars are seen as having high value for money, and this helps them retain their value fairly well in most circumstances. Even lower-end models only tend to lose a small fraction of their worth.

How can I tell what year my Epiphone is? ›

The letters indicate the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year. Example: Serial number CI21234 is the 1234th guitar built in 2002 at the Cort, Indonesia factory. The letter indicates the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year. The 3rd and 4th digits represent the month.

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Gibson™ manufactured the original Epiphone Frontier in its Kalamazoo factory from 1958 until 1970. Now the FT-110 Frontier is being made in the USA once again, and is proudly handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana, by Gibson's finest acoustic luthiers.

Where are Epiphone Masterbilt Texan made? ›

Built in the Gibson acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana (Gibson Brands own Epiphone), this guitar stays true to the original 1958 aesthetics, with its mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, period correct hardware, X-bracing and a 25.5” scale length.

Do solid wood guitars need humidifiers? ›

Some guitars will be more sensitive to humidity changes than others—those guitars, especially new ones constructed with kiln dried wood, go through a more sensitive first few seasons and then become more stable. The takeaway is that, yes, you should humidify your guitar, and no, it's not that complicated.

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Epiphone is not only among the best guitar companies in the world for budget and intermediate-level guitars, it turns out they're also good at creating guitars that excel in hard rock and heavy metal.

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The main benefit of a completely solid wood guitar is tone. Completely solid wood guitars tend to be louder and sounds much richer. With the guitars we're looking at, the Orangewood has a solid top and laminated back and sides. The solid top puts this acoustic guitar a cut above most guitars in this price range.

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They're very good for the money provided it's a Standard or better. Anything less than a standard is junk. Both true^. Between 300 and 500 epiphone is probably your best bet and anything above that and you might as well just get a PRS from the SE line.

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The idea that John Lennon couldn't afford a Gibson ES-330 is just stupid; the guy had millions in the bank and was one of the world's most famous musicians. He could have used any guitar he wanted. The reason he used an Epiphone Casino was that he loved the way it played and sounded.

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Lennon kept his Casino until the end of his life, bequeathing it to Yoko Ono. It has become one of the most treasured artefacts in Rock and Roll history, appearing in museums around the world as a genuinely important cultural relic. Paul McCartney, meanwhile, uses the Epiphone he bought in 1964 to this day.

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While that's all super interesting, many people wonder where Epiphone guitars are currently made. Almost all Epiphone guitars are made in the Epiphone Qingdao factory in Qingdao, China, a major city in the Shandong province. This includes both the Inspired By Gibson line and Epiphone's own original instruments.

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Unique Epiphone models, including the Emperor, Zephyr, Riviera and Sheraton, are built to higher quality standards than the company's "Gibson copy" line. Epiphone also produces a range of higher quality instruments under the "Elitist Series" moniker, which are built in Japan.

Is Epiphone China good? ›

It was finished beautifully. The neck was really comfortable, the binding was done very well, and the fretwork was also very good. IMO I don't think it sounded quite as good as the Korean I used to own, but it was a very good guitar and was definitely finished better than the Korean. Certainly worth the money.

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Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves) uses his signature ES-333 in both Epiphone and Gibson versions. Pete Doherty (The Libertines/Babyshambles) uses a Coronet as his main electric guitar. Bob Dylan used different acoustic guitars from Epiphone.

Did the Beatles use Epiphone guitars? ›

Paul McCartney was the first Beatle to acquire a Casino, a '62 model he purchased in late 1964. Soon after, Lennon and Harrison bought Casinos of their own. The three Beatles guitarists used these Epiphone thinlines for a significant proportion of their time in the studio.

What is the purpose of a Fretwrap? ›

What does a guitar fret wrap do. The purpose of a fret wrap is to mute the strings. They are most commonly used for guitarists that want to play higher frets, with styles that may use tapping, hammer-ons or pull-offs. Guitar wraps help by reducing unwanted noise from open strings.

Where are Epiphone Masterbilt Texan made? ›

Built in the Gibson acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana (Gibson Brands own Epiphone), this guitar stays true to the original 1958 aesthetics, with its mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, period correct hardware, X-bracing and a 25.5” scale length.

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The SH 124 Kill Pot is a unique potentiometer with a momentary push switch for electric guitars. It momentarily kills the sound by pushing it down and automatically springs back when released.

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Sunburst is a style of finishing for musical instruments such as electric and acoustic guitars and electric basses. At the center of a sunburst-finished surface is an area of lighter color (often showing the wood grain underneath) that darkens gradually towards the edges before hitting a dark rim.

Why do people put socks on their guitar? ›

For example, if you find it tricky to mute the strings when you're playing short lead lines in the higher frets, using a sock is a great trick. This is especially true if you're playing with lots of distortion. It's also awesome for slide guitar and two-handed tapping.

Why do guitarists wrap the nut? ›

The extra padding in these fret wraps means you get better control over muting your strings. With one of these in place, it's possible to play very aggressively or loosely without worrying about sympathetic resonance or string noise.

Can you play open strings with a Fretwrap? ›

The degree of dampening can be varied depending on where you place the fret wrap. Position it just past the nut inside the first fret and you can still play open strings with minimal muting, but slide it up the neck and dampening becomes increasingly more noticeable.

Are all Epiphones made in China? ›

Although most of their guitar lines are made in China, that's not the case for all of them as they still produce certain models in Indonesia. Since 2020 Epiphone has also started making some high-end guitars in the US again.

Is Epiphone made by Gibson? ›

In 1957, the company that owned Gibson bought out Epiphone and since then, they've been sister companies. Other brands may make copies of the Les Paul, SG, 335 etc but Gibson and Epiphone are the only two brands that can really lay claim to these guitars.

Who played an Epiphone Texan? ›

A 1964 Texan model is one of the most heard acoustic guitars in history, as Paul McCartney played it (tuned a half step down) for the recording of “Yesterday” in 1965. Paul still owns the same guitar, and has recorded and toured with it for nearly fifty years.

What do the knobs on an SG do? ›

The knobs on electric guitar controls the signal output from your guitar. Whether this is volume, tone, killswitch or a humbucker switch, you will need to have the correct setup for your playing style. In some special cases, there are guitars without a volume they are wired for the volume to always be on full.

What are guitar diamonds? ›

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Blonde covers a wide range of finish styles and colors. A blonde guitar can be painted, stained or natural, it just needs to be light yellowish in color.

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