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DR500MCEVSNH

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Limited stock available in select stores only Available in store used 2 from $699.00

All SOLID WOOD Quality and TONE! When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an ALL SOLID wood instrument. Harking back to the 1930's and their heritage, the Epiphone Masterbilt line combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all solid tone woods to bring you a new "vintage" instrument with deep rich lows, shimmering highs and just the right amount of mids. While many other guitars in this price class use pressed backs, spliced neck joints and even artificial wood backs and sides, you can be assured that every Masterbilt holds true to it's all solid wood promise.

Traditional Construction Methods and Designs! As with all Masterbilts, the new DR-500MCE model features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, and 25.5" scale fingerboard. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate the hand-crafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The DR-500MCE also has a solid Mahogany back and sides as well as a 20-fret hand-shaped Mahogany neck that joins the body at the 14th fret that is adorned with carefully cut, "split-diamond" pearl fretboard inlays. As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500MCE features Epiphone historic "off-set" headstock with "stickpin" headstock inlay.

Superior Technology You've Been Waiting For! While the DR-500MCE sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged in thanks to the advanced pickup & preamp system.
Loaded with premium add-ons! Other features included quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock.
Specifications
Top Material:Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Material:Soild Mahogany
Side Material:Solid Mahogany
Neck Material:Mahogany; 1-piece plus heel
Neck Shape Options:SlimTaper; D profile
Neck Joint:Glued-In; Dove-Tail with hide glue
Truss Rod:Adjustable
Scale Length:25.5"
Diamond Inlays
Pickup System: Advanced
Binding:Body = 6 ply; Neck = 1 ply, Headstock = 3 ply
Fingerboard Radius:14"
Frets:20; medium
Bridge:Rosewood
Saddle Material:Bone
Nut Width:1.725"
Nut Material:Bone
Hardware:Nickel
Machine Heads:Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
Finish:Gloss body; Satin neck

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Closest StoreSaint-Eustache, Quebec
Have owned my Epiphone DR500MCE since December 2016. I was looking for a guitar with character and soul. Chose the DR500 over Taylor 314. Was about to buy Taylor 314 at $2,300 and came across DR500. Tried it for fun, was stunned at sound and feel. Played both guitars 5 days in a row for about 90 minutes each time.....could not leave the DR500 to someone else. Had to make it mine. After almost 4 years of ownership, I made the right choice. I have several high end guitars and this is still my GO TO when jamming with the guys. Insane value. Take the time to shop around and find one that rings true and has great feel....I tried a few stores and not all DR500 were 100% the same.....some manufacturing nuances are evident ......mine was a keeper. Found it at Laval Québec store.
Posted by Rick on Jul 16, 2020
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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
As soon as I picked it up I loved the sound. Tried a Martin but the action on this one was great.I own another Epiphone and love it also. Staff at the North store are also very helpful
Posted by Garry on Jun 15, 2020
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Best by far for the money1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
I have owned a load of acoustic electric guitars ranging from lower end models to middle of the road Samick's and Yamaha's (not knocking them) to fairly good Takamine's (also another good guitar) but I have never had a better sounding or better looking guitar. I now own two different Epiphone acoustic electrics and I am completely happy with both models. The DR500 has a richness and clarity seldom found in a guitar under the $2000 mark. I am sold on Epiphone and definitely on the DR500. I highly recommend this amazing guitar.
Posted by MM on Jun 2, 2020
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Closest StoreSt. Catharines, Ontario
I've owned it for two years and appreciate the 18:1 Grovers, even after a week of sitting it's still in tune and stays there. The richness lows & highs are very comparable to a Gibson at twice the cost. I had it set up to a better than playable state a few months after it was purchased, even the tech guy was impressed (after the sales guy told me I was crazy). My only negative is that the neck could be a bit wider and would likely find a "C" shape neck more compatible to my finger style playing (especially as years of playing have taken a toll on the joints) .... great value & my favorite acoustic.
Posted by Brian on Oct 3, 2018
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Best acoustic under $10001 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreGuelph, Ontario
Tried all the guitars under a grand I could get my hands on. Not just at L&M. This was the best. The new model at L&M had somewhat high action, but they had a rental that was already setup, so I bought that and saved a bunch of money as well. Can't speak for each individually, but the intonation on mine blows my mind. I didn't think it possible on an acoustic guitar to intonate this well. Would give more stars for effect if I could. Try it and believe.
Posted by Jim on Jul 26, 2018
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TRIED SEVERAL GIBSONS, TRADED EM ALL FOR THIS EPI1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
I recently bought a new Gibson 415 CEX, had it for a few days, found it very "dead" sounding, and new strings didn't help, took it back and got another one, had frets lifting...traded that for a 415W?, didn't like that, so I traded for a J-15, J-15 was decent, but just not worth the dough, so I went back to my L&M, ended up trading it for this Epiphone Masterbilt, LOVE IT!!! from the electronics to the acoustic tone, this thing rocks...I wouldn't think about trading this for any of the sub $2000 gibsons..it's all solid wood, hand made, top quality woods, and flawless, no imperfections at all...the electronics are super cool to play with, and performs amazing for gigs....the nano-mag will even handle distortion tones well....I'm a huge fan of this Epi, and no typically ugly epiphone headstock!!
Posted by Draper on Jun 22, 2018
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Closest StoreWaterloo, Ontario
Thank you L&M for helping me out on this purchase. I actually bought 2 from Amazon first and returned them. They had their issues (fret buzz and uneven pickup outputs). But the guitar in store was perfect. I also learned that the fret buzz may be caused by the humidity of the guitar's wood being too dry, and after checking online, found this to be probable. So I also took the advice to get a hard shell case and humidifier. This guitar will last me a lifetime. Third time's a charm when bought in store from knowledgeable salespeople!
Posted by Michael on May 10, 2018
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DR500 Masterbilt in Sunburst1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
No surprises, it was exactly what i paid for. Fit and finish was top drawer, mind you I did have it in my hands before buying. Actually, they had two in the store and i liked this one more than the other. I had a budget and i played quite a few different guitars over a couple days before deciding. Always play before buying lol.
Posted by J White on Sep 15, 2017
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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
Great guitar, good quality and playability. I have a hard time not wanting to put this fine instrument down. I had excellent service at the Steelles location and recommend this store to anyone. The staff is professional and courteous. Thanks Paul for your expertise. I will be back.
Posted by Dave on Feb 11, 2017
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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
Great guitar, from electronics to play ability best I've every owned and I've owned many.
Posted by Raymond Kosza on Sep 15, 2016
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Great guitar2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
The sound is excellent on this guitar and the workmanship is impeccable. I played more expensive guitars and this one is a step above all of them. Great deal for the price.
Posted by Ross Strickland on Jan 14, 2016
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Epiphone DR 500 MCE5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Quality Guitar for the price, mine came setup just fine great tuners stay in tune, nice action pretty low. Nice neck profile very comfortable hard to put this baby down. The electronics are quite good i use Amplitube and the sounds are amazing. Overall this is a very nice instrument with quality build. Paid $800 and came with a gig bag as a free Epiphone promo. Finally if this is your price range you must try this one out you wont be disapointed.
Posted by Wes on Nov 2, 2015
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Well built3 of 10 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Pembina Hwy.), Manitoba
Solidly built guitar with well rounded sound. Good sound projection without being too boomy. String height from frets can vary and small issues with finish from factory - choose best of best or get setup = makes a big difference in sound.
Posted by Dave Sloan on Jun 1, 2015
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Solid Wood, stereo output -- yes, please!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton (Whyte Ave.), Alberta
A fantastic solid-wood acoustic bargain! I'm amazed at all the features this guitar possesses, which are shown in the specs. However, one thing that's NOT mentioned that I think is rather important is the fact that these have Plek'd necks -- hence no buzz at any of the playing positions. This, and the stereo outs make this a great recording guitar for those on a budget but needing a great sound. My only issue was the loose pickup connections on the guitar. However, a minor issue. The guitar sounds great on its own, mic'd or plugged into one or both outputs. The Shadow pickup system on this guitar is quite outstanding -- especially in stereo where you can assign bass notes to pan on one side of a recording and treble notes to the other side and everything inbetween. It sounds fantastic and adds so much life to your recordings.
Posted by Mike on Mar 20, 2015
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Great Guitar3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreStratford, Ontario
I own many high end Gibson and Martin guitars- this Epi compares very favourably to them. I just wish I had purchased it when it was $650- now I'm going to have to pay the extra because I still believe it is worth it.
Posted by Shawn on Mar 17, 2015
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The guitar of a lifetime1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMontréal, Quebec
had a litle problem with the pick-up been fixin 3 days this is the best guitar i ever had very happy
Posted by Marcel on Jan 7, 2014
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The masterbuilt is well built3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
Constructed in the same manner as high priced guitars,solid woods,scalloped x bracing,bone nut and saddle, rosewood bridge,dove tail neck etc.The action is great with no string buzz.It sounds great plugged in or unplugged, very good guitar at a great price.
Posted by Bob on Dec 31, 2013
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Looks as great as it sounds3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
Hand built solid wood construction at a great price. Bone nut and saddle, the action is great right out of the box with no buzz. Best bang for the buck out there.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2013
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Pretty Good5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
Overall this guitar has some great diversity. It's am electric acoustic as well as it has a tuner built in and great sound.
Posted by Kate on Jun 29, 2013
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Store Special Product - Epiphone DR500 Masterbilt Acoustic/Electric - Vintage Sunburst
Model: DR500MCEVSNH
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