Big volume with subtle and sweet overtones!
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 "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.
methods and designs
As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500ME model features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany
kerfing, a 25.5"scale rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge. Players looking for vintage tone and vibe will appreciate
the hand-crafted dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction. The DR-500ME 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-500ME features Epiphone historic "off-set" headstock with "stickpin"
Superior technology you've been waiting for
While the DR-500ME sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged in thanks to the new eSonic2 preamp system.
Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the new eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy to use tuner. When engaged, the
guitar's output is automatically muted—with no "popping" noise—making it a perfect choice for stage use. You can
even push in the "tuner" button and unplug the guitar without a loud "pop." Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp
include Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, Low Battery indicator and a Phase switch to help eliminate
unwanted feedback. The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly
longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries.
Revolutionary stereo pickups
Under the bone saddle, is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material
features integrated active electronics that not only picks string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a
truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos. Complimenting that is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the
harmonic-rich, end of the fingerboard. Exclusively from Shadow, the NanoMag features 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated
active circuit to capture all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics. With your choice of either 1/4" mono
output blending both pickups or 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, you have incredible flexibility and opportunities
to create the perfect acoustic tone live.
Loaded with premium add-ons
Other features included quality vintage-style Grover(tm) Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation
tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock. It also features Epiphone's Limited Lifetime warranty
and Shadow's 5-year warranty (electronics) and is backed by world famous 24/7/365-day Gibson Customer Service.
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:
- Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Body Material: Solid 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: 25-1/2"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Split-Diamond inlays
- Neck Pickup: Shadow NanoMag
- Bridge Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
Body = 6-ply; Neck = 1-ply; Headstock = 3-ply
- Electronics: eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp with:
- Built-in tuner
- Stereo output
- Master Volume Pot
- NanoFlex EQ Pot
- Electronic Tuner Activation with Output Mute Switch
- Fingerboard Radius: 14"
- Frets: 20; medium
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.725"
- Nut Masterial: Bone
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
- Finish: Gloss body; Satin neck
- Colors: Natural
Epiphone is committed to providing expert craftsmanship at surprisingly low prices. Order
yours today and enjoy our dual guarantees.