The Masterbilt Story
First released in June 1931, the original Epiphone Masterbilts made a big impression on musicians from all styles of music and the new Masterbilts have done the same. The original Epiphone Masterbilt catalog made the promise: "The possessor of an EPIPHONE instrument has the assurance that every possible precaution has been taken to build instruments for lifetime performance and pleasure." And we still make that same promise!
Though modern building techniques may have improved the longevity of your new Epiphone Masterbilt guitar, the fundamental design, materials, and workmanship that made Masterbilts superb instruments are still here and can be heard in the Masterbilt AJ-500M, a light, advanced jumbo acoustic guitar with great volume, projection, and natural warmth. When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs better than an all-solid wood instrument. The Epiphone Masterbilt line celebrates the best of Epiphone’s heritage by combining traditional construction methods and features with premium all solid tone woods to bring you a "vintage" instrument that is affordable but durable enough to last a lifetime.
Epiphone luthiers of the 1930s would recognize the unique sound and feel of their original instruments brought to life again in our Masterbilt Acoustic Collection. New Epiphone Masterbilts also benefit from the consistency that climate-controlled factories provide as well as the knowledge we now have about what made those classic instruments sound so good. We put that knowledge into the entire Masterbilt line. While many other guitars in this price range use pressed backs, spliced neck joints and even artificial wood backs and sides, you can be assured that every Masterbilt holds true to our all solid wood promise. We know Epi would be proud to have his name on such a 1st class instrument.
Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
Body/Side Material: Solid Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
Neck Shape: SlimTaper “D” profile
Neck Joint: Glued-in, dove-tail with hide glue
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 25.5”
Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid dot inlays
Binding: Body: 6-ply; Neck: 1-ply
Fingerboard Radius: 14”
Frets: 20 medium frets
Bridge: Rosewood, reverse-belly
Nut Width: 1.68”
Pickguard: Tortoise style
Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio