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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Solid Mahogany Body with Sitka Spruce Top, Slimtaper "D" Neck Shape, eSonic2 HD Preamp


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MSRP: Old Price $1,165.00 Discounted Price $699.00 Save : $466.00 (40%)

MSRP: Old Price $1,165.00 Discounted Price $699.00 Save : $466.00 (40%)
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When it comes to building an instrument, individual parts are pieced together to form something that musicians can create a bond with. To make that connection as real as possible, Epiphone cuts no corners and assures the Masterbilt DR-500MCE is built with real, high-quality solid woods. How these pieces are connected is important too.  Rather than having the neck bolted onto the body, they are conjoined by a dovetail joint so that you can gain the most authentic tone from the Masterbilt DR-500MCE. What truly puts this guitar over the top and makes it an acoustic-electric is the eSonic 2 System. With its Shadow NanoFlex bridge and NanoMag neck pickup working alongside the eSonic2 HD preamp, you’ll have various options of sound; blending the pickups together or isolating the sound from each one, via the ¼” outputs. The Masterbilt DR-500MCE will provide you with a plethora of natural tones; tones you’ll be able to bond with and identify as your own.


  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top with Solid Mahogany Body and Sides
  • Dovetail Neck Joint
  • 25.5” Scale Mahogany Neck with Pau Ferro Fingerboard and SlimTaper “D” Shape
  • eSonic2 HD Preamp with Shadow NanoMag (neck) and Shadow NanoFlex (bridge) Pickups
  • Case Not Included

Get your Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic Electric Guitar

Superior craftsmanship at a reasonable price


I'm extremely pleased with my purchase from Sam Ash, the Masterbuilt guitar that I purchased is excellent the fact that it's plekd, is a real bonus in so much as I do that at Mike. Lull's here in Bellevue,WA. To all my guitars. The Masterbuilt guitar first of all earned its name Masterbuilt, fit and finish on this guitar at this price point and also it Woods is unheard of. Somehow Epiphone through Sam Ash husband Apple II bring the guitarist fine instrument at a price you can afford. I'm 72 years old professional musician, I do like guitars that are built well and instruments that's your craftsmanship. Enclosing if you're looking for it a very very classic guitar solid wood at a reasonable price this is your destination.



Highly recommend


Guitar looks, plays, and sounds great. Legitimately incredible guitar that most people can actually afford. Did research for a long time to find a guitar in an affordable price range that was actually worth the money. If anything it has a few tiny imperfections that took a lot of looking for to find. If you're looking for a guitar and don't have $1,000 or more to spend, definitely pick one of these up in store and check it out. Also Sam Ash Cincinnati's customer service was awesome.



One of the best acoustic guitars I've played


This guitar is absolutely incredible! I had it for about 2 months now. When I bought it, I played guitars in the $1000 - $2000 price range but this guitar sounded really good compared to them. I felt that once the guitars got over $1000, I was simply paying for a name. This guitar sounds the best plugged in, and I also love the vintage sunburst finish. I play this guitar everyday and I love the nanomeg and nanoflex features on it! The built-in tuner is also pretty useful. It also looks super cool, and I can play it for a long time without getting finger fatigue! I would TOTALLY recommend buying this guitar.


Torrance, CA


Great value, sound and play ability!


Best guitar under $1200 that I've owned Fun to play




Great Guitar!


i have been wanting to try one of these guitars for a while i played the natural finish dr-500-mce a few months back and i dont think it was properly setup i wasnt crazy about the sound then i went to sam ash one sunday afternoon and played the vintage sunburst and it sounded amazing then i plugged it in to a fender acoustic amp and this thing blew me away i have several gibson les pauls a 335 and a 355 and two old acoustics and now this is my favorite guitar at least till the new wears off lol i will always go to my les pauls when playing rock but this thing is great go try you one you wont be dissapointed


nashville tn


Nice guitar, however...


I bought this guitar early this year at a Sam Ash store in town.The price point was very good. I really like a lot of things about this guitar especially the action, intonation and overall feel of this instrument. I want give this guitar a higher rating and am concerned that 3 stars may be a bit too generous for the functional/practical use onstage. My biggest problem really are the electronics onboard. The nanoflex is all but useless on a big stage as it picks up too much ambient sound and begins a low feedback rumble. I have tried eqs, preamps , feedback busters, going d.i. and straight into my Fishman Artist acoustic amp. The problem cannot be corrected short of only using the nanomag pickup. This guitar will still be my goto for teaching and on some stage gigs but it depends on the volumes onstage and the bleed from front of house speakers and floor wedges. Overall a solid guitar if you can live without the electronics.

ap guitar

San Antonio Tx


Fantasic electro-acoustic guitar


I have been playing guitar for 40+ years but just recently decided to get an electro-acoustic. I had selected several different guitars that I would purchase and as I continued to go from one to the next this one kept making the grade. At first a bit apprehensive about an Epiphone but the more I played it the more I liked it. The sound is absoultely comparable to $2000 Martin's and Gibson's but a fraction of the price. I have had my new guitar for about a month now and enjoy it more every day. It is trying to replace my '74 strat as my favorite guitar. Only thing lacking is the volume between two pickups is of slight difference but I actually understand the mechanics of how the pickups work and that is why the nano is slightly hoter in the neck position than the one under the bridge, but my my, what a wonderful instrument this truly is.

Gary Stufflebeam

Lone Grove, Ok.


In one word "Amazing"


This guitar is awesome. It plays and sounds like a sweet dream. I checked out many guitars before making my purchasing and the Epiphone in my opinion, blows away all its competitors in its price range. You won't be disappointed owning this guitar.


Bonita Springs, FL


Very nice Guitar


I like everything about this guitar. Tone,great build,great neck, intonation perfect. Electrics are super. Lots of high dollar guitars don't sound as good. The only acoustic electric i've played that sound a tad bit better would be the Taylor maple at about 3k's.

Party Crasher

Columbus Ga.


Best Acoustic Electric For the Money!


Originally, I had bought an Ovation Celebrity to have as a back-up guitar for my old trusty workhorse, an Ovation Balladeer. Shortly afterward, I was jamming at an open mic and noticed the pick-up wasn't picking up the two high strings (the E and B). I took it into Sam Ash for service, and while the rep was writing up the service order, I wandered into the acoustic room once again, because I always end up in there whenever I go to Sam Ash for anything. It was then that I noticed the Epiphone Masterbilt DR500 MCE. I took it down off the wall and started noodling around on it. I immediately noticed that the sound was comparable to guitars priced in the thousands. I've played Taylors, Gibsons and Martins, high-end Larabees and Breedloves - but this... this guitar sounded every bit as good - and the price was only $599.00. Of course, then, I had to plug it into a sound system to hear the response of the Esonic2 pickups. I had no idea what nonomag or nano flex were. So I started playing around with the settings and that was it. I was hooked. I spent the next two days not being able to get this guitar out of my head. Finally, with just a few hours to go before a major snowstorm was about to hit the east coast; knowing I would be snowed in for a couple days, I headed back and bought it. Rarely, have I ever made a better decision. No need to leave the house, because I only put that guitar down long enough to write this review. I know I could have given it 4 stars because 5 stars seems to good to be true. But for the money, you just can't get a better value than the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500 MCE. As for the Ovation Celebrity, I'm going to sell it on Craigslist after I get it fixed to offset the price of my new Epi. For some great demos of this guitar and the Esonic2 pickup system, search for the video demos on Youtube. Okay - now that the cat's out of the bag, they'll probably have a hard time keeping these babies in stock!


Philadelphia, PA


Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

4.7 14


Series Masterbilt
Other Features Bone nut, nickel hardware
Model DR-500MCE
Warranty Info:

Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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