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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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With the AJ-45ME the historic "Advanced Jumbo" joins the Epiphone Masterbilt Family!

Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt series with the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric. The legendary J-45 round shoulder dreadnought has been the driving power behind decades of classics in every genre - rock, pop, and country. From Hank Williams to John Lennon the "J-45" has been the go-to guitar for songwriters and rhythm guitarists. Epiphone's first Ltd. Ed. reissue of the "The Workhorse" J-45 earned it a "Mark of Excellence Award" from Guitar One magazine and now the Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric brings two legends together for the first time!

First released in June 1931, the original line of Epiphone Masterbilt guitars made a big impression on musicians and heralded the first great era of acoustic guitars. Today, the new line of Epiphone Masterbilt instruments continues that reputation around the world. 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 Epiphone still stands by that promise today!

As with all Masterbilts, the Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric is an ALL SOLID WOOD instrument featuring a solid Sitka Spruce top finished in a Vintage Sunburst Satin finish. The top is supported by hand-scalloped Sitka Spruce braces and is set off by Mahogany kerfing along with a Rosewood bridge and a bone saddle. One of the great attributes of a Sitka Spruce top is that it gets better with age - and playing time - so play your AJ-45ME a lot! The AJ-45ME’s historic sloped jumbo shape contributes to the guitar’s mighty tone, booming bass, and mid-range projection. The Rosewood bridge features a vintage classic 1.69" bone nut and the top has 5-ply binding and a tortoise style pickguard.

The Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45ME has solid Mahogany back and sides, just like revered vintage models. The hand-shaped neck is also made from solid mahogany with a 1-piece heel. The neck is attached to the body with a dovetail joint and hide glue, and the neck has a standard 24.75" scale. Like all Masterbilts, the neck has a classic SlimTaperTM D profile. The Rosewood fingerboard features pearloid dot inlays, a 14" radius, and 20 medium jumbo frets.
Shadow Sonic Preamp and NanoFlex Pickups: Plug in with a Revolutionary Acoustic Sound!

While the AJ-45ME sounds great "unplugged", it really comes alive when plugged-in, thanks to Shadow's state-of-the-art Sonic preamp system with the revolutionary under-saddle NanoFlex low-impedance pickup. Discretely mounted inside the sound hole, the Sonic preamp features an easy-access volume control with Treble and Bass EQ controls. There's also a "phase" switch that instantly cuts feedback without affecting tone. The NanoFlex  pickup is the only pickup that senses both the vibrations of the strings and the movements of the soundboard simultaneously. So, the sound is truly "acoustic", combining accurate body and string tone with percussive attack. It's like having a microphone mixed with an under-saddle pickup! Due to active amplification directly at the pickup and 100% shielding of the entire system, there is no signal loss and no "hum" created. A battery indicator LED turns on when the battery is low and should be replaced within 30 minutes. The preamp is powered by two 2032 lithium, 3V batteries and the complete system is extremely light and weighs far less than ordinary 9V systems. A premium Shadow output jack is incorporated into the endpin jack, and the entire electronic system is covered by Shadow's 5-year worldwide parts and labor limited warranty.

The Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric features Epiphone’s quality nickel hardware and stays in-tune thanks to world famous Grover Sta-Tite machine heads with a pro-level 18:1 tuning ratio.

Epiphone Masterbilt quality speaks for itself and has for over half a century. Every instrument made at the "House of Stathopoulo" is backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service.

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

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Love this guitar!!


I bought one of these at the Sam Ash Edison store. I have been looking at it for about 2 yrs and decided to finally buy it. The only bad thing I can say is that Epiphone cheaped out bridge pins. I changed them with the Tusq pins and boy what a difference. This guitar now sings!! You wont be disappointed!!!




Bold and warm sound!


I was really taken with the overall build quality, fit and finish of this guitar, but really surprised when I played it! Strummed chords really project but aren't harsh at all, very nice warm and balanced tone! Playing leads / melodies was very easy and smooth, and the fingerpicking / fingerstyle was excellent! You owe it to yourself to check these out!


Noblesville, Indiana


Favorite Guitar


If you are a brand snob, then this may not be the guitar for you. However, if you are seeking an awesome sounding, all wood guitar then THIS IS THE GUITAR! I compared the AJ45 to its counterpart the Gibson J45 and the Epi sounds better and plays easier in my opinion. It is my understanding that the electronics on the Epiphone are not as popular as the ones on the Gibson, but I've never used the electronics on any of my acoustic guitars so it was not a deciding factor for me. This is just a great all around guitar. Give this guitar a try and you may be pleasantly surprised. Didn't think I would ever find anything I would like better than my Martin, but haven't played it since I got the Epi.

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Great guitar


I've owned Gibsons and I've owned Martin. But I cannot say enough about this guitar. I purchased my AJ45ME in November 16 and I honestly have been playing it more than my Gibson J15. The J15 is a absolutely fabulous guitar too, but this Epi simply blows me away. It's a canon with tone that rivals the J45's I have played. The setup out of the box is the best I have ever seen. Cant say enough about this Epiphone.


North Carolina


Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Number Of Frets 20
Scale Length 24.75"
Neck Type Tapered Dovetail Joint
Nut Width 1.68"
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Rosewood
Body Wood Solid Mahogany
Top Solid Sitka Spruce
Bridge Type Rosewood
Tuning Machines Vintage Style
Other Features Vintage Sunburst Satin Finish

Hide Glue Neck Joint Adhesive

Shadow NanoFlex Pickup with Shadow Sonic Soundhole Electronics

Bone Nut

Nickel Hardware

Grover Sta-Tite Tuners with 18:1 Tuning Ratio
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included No
Series Masterbilt
Model AJ-45ME
Warranty Info:

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.