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Epiphone AJ500ME Masterbilt Acoustic Electric Guitar

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Product Description

The Epiphone Masterbuilt AJ500ME acoustic electric guitar is an appointment-loaded music making machine with an overall value to price ratio that will make your head spin.
Never before have we seen such exquisite detail and styling on an instrument at this price. Beautifully crafted solid mahogany body with solid sitka spruce top produces incredibly detailed and warm sounds that are absolutely phenomenal. The rosewood fingerboard atop the mahogany set neck adds a certain sparkle that is sure to leave your audience in awe. Plus, with a nut width of a mere 1.68 inches, it is comfortable enough to play for hours. Based on Gibson’s classic slope shoulder Jumbo design, the AJ500ME can handle everything from power-rock rhythms to bluegrass leads. This model comes factory loaded with the eSonic2 system, so you can use it for your performances that require a little more volume than a standard acoustic has to offer.

Review by Ed Mitchell in Total Guitar (UK) March 2006!

Modern Masterbilts
Today’s Masterbilt Acoustic Series encompasses many of the most coveted aspects of fine guitar building for a remarkable price. Each Masterbilt guitar is constructed of the finest all solid tonewoods. The tops are braced using the 1930’s wide X bracing and extra deep scarfing to produce incredible resonance. The joints are hand fitted and glued using authentic hot hide glue, and the bridges and fingerboard are constructed of premium solid rosewood. The saddle is compensated bone, as is the nut. This premium construction is capped off with deluxe appointments including gold open backed tuners, a tapered headstock, mother-of-pearl inlays, and real abalone binding (on some models) to provide an instrument that is as impressive to look at as it is to play, feel, and hear.

Product Specifications

Epiphone AJ500ME Specifications

  • Finish: Natural Satin
  • Body Design: Slope Shoulder Jumbo
  • Tuners: Gold vintage style open back
  • Saddle: Bone compensated
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Scale: 25.5 inches
  • Nut Width: 1.68 inches bone
  • Neck: Set
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Fretboard/Inlay: Rosewood with Dot inlay
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Binding: Body and Neck
  • Body Material Solid Mahogany
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Electronics: eSonic2 System

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Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
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Overall Rating
Playability and Feel
You can't beat this guitar for the money.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Very well made of solid wood, top back & sides!
How has it stood up over time?
Had ir 3 years, no problem other than a quarter turn truss rod adjustment
Your general opinion of this product.
a solid wood guitar with a dual blender PU and built in tuner for thid price is a killer. I own a '54 Martin D18 and a "98 Collings D1A This guitar is not ass good as either one, but it is really good and the pickup system is excellent
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Can't beat it for the dough. Better than most Gibson J45 now made.
How did the stain or paint job look?
acceptable satin finish
How was the action out of the box?
a little low for me, but fine for most!
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