Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ45ME Acoustic Electric Guitar

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Epiphone continues its historic Masterbilt series with the Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME acoustic electric guitar. 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 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic/Electric brings two legends together for the first time!

Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic Electric Guitar Features

  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany side
  • Mahogany neck
  • Shadow Sonic Soundhole
  • Epiphone Limited Lifetime warranty
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 line of Epiphone Masterbilt instruments continues that reputation around the world.

As with all Masterbilts, the Masterbilt 2015 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 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 2015 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 Masterbilt 2015 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.

While the 2015 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.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Epiphone Masterbilt 2015 AJ-45ME Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back 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: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with Pearloid Dot inlays
  • Bridge Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex; Under Saddle
  • Electronics: Shadow Sonic Soundhole
  • Controls: Master Volume, Treble EQ, Bass EQ, Phase "Anti-feedback" Switch and Low-Battery Indicator
  • Power: Two #2032 Lithium Batteries (3V)
  • Body Binding: 5-ply
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14"
  • Frets: 20; medium
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio
  • Extras: User's Manual, Truss Rod Wrench, Epiphone Poster and Epiphone Bumper Sticker
  • Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

Customer Reviews

dg Submitted: 12/10/2018
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I love this guitar
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Very good value
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Chiselfingers Submitted: 12/7/2018
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WORTH EVERY PENNY!!
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I have bought and sold many guitars in my life! I have my line up that I am happy with!3 Gibson Les Pauls, A PRS 24 Custom,Fender Tele! All the bases covered. I had been looking for a acoustic! I ran across the Masterbilt AJ45. Did the research and watched reviews! Everything I seen was positive! To be completely honest I love all my guitars, but this is probably the best purchase I have ever made!! The attention to build to spec of older gibson aj45's, they nailed it! I have always owned gibsons. My first Epiphone. The quality of this instrument and the sound is amazing!!The ferts and neck are as smoth as butter! I believe Gibson calls it perked, pleked or whatever they call it, It is a really smooth and dressed neck! This acoustic plays itself!!I couldnt imagine paying another 1200$ plus for the gibson model and it sound any better!!I love the sonic nanoflex pickup is perfect!!What got me in on this guitar was how its made and the quality thats put in to this Masterbilt line! When I received it, the action was a little low! I let the guitar get warmed up from its travel. I made a very small truss rod adjustment and its perfect!!It plays as easy as my Gibson Les Paul Classic!! If you are looking for a quality guitar and want a $2500 sound for $699..This is it!!I also love the satin finish which I think plays a big part of the great sound!! They give a 45 day return! If you get this in your hands, you will not be returning it!Once I got it and knew it was kepper I got the killer Epi case for it! I'm completely happy! Thanks Epiphone and AmericanMusicial for the awesome service!! Watch the reviews on youtube and give it a go!!You wont regret it! I hope this helps!??
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Ryan T Submitted: 11/18/2018
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Absolutely cannot beat this value
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I absolutely cannot believe how amazing this guitar sounds, I've had it for about a month now and it just keeps getting better. Do yourself a favor and buy one
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Aaron Submitted: 10/13/2018
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Love it. Classic look, nice sound.
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Great guitar almost out of the box (needs a setup). It looks cool which as we all know is 80 percent of what we do as musicians. I love the finish and the sound is very warm, round, but clear. It's taken me a minute to get used to the electronics since I'm used to them being mounted on the outside of the guitar but it's easy once you get the hang of the tone and what you're looking for. Excellent work for a upper-middle range instrument.
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Gary Submitted: 9/26/2018
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Workin mans guitar
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The best value for your money! Plays great! I was skeptical about buying a guitar on line. Sounds great hooked up .. Everything they said it was and more!!
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Chase Johnson Submitted: 7/7/2018
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I haven't put it down
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This guitar has made it to the top of my list for picking up when I sit down. Real smooth and easy to play. I litterally haven't set it down since I bought it. The sound is amazing and the quality is masterful for being an Epiphone. After tanning up the first day it arrived I played for five hours straight and it held a tune the entire time. I highly recommend this guitar for any player out there looking for a well built and amazing sounding acoustic. I haven't been able to hook it in to the amp yet cause I haven't remembered to buy batteries when I leave the house. But no amp required in my opinion.
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Brent E Marshall Submitted: 3/26/2018
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Exactly what I was looking for!
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Guitar is well made, sounds great, plays and feels wonderful! Very happy with my new Epi!
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Michael Shamblin Submitted: 12/12/2017
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I love this guitar
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This guitar is beautiful! Love the satin finish. I feel this guitar is impossible to beat for the price. The build and finish are perfect and it’s a joy to play.
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Kenny C. Submitted: 7/20/2017
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Best out-of-the-box experience ever!
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After being disappointed by a few online acoustic guitar purchases over the years, to say I was being cautious is an understatment. Afterall, there can be & often are major variations in tone & playability, even from high-end makers' models. After reading countless favorable online reviews and listening to online video/audio demos, almost all of which had flaws with presentation & recording techniques. Even with this, I as able to hear something I liked & wanted. So, I decided to order the Epiphone AJ-45ME. It exceeds my expectations! Keep in mind, this is just out-of-the-box, tuned up & tested (often) over the last 5 days. To me, the most important aspect of any guitar is the intonation. (I don't care what a guitar sounds like if I can't change from one chord to another without sounding like it's out of tune.) No problem here; all first position chords sound true. (Even the dreaded B string when switching back & forth from D to E major chords!) This holds true at least for the first 7 frets and I just don't play much above that. Plus it does very well with a capo on any of the first 5 frets. I rarely find it necessary to go any higher. The tone is special; the low end is quite pleasing... not boomy but puhchy. The mids, while present, have somewhat of a scooped & smoothed sound. The highs are crisp, somewhat subdued & even a bit dry... just as I feel a round-shouldered short-scaled dread should be! (Think early James Taylor.) The narrow nut width & slim taper neck works well for me. But if you have large hands or thick fingers, it may not be the right choice. Also, the neck is a 14" radius. Most capos seem best suited for 15"-16" radius necks. I insist on placing the capo's edge directly on the fret - where it should be! My G7th Performance II works fine, but my Keyser doesn't get along with it well... just something to keep in mind. The Epiphone AJ-45ME isn't just a great guitar for the price, it's a great guitar, period!
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Farmer John, Sachmando@gmsol.com Submitted: 4/13/2017
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Great guitar
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I just received this 2 days ago and it is surprisingly fantastic. I was looking forward to a well-built good sounding guitar for a good price but I was surprised at how good the guitar is built and how good it sounds. It's got a very clean build inside and outside cosmetically is 99%perfect with just two very minor cosmetic flaws where the fretboard touches the top of the instrument but that's just me being picky. After playing for an hour or so the tone changed dramatically. It is mellow yet the bass is very strong, I don't have a Gibson to compare it to but I did have a couple guilds and it held its own next to guitars that are several years old. In fact I think this epi had a much meatier side than the guilds and this is only 2 days old, you can still smell the glue and finish. Very cool. Ahhh the finish, a lot of people seem to hate it but I was surprised that it looked so good, I also think it's going to make the guitar sound better over the years however it will show every little Nick, scratch, sweat mark and little fingerprint you put on it but that only adds character to the instrument. Overall I think it's an incredible value considering they use hide glue quality tuners a decent electrical package and build it obviously with quality in mind I think it's a winner.
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