A large body guitar, the Masterbilt De Luxe Classic produces a strong, full tone capable of cutting through any mix. It features an arched solid spruce top with traditional longitudinal bracing, replica tortoise style pickguard, and a round sound hole. Inside the sound hole is a 1930's era replica Epiphone label. The De Luxe is available in aged gloss finishes, each with unique color tones inspired by Epiphone’s priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee.
Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Archtop Acoustic Electric Guitar Features
- Arched Solid Spruce top
- Traditional Longitudinal Bracing
- 5-piece Hard Maple and Mahogany neck
- eSonic HD preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup
- Ebony fingerboard
- Laminated flame maple body
Like Epi’s first generation of archtops, the new De Luxe has a unique body profile with a 17” lower bout, a 12.6” upper bout, a 10.25” waist, and a 21” body length. With its round sound hole, the De Luxe has a deeper bass and an overall fuller tone than most archtops but with more punch than a flat-top. Both the body and top feature 3-layer Ivory & Black color binding while the fingerboard has single layer Ivory color binding. The 5-piece Hard Maple and Mahogany neck has a full rounded “C”- profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the De Luxe will resonate as one piece of wood. The Ebony fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5” scale length, and pearloid “Notched Diamond” inlays modeled after the original Masterbilts.
The full tone of the De Luxe sounds beautiful unamplified on a small stage or in the studio. But now the cutting edge eSonic HD (High Definition) preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup make it possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged. No archtop player has ever heard an acoustic guitar more accurately represented through a sound system before. The Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ mounted just inside the sound hole. Now you have complete control over how much of the acoustic guitar is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, located near the 1/4” output jack.