Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Classic Archtop Guitar

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Featuring an overall fuller tone, the Masterbilt De Luxe Classic acoustic/electric guitar is a large body guitar. Thanks to the solid spruce top, the DeLuxe Classic will cut through any mix. Additional features are a traditional Longitudinal Bracing, replica tortoise style pickguard, classic f-holes and an aged gloss finish. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930's era replica Epiphone label. The unique color tones are inspired by Epiphone’s priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee.

Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Classic Archtop

  • Arched Solid Spruce top
  • 5-piece Hard Maple and Mahogany neck
  • Pearloid “Notched Diamond” inlays
  • eSonic HD preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup
  • Laminated Flame Maple Body
  • Ebony fingerboard
Like Epi’s first generation of archtops, the new De Luxe Classic 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 signature f-holes and Solid Spruce top, the De Luxe Classic has incredible punch as a rhythm instrument that flattop guitarists will discover can easily cut through a mix better than most any other acoustic. Both the body and top feature 3-layer Ivory & Black color binding while the Ebony fingerboard has single layer Ivory color binding. The f-holes also have 2-layer 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 Classic 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 Classic 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 lower f-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.  

Historic Epiphone Hardware:
The De Luxe Classic comes with Historic Epiphone Re-issue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons with an upgraded 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and accurate tuning. The tuners are mounted on an Epiphone Dovewing headstock with Pearloid "Banner" logos. Unlike many vintage archtops, the De Luxe Classic has a dual action truss rod for easy and perfect set-up. The Floating Adjustable Ebonoid Bridge is made from a synthesized material that has the grain-like texture and look of Ebony but is harder and more reliable for years of playing. The historic aged all-nickel Trapeze Tailpiece is also inspired from Epiphone’s vintage Masterbilt collection. Every new Masterbilt Century guitar is set up at the factory with Cleartone® 12-53 gauge strings. An optional vintage-styled hard case is also available.

Product Specifications
Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Classic Archtop Guitar Specifications
  • Finish: Aged Gloss
  • Hardware: Aged Nickel
  • Top: Solid Spruce; Longitudinal Bracing
  • Body: Laminated Flame Maple
  • Body Dimensions: 
    • Lower Bout = 17"
    • Upper Bout = 12.6"
    • Waist = 10.25"
    • Body Length = 21"
  • Neck: 5-pc Laminated; Hard Maple/Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Rounded "C" shape
  • Preamp: eSonic HD (High Definition)
  • Controls: Master Volume & Master EQ
  • Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex HD; Under-saddle
  • Power: 9 Volt Battery
  • Output Jack: 1/4" 
  • Truss Rod: Dual-Action
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black PVC "Bullet"; 1-layer
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail; Glued-In
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid "Notched Diamond"
  • Headstock: Historic Epiphone Dovewing with Pearloid "Banner" logos
  • Tuners: Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons; Improved to 18:1 ratio
  • Frets: 20; Medium
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Strings: Cleartone; 12-53
  • Bridge: Floating Adjustable; Ebonoid
  • Saddle: Compensated; Artificial Bone
  • Tailpiece:Historic Epiphone Trapeze
  • Binding:
    • Body Top: 3-Layer
    • Body Back: 3-Layer
    • Fingerboard: 1-Layer
    • Headstock: None
    • F-Hole: None
  • Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise
  • Strap Buttons: Yes
  • Case: Optional (#EPI 940DELCS)
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Bill Submitted: 9/26/2018
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What is your opinion of this product?
Love this guitar. Amazing tone, nice nā€™ chunky, great price!!
Nichole Submitted: 9/5/2018
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I love it!
What is your opinion of this product?
Great design and sounds incredible.
Randy Submitted: 1/26/2018
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Amazing guitar, but beware...
What is your opinion of this product?
It took me a few days before I could plug it in, but enjoyed playing it acoustic until then. But then, I was horrified. I got nothing but a loud hum and popping noises anytime I tried to strum. Touching the end of the cable lessened the hum, but the rest of the noise was still there when trying to play. I used different cables and different amps, but nothing worked. Instead of immediately sending it back, I spent a day researching my issue. I narrowed it down to some issue with pickup, then remembered that I loosened the strings to remove the thin piece of foam that came under the bridge for shipping. In lifting up the bridge to remove it, I thought I may have knocked something of kilter, pinched a wire, or even broke one. So, I took all the strings off, eyed the connections, and took out the saddle to make sure everything was okay. I reattached the high and low E strings to set the intonation and test amplification. To my pleasure, it played beautifully through my amp. I put the rest of the strings on, plugged it in again, and it's smooth sailing! This thing sounds amazing. As bright as it is acoustic, there is great warmth to it plugged in. After playing with the tone knob, I was able to get some subtle, jazzy tones. I never used Cleartone strings before, but I really like the ones that came on it. Overall, I'm more than pleased with picking this up, and it's sure to be a hit at my weekly open mics with it's great sound and handsome looks. But be careful taking out that foam under the bridge! I couldn't find anything bad to be said about this instrument, nor anything about my issue, so I hope it helps anyone else who has this issue. Still waiting on the case that was made for this but I'll give that a review when it comes in, hopefully tomorrow.
Wade Submitted: 4/18/2017
Product Rating
Beautiful Archtop, Great Service, Proper Stock
What is your opinion of this product?
This is a beautiful historic reissue archtop from Ephiphone's golden age, and I was glad to find it. What makes it for me is the natural sounding acoustic pickup, which transforms the guitar when plugged in. Rare to find an archtop designed to be amplified acoustically, when after all they are ACOUSTIC guitars. Definitely a light bulb moment for Epiphone. Kudos to AMS for actually stocking the proper case to match. Most other online retailers say the case is separate, but then don't even offer it for sale. Your stocking the proper case is frankly why I bought from AMS, when the guitar itself was available from several vendors.
Marty Nelson Submitted: 2/27/2017
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Not as great as I had hoped, but all in all Well worth the money
What is your opinion of this product?
Well built, true to period design. I have an Epiphone Devan, made in NY. Very similar to this guitar. I think the downfall was the pickup system. Sounds very brassy to me, I have installed a Vintage DeArmond monkey on a stick pickup. Now I have an affordable vintage style archtop I can gig with.
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william miller Submitted: 10/12/2016
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I love this thing.
What is your opinion of this product?
Love the classic looks, played some country, some gospel on it . Unpluged it's not loud. Plugged in its grate. If your use to a dreadnought sound you may not like it. Seen some u tube swing and jazz I want to try on it.
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