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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.

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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)

Customer Reviews

Review: John7Jack Submitted: 10/19/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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I have only had this instrument a few hours and am blown away with joy! The fit and finish and set-up for me are absolutely perfect, I have never seen a guitar right out of the box that looked and played like this. I have been through a lot of guitars in my 76 years and why did I pick this one? I always liked the big flat tops but as I aged it became no easy task to get my arm around those big bodies and play accurately for any length of time and the favorite in my collection became my 1953 Guild Archtop, which has no electronics or binding for that matter! I still play out and nothing sits better on my leg than those old and new Archtops with no issues getting my arm around it. So, I have decided, after reading all the reviews, to give this Epiphone a try! For the money, I don't see anything better. Set one of these across you leg and see the difference in ease of playing!

Review: Pastor Darrell Submitted: 10/19/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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I was very surprised at how loud the guitar was acoustically.

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I was very surprised at how loud the guitar was acoustically. The pick ups are so so but I probably will never plugged in. I pastor a small country church and don’t need amplified.

Review: Dr. Jazz Submitted: 7/27/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Very Nice Guitar!

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Very Nice guitar! I've had it 3 weeks now and still have not even had to make any adjustments to it and I'm still playing it, "straight out of the box", as it arrived to me from American Musical Supply. I've used it on two recording sessions where we ran it through a Roland JC40 amp with a Shure 57 mic in front of the cab, and WOW it sounds fat and full, really ringing out with nice harmonics and rich open chord overtones with the open E chord at the 12th fret on the recording! I am already using it in my live jazz band situation as well. I am completely satisfied with this guitar, the look, feel, overall build, playability, sound, tone, everything about it makes it a great guitar.

Review: Jeremy Hickerson Submitted: 6/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Epiphone Masterbilt Archtop perfect for swing band accompaniment

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The Epiphone Masterbilt Reissue Archtop offers the acoustic cutting effect of the old 30's fullsize archtops. When amplified via the onboard piezo pickup in the bridge, this provides ample volume for accompanying a large jazz band. The register of the sound is perfect for this role, like no other guitar I've played in this sort of setting. I installed a floating mini-humbucker, and this gives an amazing sound for soloing - like an L5 with humbuckers. At the price point these are offered, this is an amazing deal.

Review: rik-b Submitted: 5/25/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Great guitar

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I played a few of these over the last couple of years and kept intending to buy one. So a few days ago I pulled the trigger. The workmanship is excellent. The play ability and sound are excellent. The pickup and preamp are excellent. I can't find a fault with the guitar. At the price it is a steal and then some. As the saying goes. It punches above it's weight. It'll be a great gigging guitar and is a joy to play.

Review: DebO Submitted: 4/8/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Awesome Guitar

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A beautiful, well made instrument that plays like a dream.

Review: Thomas Taylor, bigttaylor1990@gmail.com Submitted: 2/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Best Guitar I've Ever Bought

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I absolutely love this guitar, it is the best guitar I've ever purchased, and thanks to AMS I'm able to own this guitar and make low monthly payments. My hat is off to you guys, I will be an AMS Customer for life!

Review: Bill Submitted: 9/26/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Butta!!

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Love this guitar. Amazing tone, nice n’ chunky, great price!!

Review: Nichole Submitted: 9/5/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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I love it!

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Great design and sounds incredible.

Review: Randy Submitted: 1/26/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Amazing guitar, but beware...

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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.

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