The Masterbilt Zenith Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and a round sound hole. Inside the sound hole is a 1930's era replica Epiphone label. The Zenith is available with an aged gloss finish. The tortoise style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included.
Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith Features
- Arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing
- Laminated Flame Maple body
- Hard Maple/Mahogany neck
- eSonic HD preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup
- Ebony fingerboard
- Pearloid ‘Falling Snowflakes’ fretboard inlay
Like Epi’s first generation of archtops, the new Zenith has a unique body profile with a 16 inch lower bout, a 11.6 inch upper bout, a 9.4 inch waist, and a body length slightly over 20 inches. Many archtop collectors consider a 16 inch archtop the ideal size for its concentrated sonic punch and overall tone. With its round sound hole and Solid Spruce top, the Zenith is an ideal rhythm instrument for singers and soloists with a fuller tone than most archtops.
Flattop guitarists will discover it 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 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 Zenith will resonate as one piece of wood.
The Ebony fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5 inch scale length, and pearloid ‘Falling Snowflakes’ inlays modeled after the original Masterbilt Zeniths.
The full tone of the Zenith 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 solid nickel 1/4 inch output jack.