#1
These three guitars have caught my eye in the $500--$600 price range....I'm still fairly new in the acoustic field, so I really wouldn't know much about the comparisons with each other.

If you were in my shoes, which would you go for?
#3
Honestly, they're all good. I would personally go for the Masterbilt since I already have a Seagull.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#4
I have a masterbilt and i love it, but bear in mind that neck of Seagulls are a little bit thicker. (not good for my small hands)


#5
I bought the AJ500ME/VS and it has a deep throaty sound, and is all solid wood. There is no external mixer on the body, just the volume control in the sound hole. Has a pouch that is velcro'd to the Neck joint, inside the body, for the 9-volt battery.
You can pick it up for $549.00 at:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ500ME-Advanced-Jumbo-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=519029

The EG530SC has an external mixer of sorts, on the body, the AJ500ME Does not.
I could do without the butterflies on the "BF" version, and it is not stated that the Mahogany back-n-sides are solid or laminents. (some sources state "Nato" for the back-n-sides, whatever THAT means). Takamine's website only lists the EG530C, and not the "SC," interestingly enough. This website info seems to believe that you can pick it up for $499.00 at zZounds, but their website doesn't substantiate that:
http://www.musiciansnews.com/guitars/75/eg530sc_acoustic_eletric_guitar.shtml

You can buy it for $549.00 at THIS address:

http://www.abesofmaine.com/item.do?item=TAKEG530SCLH&id=TAKEG530SCLH&l=NEXTAG

The Seagull Q1 seems to have "Wild Cherry" back-n-sides (a very hard wood), but none of the sites I visited seemed to want to say "solid" back-n-sides. You can pick it up for $529.00 at:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-S6-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512121

All in all, if it were me, I'd buy the AJ500ME just because I know for sure that it is all solid wood, and that means more quality, (IMHO).

If I were definitely more interested in a mixer on the upper bout that I could play with, it would appear that your only choice of the three is the EG530SC.

From a cosmetic point of view, what appeals to your eye, is your decision. I personally like a Vintage Sunburst.

Hope that helps.
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Epiphone EJ200
Epiphone AJ500ME
Epiphone Hummingbird
Washburn J28SDL
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#6
^ hey soupy
just wondering...
what does the VS stand for in the AJ500ME/VS? I know that AJ is the type of body and ME means mahogany and electronics, but i have no idea what the VS is for.

As for the Seagull... the wild cherry is a laminate. It's comprised of 3 layers(cherry-maple-cherry if im not mistaken) and is a high quality laminate. I know a lot of people will say that laminate is bad, and that's true for the most part, but not with this laminate. This laminate can compete with any solid wood guitars in it's price range, guaranteed.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#7
Wow...3 good guitars but to me it would come down to the MAsterbilt and the seagull. Both are great but personally I would go with the Masterbilt. From the ones I've played (not to mention the appearance) they seem to have outplayed the seagulls they have at guitar center. But i havent played the particular seagull you are talking about.
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#8
VS = Vintage Sunburst
"I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now"

Epiphone EJ200
Epiphone AJ500ME
Epiphone Hummingbird
Washburn J28SDL
Guild GAD25NAT