#1
Epiphone DR-500MCE - Natural

Jone's for a new guitar. Looking to get a new acoustic with a cutaway.

Was looking at 1000+ Martin's, Taylors

Someone recommended Masterbuilt epiphones. Only 600$ bones..

Thoughts?
#2
I like the Dr-500MCE... mostly. it's a great guitar if you can get a good one. I've gound some consistency issue with most Epi's. not long ago, I played the 500mce's and they were all sub-par. glue showing on the binding and sides of the fretboard. pickguards slightly askew, less than impressed with the sound. however, I have played a few that sounded simply fantastic! you just have to play them first and pick out the cherries from the turds.
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#3
it's a good guitar. the original models had some issues with lifting bridges, which is quickly and inexpensively fixed by a luthier, the later ones are nice and a good deal.

in the same price range i also like the all solid recording kings, the guild GAD series and blueridge guitars.
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#4
You can also look at Seagulls in that price range. Epiphones today are very hit-or-miss due to quality issues, always check out any particular one you are buying thoroughly - not a good idea to buy via mail order.
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#5
epiphones have always been hit or miss when it comes to quality, but while i love the S6, and consider it one of the best sounding solid top guitars around, the masterbilt is all solid and also sounds very good with maybe a hint more resonance and depth in the sound.
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#6
I can vouch for Epis, I have a Aj220,we ll my dad is hoding it right now, but it suprised me how good it sounded and it was pretty cheap too, a whopping $200. Solid top, laminate sides though, I don't mind its just a different tone then solid sides/back, but good tone regardless. The $600 range is a tough one though sooo many good options.