#1
I was very interested in the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ 500, but with my husband getting laid off soon I was a little nervous about spending so much (even used, e.g. $450.00 or so).

So then I found an ad on Craigslist for a Masterbilt DR-500 M. NOT what I originally wanted, true, but she was offering a barely used one, bought last September, for $200.00 (they're $450.00 new in most cases, although I think I did see one for $300.00 at one point) and it comes with the Masterbilt hard-soft case with the hygrometer (nice fuzzy blue interior), and two books and a DVD (and some picks, yawn). Although I already know how to play, I could use a brush-up, especially re. theory. One book is the Alfred's "Teach Yourself to Play Guitar" with DVD and the other book which is sorta nifty (both books barely touched) is the ProLine Publications' Picture Chord Encyclopedia: Photos & Diagrams for Over 2,600 Guitar Chords.

My mom owns a local music-oriented coffee shop and the woman was willing to go out of her way to meet me there so I met her there which was nice/easy. What first struck me was how light the guitar is. It momentarily made me a little nervous in fact (my old Ibanez felt so "sturdy") but then I remembered my dad's uber expensive flamenco guitar and that a good guitar isn't necessarily heavy (but quite the opposite, yes?). Then of course I turned into a huffer. mmmmm I love the smell of a new guitar. Yup, it smelled new. I'm no guitar inspector but all looked excellent on the exterior and from what I could see of the interior. I thought I wouldn't like the lack of a gloss finish but this satin finish was surprisingly nice to touch and looks nice after all so I'm okay there. My fingers are so out of practice and soft that it was hard for me to get a sense of just how good the action was, however it didn't feel "bad." Just felt like a steel string typically has for me in the past, although perhaps a bit better. The sound was great. I thought it had a nice combination of having a deep, full, warm base sound coupled with a slightly "zingy" (not in a bad way) or bright "treble" (obviously I don't know my terminology!).

The moment I got home it was bed time for the kids so I sat down in the twins' nursery and played several doo dads for them. It was cute seeing them bop up and down in their cribs to the music. I think it will be very good for them to see at least one parent playing at least one instrument (although I'm also getting back into the classical guitar, the piano, and the banjo for the first time)!

Ok I'm off to bed...just wanted to share.

p.s. to see a picture, here's the CL link though it might be gone by the time some of you read this...

http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/msg/634283818.html
#3
You got an unbelievable deal. The Masterbilt series is, in my opinion, the most you can get for your money these days. The only thing that stopped me from getting a Masterbilt was my enormous hands that required the width of a Seagull. I think you made a phenomenal choice, and I don't think I could find anything wrong with the guitar you picked (even as picky and bitter as I am).
Sincerely, Chad.
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You got an unbelievable deal. The Masterbilt series is, in my opinion, the most you can get for your money these days. The only thing that stopped me from getting a Masterbilt was my enormous hands that required the width of a Seagull. I think you made a phenomenal choice, and I don't think I could find anything wrong with the guitar you picked (even as picky and bitter as I am).


This right up here... this tells you that you got a good guitar, hahaha.

If you read around the forum and what Chad posts, you'll know that he can be quite bitter, so you know you did something good when he's not criticizing you
#6
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This right up here... this tells you that you got a good guitar, hahaha.

If you read around the forum and what Chad posts, you'll know that he can be quite bitter, so you know you did something good when he's not criticizing you

Can't deny it
Sincerely, Chad.
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#7
I can only imagine how Sir Chad will be when he's like 60. If you think he's bitter now! Whoa Nellie!

Good job on the guitar purchase there Theresse! You definitely did good. My grandkids do the same thing when I play. My cat even likes it. I guess I'm doing something right!
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I can only imagine how Sir Chad will be when he's like 60. If you think he's bitter now! Whoa Nellie!

Good job on the guitar purchase there Theresse! You definitely did good. My grandkids do the same thing when I play. My cat even likes it. I guess I'm doing something right!

Sitting on the rocking chair on the front porch, strumming my guitar with a crazy straw in a bottle of Old Grandad Whiskey, shotgun in hand to blow birds out of the sky and send the hound to pick them up for supper.

Let's not forget telling the kids to "stay off the . . . ah heck with it . . . here's $20, buy me some beer."
Sincerely, Chad.
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You got an unbelievable deal. The Masterbilt series is, in my opinion, the most you can get for your money these days. The only thing that stopped me from getting a Masterbilt was my enormous hands that required the width of a Seagull. I think you made a phenomenal choice, and I don't think I could find anything wrong with the guitar you picked (even as picky and bitter as I am).


Wow - I done GOOD! Thanks Chad and everyone. Honestly, I didn't expect you all to like my choice so much! (feeling very proud of myself here.) I'm sure it has a lot to do with paying only $200.00, too. Her ad said "or best offer" but she was a sweet girl and came all the way to my neck of the woods to meet me and the guitar seemed so nice and new (plus the books) that I didn't have the heart to talk her down further. She could have asked for $250.00 easily (although I might not have been so inclined to buy it at that price -- it was just hard to say no to $200.00 for some reason)!
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Quote by Chad48309
Sitting on the rocking chair on the front porch, strumming my guitar with a crazy straw in a bottle of Old Grandad Whiskey, shotgun in hand to blow birds out of the sky and send the hound to pick them up for supper.

Let's not forget telling the kids to "stay off the . . . ah heck with it . . . here's $20, buy me some beer."


YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN! :
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YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN! :

More like "Hey grandson, want to learn how to fire a gun while holding a beer and a guitar?"
Sincerely, Chad.
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#13
I just read what I originally wrote. It's funny that I wrote "doo dad" instead of "ditty," which I meant to write (I played the kids a little ditty). Huh - just weird is all! I guess it's like saying "I played them a 'little thing'.").

I wonder how many words there are to describe a tune on the guitar?
#14
you can add curse words to describe it when i play while my wife is trying to study. any other time she loves it well except when i sing.
#15
Nice buy, and great to let your kids see that. My almost-5-year-old was raised around constant musicians and it's so natural for him to play everything now. he's got a drum set, guitar, plays mine, has a little flute - instruments are so natural for him to be around he can just pick up anything and play something.

he even has his own CD's he's recorded with me and others (quick little "jams), but so cool for him to make those and give to his friends

it's a great thing to grow up like that. i wish i had, to be honest
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Nice buy, and great to let your kids see that. My almost-5-year-old was raised around constant musicians and it's so natural for him to play everything now. he's got a drum set, guitar, plays mine, has a little flute - instruments are so natural for him to be around he can just pick up anything and play something.

he even has his own CD's he's recorded with me and others (quick little "jams), but so cool for him to make those and give to his friends

it's a great thing to grow up like that. i wish i had, to be honest


that sounds like an amazing childhood. i wish i had grown up like that too.
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Quote by dgonz
Nice buy, and great to let your kids see that. My almost-5-year-old was raised around constant musicians and it's so natural for him to play everything now. he's got a drum set, guitar, plays mine, has a little flute - instruments are so natural for him to be around he can just pick up anything and play something.

he even has his own CD's he's recorded with me and others (quick little "jams), but so cool for him to make those and give to his friends

it's a great thing to grow up like that. i wish i had, to be honest

That's absolutely wonderful. That confidence and ability will translate into every area of his life.
#18
Yes, I agree. My friend grew up like that, with all the Motown people like Barry Gordy, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Drifters, and all those guys over his house jamming and writing all the time, for parties and family barbeques, etc. Must have been awesome.

For my son, he'll always give new visitors some instrument and ask them to play something for him. When some tell him they don't know how to play music, he gets confused since he thinks everybody can
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#20
Thanks dgonz and Guitar Hack!

dgonz - thanks for sharing that story. I too love it (that your son is getting this). I got a little of that myself but not to the extent you're talking about. Back in the '70's my mom used to throw live classical music parties (HUGE parties) two times per year, during which everyone or many of the guests anyway would perform or play together, and there would be nowhere to park for blocks - it was a huge event albeit probably a little on the intellectually snobby side (was also a big liberal political event, in a way under the guise of music). But on the other hand the vast majority of guests were really a bunch of rowdy hippies just looking to have a good time! And then eventually (in 1980) my mom opened a coffee house which is still open and which has live classical music every night and each table is named after a composer (and has pics and clippings etc. under its glass top). So point being, I was surrounded by many musician friends of hers...and I was in operas and musicals as a kid, too. I know that's probably a different scene than many of you are into (or so it seems anyway) --meaning classical -- but music is music you know? It's the universal language and it's awesome -- an incredible gift -- when a kid gets to be immersed in it and that culture/those people. For so many reasons! The getting used to lots of adults which is good for their social skills. The confidence-building as one of you mentioned. The "good for their brain" aspect...good for those neurons firing off and building bridges in the brain! ;-) And the whole left-right brain thing...and perhaps helps with math (?). But mostly, it provides a way to fill the void that all humans can feel or fall into at one time or another (or consistently in some cases). I'll go so far as to say it provides a kind of spiritual connection...I guess that's the "universal language" part - lol...or else by spiritual connection I might just mean in the sense that one feels so high in being active and creative. Even when I listen to my favorite music turned up loud (as opposed to playing an instrument or singing) it feels like I'm being active and creative somehow. Maybe cause of all that brain activity and stimulation going on!!! :-) Whew - time to go to bed - I'm really ranting tonight!

Oh btw, that's SO COOL that your friend got to grow up around those motown people!!!!
Last edited by Theresse at Apr 12, 2008,
#21
Great story Theresse. I couldn't agree more with you and sunshower about how it helps you in many areas or your life. With me, I've been playing all my life and identify myself with being a musician more than any job I've had. It's a great community, music. And it's a life-long journey that never gets boring.

I sit here writing this as my son in here in the office showing his cousin how to fret string on my strat while she plays on his acoustic - "Look, if you push the string down it makes different sounds. Try playing all the dots!"...

Then he demonstrates a "song" he wrote on his open-d tuned acoustic - "The New Doggie Song", one of the ones from the latest "CD" :P
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#22
Awesome. I own the same guitar. Hoe yours brings you as much joy as mine has brought me.