#1
Are these guitars a joke. Why are they so cheap, whats the catch, do they just blow up a day after the warranty ends. Whats up with Masterbilts.
#2
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#3
hey if you dont have any input, other that just correcting my grammer please dont but in, cause your just ganna be posting like ****ing crazy after my ass, and no im pretty sure its masterbilt.
#4
Hey kid, calm down a bit, maby lay off the monster and icy hot.... Your correct it is "bilt". But dont go off, gettin all pissy about someone correcting you. You do that and you aint gonna have much fun on this site, because people are going to be flaming you all the time. Also ppl arent goin to be helping you when you get pissy with them.

Now on the topic, there is nothing wrong with Epiphone Masterbilt guitars, they are just made somewhere in asia and therefore are cheap. They wont "blow up" afer the warranty period ends. Ive played a few of them and they are actually pretty nice. I preferr my Blueridge but thats just me. Go and try one out yourself.... maby youll like it.
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'03 Blueridge Dreadnought
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Last edited by Ranger01 at Apr 12, 2008,
#5
They utilize the marvelous process of outsourcing and selective importing. The guitars are built in China to keep costs down, and then they are inspected and setup in the US. In my opinion, they are the best possible value for any guitar in their price range.

I recommend that you try one and see if you like it. You should not buy a guitar unless you try it, first.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#8
Damn...I'm still bugged by the whole "made in China" thing. Ah well...

(oops - sorry - now let's not go down that road again! All is well! We don't have to talk about China again!!!)
#9
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They are decent guitars. Also check out the Blueridge BR-140 and BR-160


I second the Blueridges.... they are verry nice... I got one of the early production BR-60s (when they were top of the line). Mine has Solid Sitka spruce top, Solid Brazillian Rosewood sides/ back/ bridge/ fretboard, and a mahogany neck. and very tastefully done inlays (I preferr the simpler ones to the overly ornate ones on the newer high end models). Mine has a great tone that is similar to a Martin D-28 thats been banged around for 40 years (think Neil Young's "Hank")

Oh and it was about $840 when I bought it, but now the BR-60 goes for about $400-$500
'11 Gibson LP Jr.
'07 Gretsch 5120
'69 Tele
'10 Godin 5th Ave. Kingpin
'03 Blueridge Dreadnought
'02 Custom Martin D-28
Premier Twin-8
Fender Hot Rod Dlx
Boss SD-1
Last edited by Ranger01 at Apr 12, 2008,
#10
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Damn...I'm still bugged by the whole "made in China" thing. Ah well...

(oops - sorry - now let's not go down that road again! All is well! We don't have to talk about China again!!!)


Yeah I was pretty bummed and skeptical on buying a $850 guitar from China. You just have to look past the country of original and look more at its quality.
#11
^wow, bettor look into those blueridge guitars. The reason i asked the question about the epiphone was because i dont now it just sounded to good to be true for the price you know, something smelled funny, but i guese its just me, i know i shouldnt buy before i play but does anybody have experince with second hand products.
At first i tought it would suck to buy one but loooking at ebay at all the positive feedback convinced me it was alright. hell i think itd be bettor than than just a regular couse you know it wont be a dud after the second time around.
EDIT:Ive already played the instrument at a GC.
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#12
The Blueridge guitars are made in Asia, as well. I encounter only a few poor ones here and there, but they're alright for the most part. Quality control isn't as good as Epiphone's, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. QC is the only reason Blueridge isn't at the top of my list. I'd probably give it as first Epiphone, Silver Creek, then Blueridge, as far as value goes.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#13
^Hey and i just looked at the blueridges BR-60 on harmony and it says its got roesewood but its laminated. What do they mean by laminated is it layers of solid wood like on seagulls or is just one leayer of laminate on the top of some other wood.
#14
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^Hey and i just looked at the blueridges BR-60 on harmony and it says its got roesewood but its laminated. What do they mean by laminated is it layers of solid wood like on seagulls or is just one leayer of laminate on the top of some other wood.

Layers of solid wood, more than likely. Most companies don't use the particle board method, anymore (except Martin and their wretched newspaper-grey HPL).
Sincerely, Chad.
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#15
The Epiphone I just got is second-hand and I really like its sound, action, the way it feels and the quality seems really good. I don't really understand what you mean by second-hand...meaning, I don't understand how second-hand is going to be any worse than for example your own guitar that has been used just as long (it's just a matter of how people treat it - ?) but I might have misunderstood what you're saying. Also, in many cases second-hand might be better because it's had more time to age. If it's bought in a store than who knows -- at least it's been tuned up and examined. If bought from a person such as from Craigslist you have to be more careful but you can get a better deal, too. All that really matters is making sure it's been well cared for which you can tell by how it looks and plays and feels, etc., how it smells, what kind of case it comes in (it had better come in one or else there'd better be a detailed and convincing story about why it's not in a case, e.g. the owner just couldn't part with his/her case but it was in it until now), and most importantly IMO you can tell a lot about how the guitar's been treated by the seller and personality of the seller. Some smelly, scary looking dude lacking social skills didn't necessarily abuse his guitar but some cleaner-cut appearing, articulate person *might* be a safer bet, you know?
#16
what is a "company first" and why are they cheaper?
EDIT:NM stupid question it was probly used
Last edited by the-kidR44 at Apr 15, 2008,
#17
Nuthin like being incorrectly corrected huh? I like the slope-shouldered Masterbilt. Yes...great tone for the price! Haven't been thrilled with the straight-shouldered ones but I think I've only played one or two of 'em. I'd rather have a good second-hand guitar than a bad first-hand guitar but don't judge a guitar by the seller.
#18
also, epiphone has a limited lifetime warrantee. your warrantee never runs out.
#19
^what does that mean. sorry to sound stupid but this is the only the time ive ever actually tought of a limited lifetime warranteein deptht . how does that work like up until your dead and then it expires or is it for a year or whats the deal? Or is it judged by the average lifetime of a humanbeing, being 55 years or so.
#20
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^what does that mean. sorry to sound stupid but this is the only the time ive ever actually tought of a limited lifetime warranteein deptht . how does that work like up until your dead and then it expires or is it for a year or whats the deal? Or is it judged by the average lifetime of a humanbeing, being 55 years or so.

You're . . . you're kidding, right?

The original holder of the warranty (the original purchaser) is insured against any defects in the product for the entire time that they hold ownership of the product. That's what it means.

Edit: I believe this to be the terms of the Epiphone warranty. Lifetime warranties can actually expire within a few years. Normally, the state mandates how long a "lifetime" warranty must extend. Here's a rundown: http://www.askjim.biz/answers/lifetime-warranty-definition_507.php
Sincerely, Chad.
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#22
the average lifetime of a humanbeing, being 55 years or so.


55 years? Do u live next to a nuclear reactor or something...lol. The average human life expectancy is up around 80 these days.
#23
well yah because theres like so many people that reach 100+ out there and it ****s with the numbers i expect to live to 65 at the most, if i live longer than that ill be very surprised.
#24
Wow, has "Made in China" become such a lightning-rod lately. My Fender also comes from the land of China, but I never got too worked up over it. After all, I almost never lick the finish.

But I'm always curious why some people (who look at this issue from a quality issue rather than an economic issue) feel that Made in the USA is necessarily better. After all, there's nothing stopping a US company in Dearborn, MI from hiring "just-off-the-boat" Chinese immigrants to work in their factory.

Either way, unless you're spending top dollar on something, you can't expect it's going to be built by anyone other than low-wage, unskilled labor. If you want better, shell out some large coin and you can visit a store around the corner from me that has plenty of nice stuff to drool over.

http://www.acousticmusicworks.com/guitars.html