Price paid: C$ 660
Purchased from: ITALMELODIE
Sound — 10
I play mainly popular music and some blues. The guitar has a very even sound overall. Highs and mids come through quite well and the bass response is superb. Loud and man I mean loud unplugged. The spacing of the strings is sufficient to allow fingerpicking and it is marvelous for fingerpicking. It projects well. Plugged or not, it is a great guitar to play that produces a rich, full sound.
Overall Impression — 10
To be honest, I was not a fan of Epiphone Acoustic guitar. But after reading many forum and reviews about the Masterbilt line a decide to go ahead. All in all the Epiphone DR-500MCE is a brilliant guitar, is gig worthy, and very affordable. When it comes to bang for your buck, I'll recommend it to anybody. If someone stole this one, I would definitely consider buying another one!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is durable and can definately withstand Live playing. I believe it will last a long time. The strap buttons are really solid. This is a really reliable guitar. The sunburst finish is very strong, It withstood being smacked against a table. All the parts seem well made and well put together.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action is near enough perfect, you can play flawlessly over the fretboard and barre chords at the 14th fret with ease. The tuners stay in tune. I can't actually see any errors yet with this aspect of the guitar. The finish is amazing, and there are no flaws in the guitar, everything is perfect
Features — 10
This guitar is from Epihphone Masterbilt line, it's a Dreadnought body style, built from premium all solid tone woods, model features a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing, a 25.5" scale rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge. It also features Epiphone historic "off-set" headstock with "stickpin" headstock inlay. It has the new eSonic2 preamp system that include Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, Low Battery indicator and a Phase Switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback. Under the bone saddle, is Shadow's proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup. Exclusively from Shadow, the NanoMag features 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated active circuit to capture all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics. With your choice of either 1/4" mono output blending both pickups or 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, you have incredible flexibility and opportunities to create the perfect Acoustic tone live! Other features included quality vintage-style Grover Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock.