Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Designed by and for fingerstyle players with a solid cedar top.

An airy resonance results from all solid woods, including gorgeous premium solid rosewood back and sides. The mahogany neck of the Masterbilt Fingerstyle guitar has a C-shape and is graced with a precision-crafted wider 1-3/4" rosewood fretboard for easy fingerstyle playing. E-Sonic 2 preamp system amplifies the beauty of wood. Multi-bound body and headstock and gold hardware add visual splendor. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Top material: Cedar
  • Body material: Rosewood with hand-laid abalone inlay around the soundhole and body
  • Side material: Rosewood
  • Neck material: Mahogany, 1-piece plus heel
  • Neck shape: “C” profile
  • Neck joint: Glued-in, dove-tail with hide glue
  • Truss rod: adjustable
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Fingerboard material: Rosewood with pearloid dot inlays
  • Fingerboard radius: 14"
  • Frets: 20 medium
  • Neck pickup: Shadow NanoMag
  • Bridge pickup: Shadow NanoFlex
  • Electronics: eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp
  • Controls: eSonic2 preamp with built-in tuner, stereo output, Master Volume Pot, NanoMag EQ Pot, NanoFlex EQ Pot, Phase "Anti-Feedback" Switch, Electronic Tuner Activation w/Output Mute
  • Bridge: Rosewood, reverse-belly
  • Saddle: bone
  • Nut: bone
  • Nut width: 1.75"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Pickguard: Tortoise style
  • Machine heads: Gold Grover® Sta-Tite™ 18:1 ratio
  • Colors: Natural Satin (NS)
  • Case sold separately

Epiphone returns to their roots to bring you the vintage vibe and tone of their pre-'60s guitars. Make one yours today.

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EpiphoneMasterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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A fine instrument at an even finer price

By Mike

from Coventry, Rhode Island

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  • Excellent Tonal Qualities
  • Pick-up System Is Great
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Quality materials
  • very easy to play


  • Adjusted Truss Rod
  • Tighten Truss Rod 13 Trn

Best Uses

  • Live performance
  • Unplugged

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I echo all of the positive feedback out there on the web; This instrument is a dream to play and own. I'm waiting for the case, but the guitar only too three business days, so it should be here in a couple days.

All it really needed as far as set-up goes is that I tightened the truss rod 1/3 turn and it plays with excellent low action all the way up the neck.

I discovered quickly that many if the songs I play are now easier to play due to the slightly wider nut. By the way, the guitar is equally good for playing with a pick or finger picking; Although, yes, finger picking is much easier using this guitar.

Lastly, I really do not ever over pay for anything as a rule. As far as I'm concerned, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Martin, Taylor, Gibson; they are all highly sought after instruments, but if you are looking to spend less than $1000 stay away from the low end lines of these instruments and just buy this Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE. I recommend the RCCE because the solid rosewood back and sides really "rings" the strings!

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purdy darn nice

By maxguitarhead

from Wyoming


  • Duel Pickups
  • Gold Hardware
  • heavy feeling
  • Looks Old And Worn In
  • satin finish
  • Solid wood
  • Warm tone
  • Wide Fret Board


  • Marks Very Easy
  • Needs Quality Bridge Pins

Best Uses

  • Professional Live Use
  • Professional Recording Us
  • Songwriting

Comments about Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE Fingerstyle Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned many guitars. Taylors, Gibsons, Takamine, Guild, Fenders, and a few custom built electrics.

This masterbilt kind of reminds of the a Takamine Santa Fe and a Steve vai Ibenez acoustic/PR9 model.

Very solid feeling, hence the solid wood. The tone is very even and warm sounding and seems to match my voice.

I put some earthtone extra light strings on and did a minor adjustment of the truss rod. Very easy to play bar chords and you can fingerpick like a madman due to the wider string spacing. Seems to intonate true with strumming or fingerpicking. Frets could use a dressing, but they are not sharp.

I researched this guitar for about 5 months before I decided to purchase. Some people had a few bad experiences but the majority were positive. When Taylors came to the market they were made in America and seemed pretty nice. Now alot of them are made overseas and are not near as nice.

This guitar is great bang for the buck and is very much along the same lines as the commercial Taylors. I think the this model tends to lean to the warmer side of the sound spectrum and would recommend on a professional level.

After all, it is the artist that truly defines the instrument. I bought this without even trying it out and I am not disappointed. I have also ordered the AJ500ME which is the advanced jumbo dreadnaught style.

Good job to epiphone, I would of liked to see how these masterbilts would of turned out if made here in the US. Get these while you can. You know how it is when a great product is brought to market, it sells like crazy and then they up the price or discontinue the product. This guitar will soundgreat,look great, and make you happy.

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