What we Think...
This epiphone classic carry’s a lot of the 30’s style and it just proves that it doesn’t need to change, its powerful tone will make every guitarist happy, and it is one of the many models that keeps epiphone alive. It has a sonic HD Pre amp, with a Nanoflex Pickup making it perfect for guitarists who want to plug into an amp. Rimmers music can also extended the warranty on this guitar from 1 year too 5 years in total. The reasons are infinite why you should buy this guitar!
Reviewed by P.DAW ...Rimmers Music Southport.
Archtop acoustic guitars of the 1930's were renowned for their warm woody tones, wide tonal range and punchy volume until the electric pickup came along. From then on archtop acoustic guitars became equipped with magnetic amplification and transformed into "electric" guitars. With the new Epiphone Deluxe Classic Masterbilt Century, we can see that this technology has come a long way. Featuring a cutting edge eSonic HD pre-amp system and Shadow NanoFlex Under-saddle pickup, it is now possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged.
The Epiphone Deluxe Classic Masterbilt Century has a large body profile, capable of producing a strong full tone. Modeled on original Epiphone archtops, its unique body features a 17" lower bout, a 12.6" upper bout, a 10.25" waist and a 21" body length. With its classic "f" sound holes, the Deluxe Classic has a deeper bass and an overall fuller tone compared to most archtops on the market.
Epiphone have really outdone themselves with this guitar, and know that appearance is just as important as sound. Available in a beautiful Vintage-natural finish, which keeps its traditional 1930's inspired look. The classic "f" sound holes, provides this guitar with ultimate elegance and traditional aspect. The fretboard features a notched diamond pearloid inlay, which also adds to the overall authenticity of this instrument.
The Epiphone Deluxe Classic Masterbilt Century not only provides you with beautiful vintage-style instrument, but also sounds amazing un-amplified on a small stage or in the studio. With the new cutting edge eSonic pre-amp system and a Shadow NanoFlex under-saddle pickup, it is now possible to hear the amplified sound exactly as you would hear it unplugged. No archtop player has ever heard an acoustic guitar more accurately represented through a sound system before until now, thanks to this clever technology. It works by simultaneously picking up both the vibrations of the strings and the movement of the soundboard, and produces natural-sounding acoustic tones without the harshness of conventional electric pickups.The Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ, allowing you complete control over how much sound is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, and easy to replace.
The Deluxe Classic comes with Epiphone Re-issue Tuners that have marboloid buttons, and with an upgraded 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and accurate tuning. The tuners are mounted on an Epiphone Dovewing headstock with Pearloid "Banner" logos. Unlike many vintage archtops on the market, the Deluxe has a dual action truss rod for easy and perfect set-up. The Ebonoid Bridge is manufactured from a synthesized material that has the grain-like texture and look of Ebony but is harder and more reliable for years of playing, ensuring a good quality instrument.
The Epiphone Deluxe Classic Masterbilt Century is a large body electro acoustic guitar, that has a full tone capable of cutting through any mix. The renowned archtop guitar has been reinvented combining 21st Century acoustic guitar electronics such as a eSonic pre-amp system, and an under-saddle pickup. It is the first collection of archtop electro acoustic guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. Taking its inspiration from the 1930's style Masterbilt archtops, it features an arched Spruce top with replica pickguard, classic "f" sound holes and a Vintage natural finish. The sound of the new Masterbilt Century guitars will be a revelation for flattop guitarists who have only played old plywood archtops.
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*A tortoise-style pickguard is included with this guitar and comes unattached for user preference and transportation.
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