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Epiphone EF-500RCCE

Steel-String Guitar

  • Masterbilt series
  • Steel-string guitar
  • Cutaway
  • Fingerstyle
  • Solid cedar top
  • Back and sides: Solid rosewood
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Nut width: 44.5 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Gold hardware
  • Shadow e-sonic2 Pickup System
  • Colour: Natural
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Design Grand Concert
Top Cedar
Back And Sides Rosewood
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Rosewood
Width At Nut 44,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Full of promise...

David449, 10.06.2013
I read several good reviews of this guitar along with some negative ones of the Masterbilt series regarding poor quality control.
The sound of this guitar is quite pleasing and the intonation is ok. The action on my model was a little high for my taste and I am not confident that it can be lowered without affecting tone due to the angle of the string between the saddle on the bridge pin.
In the main, the finish is ok, but it is not in the same class as my Martin. For example, the top has a rough feel in parts (can't be seen, though) and inside the body were several small wood chips. Also, a cover on one of the electric connections was loose, causing an annoying buzz, though this was easy to fix. There a a few other places where the finish is not as good as it might be.
I do not have an acoustic amp, but playing through an electric one results in a muddy sound, despite the dual pickups, which promise so much.
The neck as advertised (on the Epiphone site) as a 'D' shape, but it is actually a V shape, which I don't like the feel of.
The guitar represents excellent value for the all solid construction, but due to all the negative things above I am returning the guitar.
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Unplugged a force!

Thomas S. 193, 23.11.2013
I've been looking for an acoustic guitar in the middle price segment, which sounds unplugged. Have played countless guitars, which were partly also considerably more expensive (up to 1000EUR), but none could reach this guitar unplugged even approximately the water. The full and warm sound of this guitar is really outstanding for this price, which was confirmed to me in the circle of friends several times.

Now comes the catch:
I had to return this guitar 3 times!
On the first guitar, the preamp has always been sucked on the battery (emptying the battery in 4 days, with the cable unplugged). I could not accept this and therefore had to send back this great guitar with a heavy heart.
The second guitar had a crack in the ceiling along the neck, and the saddle was not glued, shifting it by itself when loosening the strings!
In the third attempt to get a faultless copy of this masterbilt I used the support in advance and asked to examine the guitar before sending for defects.
The third guitar was then technically correct, however, this again had a defective preamp!
... but since I have good nerves and I was so excited by the sound of this Masterbilt, I decided to change the guitar again.
The fourth piece was finally a funky guitar without any serious flaws.

My conclusion after half a year:

Sound unplugged: warm, full, brilliant (with "Ab-Werk strings" somewhat too bassy, ??I use Elixir Nanoweb Custom-Light).
Preamp: For this price above average.
Processing: weakness, rather luckiness; Bundstäbchen starting from 16.bund something unclean set; Strings are not optimal from the factory, but can be re-adjusted.
Price / performance: Absolute top class, if one is fortunate enough to get a faultless copy.
Buy recommendation: Yes, if you have good nerves
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Epiphone EF-500RCCE
Epiphone EF-500RCCE

Steel-String Guitar Masterbilt series, Steel-string guitar, Cutaway, Fingerstyle, Solid cedar top, Back and sides: Solid rosewood, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard, Nut width: 44.5 mm, Scale: 648...

  • Design: Grand Concert
  • Top: Cedar
  • Back And Sides: Rosewood
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Width At Nut: 44,50 mm
  • Frets: 20
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Design: OM
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back And Sides: Sapele
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Width At Nut: 47,50 mm
  • Frets: 19
  • Pickups: Yes
  • Colour: Natural
  • Case: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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