The Epiphone Masterbilt Century DeLuxe electro-acoustic guitar in Vintage Natural is a 21st Century Archtop with eSonic™ HD preamp & traditional “round” sound hole. The Masterbilt Century Collection’s De Luxe and De Luxe Classic recreate the iconic Epiphone full-body archtop tone that made the House of Stathopoulo world renowned. Epiphone’s original archtops were designed to be heard over a big band and the new Masterbilt Century De Luxe (round hole) and De Luxe Classic (f-hole) carry on that tradition with a big natural sound and elegant style.
A History of Archtop Excellence Since 1931 Reinvented for the 21st Century
Epiphone’s first Masterbilt archtops quickly rose to popularity during the 1930s “Big Band” era and were renowned for their warm woody tone, wide tonal range and punchy volume. However, with the invention of the electric guitar pickup, archtop acoustic guitars quickly became equipped with magnetic amplification and were for the most part, forever transformed into “electric” guitars. Until now…
Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining our original, time-tested designs with 21st century acoustic guitar electronics to bring you the new Masterbilt Century Collection™. The first collection of archtop “acoustic/electric” guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. Just play one and you will immediately feel and hear the difference between today’s common “flat top” acoustic guitar and the unique voice of a Masterbilt Century. Plug one in and prepare to be amazed! Really. You have to hear it to believe it.
Now with the eSonic™ HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex™ HD Under-saddle pickup, you can plug in any Masterbilt Century archtop acoustic/electric into an amp or any PA and hear your guitar’s beautiful and dynamic true acoustic tone on any size stage. For flattop guitarists who have only played old plywood archtops, the sound of a Masterbilt Century guitars will be a revelation. Get ready for a totally new acoustic guitar experience!
- Historic Epiphone Archtop Design with Round Sound Hole
- Solid Spruce Top with Longitudinal Bracing
- True Acoustic Sound with Sonic™ HD Preamp/NanoFlex™ HD pickup
- Ebony Fretboard
- Historic Tuners and Headstock Inlay Design
- Finish Aged Gloss
- Hardware Aged Nickel
- Top Solid Spruce; Longitudinal Bracing
- Body Laminated Flame Maple
- Body Dimensions Lower Bout = 17"
- Upper Bout = 12.6"
- Waist = 10.25"
- Body Length = 21"
- Neck 5-pc Laminated; Hard Maple/Mahogany
- Neck Profile Rounded "C" shape
- Preamp eSonic™ HD (High Definition)
- Controls Master Volume & Master EQ
- Pickup Shadow NanoFlex™ HD; Under-saddle
- Power 9 Volt Battery
- Output Jack 1/4"
- Truss Rod Dual-Action
- Truss Rod Cover Black PVC "Bullet"; 1-layer
- Neck Joint
- Dovetail; Glued-In
- Fingerboard Ebony
- F’Brd Inlay Pearloid "Notched Diamond"
- Headstock Historic Epiphone Dovewing with Pearloid "Banner" logos
- Tuners Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons; Improved to 18:1 ratio
- Frets 20; Medium
- Nut Bone
- Nut Width 1.69" (43mm)
- Scale Length 25.5"
- Strings Cleartone®; 12-53
- Bridge Floating Adjustable; Ebonoid
- Saddle Compensated; Artificial Bone
- Tailpiece Historic Epiphone Trapeze
- Binding Body Top - 3-Layer
- Body Back – 3-Layer
- Fingerboard – 1-Layer
- Headstock - None
- Sound Hole - 2-Layer
- Pickguard Imitation Tortoise
- Strap Buttons Yes
- Serial Number 1930's Era Replica Soundhole Label
- Optional Century Collection De Luxe Hard Case
|Body Size||Full Size|
|Scale Length||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Nut Width||1.69" (43mm)|
|Neck Wood||hard maple/mahogany|
|Pickup Config||1x shadow nanoflex™ hd; under-saddle|
|Number Of Strings||6 string|
|Right / Left Handed||right handed|
|Body Size||full size|
|Body Material||laminated flame maple|
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