Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M
Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M

Masterbilt AJ-500M, Jumbo Steel String Guitar from Epiphone in the AJ series.

MGR/Groberg 08/23/2004

Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M : MGR/Groberg's user review

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I purchased this guitar used through Ebay for $350. I've been playing for about 5 years and have played many different brands and styles of guitars. I myself had played and owned only 2 acoustics of my own. One being a beginner type Ibanez acoustic ( all laminate construction ) and a Intermediate level Takamine with a solid top and laminate back and sides. I wanted an all solid wood acoustic guitar of quality such as a Martin or Taylor. However, being just out of college with loans to pay back, I was lucky enough to find this steal on Ebay without breaking the bank.

This guitar is awesome! I especially like the lows and mids. It has a very rich tone with good sustain. The action is med-low, which can of course be changed, and produces a very crisp feel and sound. The construction and sytle of the guitar is also very nice.

There is nothing I DON'T like. The only thing I worry about are the tuners. The are of great quality ( Grover Tuners ) and have a really cool retro style, but they are open tuners. Maybe this isn't a problem at all as I've never had or played a guitar with open tuners. However, I could see the potential for them to corrode over time if you don't take good care of them. They are in great shape now and hold the tune very well, so as long as you take care of them they shouldn't present a major problem.

The guitar is from Epiphone's new Masterbilt line of guitars. Retail price on this guitar is around $1000 new. It is has a solid sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides( could possibly be solid rosewood as there is also an AJ-500R ). Very nice satin finish on beautifully grained woods. Abalone inlays in the name and fret markers. Chrome Grover tuners and rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

Awesome guitar! Great sound and Good lookin'! Even at retail price, this guitar is well worth every penny!

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