Allenjason95, on 18 March 2017 - 06:31 AM, said:
....is the difference between an Epiphone Masterbilt and a Gibson worth the price difference?
The thing is - and this seems true for all more expensive guitars, not just Gibson - as the quality, playability, and 'good tone' increase linearly, the price increases exponentially. That's just how it seems, anyway.
I started with Masterbilts too. Love 'em. Still have a few. But after some years of acquiring deals I couldn't pass up, I figured I could cash some in and get a Gibson. I wanted a J-45, but I was seduced by the J-15's excellent
price and excellent reviews from guys on this board. I had an order in for one, but just before I got it, I was beguiled by a great deal on a competitor's used model that's normally up in the $2000 range (Guild jumbo F50R). You want to talk bling? Over and above the usual bling on this model (sunburst, abalone rosette, ebony fretboard, etc., which was all I was looking for), this thing came with freaking emeralds
inlaid on the bridge pins and tuning posts. Fortunately, I didn't seem to have to pay anything extra for that!
But yeah, bling's not your thing, and I'll join the others in suggesting the J-15. It's got a very nice, understated abalone rosette, which is bling enough. And though it's a made-in-Bozeman Gibson, the price is very un-Gibson-like. Good luck in your search!