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Just got an Epi Masterbuilt AJ500ME And it is SWEET (pics and sound clip)

#1 User is offline   Zonkers 

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:48 AM

It needed some minor setup work out of the box, but most guitars need some tweaking, especially acoustics, imo. This has a solid spruce top, solid mahogany sides and back, mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard, open back grover tuners, bone nut and saddle. Had it setup with 13's to get a little deeper tone, and this baby has a serious voice to it. It's got the eSonic2 pre-amp system, I've plugged it into my SCXD on channel 16, and it sounds VERY nice.
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I did a cover of Kashmir using my Zoom H2 set to 2 channel, sometimes you can hear the guitar very clearly, other times it blends in, pretty much like the original. I did several takes on this, sometimes you could just hear the guitar, other times just the backing track. This guitar can have some booming resonance.
Thanks for checking it out. This is my first decent acoustic, and for the money, I don't know if it can be beat.
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#2 User is offline   diverden 

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:51 AM

If I could keep only one guitar, it would be my AJ500ME VS. Mine is an earlier model with the Baggs Element.
These guitars are an amazing value and pass the blind sound test easily against more expensive guitars.
Thanks for the clip. Sounds great.

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2005 Fender 72 Telecaster Custom
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2006 Epiphone Masterbuilt AJ-500 ME VS
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2009 Epiphone Lenon EJ-160
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#3 User is offline   meanstreak 

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:05 PM

Welcome to the masterbilt family! You're dead on at the bang for the buck, I'd say my AJ-500M sounds 90% as good as a Gibson J-45 at just 25% of the price!


1994 Epiphone Hummingbird - Fishman pickup
1998 Epiphone PR-100 NA
2004 Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500R VS - L.R. Baggs Element pickup
20?? Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500M
2005 Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R NS - L.R. Baggs iBeam pickup
2008 Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M NS - L.R. Baggs iBeam pickup
2009 Epiphone Dove Black - custom black pick guard, L.R. Baggs Element pickup
2009 Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M VS - L.R. Baggs Element pickup
2011 Gibson J-45 Standard VS
2012 Epiphone Sheraton II EB - all parts switched from gold to nickel

#4 User is offline   TimLahey 

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:15 PM

Congrats on the new AJ!

I'm really happy with my new AJ-500m too and I got it new at 30% off the commonly advertised price. I agree the set-up was quite good out of the box and the fit and finish is excellent.


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