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Everything posted by meanstreak

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m68N9b81l3w
  2. Yikes I hope not as I've done that to all my guitars at one time or another. Nice new axe btw!
  3. Sounds great in this video - And one for sale on eBay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ-500RCE-Natural-Satin-Guitar-With-Gig-Bag-/151609832183?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276
  4. Ya I've always removed them all, cleaned and oiled the fretboard and let it sit oftentimes overnight for the oil to soak in and dry. String them back up and no problems.
  5. You know I was all fired up and going to call to give them an earful, but once I put my fav Martin SP strings on it and let it get some humidity after being shipped from Arizona the thing just opened up and sounds fantastic now. I ended up not even calling to mention it to them! Pretty sure the 2nd status has to do with cosmetics from the line on the top on the top as I can't find anything structurally wrong with it.
  6. I'd avoid it for any more than a couple hundred bucks.
  7. You should be able to find plenty for sale used! http://www.ebay.com/itm/EPIPHONE-Masterbilt-AJ-500-jumbo-body-acoustic-guitar-OOP-aj500-/291309940391?pt=Guitar&hash=item43d36ceea7 I've bought several guitars off eBay and they've always been great. The only one I've ever had an issue with is this summer when I bought my EF-500M from a Guitar Center in another state. The pics were small and I couldn't see it was actually a second. Figures!
  8. Also it may not be the OP's style but here is Matt Healey of The 1975 playing a couple tunes on a DR-500MCE -
  9. You're probably right. It seems Gibson is occupying the space those would fill by putting out the J-15 etc. I'd gladly pay $1500 for a Masterbilt Hummingbird if it had a short scale and wide nut like the J-15!
  10. If you're looking for a good Epiphone the Masterbilt series is where it's at. All-solid wood throughout and sound amazing. I'd challenge anyone to a blind test against a Martin, Gibson or Taylor and be pretty confident my $500 Masterbilts could sound just as good if not better than most. Bit tough to find a brand new one other than the two cutaway models but they are all over eBay and found used at plenty of online merchants. You can't go wrong with them! The round-shoulder AJ or the square shoulder DR series are both terrific sounding guitars, although it has a thinner nut than the J-45. The EF series are OM size guitars that have the much wider 1.75" nut if you have big hands like me. Here's mine - and here's a nice video of the DR-500 sound - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_R54JM3WTM
  11. I sure would like to get my hands on one of those EF-500P we've seen floating around here and there. It would pretty much complete my collection!
  12. This is an old pic, doesn't include the new Masterbilt EF-500M I picked up a couple months ago. Great guitars all around. I think they sound better than many guitars that are quadruple the money.
  13. I've got a Masterbilt laying around the house somewhere...
  14. Awesome! You'll have to let us know how it compares to the others!
  15. If I'm being honest it doesn't sound as good as the Rosewood EF-500R. BBBUUUTTTT I've not had time to change the strings or do a proper setup yet. But at the moment it sounds much better when "fingerpicked" or playing riffs than it does when strummed. After I get it setup I'm planning on doing a YouTube video to compare the two of them as well as some others. Just been mad busy lately!
  16. Oh I forgot to add the bridge pins look like bone, so that's cool.
  17. WWWEEEELLLLLLL........I'm not exactly super happy about this guitar. Turns out it's a 2nd. I'm not a guitar snob or anything, I just wish they had made that clear in the ad, you know what I mean? There is the typical USED stamp on the back of the headstock and the serial number has been gold-taped over with a new number. It's in very good condition, I can't seem to find anything wrong with it structurally at all. I measured the scale and the nut width and everything checks out. No binding issues and no bracing issues as near as I can tell with my little dental mirror. If I had to guess I'd say it was marked a 2nd due to a cosmetic flaw, there is an odd line down the middle on the belly on the top. It's a lighter color that almost makes it look like the top was book-matched, but on close inspection it doesn't seem to actually be. The nut and saddle look good, I'll have a closer look tomorrow when I change the strings. It came with new ones but I'm not sure they are the best as it doesn't sound so great at the moment. It's got some buzzing at a couple frets but that's to be expected coming from dry Arizona into super-humid Houston. I'll get some pics and post them tomorrow!
  18. I'd say in 9/10 condition and the pickup and case added it's prob worth around $500 now.
  19. I use this one with my guitars. It's a bit of a tight fit around the L.R. Baggs endpin jack, but once you work it on there it stays! http://www.dslstraps.com.au/product/35-padded-garment/padded-garment-blackbrown-2/
  20. I just got the call mine has arrived at the local guitar center and I need to go pick it up! Thanks though!
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