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Jase81

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  1. Hmmm...so its not actually spruce? Bit disappointed in Gibson/Epiphone
  2. I agree. I would not suppose that they would send American wood over seas for lower end guitars. This would completely defeat the purpose of outsourcing to Asia. Not sure what kind of Spruce they have over there, I would guess Chinese or Indonesian like you said. And you're right, I would bet that not one person would be able to tell a lick of difference just by sound. We only think there is because we have been told that there is...just mind tricks. My questions is based solely on being an Epiphone nerd and loving to know the specifics.
  3. Too funny, that is the exact forum I read before posting the topic. And no, there really is no consensus on how to tell which is which. The consensus that you can pull out of that forum is that it makes no difference, as long as you love the guitar, who cares. Which I agree with. But as an Epiphone nerd, I not only want to know that it looks and sounds beautiful, but I crave the specifics. So really my question is just about curiosity more than anything. Just odd that a lot of guitar makers usually state very specifically what kind of wood it is, especially when it is solid wood. I would assume Sitka only because it seems to be the most popular with lower priced guitars, but who knows.
  4. I have searched high and low to try and find out what kind of Spruce Top is crafted for the Dove Pro. I know it is obviously some type of Spruce given the online description, but what kind of spruce? German, Sitka, etc...? I'm not really sure why it is so hard to find the answer, but figured I would turn to the experts for this questions
  5. Thank You...very much appreciated. Love my new toy
  6. This seems to be the overall consensus so far And boy am I glad because I did not want to have to return!!
  7. Thanks for the welcome Yes, I definitely would not expect that any later generation Epiphones made anywhere but USA would hold the same status as those that were, and are made in the USA. This was certainly one of the reasons I was thinking that maybe paying close to retail price for a guitar that could be as old as 12 years, may be too much.
  8. Definitely agree on the sound, especially since the Masterbilts are solid wood. Just not sure if Epiphones hold their value like other brands out there.
  9. Thats interesting about which production years came in strait Dreadnoughts and which ones came with Cut Aways. But it does look like Epiphone has a Masterbilt on their website that is a Dreadnought without a CE...AJ-45ME. Persoally I like any guitar that's a beauty regardless of CE or not. Don't have a partial preference. And I was a little hesitant when I saw that this guitar did not come with built in electronics. Thats why the Dove Pro is on my list for Xmas...two beautiful Epiphones in one month :D
  10. Thanks for the reply. That is the exact price I paid for my Masterbilt from GC. All in including tax and some new TUSQ bridge pins...$500. I was just curious because from what I can tell the DR, EF, and AJ Masterbilts go for about $650 brand new. So wasn't sure if paying $500 was too much for what I believe is a 10-12 year old Epiphone...if you believe what you read on EpiphoneWiki.
  11. I have been involved in music all my life, ever since I was a young lad. I recently picked up the guitar again and really started playing a lot lately, so I recently decided to become a collector of Epiphone Acoustics. I love the Epiphone/Gibson History, and think that they make some of the most iconic and beautiful guitars out there. But mostly because some of the fondest memories I have are of my father playing his Epiphone throughout my childhood. I just recently purchased my first Epiphone Acoustic...Masterbilt DR-500RANS, but have been a fan of Epi all my life. The Masterbilt I just purchased has a beautiful feel, look, and sound. It is an absolute pleasure to play. Anyway, that's just a little bit about me.
  12. Wow...beautiful guitar!! I have a DR-500RA, which is basically your guitar in the DR Series. Mine is in Natural Satin(NS) though.
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