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Just a post the state that I'm a huge fan of the older AJ Epi MASTERBILT models. Best bang for the buck used guitar I've found for under #500.00.

 

Welcome to the boards! I gotta agree. One of my first acoustics (in the new era) was an EF500MNS Masterbilt. They're exceptionally well built and sound great. I had the AJ500RC, which is the rosewood-backed cedar-topped model; also a rare maple backed EF model, and the abalone-ringed EF500RAVS, the last one I just recently parted with to fund more acquisitions. I can understand your fandom!

 

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I found a great deal on an AJ 500R in sunburst. It even had the original case. I love it !

 

Mel

I've owned a Masterbilt AJ500M for a few years now (bought new, with HSC, natural finish) and have no need to look for another acoustic.

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Welcome to the boards! I gotta agree. One of my first acoustics (in the new era) was an EF500MNS Masterbilt. They're exceptionally well built and sound great. I had the AJ500RC, which is the rosewood-backed cedar-topped model; also a rare maple backed EF model, and the abalone-ringed EF500RAVS, the last one I just recently parted with to fund more acquisitions. I can understand your fandom!

 

Cougar, yeah, they're great. I'm actually selling an EF-500 right now. Through my business I've established a relationship with Eastman Guitars, and I get to try out some of their blems and b-stocks. Just amazing guitars. I will, however, be keeping three other AJ-500Ms. They're just wonderful.

 

Thanks for your post.

 

scott

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I found a great deal on an AJ 500R in sunburst. It even had the original case. I love it !

 

Mel

 

Mel, is that the big, black factory case with Epiphone Masterbilt stitched on the outer pocket? I have TWO of those cases and they're also fantastic.

 

Nice to hear from you.

 

scott

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I agree, the first few years were the best. I just added an AJ-500RNS with original case. My other two have regular hsc.

 

These are just fantastic guitars. I play them more than my Martin. I enjoy playing them more frequently.

 

The new Century Series disappointed me. They felt light and cheap. I returned my Deluxe because I could not bond with it. Plus the laminate backs and sides did not impress. The Loar 700 is solid flame maple for an additional $500.

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I agree.

 

My AJ45ME has been fantastic. It just keeps improving.

 

Every Masterbilt I have seen has been great.

 

I don't know what the "early" ones where like, but mine is a 2017 model and I couldn't ask for better.

 

My Martin and Taylor have not been out of the case yet this year.

 

I can't ever see selling this guitar, my kids or grand kids will one day have it.

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Mel, is that the big, black factory case with Epiphone Masterbilt stitched on the outer pocket? I have TWO of those cases and they're also fantastic.

 

Nice to hear from you.

 

scott

Yes! I also have the case for the EF series that came with a guitar I bought.

 

Mel

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Every Masterbilt I have seen has been great.

 

I don't know what the "early" ones where like, but mine is a 2017 model and I couldn't ask for better.

Not sure, but he may have meant the 2004-2010 production run. I've had several of those. They're non-cutaways. As you say, every one was excellent.

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Not sure, but he may have meant the 2004-2010 production run. I've had several of those. They're non-cutaways. As you say, every one was excellent.

 

Cougar, yes to my knowledge those are the pick of the litter, esp the round-shouldered models. Just amazing all-solid wood guitars for the money, especially used for $400 or so.

 

Funny story. I have a lot of guitars, so I'm frequently at my luthier's here in Los Angeles. A couple months ago he was talking with a customer at the counter about good used dreadnoughts under $500. Knowing nothing about my preferences (he hasn't worked on any of my Epis), he says to the guy, "The best thing out there used is to pick up a clean Epiphone Masterbilt. Those are sweet guitars."

 

Here's a guy who works on hundreds of guitars every year, and in thirty years has seen the insides of thousands. This said a lot. I just nodded knowingly.

 

scott memmer

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Not sure, but he may have meant the 2004-2010 production run. I've had several of those. They're non-cutaways. As you say, every one was excellent.

 

Yes that is exactly what I was referring to...the non-cutaways with the original Masterbilt cases.

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