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I too pulled the trigger...EF-500RNS


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I went looking at my local ma/pa music store before Labor day. Was in the market for a rosewood martin (and will get one someday), but didn't this trip. I picked up an EF-500R, V-neck, and it boomed! It was the sound I was looking for and I didn't even need to shop around...really rare. Anyway, after some minor negotiation I was sold. But when we brought it up to the counter to do the deal, the light shone in such a way that a small 2" long crack was revealled at the bridge. He made me a better deal, but I was reluctant (you don't want to buy "brand new" damaged goods), so I had him order a new one. Well it arrived today, two long weeks later, and I've been playing all evening. It sounds great!

 

A couple of technical questions though as I'm no expert. How can I determine the date of manufacture from the serial number? The saddle is compensated, with much less break angle a the 1st. The nut appears to do the same...Is that a purposeful epi design? My Tacoma doesn't do that. There is a very slight "bow"/"belly" at the bridge, from bass to treble side...how much is allowable keeping in mind this is brand new?

 

Thanks to all Masterbuilt owners out there in advance for any help. Cheers.

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My newly purchased EF500RA is phenominal: the complex overtones and loud voice is what I was looking for. I have also noticed there is a slight belly below the bridge as if the guitar is part flat-top and part arch-top. I am thinking this is normal, manufacturing processes. Perhaps others have noticed this also. Maybe the Epiphone people can explain this. Dont bother asking Gibson customer care - they couldnt even give me the dimensions of this guitar so that I could find a suitable hardshell case. Does anyone know if there is an Epiphone Customer care number. I could'nt find it on the website.

 

Eitherway, this is a special guitar, especially considering the price.

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I agree with you george. The bow is so very slight and symetrical, that it may indeed by a design spec. Belly bow in most flat top guitars is normal to a degree (from what I understand). Its when it becomes obviously noticable and asymetrical is when you need to worry. The sound is truly awesome for $550 w/featherlight case. Does the nut on the RA compensate lower to the 1st E? Anything on dating by serial number?

 

However...as I was tuning up last night I heard a slight "pop/crackling" and noticed that the bone saddle splintered at the D sring. I'm not overly concerned, but will be inquiring with the warranty department on Monday. That's just not right.

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There is not any bow in the top of my 2~yr. old EF. Mine is the ver. with cutaway, but that shouldn't matter. Do you use 13s? I only use 12s on these.

 

I also had the saddle chip exactly as you describe. I asked Epi if I could buy a spare and was told No.

 

Thanks to them I am now an accomplished saddle maker. =D>

 

I've never seen a compensated nut.

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The "bow" is normal!! I have that on all 3 of my acoustic guitars.

This was brought up on the Gibson forum a few months ago.

The response was overwhelmingly, that all acoustic guitars have this "slight" bow.

I know that my 3 have it, & I keep them humidified to 45% humidity, & try to keep the temps from reaching extremes.

Also all 3 are strung with 13's.

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