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My ideal acoustic....

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I think Epiphone may be missing a marketing oppertunity by not offering a version of Gibson's Songwriter series guitars. My ideal acoustic guitar would be a non cutaway dread with nice neck & headstock binding, block fret inlays on a slim C shaped neck and a natural finish. Think something along the line of a naturally finished Hummingbird with a non printed pickguard and definitely not the funkyness of a Dove.... There is very little selection of guitars that fit this bill and most were produced with really fat neck profiles like Martin D 28's have. Anyone here ever try to strip and refinish a Hummingbird? Maybe I could try that.....

 

Mark Keesee

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An Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M would fill that ticket if you could find one for sale, as some may still be available, even though they are presently " Out of production " It's a normal dread, all solid woods (mahogany and sitka) ...Hummingbird close! Here's the link. http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Acoustic/Masterbilt-DR-500M.aspx The next closest thing would be a DR-500MCE which has a pick up and a cut away.. and that is still in production. MF has it, and also GuitarCenter. Here is the MF link for the MCE all mahogany dread cut away. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-masterbilt-dr-500mce-acoustic-electric-guitar

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Yea the DR Masterbilt is almost exactly what you're looking for. There are a lot of used non-cutaways out there, and they're still undervalued so you can scoop one up for around the price of a new hummingbird/dove.

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Thanks guys, I'm familiar with the DR's and I agree that they are nice guitars, but they are rather drab looking.... I'd like to have more bindings including the headstock and definitely want block or trapizoid fret markers. Basically something pretty ornate that doesn't have a huge bluegrass style neck.

 

Keesee

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Maybe be on the lookout for a orville PR775? I only know of it from seeing one pop up on my local CL for a couple hundred bucks, short money. solid top, 3 piece back with a sheraton-y neck and headstock

 

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Those re really nice... I've watched a few on ebay and they can get pricy for a 35-40 year old guitar. I also like the FT 350's. they are about the same but without the Moon inays...

 

Keesee

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