Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar


The Masterbilt DR-500MCE comes with an all solid wood construction and a look which harks back to their early Masterbilt guitars which they first released in the early 1930s.

Epiphone provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the guitar and Shadow provides a 5 year warranty on the electronics.

St. Vincent is known to play a Masterbilt DR-500MCE.

This was placed on our recommended list as one of the best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1,000 on November 16th 2016 and the only reason it was removed is because in January 2018 we restructured our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars leaving out acoustic-electric guitars.

Based on our research, and the resulting high Gearank Rating score, the vast majority of people who have bought the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE are more than satisfied with their purchase.


  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper “D” profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Shadow NanoFlex bridge pickup and Shadow NanoMag neck pickup with eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp
We have since published a new category for this type of guitar and you can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1000.