Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

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Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby cj440 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:40 pm

Hey Folks, Anybody have any experience with this line? Been thinking about the EF500RA- They call it a small body, how small? I've been to Epi's website and forum and to be honest, nothing there to tell me body dimensions, I have a Johnson L-0 copy which is the perfect size, roughly 15" across the lower bout. I know it has a 1.75 nut which I like, for finger picking and slide. Quite honestly I have a hard time discerning various body sizes at the store, I mean I know a dread when I see one, but the 00-000-OM-grand concert -auditorium-etc. etc. just baffles me! My local store only has an AJ in stock, I'd have to order one in order to play it!I looks great but my concern is the body dimensions,...any help? Thanks!
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RE: Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby bendaway » Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:41 pm

They should be 000 (triple-O) size.
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RE: Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby crowduck » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:08 pm

While you're there have a look at the EL-00, available in May '06 for $350, nut width 1.65".

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RE: Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby thebluescaster » Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:55 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-29-06 AT 07:56 PM (EST)]Mmmmm.....is the EL-00 a Masterbuilt at that price?. I thought the Masterbuilt line ran around $750 to $1100?
I did hear that the EF-500 will be available in cutaway for '06.

In any case, I've played 3 of the EF-500s over the last few months, and found them to be a nice sounding small-bodied fingerstyle guitar for someone who knows what they want. The 'V' neck is a little different, but I actually liked it after I got used to it.

And at around $900 (if memory serves), it isn't likely to break the bank.

Just my .02 - YMMV
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RE: Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby wigginsplayer » Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:54 pm

I have one, and Love it! It is a little bigger than my Blues Master, and plays great.
I found mine for less than $700 about a year ago. I have the EF-500R.
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RE: Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby pg60 » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:11 pm

the masterbilts are real nice guitars. i just got the AJ-500RC (12 fret sloped dread, cedar top, rosewood s/b) which isn't necessarily a blues guitar. but it is a great fingerstyle guitar and is very well made. build quality is comparable to my larrivee OM-03MT.

you can get masterbilts for a great price at emshorts.com, significantly cheaper then musician's friend.
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RE: Epiphone Masterbilt EF-series

Postby backdoor man » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:11 pm

Three months ago I bought an EF 500 R and I love it!
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