Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review


This is a legit guitar.  Don’t sleep on it.

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When searching for the best guitars, its important to distinguish if you’re searching for an acoustic-electric guitar. Let’s take a look at this Epiphone model…

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • 6-string Acoustic Guitar 
  • Spruce Top
  • ESoinc-2 Stereo Preamp
  • Mahogany Body 
  • Mahogany Neck

A solid mahogany body with a Sitka spruce top provides the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE with as an impressive of sound as beautiful look.

There is a reason why rosewood is ideal for a fretboard; it just feels good on the fingers.  If you are going to spend some money on a guitar you want to make sure it’s enjoyable to play and not going to fatigue your hands.


9.3 Expert Score

Epiphone did a great job with the electronics as well, with solid pickups and a stereo preamp with a built in tuner.  This could easily be far more expensive than it is for the quality of this acoustic electric Epiphone guitar.


  • A good balance of deep low tones and rich high end that creates and enjoyable sound for the player and listeners
  • The rosewood fingerboard and rosewood bridge are very well made.
  • This is a rare situation where the electronics are so good that the guitar shines the most when plugged in.
  • Sounds great unplugged as well, just a well made guitar
  • I would suggest buying this guitar new based on some experiences I've heard from folks that bought used, but that's a risk with any instrument
  • Could use a tune up at a guitar store for optimal experience