Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500mce Review

Epiphone Masterbilt DR 500MCE Review

Epiphone masterbilt Acoustic


The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE is certainly a diamond in the rough! This acoustic is all solid wood, some great features, and man does it sound good! This is one acoustic we suggest you really take a serious look into if you are specifically in the market for a new guitar.

Masterbilt DR-500MCE Features

Let’s take a look at some key features of the Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic guitar.

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Wood Neck
  • Rose wood Fret Board
  • Dreadnought style body
  • 25.5 inch scale with 20 frets
  • Built in Electronics
  • Great Looking Acoustic


  • High Quality Material
  • Incredible Sound Experience
  • Very Fun to Play
  • Built in Electronics Sound Great
  • Dreadnought Body with Cutaway
  • Bone Nut and Saddle


  • It is possible that a set-up might be needed

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Body

The Masterbilt DR-500MCE is a dreadnought style body with cutaway and features solid wood throughout!

On top, the guitar is solid sitka spruce with hand scalloped sitka spruce braces, which contributes to the shimmering top end and great sound projection.

The vintage sunburst color with gloss finish is just superb! If you are not into the sunburst look, the guitar also comes in a natural color as well.

Back and sides are made from solid mahogany which contributes to the big, warm balanced sound and resonance that this acoustic offers.

The binding on the body is a mahogany and cream, which really gives the acoustic some nice definition.
Epiphone has really gone all out with this solid wood acoustic, which really needs to be heard and seen to be truly appreciated.

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Neck and Headstock

Secondly, the set DR-500MCE neck is mahogany and features a Slimtaper “D” profile and 14″ rosewood finger board with a 25.5 inch scale.

This one piece neck features a nut width of roughly 1.7 inch wide and has a matte finish with pearloid split-diamond inlays. The neck joint is a handcrafted dovetail glued in and attributes to the vintage vibe.

The historic “off-set” headstock has a “Stickpin” inlay and a slight tapered head. We were pleased with the guitar as it also held its tune very well.

We did not have to struggle to re-tune or keep it in tune, as the quality of the guitar is evident here.

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

Masterbilt DR-500MCE Hardware

Thirdly, Epiphone’s Masterbilt DR-500MCE comes with a bone nut and saddle, which just shows you that Epiphone is in this for quality!

The bone saddle sits on a rosewood bridge and is a contributor to the loud, crisp sound of this acoustic guitar. The bone nut provides great mechanical performance as well as add great resonance and sustain to the guitar.

The Grover 18:1 Sta-Tite nickel tuners feel good when tuning. They are not high-end tuners, but are not super cheap either. They feel like they will last a long time and offer great service.

The DR-500MCE comes with a great electronic system which consists of a bridge pickup as well as a neck pickup and preamp with controls called the eSonic2HD.

This system was created by Epiphone and Shadow Germany and also features a built-in tuner and mute function not to mention blend etc. It is really a fantastic system and sounds great!

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Sound and Feel

Epiphone’s DR-500MCE is one heck of a guitar sound wise!

The solid woods really create a big bold balanced sound that almost sound 3 dimensional. The spruce top adds a shimmering top end and really throws the sound around beautifully.

It is warm and punchy, but bell like at the same time, creating a wonderful sound experience.

The guitar is loaded with quality, which really makes it feel amazing. You will feel the sound flow through you when this guitar is in your lap!

The neck is comfortable with its Slim Taper, excellent action and string spacing plus a bone nut and saddle that really give this guitar some incredible sustain and resonance!

Conclusion And Final Thoughts

The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE while not even at the top of the price range offers amazing material quality and options!

It is hard to believe it even exists in this price range to begin with. We are pretty amazed with Epiphone’s offering and commitment to quality with the Materbilt DR-500MCE!

The sound and feel are so close to premium that we do not know how they do it at this price!

Many people look at Epiphone as simply Gibson knock offs, but this is simply not the case, and the Masterbilt DR-500MCE is proof of that!

The spruce top and mahogany body truly create an incredibly sound experience that will put a smile on your face.

And rest assured, people will be asking you about the guitar when they hear your sound!

1 thought on “Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500mce Review”

  1. I’ve enjoyed this Masterbilt model for nearly seven years, and it has just recently become my daily player. My only complaint was remedied early on, by a good set up at Tringas Music in Pensacola, and since, I could not be happier, especially at the, then, 599. price point. I tend to prefer natural over shade tops, but not in this model, and when I wipe it off at night when I put it up, it is truly a beautiful instrument

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