A History of Archtop Excellence Since 1931 Reinvented for the 21st Century
Epiphone’s first Masterbilt archtops quickly rose to popularity during the 1930s “Big Band” era and were renowned for their warm woody tone, wide tonal range and punchy volume. However, with the invention of the electric guitar pickup, archtop acoustic guitars quickly became equipped with magnetic amplification and were for the most part, forever transformed into “electric” guitars. Until now…
Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining our original, time-tested designs with 21st century acoustic guitar electronics to bring you the new Masterbilt Century Collection™. The first collection of archtop “acoustic/electric” guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. Just play one and you will immediately feel and hear the difference between today’s common “flat top” acoustic guitar and the unique voice of a Masterbilt Century. Plug one in and prepare to be amazed! Really. You have to hear it to believe it.
Now with the eSonic™ HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex™ HD Under-saddle pickup, you can plug in any Masterbilt Century archtop acoustic/electric into an amp or any PA and hear your guitar’s beautiful and dynamic true acoustic tone on any size stage. For flattop guitarists who have only played old plywood archtops, the sound of a Masterbilt Century guitars will be a revelation. Get ready for a totally new acoustic guitar experience!
- Historic Epiphone Archtop Design with f-holes
- Solid Spruce Top with Longitudinal Bracing
- True Acoustic Sound with eSonic™ HD Preamp/NanoFlex™ HD pickup
- Ebony Fretboard
- Historic Tuners and Headstock Inlay Design
||Solid Spruce; Longitudinal Bracing
||Laminated Flame Maple
||Lower Bout = 17"
Upper Bout = 12.6"
Waist = 10.25"
Body Length = 21"
||5-pc Laminated; Hard Maple/Mahogany
||Rounded "C" shape
||eSonic™ HD (High Definition)
||Master Volume & Master EQ
||Shadow NanoFlex™ HD; Under-saddle
||9 Volt Battery
|Truss Rod Cover
||Black PVC "Bullet"; 1-layer
||Pearloid "Notched Diamond"
||Historic Epiphone Dovewing with Pearloid "Banner" logos
||Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons; Improved to 18:1 ratio
||Floating Adjustable; Ebonoid
||Compensated; Artificial Bone
||Historic Epiphone Trapeze
||Body Top - 3-Layer
Body Back – 3-Layer
Fingerboard – 1-Layer
Headstock - None
"F" Hole - None
||1930's Era Replica Soundhole Label
||Century Collection De Luxe Hard Case
Part #940-DELCS; UPC 711106700229