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Musikmesse 2010: Epiphone release New Masterbilt Cutaway Acoustic guitar
Epiphone are introducing the new DR-500MCE cutaway acoustic / electric guitar at Musikmesse 2010.
When it comes to acoustic guitar tone and quality, nothing performs like an all solid wood instrument.
Harking back to the 1930's and their heritage, the Epiphone Masterbilt line combines traditional construction methods and features with premium all solid tone woods.
This brings you a new "vintage" instrument with deep rich lows, shimmering highs and just the right amount of mids.
Many other guitars in this price class use pressed backs, spliced neck joints and even artificial wood backs and sides.
With the DR-500MCE you can be assured that every Masterbilt holds true to it's all solid wood promise.
Building upon this promise is the newest member of the Masterbilt line ? the DR-500MCE model featuring an elegant rounded (Venetian) cutaway for easy upper fret access and state-of-art electronics.
While the DR-500MCE sounds great "unplugged," it really comes alive when plugged in thanks to the new eSonic2 preamp system.
Made in cooperation with Shadow Germany, the new eSonic2 preamp features a built-in, easy to use tuner.
When engaged, the guitar?s output is automatically muted ? with no ?popping? noise - making it a perfect choice for stage use.
Other controls on this state-of-the-art preamp include Master Volume, NanoFlex Tone, NanoMag Tone, Stereo Blend, Low Battery indicator and a Phase switch to help eliminate unwanted feedback.
The preamp uses two 2032 lithium watch batteries that are not only lightweight, but provide significantly longer life than old-fashioned, heavy 9V batteries.
Under the bone saddle, is Shadow?s proprietary NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup.
Not a piezo, this unique flexible sensing material features integrated active electronics that not only picks string vibration but also top and body vibrations as well for a truly acoustic tone without the harshness of piezos.
Complimenting that is the revolutionary NanoMag pickup mounted at the harmonic-rich, end of the fingerboard.
Exclusively from Shadow, the NanoMag features 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated active circuit to capture all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics.
With your choice of either 1/4" mono output blending both pickups or 1/4" stereo output splitting the two pickups, you have incredible flexibility and opportunities to create the perfect acoustic tone live!
The DR-500MCE also has a solid Sitka spruce top, hand-scalloped Sitka spruce braces, mahogany kerfing and a 25.5"scale rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
It also has solid Mahogany back and sides as well as a 20-fret hand-shaped Mahogany neck that joins the body at the 14th fret that is adorned with carefully cut, "split-diamond" pearl fretboard inlays.
As with all Masterbilts, the DR-500MCE features Epiphone historic "off-set" headstock with "stickpin" headstock inlay.
Other features included quality vintage-style Grover? Sta-Tite 18:1 ratio machine heads, bone nut and saddle, imitation tortoise pickguard, nickel hardware and a bound body, neck and headstock.Posted on 18 Mar 2010 15:36 to category : Instruments News
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