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  • Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M(warning, guitar content)

    Just played a Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic at a local dealer's and wow, I may need to rethink my idea of Epiphone. This one DOES NOT have the funky headstock that I so detest on the lower priced Epiphones and it had a pertty good sound despite the old string that were on it. His price is $399, that's $100 less then MF has em' for. He's always willing to dicker a bit so I might get him down even more on it.
    Here's a link to the guitar:
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ500M-Advanced-Jumbo-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519028
    Also played a Tak but it had electronics and was more then I want to spend.
    I think this is what I'm looking for. Something "old timey" in the looks dept. and NOT a traditional Dread but still with more punch and volume then my 000. Now to just come up with the cash.
    *1 John 2:3-5*
    Guitar:
    Harmony Sovereign H182
    Harmonicas:
    Lee Oskar Major Diatonic: Low F, A, C
    Gun:
    Glock G19 RTF2, 9x19mm

  • #2
    TN.Frank might the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M be the guitar you have been looking for...

    What happend to the Michael Kelly Guitar?

    you might be able to get a Yamaha L-series for same as the Epi?
    Yamaha FG340II Taiwan 1982
    Guild D4 NT HR Westerly, RI 1998
    Yamaha FS720S Hangzhou, Zhejiang CN 2009

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    • #3
      Sounds like a winner to me. No clue on what the warranty is but bear in mind that like your RK it's made in the PRC. I played a nice one once upon a time in the local GC but there were more than a few that looked like they'd fallen off the boat on the trip over and had washed ashore, stamped as "2nd" and hung on the wall as-is. That being said, that one AJ-500M that spoke to me had some mojo to its tone. I say if the one you tried sang to you and the price is right then go for it.
      Gear:
      2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
      2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
      2010 Martin D-16GT
      2006 Larrivee OM-03R
      1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
      1989 Kramer Stryker
      197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

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      • #4
        Michael Kelly is just too unknown to me to really get into it. Epi is kind of "local"(I know, they're made in China BUT Epi and Gibson are both bassed in Nashville, so.....) which is good. I've read about their Masterbilt guitars here on the forum for a while now, about how great they are, ect. but never had the chance to play one until today. I like the feel, the action was nice, it had a great tone, it even looked kind of "vintage" with the matte finish and open back butter bean tuners. Just what I'm looking for something that looks old but isn't .
        *1 John 2:3-5*
        Guitar:
        Harmony Sovereign H182
        Harmonicas:
        Lee Oskar Major Diatonic: Low F, A, C
        Gun:
        Glock G19 RTF2, 9x19mm

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        • #5
          Nice action without a set-up... that is good
          Yamaha FG340II Taiwan 1982
          Guild D4 NT HR Westerly, RI 1998
          Yamaha FS720S Hangzhou, Zhejiang CN 2009

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          • #6
            If I were in your shoes, I would jump on that deal and not look back.
            -+O+-
            Gibson Southern Jumbo
            Fender Standard Telecaster & VOX AC4TV
            Martin DX1
            Squire P-Base

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            • #7
              That is a very good... price.

              This could be it!
              Yamaha FG340II Taiwan 1982
              Guild D4 NT HR Westerly, RI 1998
              Yamaha FS720S Hangzhou, Zhejiang CN 2009

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              • #8
                I have an AJ500M sunburst. Been about 3 years now. Tremendous value, especially at the price you are quoting. Giant volume. Every time I pick mine up, I end up mumbling something like "I need to play this more". I have heard some complain of quality issues (possibly humidity issues), but mine is rock solid so far.

                If it is in good shape and you can swing it, do it and don't look back.
                Randy

                So many guitars...so little talent.

                HCAG Happy Goat Guild

                SAWG Society

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                • #9
                  They don't make em like they used to for that kind of money.


                  Thank God.
                  "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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                  • #10
                    If I were in your shoes, I would jump on that deal and not look back.


                    Actually, if you were in my shoes you'd have about $80 bucks saved up and would still need to sell the RK RO-06 to get the rest of the money,LOL.
                    IF I had the cash in hand I'd offer him $375 out the door and see if he'd bite or not. I know that's more then I had planned to spend but this guitar just looks so "retro" that I can't stand it. I love stuff that looks like it's from the '30's or '40's and was well taken care of instead of looking brand spankin' new like it just came out of the cookie cutter two days ago. Just need to sell the RK and I'll be in the running.
                    *1 John 2:3-5*
                    Guitar:
                    Harmony Sovereign H182
                    Harmonicas:
                    Lee Oskar Major Diatonic: Low F, A, C
                    Gun:
                    Glock G19 RTF2, 9x19mm

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                    • #11
                      How is selling the RK going... was there someone on the forum that had interest?
                      Yamaha FG340II Taiwan 1982
                      Guild D4 NT HR Westerly, RI 1998
                      Yamaha FS720S Hangzhou, Zhejiang CN 2009

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                      • #12
                        How is selling the RK going... was there someone on the forum that had interest?


                        Nope, no one yet. I've got it down to $225, which is as low as I can possible go and no one has e-mailed me from LSN yet. I've got close to $350 into the guitar and case. You just can't give away stuff these days. Everyone is so strapped for cash. If I could get a buddy to give me the $50 bucks he owes me that'd go along way toward getting the Epi(or some other guitar) but so far nothing. Guess I need to call him and see what's up.

                        P.S.
                        Check this out:
                        http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Acoustic+Guitar/product/Epiphone/Masterbilt+AJ500M/10/1
                        Everyone seems to give this guitar pretty high marks.
                        *1 John 2:3-5*
                        Guitar:
                        Harmony Sovereign H182
                        Harmonicas:
                        Lee Oskar Major Diatonic: Low F, A, C
                        Gun:
                        Glock G19 RTF2, 9x19mm

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                        • #13
                          Yes... and also very good reviews on musiciansfriend.

                          I thought about a Masterbilt... I went Yammie because I knew it... and seems that they may come pretty standard out of the box...

                          I don't want to think about guitars for awhile... maybe in a few years as I get near 50...
                          Yamaha FG340II Taiwan 1982
                          Guild D4 NT HR Westerly, RI 1998
                          Yamaha FS720S Hangzhou, Zhejiang CN 2009

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                          • #14
                            I am thinking about going to the local shop to look at one they have for
                            "The Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

                            Karl Marx

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                            • #15
                              The one reason I stuck with the RK 000 was that it was kind of "vintage" but it's just not vintage enough for me. The sealed tuners and gloss finish just ruin this guitar for me. I'm sure a lot of people like their guitars that way but I like a dull, matte finish and open backs, they just look "right" on this kind of guitar. It is the tobacco sunburst finish too, not the natural with is also a big plus to me. I've just got to figure out a way to get this guitar, hey, does anyone need a slightly used kiddney,LOL.
                              *1 John 2:3-5*
                              Guitar:
                              Harmony Sovereign H182
                              Harmonicas:
                              Lee Oskar Major Diatonic: Low F, A, C
                              Gun:
                              Glock G19 RTF2, 9x19mm

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