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Old 02-01-2009, 12:28 PM
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Does anyone have experience with both Epiphone Masterbilt and Epiphone Hummingbird? I have played a Hummingbird but have not been able to find a Masterbilt to play (live in the middle of nowhere) and I want to know if it is worth the extra few hundred to get a Masterbilt (EF or AJ probably).

I am looking for a new guitar and $500 (because Im a college student) is about as much as I am willing to spend on one at this time. I have searched through a lot of "Best guitar for $500" threads on this forum already, and my main ideas are these:

Epiphone Masterbilt
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:46 PM
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My two choices in that price range would be the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ500M if you like a loud bassy sound, or the Stanford PSD-21 if you like a sweet and shimmery sound.

Both guitars have an "expensive" sound that bely their price point.
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:15 PM
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Personally, anything in the Masterbilt line would be preferable to the regular acoustic line. My experience with the Epi Hummingbird is that is a cheap imitation of a great Gibson older brother. The Epi simply has a cheap generic tone where the Masterbilt line is really quite special.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:34 PM
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I'd say the Masterbuilt definitely. That AJ500M is really nice.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:49 PM
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The Masterbuilt - its alot better guiter - the humingbird copy is OK -the GC in Buffalo had three of them -one was decent the other two were mediocre.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:53 PM
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Quite honestly, and coming from a guy who likes Gibsons quite a bit, I find the Masterbilts better in many cases than regular Gibsons, let alone Epi's.

I think they're really good guitars. Very different tone, but very good.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:10 PM
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Epi Hummingbird = all laminate guitar.

Epi Masterbilt = all solid wood guitar.

Masterbilt beats the Hummingbird hands down in every aspect.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:17 PM
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I agree, the Masterbilt is much better. The bass notes on that guitar haunted me for days.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:19 PM
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Man, I wish they had a Masterbuilt Hummingbird.

That would be somethin' else.
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:22 PM
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get a taylor 110 im telling you they sound amazing. try one before you by the gibson please!
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:33 PM
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I have been very unimpressed with the Epiphone Hummingbirds.
Masterbilts, on the other hand are much better guitars but many of them need to have a set up before they are playable.

There are many other choices out there, unless you are set on an Epiphone.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:14 PM
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hey busted:

well, i dont know much about the epi masterbuilts or the epi hbirds. all i know is that i had a gibson h-bird for a while, a great simple hog dread. but both the blueridge BR40(yes the lammy) and the BR140 put my gibby to shame. i know, absurd notion but i'd have not believed it till i heard it myself.

so, if you are looking for a hog dread, and you like a slim neck, consider blueridge before epi....imho.
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I have been very unimpressed with the Epiphone Hummingbirds.
Masterbilts, on the other hand are much better guitars but many of them need to have a set up before they are playable.

There are many other choices out there, unless you are set on an Epiphone.
What do you mean by "a set up"? Action changes or something?

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Epi Hummingbird = all laminate guitar.

Epi Masterbilt = all solid wood guitar.

Masterbilt beats the Hummingbird hands down in every aspect.
I have been playing a solid top hummingbird. I duno about the sides and back though.
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:59 PM
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Go with the Masterbuilt. Great guitars for the money.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:05 PM
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What do you mean by "a set up"? Action changes or something?



I have been playing a solid top hummingbird. I duno about the sides and back though.
A set up will check and adjust for intonation, string height [action] and neck relief.

Most of the Masterbilts that I have tried to play needed to have this done to them.
When this is done, the guitar will play and sound it's best.

A good Mom and Pop shop will include this in the sale.
Guitar Center will not!
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