Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith Classic Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith Classic Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

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The Masterbilt® Zenith Classic Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and classic f- holes.


  • Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith Classic Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

    The Masterbilt® Zenith Classic Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and classic f- holes.

    Main Features

    • Historic Epiphone Archtop Design with classic 'f' Hole
    • Solid Spruce Top with Longitudinal Bracing
    • True Acoustic Sound with Sonic™ HD Preamp/NanoFlex™ HD pickup
    • Ebony Fretboard
    • Historic Tuners and Headstock Inlay Design
    • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
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    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 their 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!
    Presenting the Epiphone Masterbilt® Zenith Classic™ Acoustic/Electric Guitar
    The Masterbilt® Zenith Classic Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and classic f- holes. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930's era replica Epiphone label. The Zenith Classic is finished in traditional Vintage Sunburst with unique colour tones inspired by Epiphone's priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee. The tortoise style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included. Like Epi's first generation of archtops, the new Zenith Classic has a unique body profile with a 16 inch lower bout, a 11.6 inch upper bout, a 9.4 inch waist, and a body length slightly over 20 inches. Many archtop collectors consider a 16 inch archtop the ideal size for its concentrated sonic punch and overall tone.
    With its signature f-holes and Solid Spruce top, the Zenith Classic is an ideal rhythm instrument for singers and soloists. Flattop guitarists will discover it can easily cut through a mix better than most any other acoustic. Both the body and top feature 3-layer Ivory & Black colour binding while the Ebony fingerboard has single layer Ivory colour binding. The f-holes have 2-layer binding. The 5-piece Hard Maple and Mahogany neck has a full rounded 'C'- profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the Zenith Classic will resonate as one piece of wood. The Ebony fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5 inch scale length, and pearloid 'Falling Snowflakes' inlays modelled after the original Masterbilt Zeniths.
    A 21st Century Archtop with eSonic™ HD Preamp & Traditional 'f'-hole
    The compact tone of the Zenith Classic sounds beautiful unamplified on a small stage or in the studio, but now the cutting edge eSonic™ HD (High Definition) preamp system and Shadow NanoFlex™ HD Under-saddle pickup make it possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged. No archtop player has ever heard an acoustic guitar more accurately represented through a sound system before. The Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ mounted just inside the lower f-hole. Now you have complete control over how much of the acoustic guitar is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, located near the solid nickel 1/4 inch output jack.
    Historic Epiphone Hardware
    The Zenith Classic comes with Historic Epiphone Re-issue Tuners with Marboloid 'Crown' buttons with an upgraded 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and accurate tuning. The tuners are mounted on an Epiphone Dovewing headstock with Pearloid 'Banner' logos. Unlike many vintage archtops, the Zenith Classic has a dual action truss rod for easy and perfect set-up. The Floating Adjustable Ebonoid Bridge is made from a synthesised material that has the grain-like texture and look of Ebony but is harder and more reliable for years of playing. The historic aged all-nickel Trapeze Tailpiece is also inspired from Epiphone's vintage Masterbilt collection. Every new Masterbilt Century guitar is set up at the factory with Cleartone® 12-53 gauge strings.

    Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith Classic Specifications
    Finish: Aged Gloss
    Hardware: Aged Nickel
    Top: Solid Spruce, Longitudinal Bracing
    Body: Laminated Flame Maple
    Body Dimensions:
    Lower Bout = 16 inch
    Upper Bout = 11.6 inch
    Waist = 9.4 inch
    Body Length = 20.125 inch
    Neck: 5-pc Laminated, Hard Maple/Mahogany
    Neck Profile: Rounded 'C' shape
    Preamp: eSonic™ HD (High Definition)
    Controls: Master Volume & Master EQ
    Pickup: Shadow NanoFlex™ HD, Under-saddle
    Power: 9 Volt Battery
    Output Jack: 1/4 inch
    Truss Rod: Dual-Action
    Truss Rod Cover: Black PVC 'Bullet', 1-layer
    Neck Joint: Dovetail, Glued-In
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Fingerboard Inlay: Pearloid 'Falling Snowflakes'
    Headstock: Historic Epiphone Dovewing with Pearloid 'Banner' logos
    Tuners: Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid 'Crown' buttons. Improved to 18:1 ratio
    Frets: 20, Medium
    Nut: Bone
    Nut Width: 1.69 inch (43mm)
    Scale Length: 25.5 inch
    Strings: Cleartone®, 12-53
    Bridge: Floating Adjustable, Ebonoid
    Saddle: Compensated, Artificial Bone
    Tailpiece: Historic Epiphone Trapeze
    Binding: Body Top - 3-Layer, Body Back – 3-Layer, Fingerboard – 1-Layer, Headstock - None,'f' Hole - none
    Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise
    Strap Buttons: Yes
    Serial Number: 1930's Era Replica Soundhole Label

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  • Additional Information

    On demo in store No
    Brand Epiphone
    Condition New
    Body Type Small Body
    Top construction Solid
    Back construction Laminate
    Side construction Laminate
    Pickups included Yes

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