Epiphone Masterbilt Century Zenith Electro Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Natural
The Epiphone Masterbilt® Zenith Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and a round sound hole.
- Historic Epiphone Archtop Design with Round Sound 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 Natural
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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™ Acoustic/Electric Guitar
The Epiphone Masterbilt® Zenith Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a medium-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a laminated Flame Maple body, and a round sound hole. Inside the sound hole is a 1930's era replica Epiphone label. The tortoise style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included. Like Epi's first generation of archtops, the new Zenith 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 round sound hole and Solid Spruce top, the Zenith is an ideal rhythm instrument for singers and soloists with a fuller tone than most archtops. 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 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 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 'Round' Sound Hole
The full tone of the Zenith 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 sound 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 1/4 inch output jack.
Historic Epiphone Hardware
The Zenith 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 has a dual action truss rod to allow for easy and perfect set-up. The Floating Adjustable Ebonoid Bridge is made from a synthesized 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® Century Zenith Specifications
Finish: Aged Gloss
Hardware: Aged Nickel
Top: Solid Spruce, Longitudinal Bracing
Body: Laminated Flame Maple
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 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 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, Sound Hole - 2-Layer
Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise
Strap Buttons: Yes
Serial Number: 1930's Era Replica Soundhole Label
Lower Bout: 16 inch
Upper Bout: 11.6 inch
Waist: 9.4 inch
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