Epiphone’s first Masterbilt archtops quickly rose to popularity all through the 1930s “Big Band” era and were renowned for their warm woody tone, wide tonal range and punchy volume. Then again, with the invention of the electric guitar pickup, archtop acoustic guitars quickly became equipped with magnetic amplification and were for the most part, endlessly transformed into “electric” guitars. Until now… Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining our original, time-tested designs with 21st century acoustic guitar electronics to bring you the new Masterbilt Century CollectionTM. The first collection of archtop “acoustic/electric” guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. Just play one and you’re going to 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 get ready to be amazed! Truly. You must hear it to imagine it. Now with the eSonic HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup, you’ll 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 in a position for a totally new acoustic guitar experience!
Historic Epiphone Archtop Design with classic “f” Hole
Solid Spruce Top with Longitudinal Bracing
True Acoustic Sound with Sonic HD Preamp/NanoFlex HD pickup
Historic Tuners and Headstock Inlay Design