The Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Century has been inspired by legendary Epiphone designs from the 1930's era. The renowned archtop guitar has been reinvented combining 21st Century acoustic guitar electronics such as a eSonic pre-amp system, and an under-saddle pickup. Featuring a medium body archtop, which is made from laminated flame Maple with a solid Spruce top, finished in a beautiful natural vintage finish. The simplicity of this guitar makes it perfect for all types of acoustic players, and is ideal for singers and soloists wanting a fuller tone and a mid-range punch.
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Archtop acoustic guitars of the 1930's were renowned for their warm woody tones, wide tonal range and punchy volume until the electric pickup came along. From then on archtop acoustic guitars became equipped with magnetic amplification and transformed into "electric" guitars. With the new Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Century, we can see that this technology has come a long way. Featuring a cutting edge eSonic HD pre-amp system and Shadow NanoFlex Under-saddle pickup it is now possible for archtop players to hear their instrument amplified exactly as they hear it unplugged.
Keeping in style with its original design, the new Zenith Masterbilt features a round sound hole, which shows a 1930's replica Epiphone label for added authenticity. With a medium-sized laminated flame Maple body and an arched solid Spruce flat-top, this guitar certainly provides you with the a great sound and a vintage look. The Zenith has a unique body profile unlike its "ancestors", with a 16" lower bout, and a 11.6" upper bout, a 9.4” waist, and a body length slightly over 20”.
The vintage natural finish is accompanied by an elegant Ebony fretboard, featuring 20 medium frets. This eye-catching fretboard is nicely finsihed off with pearloid "falling snowflake" inlays, which are modeled after the original Masterbilt Zeniths. As well as having a pleasing vintage look, the simplicity of this guitar makes it perfect for all types of acoustic players. It is an ideal rhythm instrument for singers and soloists wanting a fuller tone as it can easily cut through a mix better than most any other acoustics.
The Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Century not only provides you with a compact instrument, but also sounds beautiful un-amplified on a small stage or in the studio. With the new cutting edge eSonic pre-amp system and a Shadow NanoFlex under-saddle pickup, it is now possible to hear the amplified sound exactly as you would hear it unplugged. No archtop player has ever heard an acoustic guitar more accurately represented through a sound system before until now, thanks to this clever technology. It works by simultaneously picking up both the vibrations of the strings and the movement of the soundboard, and produces natural-sounding acoustic tones without the harshness of conventional electric pickups.The Under-saddle pickup has easy-to-access controls for Master Volume and Master EQ, allowing you complete control over how much sound is amplified. The pre-amp system is powered by a standard 9-volt battery that is easy to access, and easy to replace.
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