Guitarist Magazine (UK) reviewed the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500RA in the March 2005 issue. Reviewer Matthew Wig had this to say:

...This guitar delivers punishingly high standards for its price...

..Fingerboard, frets and inlays are all impressively well finished and cleanly executed...

...The mahogany's satin finish is beautifully dry and silky...

...Not only is the neck ideally aligned for correct saddle clearance, but the fingerboards eveness and the frets' consistent profiling will ensure predictably clean fretting with all typical action set-ups...

...the DR-500RA is an  utterly convincing dreadnought with a meaty, warm, vintage kind of tone - just what you want really. Overall it's the impressively earthy, woody sound that attracts, with no hint of any wearing treble or over-zealous harmonic "zing" ...

...but if you're looking for an excellent plectrum-style acoustic then look no further...

...the new Masterbilt series could prove to be Epiphone's most impressive and well-judged acoustic venture yet...

 

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