The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a mahogany body and classic f-holes. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930s-era replica Epiphone label. The Olympic is available in traditional Honeyburst and Violin Burst aged gloss finishes, each with unique color tones inspired by Epiphone’s priceless vintage collection in Nashville, Tennessee. The tortoise-style pickguard comes unattached. Pickguard hardware comes included.
Like Epiphone’s original '30s-era Olympic, the modern Masterbilt Olympic has a unique body profile that’s smaller than typical archtops but with a tonal range that belies its small size. With its signature f-holes and solid spruce top, the Olympic is an ideal instrument for singers and soloists. Both the body and top feature single-layer ivory and black color binding. The mahogany neck has a full-rounded C-profile that is glued to the body with a dovetail joint for a precise fit so the Olympic will resonate as one piece of wood. The rosewood fretboard has 20 medium frets, a 25.5” scale length, and pearloid "Dot” inlays modeled after the original Olympics.
The compact tone of the Olympic 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. 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 1/4" output jack.
Historic Epiphone Hardware
The Olympic 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 Olympic has a dual action truss rod 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’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...
Body type: Archtop
Top wood: Solid Spruce
Back & sides: Laminated Mahogany
Bracing pattern: Longitudal
Body finish: Aged Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Rounded C
Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Neck wood: Hard maple/Mahogany
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Aged Gloss
Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
Preamp EQ: 3-band
Feedback filter: Phase
Headstock overlay: Ebony
Tuning machines: Historic Epiphone Reissue Tuners with Marboloid "Crown" buttons
Bridge: Floating Adjustable Ebonoid
Saddle & nut: Compensated Artificial Bone/Bone
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body shape
Case: Sold separately
Country of origin: Indonesia
Refurbished Epiphone Olympic Masterbilt Hollow Electric Guitar in like new condition.