Acoustic Nga Sista sa Pilipinas{1}

Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R

I did the best I could with the title, as I’m still working on my Bisaya. I think I know just enough to scramble it well, and make a fool of myself, but that’s OK. Most people usually get the idea, and laugh at my obvious mistakes.

I recently bought myself a new guitar, an Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R. I have been looking at, and trying out, this guitar for over 5 years probably. Every time I had myself convinced to buy it, I found more important uses for the funds. That wasn’t really any different this time, but I decided if that was going to continue to be the case then I would likely never get it.

My impetus for purchasing this is that I have decided it is not a smart move to take my electric, a Gibson Les Paul Historic, to the Philippines. For one, I don’t believe I will have many opportunities to use it. Additionally the amp that I cherish, 1958 Fender Harvard, is not a good fit for the Philippines either. I don’t think the humidity will be good for either of them. I would also worry about having something that expensive just sitting around. Hopefully I will find someone that will be happy with both when I get to the point of moving.

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The AJ-500R is, in my opinion, a very nice guitar for the money. It is made in China, and I know that can give it an negative connotation right off the bat, but this appears to be a really sweet guitar. It has solid rosewood back and sides, and a solid Sitka spruce top. The tuners are Grover Sta-Tite, and it comes with a sort of soft/hard case that in itself is very nice. The thing that sold me though was the sound. Every time I picked it up I was impressed by the sound compared to the others that I tried. Mostly I considered Taylor as the next choice, but also tried Martin’s and Gibson’s. The price/sound ratio just couldn’t be beat, at least for me.

I’ve never been an acoustic player, and I guess I’m not that accomplished on the electric if I am being honest. This will be a new challenge for me, but I feel that the acoustic allows me more chances to pick the guitar up and play when I feel like it. It should be able to accompany me to the Philippines and give me many hours of enjoyment during the (hopefully) slow retirement days. At least that’s the idea ;-)