The Masterbilt AJ-45ME features a solid wood sitka spruce top finished in Vintage Sunburst Satin with solid mahogany back and sides.

Nashville, TN (January 22, 2015) -- To kick off the New Year and celebrate the Winter NAMM show, Epiphone announces three outstanding new instruments for the Epiphone catalog: the Masterbilt AJ-45ME acoustic/electric guitar, the Dobro Hound Dog M14 Metalbody and the return of the legendary Blueshawk Deluxe. All three models will be available in Spring 2015.

“2015 is already gearing up to be one of Epiphone’s best for variety,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “The Masterbilt AJ-45ME, the Dobro Hound Dog M14 and the Blueshawk Deluxe are perfect examples of what we do best at Epiphone – provide guitar players of all genres with incredible style, sound, and value.”

Masterbilt AJ-45ME
The new Masterbilt AJ-45ME introduces yet another legend to the critically acclaimed Masterbilt series, a hallmark of Epiphone since 1932. The “Advanced Jumbo” AJ-45 is one of the most recognized guitars in popular music – revered by songwriters from Hank Williams to John Lennon. The Masterbilt AJ-45ME features a solid wood Sitka Spruce top finished in Vintage Sunburst Satin with solid Mahogany back and sides, just like vintage models. The top is supported by hand-scalloped Sitka Spruce braces and is set off by Mahogany kerfing along with a Rosewood bridge and a bone saddle. The AJ-45ME also features Shadow state-of-the-art Sonic preamp system with a revolutionary under-saddle NanoFlex low-impedance pickup. MSRP $999

Dobro Hound Dog M14 Metalbody
The Dobro Hound Dog M-14 Metalbody guitar, brought to you by Epiphone, has an easy to play Round Neck and features the renowned resonator style and sound that has been dazzling and inspiring Dobro fans since the late 1920s. The body of the Dobro Hound Dog M-14 is made from Bell Brass with nickel plating and features a SlimTaper D-profile Mahogany neck for a rich and full tone that makes both finger picking and slide smooth and easy in all registers. Unlike hard-to-play vintage models, the new Dobro Hound Dog M-14 Metalbody features a dual action truss rod for quick and reliable intonation. MSRP $999

Blueshawk Deluxe
Epiphone’s Blueshawk Deluxe is the long awaited return of an original classic first introduced in the '90s that has been a connoisseur favorite ever since. The Blueshawk Deluxe features the upper bout curve and cutaway of a Les Paul but with the semi-hollowbody design and small f-holes of an archtop. The result is one of the most versatile and distinctive guitars anywhere. The Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe also features new P-90 PRO Single Coil pickups plus a 6-position Rotary VariTone. MSRP $832

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.



• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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