The NanoFlex adds that
extra dimension of realism and
“guitariness” that magnetic and
piezo pickups often lack.
another vintage touch, the one-piece mahogany
neck is attached with hide glue and a classic
dovetail joint, while the fretboard and bridge
are cut from beautiful pieces of hard, smooth
There are a lot of nice details on the
DR-500MCE for such a reasonably priced
guitar. Fretboard inlays are subtle little split
diamonds that lend a touch of style, and the
headstock is the funky offset (sometimes called a
“haircut”) asymmetrical style, with a cool “
stickpin” inlay in the ebony faceplate. The nickel tuners are Grover Sta-Tites—the little “lima bean”
style with the open back. Saddle and nut are
bone. And the fretboard, like the body, is bound
in white to create an altogether sharp-looking,
classy, and classic-looking package.
The eSonic preamp is mounted on the
upper bout and includes tone controls for the
soundhole-mounted NanoMag magnetic pickup
and the undersaddle NanoFlex pickup as well as
a slider for blending the two pickups, a Volume
knob, and phase and tuner switches. It’s a simple
and intuitive set of controls that are easy to read
Flexible and Tonealicious
The Epiphone’s basically warm and bright tone
prompted me to strum pretty aggressively right
off the bat. The guitar responded with an open
and shimmering voice resplendent with a lot
of radiant, warm mahogany lows and a sweet
midrange that’s typical of the mahogany and
spruce tonewood recipe. And whether I played in
standard or alternate tunings, chords and single
notes rang with impressive harmonic detail.
Shifting between flatpicking and fingerpicking
highlighted the comfort of the slightly chunky,
but fast satin-finished neck, as well as the flat-
picking-friendly 1. 72" spacing at the nut.
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