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Description & Specs

The Masterbilt Excellente debuted in 1963 and with only 139 made between 1963 and 1969, is perhaps modern Epiphone's most rare guitar. Despite its low production numbers, the Excellente became iconic as the trademark acoustic for country music legends Loretta Lynn and her mentor Ernest Tubb, one of the first stars of the Grand Ole Opry. Jack White also used Loretta's Excellente in the making of her GRAMMY winning album, Van Lear Rose.

The Excellente is made from all-solid-wood construction and features a Solid Sitka Spruce top with black and white binding and Ovangkol back and sides. The top is set off with a beautiful recreation of the original Excellente pickguard. The Maple neck has a Walnut and Maple center stripe and is hand-set with a tapered dovetail joint at the 14th fret. The Excellente neck has a 1960s era "C" profile, an Ebony fingerboard with "Cloud" inlays, a 25.5" scale, 20 medium jumbo frets, 12" radius, and a 1.68" bone nut. The headstock has a unique Excellente style "dovewing" profile, the only one of its kind, and features the Epiphone logo in Mother of Pearl with white binding. 


Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back: Ovangkol
Sides: Ovangkol
Finish: Aged Gloss
Binding: Black/White 7-ply
Back Binding: Black/White 4-ply
Fingerboard: 1-ply White
Pickguard: 60's style Excellente graphics
Neck: Maple with 5pc Walnut and Maple center stripe
Neck Joint: Tapered Dovetail 
Neck Profile: Traditional 1960s SlimTaper C-profile
Truss Rod Cover: 2-ply notched bullet with E logo
Fingerboard: Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay: Excellente Clouds, Mother of Pearl
Frets: 20
Nut: 1.68" Bone
Scale: 25.5"
Radius: 12"
Headstock: Excellente style Dovewing, Epiphone in Mother of Pearl, 1-ply white binding
Pickup: Fishman Sonicore
Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
Battery: 9-Volt
Bridge: Ebony Reverse Belly
Saddle: Bone
Hardware: Gold (Nickel)
Soundhole Label: 60s vintage "Blue Rectangle"
Machine Heads: Gold Kluson Waffleback Vintage tuners with metal buttons 15:1
Color: Antique Natural Aged
Case: Sold separately



The guitar has a few scratches on the headstock. The techs found no issues and it has little to no play wear. It looks, plays and sounds great! Please see pictures for overall condition of the guitar. The actual item for sale is shown in the photographs.

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We are an authorized dealer for brand approved manufacturer refurbished guitars. These guitars are sent directly from the manufacturer to the authorized refurbishing center where they are fully inspected, set up and cleared by a certified technician. They are sent there for many reasons, including: returns, cosmetic flaws, minor repairs, surplus & discontinued or last years models. The guitars serial number may be partially altered and/or replaced and the back of the headstock is lightly stamped "used" by the authorized refurbishing center per manufacturer agreements.