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From its beautifully inlaid headstock to its Frequensator tailpiece, the Epiphone Broadway is built to rock under the bright lights. When the show is...Read More

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From its beautifully inlaid headstock to its Frequensator tailpiece, the Epiphone Broadway is built to rock under the bright lights. When the show is over, it's right at home layin' down cool jazz tones in after-hours clubs. The guitar features a laminated maple body with a select spruce top; maple neck with a rosewood fretboard; body, neck, and headstock binding; f-holes; 2 humbuckers, each with their own volume and tone controls; a 3-way selector switch; and gold hardware.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Beautiful and versatile!

FEATURES
  • Laminated maple body
  • Select spruce top
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Body, neck, and headstock binding
  • f-holes
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Two humbuckers
  • Two volume, two tone controls
  • Three-way selector switch
  • Gold hardware

This one's a gem. Order today.

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EpiphoneBroadway Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Broadway Review

Been playing professionally for over 35 years, currently own 16 guitars of various makes. (Gibson, Fender, Taylor, Epiphone/Epi Elitist) Bought an Emperor Regent a few years ago (just before Gibson...Read complete review

Been playing professionally for over 35 years, currently own 16 guitars of various makes. (Gibson, Fender, Taylor, Epiphone/Epi Elitist) Bought an Emperor Regent a few years ago (just before Gibson discontinued them). Fantastic guitar

I had been looking for another archtop with more sonic capabilities than the Regent with the single humbucker, so I purchased a Broadway a few weeks ago. After a few weeks, I can say with out reservations, very pleased with this guitar.

In comparison to the Regent, playing wise it is very comparable as one would expect, (same body/neck). The Regent pickup has a significantly higher output than the dual humbuckers in Broadway.

Build quality on this guitar is solid, with only a very small area where the binding near the cutaway seems to have been fit a bit sloppy.

Neck / Fret job very good, no high frets visible, action was set very well. No buzzing, no dead spots, with the right amount of relief for me out of the box.

Nut was a bit tight on the treble strings, easily remedied with some fine grit sandpaper and some Big Bends Nut Sauce.

Pickups have good articulation and tone, all hardware solid with no issues at all.

Intonation as per factory setting was very close, but some minor adjustments needed during the first string change.

Tone of the guitar is very well suited for Jazz, and Blues and it is more resistant to feedback than is the Regent so I am finding you can use this in higher volume settings.

Guitar ships with Gibson L5 .11 gauge strings. In my opinion flat wounds are a far more appropriate suited string set for these guitars.

Case is not included, the Epi Advanced Jumbo Case is the right case to order.

My only real issue was with the shipping. I paid additional for 2 day air to avoid the weekend sitting at UPS.

Even though I was assured the package would arrive on a Friday, it didn't in fact show up till the following Monday.

Also the packing job was just totally inept, I was amazed there was no damage during the freight to my house. I did write Musicians Friend a note on this, and I did get a response.

In Summary, anyone looking to add a nice archtop to their collection and can't justify or afford what a Gibson USA comparable guitar would cost , I would look no further. The Broadway is a great guitar for the price point.

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Beautiful is only skin deep.

Have been playing for 10 + yrs. Love the warm, sweet tone of those pickups and the gorgeous, classic look. Bought it 1 1/2 years ago from M.F. and had to...Read complete review

Have been playing for 10 + yrs. Love the warm, sweet tone of those pickups and the gorgeous, classic look. Bought it 1 1/2 years ago from M.F. and had to get the frets completely redone so it would play w/out the buzz and having to do the Gorilla grip on it. If I had it to do over, I would not get the guitar. Gibson and Epiphone need to get their act together. I know I could have sent it back, but I always wanted one for it's beauty. My DeArmond jazz box was much better it just came out of the box as it should be. Anyone want a great looking Broadway with a new fret job?

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4.0

TONE Machine

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from austin, texas

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

    Was looking for a jazz box for a big band gig, and wasn't getting a deep and mellow enough tone from a 339. Picked this up, and...WOW...gorgeous to look at in the studio, looks even better on stage, comfy to play, and has THE TONE*. I add the asterisk because the stock p'ups are typical Epi** - functional but kinda plain. I gave this 4 stars b/c I had to put in Gibson Classic '57s to get THE TONE.

    (** - the Epi ProBuckers are actually quite good)

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    5.0

    Broadway is better than I'd hoped for!

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    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Epiphone is First Class
    • Fun To Play
    • Pickups are warm & sweet
    • Responsive to dynamics
    • Top Quality Build

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gigging or Touring
      • Jazz or Blues
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

      I'm 61 years young and have played guitar for 47 years. I've been singing since I was 5 years, and writing for about 40 years (over 200 songs ready to record). This is the first true archtop Hollowbody I've owned since I sold my Gretsch White Falcon in 1986. The Broadway is a wonderful guitar. The last few years I've fallen into a Jazz mode, and this axe is just what I was looking for. But she is also great for Blues and Rock. She responds well to picking dynamics, both plectrum and fingerpicking. I don't gig or tour as much as I used to, because I find myself writing more, and recording more in my self-built Home Studio. Will release my first Album/CD in January 2016.

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      5.0

      Seriously?!

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      from austin, texas

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great looks
      • The Jazz Tone

      Cons

      • Ok Pickups

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

      Have been playing 36 years, and wanted a jazz box for a big band gig I recently joined. Had considered everything from a 339/335/sheraton to ibanez to godin to going big with Gibson USA...played most of these...and completely fell in love with this one. Why?
      1) it gets THE jazz tone, although it took lowering the neck vol to 3.5 and tone to 8.5 to find it
      2) i can't stop looking at it - GORGEOUS fit and finish...i've heard over the years that the Epis that are original models (vs. Gibson copies) are actually great guitars, and this random sample certainly supports this assertion
      3) the price is so cheap for what you get! I have a bunch of other axes - Gibson, Fender, PRS, Yamaha, Ovation, Cordoba, Spector...and none of them delivers this price/performance (other than maybe the Gibson Les Paul Premier :-))
      4) it feels right.

      My one critique is that I'm still not sold on the Epi Alnico Classic pickups...have replaced these on other Epi's I've had, and I'm eyeing some Gibson Custom 57s for this eventually.

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      5.0

      On Broadway

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      from Boulder, Colorado

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

        I own, and have owned many guitars. I work with a local music store to help advertise their instruments. When a Broadway came in on consignment, I was blown away at how well these guitars are crafted. I'm comparing this guitar to Gibson's and Guild's I've played, worked on and set up. I picked up an Epiphone Sheraton about 11 years ago and it is still my number 1 after owning high end Les Pauls and Strats. This Broadway made its way into my collection and I'm hooked. It came with flat wounds that I'm really trying to get used to, though I much prefer the tone Elixir's bring and will be switching them out. The setup is great, but I removed the pick guard for better playability. To me, it was set too high and got in my way. Mine is a 2001 model and was taken care of. Not a scratch on the guitar or the case. Lucky me.

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        5.0

        Give My Regards To Broadway

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        from Missouri

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Country Jazz Rockabilly

          Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

          I have long admired the classic good looks of the Epiphone Broadway. On the other hand, I'm a dyed in the wool single coil addict.
          But, I'm very happy with this Broadway. The humbuckers are really good. Lots of gain and full sounding. The neck isn't skinny. It feels good to me and I have big hands. The Broadway is typically described as a "jazz guitar", but it's capable of more. After removing a little bass from my usual Blues Jr III settings, I have a sound that suits classic country and rockabilly just fine. Things like Mystery Train, Matchbox, Hey Good Lookin', That's Alright Mama, etc, really rip. (I do miss a Bigsby.) This guitar is also very loud when played unplugged. Much louder than any Gretsch hollow body I own. The guitar comes strung with Gibson Brite Wire .11's. I like them. I'm sure the guitar would take on a whole new personality if strung with flatwounds.

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          5.0

          The Epiphone Brodway, a "Jazz standard"

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          from Brockton, MA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

            The Epiphone Broadway has been in production since 1931, and for a very good reason...It is simply a great electric guitar. The latest ones being produced (1914)are simply put, beautiful and fine sounding/"playing" instruments. 80 years says something about these...great guitar.

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            (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            ON BROADWAY..YEAH BABY

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            from El Loco

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

            this guitar arrived needing a setup, although the sticker says it is 'setup' in the usa .it is not...mine had a big dip in the neck...and had curls of plastic hanging off the nut where the slots were cut...no set up...i took care of the problems...
            first thing to do is...get rid of the bridge or at least the wooden top of the bridge...i replaced mine with a rocking bar bridge and used the original bottom..huge difference in sound..and playing action...much louder acoustically too..

            i play fingerstyle solo guitar..jazzy old tunes...i dont play or even know hard jazz...i would call my style easy listening...i like it...old tunes like Stardust, Crazy, I'm confessin, Blue Moon, Yesterday, Day in the Life, etc...i use a lot of bossa nova rhythm and lonnie johnson style 8th note melody lines..and some octave stuff too..and some slow Django tunes...playing solo you have to adapt to a sorta half rhythm and half melody style,,
            this guitar is just superb for that style,,

            i tried 13 to 56 gauge ghs strings...but they are just too big for this guitar...i couldnt finger chords well on upper frets...finally settled on daddaro 11-46 strings...with plain 18 3rd string...i got the neck dead straight..with the truss rod tool..
            i cleaned out the nut slots...and i played the guitar a lot...and after about 4 days i noticed the guitar just played better and better...like it had been asleep...
            i also changed the pickups...to a good brand...cant mention brands apparently on here..but they are A2 alnico..sounds fabulous and full sounding and very vintage now....the Grover tuners are a great bonus..stays right in tune..although i think it would benfit from a well cut bone or Delrin nut..

            i love this guitar now...,it has the easiest action of any 17 inch 25 1/2 scale archtop i have ever seen...it is a joy to play now..and sounds full-on professional..nice fret work..smooth..

            get one..set it up...give it a few days to get it together..i saved big by buying one of the 'used' ones on here....looked brand new to me.

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            5.0

            Broadway Review

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            from Central MA.

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Value
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues
              • Solo Finger Style Jazz

              Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

              Been playing professionally for over 35 years, currently own 16 guitars of various makes. (Gibson, Fender, Taylor, Epiphone/Epi Elitist) Bought an Emperor Regent a few years ago (just before Gibson discontinued them). Fantastic guitar

              I had been looking for another archtop with more sonic capabilities than the Regent with the single humbucker, so I purchased a Broadway a few weeks ago. After a few weeks, I can say with out reservations, very pleased with this guitar.

              In comparison to the Regent, playing wise it is very comparable as one would expect, (same body/neck). The Regent pickup has a significantly higher output than the dual humbuckers in Broadway.

              Build quality on this guitar is solid, with only a very small area where the binding near the cutaway seems to have been fit a bit sloppy.

              Neck / Fret job very good, no high frets visible, action was set very well. No buzzing, no dead spots, with the right amount of relief for me out of the box.

              Nut was a bit tight on the treble strings, easily remedied with some fine grit sandpaper and some Big Bends Nut Sauce.

              Pickups have good articulation and tone, all hardware solid with no issues at all.

              Intonation as per factory setting was very close, but some minor adjustments needed during the first string change.

              Tone of the guitar is very well suited for Jazz, and Blues and it is more resistant to feedback than is the Regent so I am finding you can use this in higher volume settings.

              Guitar ships with Gibson L5 .11 gauge strings. In my opinion flat wounds are a far more appropriate suited string set for these guitars.

              Case is not included, the Epi Advanced Jumbo Case is the right case to order.

              My only real issue was with the shipping. I paid additional for 2 day air to avoid the weekend sitting at UPS.

              Even though I was assured the package would arrive on a Friday, it didn't in fact show up till the following Monday.

              Also the packing job was just totally inept, I was amazed there was no damage during the freight to my house. I did write Musicians Friend a note on this, and I did get a response.

              In Summary, anyone looking to add a nice archtop to their collection and can't justify or afford what a Gibson USA comparable guitar would cost , I would look no further. The Broadway is a great guitar for the price point.

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              5.0

              Made the right choice

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              from Texas

              Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

              After putting my hands all over this this beatiful jazzbox, I turned on my amp, plugged it in and listened to the warm, full bodied, mellow notes of this instrument. Oh yeah, this will do! It's easy to play right out of the box.
              As with all of the instruments I purchase, I researched this one well before I ordered it. It lives up to it's heritage and it's name Broadway. It's a big guitar but doesn't feel that way while playing. The only thing that's hard to do is put it away. I'm very happy to own it.
              This guitar has all the bells and whistles I want.
              Great looks! I gave this thing a totally thourough inspection and it passed with honors.
              At a fraction of the cost of it's cousin the Gibson, this is worth more than every cent I paid for it.

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              (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You can not go wrong

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              from Dallas, Texas

              Comments about Epiphone Broadway Electric Guitar:

              A great jazz box. If you are looking for screaming rock, this is not your guitar. This one has a beautiful warm and woody tone. I've got 13s on mine (I have 6 jazz hollowbodies, and I use either 12s or 13s). If the house were on fire, I'd make a special effort to grab this as I get out.
              Only prob was a sliver of wood hanging from below the neck, where joined to the body. That's it!
              For the money I paid, for a brand-new (2010) axe, I could not have done better. My guitar-playing friends are all drooling....

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