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Classic big-box jazz guitar with incredibly luxurious appointments.
A solid-spruce carved top on AAA flamed maple back and sides mean high-end tone to go with its high-end looks, which are provided by 24K gold-plated hardware, precision binding all around, ebony fretboard, inlaid bridge, and abalone/mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays. Gibson-made USA humbuckers with independent volume and tone controls.
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I just got one and am very happy with it. First off the quality of the instrument is perfect. The sound is the classic L5 sound. The difference in sound between the L5 and this guitar is so minimal that paying an extra $$$ is just insane. The price makes this guitar even more rewarding.
I read alot of reviews on this guitar. I used to have a Gibson L4 and I like the Epiphone better. Workmanship and sound are incredible. Action is perfect and makes it very easy to play. You can't go wrong here.
I ordered a Broadway elitist based on the reviews on this site. Just received it today and I must say, I am impressed. Fit, finish, playability are all outstanding. I seriously thought of going with a Gibson L-5 but I'm really not missing anything with this beauty. Well done Epiphone!!
I received it from UPS on the way to a gig. I tuned it up and played it with an 18 piece big band 20 minutes later. Our director came over to me in the middle of the second tune and exclaimed "you have a new guitar, I can hear every note you play". My 175 is on it's way out. This is the best jazz guitar I've ever played. The fit and finish are superb. It is marvelous to play. Take a look at the pictures of the L5 on this website. The Broadway's back and sides are stunning. I have never seen better finish work on any guitar.
I purchased a natural Epiphone Byrdland Elite and liked it so much that I purchased a natural Broadway Elitist a few months later. Both are just super guitars. They are perfect in construction, finish, action, tone and quality. Right out of the box the Broadway Elitist was perfect. I have a lot of Gibson high end jazz guitars including four L-5s, a Super-400, ES-175 and many others. The Byrdland Elite and Broadway Elitist hold there own in all catagories against the Gibsons. It is hard to believe the quality of the Broadway Elitist and Byrdland Elite for a price that is less than 1/4 that of comperable Gibsons. I find myself playing the Epi's now a lot more than the L-5s. They are just wonderful, quality guitars. I would not hesitate to by another one. I highly recommend them to any good jazz player over a Gibson.
Why aren't there any reviews posted for this guitar? It is emmaculate in both sound and appearance. I've submitted two reviews myself where I sing the praises of the Elitist Broadway and have yet to see any review from myself or anyone else posted. If more jazz musicians knew about this guitar and the fact that it offers all of the warm tone and impeccable craftsmanship of an L5 but at a much more reasonable price, both Epiphone and this site, I'm sure, could sell a lot of these.
My search for the most perfect, yet affordable Jazz guitar came to an end when I got this one. The tone is fat and mellow and the craftsmanship is flawless. It's very similar to the Gibson L5 but without the insane pricetag. I have the flamed out Vintage Sunburst model and, let me tell you, it is beautiful. It's a crying shame that Epiphone has decided to discontinue this color and offer it only in blonde. Nevertheless, for a nice, clean, fat, Wes Montgomery thumb-picked kind of sound, the Elitist Broadway is a safe investment. Right out of the case (which is quite impressive itself wih its plush purple interior), there were no problems with the electronics, with the finish, and, most importantly, there were no dead or buzzing frets. After installing some Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds and a little intonation adjustment, it was a perfect fit for me. I spend half of my free time playing it and the other half just admiring its gorgeous looks. The photograph offered doesn't do it justice.
I just purchased a new EPI Sheraton Elitist that blows your socks off. I played this one also side by side the Sheraton. The fit and finish are impecable. Couldn't find a flaw anywhere. The action was as close as you could get and the feel was amazing, not like a lot of the jazz style guitars out that that when you run your hand down the neck it feels like a 2x4. Not this one. What a dream. Plugged it into a Fender tube amp and WOW, what a smooth, full bodied sound came off of it. The woods selected for the top must be AAAA, the inlays were perfect, the bindings flawless. I don't know how they can produce these guitars at this price and make any money on them. Anyone that'd spend $7795 for an L5 Gibson without checking out this one has rocks for brains or money to burn. (I have a Gibson L4 CES now with 57 classics on it and the EPI is everybit the instrument plus has a nicer cutaway to it. I'll be buying this one next month to go with my gibson L4 CES and the Sheraton elitist I just bought.
Great guitar. Congratulations to Epiphone for making a fine affordable instrument for the professional player. Please read my testimonial.I have been recording and touring for 27 years. I've endorsed Gibson for ten years. During the endorsement I have owned over 20 Byrdlands and 35 L5s.Every new Gibson I acquired new and direct from the Custom Shop had to be re fretted due to the neck not being straight. In my opinion the Gibson Custom shop should take some luthier lessons from the company in Japan that makes the Epiphone Elitist line. To hear sound clips and see my extensive discography, put Steve Laury in the search engine with google or yahoo. I highly recommend the Epiphone Broadway Elitist. I give it 6 stars! Sincerely, Steve Laury