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Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst 

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Epiphone is proud to present the Epiphone ES-175 Premium, a faithful new reissue of what many consider the most famous electric archtop in popular mu...Read More

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The legendary jazzbox at a revolutionary price.

Epiphone is proud to present the Epiphone ES-175 Premium, a faithful new reissue of what many consider the most famous electric archtop in popular music, heard on classics from jazz to rock in the hands of pioneers like Joe Pass, Scotty Moore, and Wes Montgomery. Epiphone's long history of innovation began with designing archtop guitars. And now, Epiphone steps up its game again with the new ES-175 Premium featuring Gibson USA '57 Classic pickups and a vintage-inspired "aged" lacquer finish that will make you think you're playing a 50's original but at a price anyone can afford.

The Roots of A Legend
The ES-175 was introduced in 1949 as a mid-size, more affordable version of the venerable L-5, the very first modern archtop and the inspiration for the best Gibson and Epiphone archtops of the jazz era. The original ES-175 was truly a modern guitar that anticipated a new era of jazz and pop music that was hotter, louder, and constantly stretching musical boundaries. The ES-175 was the first archtop with a Florentine (sharp) cutaway. And by 1957, it came with the innovative and now standard humbucker pickup. The ES-175 quickly the preferred model for both jazz players and rock and rollers with a background in jazz, especially for guitarists looking for the "Wes Montgomery" L-5 sound at a lower cost.

The new Epiphone ES-175 Premium is just like the original--a fully hollow jazz box that's easy to hold, easy to play and affordable. And with the addition of Gibson '57 Classic pickups, the Epiphone ES-175 Premium is versatile enough for any genre with cool crisp archtop tone from its all-maple construction and killer humbucker pickups.

Epiphone Archtops, the Modern Standard

The introduction of the ES-175 Premium brings Epiphone full circle in its long history of producing affordable, professional instruments that can deliver pro sound night after night. The Epiphone ES-175 Premium features a traditional laminated Maple body with single ply binding with a vintage-inspired "aged" lacquer finish topped off with a traditional 3-ply black and white pickguard.

The ES-175 Premium has a hand-fitted, glued-in mahogany neck with a SlimTaperTM profile and a 24.75" scale that's poised to come alive with the very first note you play. The bound rosewood fingerboard has classic split-parallelogram inlays and Epiphone's iconic "sloped dovewing" headstock is fitted with Grover 18:1 machine heads for quick, accurate, and intuitive tuning, and a standard 1.68" nut.

Gibson USA '57 Classic Pickups

Every great electric archtop has great pickups and the ES-175 Premium truly becomes a time-traveling marvel with the inclusion of two Gibson USA ‘57 Classic humbucker pickups that recreate the wide tonal range and incredible sensitivity of the ES-175's original PAF-style pickups that today are the most sought after vintage pickups in the world.

Classic Hardware

All Epiphone instruments feature rock solid hardware that's guaranteed for life. The ES-175 Premium comes with Epiphone "Deluxe" machine heads and full range controls for volume and tone all equipped with Epiphone's full-size 1" 500KΩ potentiometers, a rim-mounted output jack, and Epiphone's 3-way all metal toggle mounted on a traditional rubber grommet. The bridge is set up with a traditional floating rosewood base supporting a fully adjustable nickel Tune-o-matic bridge. The bridge is "pinned" to ensure perfect placement and intonation every time. And the classic "Zig-Zag" Trapeze tailpiece makes the new ES-175 Premium virtually indistinguishable from a vintage original—except for the price! An optional premium hard case is also available.

Limited Lifetime Warranty
One thing you can't get with a vintage instrument is Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service.

FEATURES
  • Top Material: Laminated Maple
  • Body Material: Laminated Maple
  • Neck Material: Solid Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In, Set Neck
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with parallelogram inlays
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Binding: Body, Fingerboard
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grovers
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson USA '57 Classic Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA '57 Classic Humbucker
  • Controls: 2- Volume, 2- Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way Epiphone all-metal toggle on traditional rubber grommet
  • Bridge: Floating rosewood base with tune-o-matic bridge; pinned
  • tailpiece: traditional "Zig-Zag" trapeze
  • Pickguard: 3-ply: Black/White/Black
  • Finish: Vintage-Inspired, "aged" lacquer
  • Case sold separately

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EpiphoneES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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

Cons

  • Matte finish (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An absolutely wonderful guitar

By CHowland

from Ft. Myers, Florida

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Pros

  • "aged" Toggle Switch
  • Classic Look And Style
  • Classic Look Style
  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Value
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Case not included
  • Plastic nut

Best Uses

  • Just Having Fun With It
  • Practicing
  • Room Decor

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I got the natural finish. The quality of this guitar is really something. I do prefer a gloss nitro finish, however,
the satin finish on mine was applied very well with a nice thin coat. Mine came with 11-49 gauge strings. The finish has a nice faint yellow tint that aides to the vintage look. The toggle switch knob is "aged" yellow too. Nice touch! The fret work is amazing. The fret ends on both sides of the neck are very smooth the entire length of the neck. The binding looks great on the body and the neck. The only two issues I have with my guitar are the "floating" bridge and the tuners. The "floating bridge is actually screwed into the top of the guitar with threaded posts. Out of the box, my bridge was unable to fit the contour of the arch top except for the extreme ends of the bridge base. I simply backed off the posts and the bridge base, then, rested evenly and entirely on the guitar top. Intonation is still dead on. The tuners issue is either the tuners themselves or the plastic nut. When I tune the guitar, there is quite a bit of slippage causing rapid sharp/flat response. I will work on the string grooves on the nut first to see if there are snags. Both of these issues are minor with regard to the overall quality of the guitar. The electronics are perfect and the pick ups sound wonderful. This guitar is well worth the price. I would recommend the Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Case. Good case and fits perfect.

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5.0

First Rate Hollowbody

By Pete

from Wiggins, MS

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Matte Finish

Best Uses

  • Every Style Of Playing
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I have had this guitar for about a month now. I have played it extensively, and I am more than glad that I have it in my harem! The Gibson USA 57 Classics are pure. Playability on this guitar is exceptional. I have never had a Gibson ES-175, and with this guitar in hand, I never have to think about getting one for the 5K they cost. I do think an included case would be a good thing. I bought the case Epiphone recommended, which is the case for an Emporer, and it fits perfectly. This guitar may never see the inside of that case! To say I love this guitar would be an understatement. I put DR Black Beauties 10-46 on it and while I like the sound, I may try flatwounds. I can fingerpick this guitar easily, which is unusual for an electric guitar. Best guitar I own ( I have multiple guitars, with some costing much more that this one, that stay in their cases in the closet.) Do yourself a favor and get one of these while they are available!

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5.0

Unbelievable Value

By Danny Martin

from Milwaukee, USA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • 57 Classic Pickups
  • Fretwork
  • Full-size Pots
  • Great feel
  • Great looks
  • Nickel Hardware
  • Playability
  • Thin Lacquer

Cons

  • Matte Finish
  • No Case
  • Xl Roundwounds

Best Uses

  • Jazz
  • Rb
  • Western Swing
  • You name it

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I'm one of these guys who foolishly sold off an older Gibson ES-175, and regretted it instantly, since the prices have inflated beyond my current budget. Honestly though, this guitar blows the Norlin-era one I had out of the water in terms of sound and playability. The Gibson 57 Classics are lively, with a good balance of warmth and vintage PAF chime that really cuts through without any of the cliche "mush-jazz" tone. The body is very lively, and unlike the previous Epiphone ES-175, the neck joint is properly cantilevered as on it's Gibson counterpart. For an all-laminate guitar, this thing has a surprising amount of acoustic volume. Each note blooms acoustically and the chords ring clear, so even before you plug into a Twin Reverb and let the '57 Classics do their thing, you can have a pretty good idea how good this guitar is going to sound. I replaced the wimpy 10-46 roundwounds with Thomastik-Infeld 13s, and it barely required a tweak. The pinned bridge is a nice feature.

The only gripe I have is with the choice of matte finish, but I took scratch-x to mine, buffed it out, and it has a very nice, high-quality NOS look to it - easy enough. Much better than the dipped-in-plastic look, and I'm sure it will age very gracefully. Should come with a case at this price, but it's still a great value.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this guitar again if I wante

By Banjodon

from Springlake Mich

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No Complaint

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Local Rest Homes Playing
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

The guitar has good action and I can adjust to my own desired position of the strings with lowering or raising the bridge Had a lot of good comments on the looks of the the sunburst finish. I have been playing professionally for over 50 years and still do some local gigs. I put on flat wound strings and got the sound I wanted. Worth the money I paid for it. Would recommend this instrument for anyone who wanted a good sounding and easy to play guitar.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Nice and Good Value

By Smitty

from Phila

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Gibson 57 Pickups
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Set Up Well
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues
  • Very versatile

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

This is a really, really nice guitar for under a grand. The finish is very cool, sort of a matte finish that looks slightly aged. It sounds and plays amazing and came set up well which is unusual in this price range. I put my own strings on and dropped the action a hair. Good to go! The workmanship is top notch and the Gibson 57 Classic humbuckers sound great! The binding is clean everywhere and the gold knobs are a nice touch too. I've played the Eastman AR372CE and I think the Epi is livelier and the pickups are definitely better. Even adding 90 for a case it's a good value. You would have to jump up to the 2k range to beat this deal.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beauty and the Beast

By replicand

from Hollywood, ca

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Pros

  • Decent Sustain
  • It's Quite Large
  • Rich Acoustic Tone

Cons

  • Matte Finish

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Background: Strat guy since 1984; acquired a Joe Pass in 1994 because I wanted the opposite of a Strat; my first Les Paul in 2010; my beloved Explorer in 2013 and the ES-175 about four hours ago.

Review: one of my heroes plays this, and I've wanted this for decades. Honestly I was not quite ready for what it is (which would be both good and unexpected), so clearly I will need more time to get to know it better. Most of my initial impressions are direct comparison to the Joe Pass.

Unexpected: I chose the vintage sunburst. Its finish is matte, and this is the first guitar (of 15) which I've known with this type of finish. It's not necessarily a bad thing (especially if you're used to playing "no finish"), it was just initially jarring.

In terms of neck depth and "shred-ability", both the ES-175 and the Joe Pass are shallow in comparison to a Les Paul; the Explorer is like playing a street light pole. So if I compared their neck depths to, say drumsticks, the jazz boxes are a 3A, the Les Paul is like a 5A and the Explorer is like a 7B. When I play drums, I like the 3A - they're not necessarily loud but nimble with minimal effort. Its neck joint though, is incredibly deep and may require to learn a new technique if you spend time in the higher registers.

Speaking of which, the body of the ES-175 feels a little deep to me - a quick visual inspection reveals the the body is 1/2" deeper than the Joe Pass. I have not yet figured out why, but unplugged its tone is 98% true to the sound of a "real" acoustic guitar, while the Joe Pass is darker with far less sustain. I practice unplugged A LOT, so this is a huge plus for me.

Plugged in, it's tone is warm, accessible and versatile. For a hollowbody, it has a decent amount of sustain; playing clean, it's bright and articulate. Playing distorted, it's crunchier than I expected, and it of course does the "acoustic-resonant-feedback" thing. I don't place foam into my F-holes.

While playing it I noticed the internal wiring through the F-holes and got a little curious to inspect. (Active duty military) pulled the flashlight out of my uniform - two of the five adhesive cable stays for the wiring harness floating free / not mounted to the body in any meaningful way. Of course this doesn't affect tone, but that starts a potential path of questioning quality assurance. Otherwise build quality looks solid / no blemishes and I have no plans to return it.

As I get to know it better, I will have a clearer idea where it fits within the arsenal. The Explorer is my number one for stage (the look); the Les Paul is my number one for recording (the sound); at the moment, the ES-175 sounds like a good overall practice guitar (due to its versatility) and of course a trio with a Hammond B3 (sound and versatility).

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Matt Finish is almost a deal killer.

By KAZE

from Minneapolis

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • GREAT sound
  • Quality Hardware
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Matt Finish Is Odd Choice

Best Uses

  • Anything You Want To Do

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Since I had to sell my Gibson ES-175 many years ago I was glad to see epiphone bring one back with American Electronics. Bought a natural first and was shocked by the choice of finish Epi chose. A WW2 1940's matt finish. It looked like a sun bleached chunck of dried out drift wood. So white you could not even see the binding around the body. I returned it for the Burst finish. It had the same same matt finish but at least some color. However the entire sides are painted black, unlike most bursts I've seen. It may be 100% authentic to the period, but I could not help but wonder why they spend the time put great electronics in body that look like a dried out chunk of wood. A nice polished body with the burst extending to parts of the sides and this could have been a beautiful guitar. Maybe I'll save a few dollors and strip off all the hardware and have a nice finish sprayed on and buffed. If you can get past the finish it's a great guitar. I would recommend it only to a person who appreciates the period look.

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5.0

Very nice guitar

By Ncguy

from NC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I bought the natural finish. This is a great guitar. High quality, good pickups, plays great. Next best thing to a Gibson 175 (I have several). Matte finish, slim neck (I prefer thicker but easy to get used to) a lot of fun to play. Made in Korea.

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