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Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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: Epiphone deluxe
  • 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

Get inspired by the right guitar for jazz. Order today.

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EpiphoneES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

  • Matte finish (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really Nice and Good Value

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Initial impressions not good

I was curious so I checked one out locally. My comments relate only to the feel since I did not go on to plug it in because of the feel.
I was very...Read complete review

I was curious so I checked one out locally. My comments relate only to the feel since I did not go on to plug it in because of the feel.
I was very disappointed for 2 reasons.
1. The guitar didn't feel like it was made out of real wood. It had an artificial feel to it and a different tonality when tapped. I thought that it was made out of pegboard material or Gibson's Richilite wood substitute. Had to read the specs here, to find out. I was that uncertain. May have been due to the Matte finish, which again, I did not fall in love with look or the feel.
2. The neck is a bit narrow and very thin. May be a plus for some, but I have large hands. Not a good fit for me. It may work and feel great for you if that is what you prefer or have smaller hands.

For me, I will wait until they make some changes, at least in dimensions and finish, or I can afford a higher priced archtop. This guitar could be great for you. Just my personal opinions obviously and it doesn't work for me.
One last note. I do own a Epi Joe Pass guitar that I am very happy with. That guitar is about 15 years old. I tried a new model at the same time as this 175. Same issues. Interesting. Not the same guitar, not the same feel, and probably not the same quality given price has stayed the same for 15 years. Profit margins had to be adjusted somewhere.

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5.0

Sweet

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from Phila

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Ok I have been playing for a longtime and I am at the point in life where I can afford a few extra treats. I have several guitars. ES 335, Washburn D10, and a US made American Deluxe Strat. Picked this one up about a year ago. Wanted a Gibby 175, but couldn't justify the 4K price. Read about this one with the 57 classics and I have not been disappointed. Did have it set up by my tech who at my request changed the strings to 11's with a wound G. So after a case and 150 for the set up I'm in it for $1100.00. The Korean build quality was excellent and I would recommend it over the made in China as the price is the same. Guitar hits the sweet spot for me. Using Fender Champ, Princeton and Deluxe Reverb amps gets me tone for days. Great value for the price.

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    3.0

    Initial impressions not good

    By 

    from So Cal

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Matte Finish
      • Poor Feel
      • Thin Neck

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I was curious so I checked one out locally. My comments relate only to the feel since I did not go on to plug it in because of the feel.
        I was very disappointed for 2 reasons.
        1. The guitar didn't feel like it was made out of real wood. It had an artificial feel to it and a different tonality when tapped. I thought that it was made out of pegboard material or Gibson's Richilite wood substitute. Had to read the specs here, to find out. I was that uncertain. May have been due to the Matte finish, which again, I did not fall in love with look or the feel.
        2. The neck is a bit narrow and very thin. May be a plus for some, but I have large hands. Not a good fit for me. It may work and feel great for you if that is what you prefer or have smaller hands.

        For me, I will wait until they make some changes, at least in dimensions and finish, or I can afford a higher priced archtop. This guitar could be great for you. Just my personal opinions obviously and it doesn't work for me.
        One last note. I do own a Epi Joe Pass guitar that I am very happy with. That guitar is about 15 years old. I tried a new model at the same time as this 175. Same issues. Interesting. Not the same guitar, not the same feel, and probably not the same quality given price has stayed the same for 15 years. Profit margins had to be adjusted somewhere.

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        5.0

        Sweet

        By 

        from Asheville, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I love it. Well set up right out of the box! I put on new strings and went at it. Great feel, great sound, a lot of box for the buck. I'm an OK player, not a pro by any means, but this is is just fun. I'll never get to have the original Gibson but for the money spent I can't imagine doing much better.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Seems I should have paid more

          By 

          from Virginia

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues
            • Solo Jazz Styles

            Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            This really is a fantastic instrument. (I add my voice to the other reviews.) Right out of the box it was beautifully set up: great action, perfect intonation. The slim taper neck is perhaps my favorite feature--it seems to enable movement up and down the neck; hitting complex chords seems easier than on other guitars. The tone is fabulous. Running it through my Henriksen Jazzamp (a phenomenal amp for jazz guitar, by the way) I hear such a vintage archtop sound, which makes it an excellent choice for any kind of jazz playing, and especially for solo jazz styles. BUT cranked up with some overdrive through my Fender Blues Jr, the bridge pickup produces a great rockabilly grind. And so the guitar offers more versatility than other one-trick pony jazz archtops. These Gibson pickups really make an incredible difference and the electronics (pots, switches, etc.) seem of equal value. After playing many other archtop guitars in this price range (Ibanez, Godin, Peerless, Epiphone), I find this one is at the top of its class. In sum: I was not anticipating a guitar this good and I'm finding that it is becoming my primary instrument. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Looking Forward to Yesterday!

            By 

            from San Luis Obispo, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Crossover Guitar

            Cons

            • Treble Pickup Rattles

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Grabbed this one as an open-box about two (?) months ago and it has quickly become my favorite all-around guitar. Great playability, amazingly nice acoustic tone for a laminated electric and with the right amp it really rocks. I'm not a jazz player but play folk/rock/progressive-alternative at moderate volume so no feedback worries here. I wasn't as happy with the accessory hardcase I bought afterwards, but in all fairness probably shouldn't compare to a Gibson case. Case or no, this is a really outstanding guitar value. Mine may have been a little cheaper than the current on-sale price, but this is still a bargain. Highly recommended!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It is an outstanding guitar. I love it.

            By 

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • School Bands

              Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              I recently bought the Epiphone ES-175 premium guitar and am just delighted with it. I also own an Epi Sheraton II and Schecter C-1 Std. (Hollow, Semi-hollow and Solid). All three have excellent neck, playability and sound but the sound on each of course, is different.

              The sound on this guitar for jazz, light rock and maybe even acoustic is just terrific. It has a very distinct sound that is unlike other similar guitars. If that sounds good you must go and play it to understand what I mean. Try it with a Deluxe or Twin Fender or Peavey tube amp.

              I bought an Emperor II (JP) last year. Nice guitar, with good clean sound. I sold it to a guy who plays like a Spanish guitar. Sounded really good when he played it, but not with me.

              The ES-175 cost more money than I originally wanted to spend but I wound up buying it anyway after trying every other new and used non-solid guitar that GC had over a period of several months. Gretch, Ibanez, many Epi's etc. None of them had the right sound.

              The ES-175 has the exact sound I was seeking. I am using it with a Peavey Classic 30 Special Edition, the one with the Celestion V 75 speaker. The combination of the two is Jazz heaven. Really. Both the amp and the guitar give you that slight percussive sound with each note. Both give you CLEAR and Distinct notes. Even with the standard strings.

              The manufacturing on the instrument is high. The setup was near perfect out of the box. The controls feel nice and solid. The finish is probably the only weak area and even here it is very minor. I got a Road Runner case and the fit is good.

              Recommended
              Bobzt
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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              outstanding

              By 

              from Calistoga

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Great guitar.....I have owned many guitars. High end classical guitars Selmer Gibson 335's Les Pauls L5 But as far as electic guitars you could buy this guitar and never really need another electric guitar for the rest of your life. You could spend more maybe get a differnt sound but certainly
                not better. Its made well and the American Gibson pups are exactly as they should be....
                This guitar was designed and firtst built in 1949
                it is in many ways the original electric guitar.
                Buy one before they are gone or the price goes up

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An absolutely wonderful guitar

                By 

                from Ft. Myers, Florida

                About Me Experienced

                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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                First Rate Hollowbody

                By 

                from Wiggins, MS

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Unbelievable Value

                By 

                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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