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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" 500K„¦ 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
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Matte finish (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An absolutely wonderful 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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice guitar but...

This is a nice guitar I love the way it plays. This is not a thousand guitar not even close. At the sale price (what I purchased it at) is good enough. ...Read complete review

This is a nice guitar I love the way it plays. This is not a thousand guitar not even close. At the sale price (what I purchased it at) is good enough. It looks nice, plays great but quality is average.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An in your face lean, mean, rock n roll machine!

By Brandon Howell

from Paden City, WV

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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

    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    First off let me say that Epiphone knocked it out of the park again! This guitar is a lean mean rock n roll machine! This guitar was made for jazz?! Uh it was until I fixed it! Crank this bad boy thru a Marshall and you get the undeniable sonic bombastic thunderous defiant tone and sound that will blow the balls off a charging Rhino at 60 paces! The pickups are amazing the neck is phenomenal and the finish was flawless! This beast needed no set up out of the box the only thing I did was remove the barbed wire jazz strings off of it and put my strings of choice 9 gauge daddarios! This guitar will play rock, blues, jazz, and anything in between the cleans are lovely and the cranked up tones are just killer! I have always wanted a Gibson Byrdland after hearing my hero Ted Nugent but couldn't afford one this guitar covers the Nugent sound and catalog flawlessly at a huge difference in the price! Pick up one today and let the attitude infused rock flow forth!!!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Love it more now than when I purchased it

    By pb

    from NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I have two other reviews here for this guitar - see pb... and want to update my initial reviews....after about 8 months I really enjoy this guitar. The only problem I have had is the 1/4 inch jack came loose and lost its connection. It is a great guitar in the 700-800 +/- range. Great sound...plays great. Get high quality flat wounds and you will be happy

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow! Great guitar.

      By The Doors Lover

      from Toronto, Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Got this git 2 months ago. Great price. Steve Howe, Ted N. and others. Thin neck, suits me fine and Gibson '57 pickups! Jazz,blues and rock. It does it all. Get this while you can.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Dream Come True Guitar

        By Larryz

        from Northern California

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          This is a great guitar for the price and it will definitely compare to any guitar in it's price range. The US made 57 Gibson hum buckers and the 500k pots definitely make the difference. You can play anything from jazz to rockabilly. It will definitely need to have a set up which can be done at your nearest Guitar Center for about $50bucks. I recommend lowering the bridge on the bass side just a tad, oiling the fret board, putting on a set of 10-48 flat wounds, lowering the bridge pickup to avoid pick clicking and lowering the neck pup just a tad to balance the two. With this set up you will find this guitar one heck of a keeper. Make sure the tech checks it out during the 1st 45 day return period before doing the set up. I had to send the 1st order back as the input jack was loose and if tightened would short and would not be covered under warranty. Plus, the frets above the 12th fret were uneven causing fret buzz. The replacement was up to par and the set up went smoothly. It's a great guitar that I enjoy playing more than my more expensive guitar counter parts. My tech was very impressed with the sweet tone and playability of very reasonably priced guitar. This guitar is a real winner in my humble opinion! About 5 years ago I recommended my friend install US Gibson 57 hum buckers on his 335 Sheraton. It sounded fantastic and kept up with any Gibson 335. I was jealous! When Epiphone came out with this ES 175 with the same pups installed and 500k pots, I knew they made it just for me as it's also my favorite body style LOL! The neck is thin, and I love it that way. Just a tad different but it reminds me of my 72 LP Deluxe...My thanks go out to MF, GC and Epiphone!!! This is the 1st Epiphone I have ever owned and I'm very happy with it!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar, excellent price

          By Erik W

          from Arizona

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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 ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            I'd had my eye on the Epiphone ES-175 for quite awhile and ordered this one from 'Restock'. The description referred to the guitar having some "small scratches near volume knob" and it took me awhile to find them. I've seen more obvious wear n' tear on "new" guitars at the shops. I presume that the person who returned it simply doesn't favor "full-figured" guitars. The setup straight from Musician's Friend is excellent; using my feeler gauges and tape measure I found that the action and intonation were consistent with manufacturer's instructions. Plays like a dream and the tones are full, clean, and beautiful. Tone pots provide a good range from bright to dull- depending on your tastes I think you could play nearly any style and sound great with this instrument.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            nice guitar

            By pb

            from NC

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              I played this guitar at a local music store and really liked it. Fortunately it was on sale here for a labor day weekend sale so I purchased it. Otherwise it is too expensive. Great mid-level jazz guitar.

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              nice guitar but...

              By pb

              from NC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • average quality craftmans

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              This is a nice guitar I love the way it plays. This is not a thousand guitar not even close. At the sale price (what I purchased it at) is good enough. It looks nice, plays great but quality is average.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sweet

              By Skitt

              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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                (6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Initial impressions not good

                By Zaphod Beeblebrox

                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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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet

                    By Mudshark

                    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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