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Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone ES-175 Electric Guitar brings back one of the world's most beloved instruments. In 1949 Gibson introduced the ES-175 to enduring and wel...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fabulous classic archtop almost anybody can afford.

The Epiphone ES-175 Electric Guitar brings back one of the world's most beloved instruments. In 1949 Gibson introduced the ES-175 to enduring and well-deserved acclaim. Since it was primarily an electric guitar, it didn't need the very large dimensions of a classic archtop, but it still benefited from the full hollowbody resonance of an archtop design enhanced by Gibson's fabulous new humbuckers. This Epiphone version has the same sumptuous vintage vibe of the original, including dual Alnico Classic humbuckers, a meticulously applied sunburst finish, split parallelogram fretboard inlays on a bound rosewood fretboard, rosewood bridge base, gold top hat knobs, and deco trapeze tailpiece.

FEATURES
  • Maple top, back and sides
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge base
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Bound top, back, and fretboard
  • Chrome hardware

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EpiphoneES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

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Great Guitar For Not Much Money

I've been playing this for 2 solid weeks and couldn't be happier with this ES-175. Great job Epiphone.
This guitar has all the features you'd expect on a quality guitar. If...Read complete review

I've been playing this for 2 solid weeks and couldn't be happier with this ES-175. Great job Epiphone.
This guitar has all the features you'd expect on a quality guitar. If you want a hollowbody, you need to try this one. I tried the Emperor Regent but it has only the 1 pickup in the neck position. They and all 1 pickup models are not good for chordwork due to the limited and bassy tone. (They'd be fine for jazz solos.) The tone & volume controls, the beautiful finish, the tuners, the solid feel are some of the reasons that this model is really nice. Evan at twice this price it's a great guitar.
It did not come with the case included and I was unable to find one at MF website. It is an Epiphone model #eemcs and can be bought at zzounds.com for under a hundred.
My experience is mostly with strats, gibson acoustics, a les paul and also trying countless guitars. I owned 2 other Epis before and didn't warm up to them because they were bassy, having just the 1 neck pickup and they were difficult to tune. Not true with this model. The tuners seem very good and the guitar stays in tune well. I'm picky about tuning and I love the ES-175. The finish is very good. I was very surprised at how glossy and beautiful the guitar is.
This guitar has to be rated a solid 10 for value in my opinion. I don't remember trying another guitar that delivered so much quality for so little money. (well, except for the Squire Affinity Tele at less than 2 hundred). I did try a Gibson ES-137 which I liked but the action was not real good and the price is prohibitive.

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Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar

Highly recommended
I owned a Gibson 175 for 10 years. This Epiphone is an amazing copy. Positioned the bridge, put on new strings and the intonation was right on.
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Highly recommended
I owned a Gibson 175 for 10 years. This Epiphone is an amazing copy. Positioned the bridge, put on new strings and the intonation was right on.
I couldn't find any flaws in the workmanship
I don't know how Epiphone can make such a nice guitar at this price.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar For Not Much Money

By Mike

from Southern Maine

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Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I've been playing this for 2 solid weeks and couldn't be happier with this ES-175. Great job Epiphone.
This guitar has all the features you'd expect on a quality guitar. If you want a hollowbody, you need to try this one. I tried the Emperor Regent but it has only the 1 pickup in the neck position. They and all 1 pickup models are not good for chordwork due to the limited and bassy tone. (They'd be fine for jazz solos.) The tone & volume controls, the beautiful finish, the tuners, the solid feel are some of the reasons that this model is really nice. Evan at twice this price it's a great guitar.
It did not come with the case included and I was unable to find one at MF website. It is an Epiphone model #eemcs and can be bought at zzounds.com for under a hundred.
My experience is mostly with strats, gibson acoustics, a les paul and also trying countless guitars. I owned 2 other Epis before and didn't warm up to them because they were bassy, having just the 1 neck pickup and they were difficult to tune. Not true with this model. The tuners seem very good and the guitar stays in tune well. I'm picky about tuning and I love the ES-175. The finish is very good. I was very surprised at how glossy and beautiful the guitar is.
This guitar has to be rated a solid 10 for value in my opinion. I don't remember trying another guitar that delivered so much quality for so little money. (well, except for the Squire Affinity Tele at less than 2 hundred). I did try a Gibson ES-137 which I liked but the action was not real good and the price is prohibitive.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ES-175 Reissue

By Tim Kellogg

from Augusta, Kansas

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Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

I love the classy, old-fashioned look of this thing. My only complaint is whenever I stop playing it for a moment, I feel compelled to go over it getting-rid of fingerprints and sweat streaks that dare to distract from its beauty. I love the clean, woody tone from the neck pickup and the cool old-fashioned twang from the bridge pickup and the way it sounds with the switch in the middle to combine them both. I like to pick-out blues solos (as best I can manage) with no distortion and I like to overdrive it and rock-out and yes, it will feed back at high volumes with overdrive if you get in front of the amp, especially if you take your hands away from the guitar body to keep from deadening the feedback. It's fun to play with, sometimes(feedback, I mean); I highly recommend it. I love that it sounds different from a typical electric guitar but can still do most of the same things, just with its own flair. And, I love that I can practice with it unplugged and it doesn't sound lame like a solidbody will, but just like a nice acoustic with a slightly smaller sound than most acoustics. I really love that it's so much more affordable than the Gibson version, because, once I tracked down the correct hard case for it elsewhere .I got myself in a habit of taking this thing everywhere just in case I get an excuse to break it out, which I might be afraid to do if it cost me a lot.
I love the seperate volume and tone controls for the pickups. Makes this pretty guitar very versatile.
Was set-up perfectly, the finish is fantastic, and everyone who sees this beautiful guitar guesses it must have cost me several times what it actually did.
This guitar is my pride and joy, and I'm certain that wouldn't be any more the case if it was the Gibson version that costs SO much more, so I'd say the value of this guitar is pretty hard to beat!

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

MY NEW ES-175 WHOOOO

By William Schofield

from ohio

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:


What a pice of art this guitar is so worth the bread
has a little humm 6th string but all in all with a set up it will be my favorite.
also if i was selling somthing this new i would put a good set of strings on it
bar none .good going epiphone . should call it a Gibbaphone .Ha HA.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding hollow body guitar -- Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar

By Michael Edwards

from Florida, USA

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

From a playability, sound, and aesthetic standpoint, the guitar is exceptional. I am really picky about my pickups, so while the stock pickups will be fine for most players, I chose to add Gibson Burstbucker pickups so that the tone and output was consistent with my other guitars. I think if you have a Gibson with humbuckers, you will find yourself boosting the treble and gain a bit when you switch to the 175 with Epi pickups.
Came with just the basic set up, floating tune-o-matic bridge, two humbuckers, and a volume and tone control for each pickup. Set up just like a Gibson ES175.
The finish is as good or better than many USA Gibson guitars. No buzzes or rattles, and has consitent tone and volume everywhere on the neck. The neck is reminiscent of the neck on my late 50's model Gibson 175 that I foolishly sold. While the pickups were good, I installed a pair of Gibson Burstbucker pickups.
I've been looking at all makes and models of hollow body electrics for more than a year. I was skeptical when I saw the Epiphone 175, but gave it a try. These Indonesian Epiphones are surprisingly better than the Chinese and Korean models.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Guitar

By btp226

from SD

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Pros

  • Beautiful to look at
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Tone
  • Lots of compliments

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    Can't comment on the strings as I always replace them (Ernie Ball 2208 11's in this case), but the rest of the guitar is perfect, no finish flaws, great sound, nice finish on the frets. I have never set up a floating bridge guitar before, but it wasn't too bad. A little patience and the intonation is perfect. Great tone, playing with the controls gets you alot of variation. I love it!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone ES-175

    By Ken Katz

    from NJ

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    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    This is a great sounding Jazz box, and a bargain for the money. Mine is about 4 years old and made in Korea's custom shop. Smooth Jazz sounds, and on the treble pickup a nice Spanish sounding electric.
    Epiphone has put this in the out of production listing, so if you can find one new out there, they are probably not going to be around much longer.
    This is a great sounding Jazz box, and a bargain for the money. Mine is about 4 years old and made in Korea's custom shop. Smooth Jazz sounds, and on the treble pickup a nice Spanish sounding electric.
    Epiphone has put this in the out of production listing, so if you can find one new out there, they are probably not going to be around much longer.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar

    By albert

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    Highly recommended
    I owned a Gibson 175 for 10 years. This Epiphone is an amazing copy. Positioned the bridge, put on new strings and the intonation was right on.
    I couldn't find any flaws in the workmanship
    I don't know how Epiphone can make such a nice guitar at this price.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review of ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar

    By Rooster Brown, Jazz Guitarist

    from Arlington, TX

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    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I must mention that I had to return the first Epiphone ES-175 because the neck was low in the middle (i.e. lots of string gap in the middle), yet the pickup end, of the neck, didn't have much clearance. Rather than risk making any adjustments to the guitar, I returned it to Musician's Friend with no problems at all. I had my replacement guitar with seven days (including the weekend) and this guitar is great. I've been a Musician's Friend customer for about ten years now and have purchased other guitars and assorted musical equipment -- this is the first time I've had to return anything.

    I highly recommend this guitar and I recommend buying it from Musician's Friend. They have a great, friendly staff and are customer-oriented -- unlike a lot of locally-owned music stores that have the attitude that once you walk out the door, you own it -- and we really don't want to see you until you're ready to buy something else.
    The look and feel is similar to the Gibson ES-175. The sunburst is a two-tone yellow black, whereas the Gibson add a bit of red in their version. Epiphone put a classic 1965 tail piece on the guitar, which really contributes to the overall vintage re-issue appearance. I've had the guitar for a week now, before writing this review. I have a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, with the trimmings and Gibson humbucker pickups. I really don't see a difference (worth mentioning) between the pickups on this guitar -vs- a Gibson. Bright -vs- mellow jazz, it's all obtainable with this box.
    The finish is great. The rosewood neck looks and feels great, and the trapezoid fret markers are exactly like the Gibson version. The frets are dressed very nicely, it's a smooth guitar to play. Overall quality = great
    The whole idea is value. The Epiphone ES-175 is not a Gibson ES-175, but is it a worthy guitar to have beside your Fender Strat or Gibson Les Paul -- definitely. It is certainly a guitar that I am having a lot of fun with and it gives me a chance to own a guitar that is very, very similar to the Gibson ES-175, without costing an arm and a leg.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Super Kudos

    By Thomas Willgoose

    from Laconia,NH Centrial

    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    For the money,etc your all set,Essentially Your buying a top end guitar.If you are any kind of a player and like arch tops,go for it.Not much feed back.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolute Great Jazz Box

    By Flynztone

    from Flint, MI

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    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

    I own a couple of Epi's and the other is am American made Gigson Epi 335. The 335 came with rather cheap tuning machines and pickups but other than that it is built like a tank. The ES-175 reissue on the other hand is sweet. It is a quality made guitar with Grover tuning machines and potted pickups that sound good out of the box. I bought this guitar as I needed a good jazz guitar that wouldn't break the bank and this definitely filled the bill. The Florentine cutaway is beautiful as well. It came strung from the factory with 11's and a wound 3r'd which were too light for the sound I was trying to achieve. I immediately strung it up with a nice set of DR Flatwound 13's and this required me to set the action and intonation however once I got it setup it plays and sounds like a dream. I cannot believe that Epiphone can offer such a high quality guitar at such a low price and quality control was on the job the day mine was built as there are no buzzes ot rattles etc. Prior to purchasing this guitar I did my homework and read nothing but rave reviews regarding this instrument and I highly recommend this for guitarists of all levels. It's just a sweet guitar period and sounds great right out of the box. Mine has a limited edition custom shop sticker on the back of the headstock which would lead one to assume that it won't be in production for long or the price will rise drastically in the near future. Epiphone has hit a home run out of the park with this little gem and by the way the guitar is a bit heavy!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar For The Price!

    By mrstecks

    from Colorado

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

        I don't usually write gear reviews, as most of the things I've bought have met my expectations of value vs. expense.
        But this Epiphone ES-175 does not. It is one of the few pieces of musical gear I've ever come across whose value far outweighs it's price!
        As others have said, this is a GREAT guitar for the price. The workmanship is exceptional. I've only experienced a little problem with the pickguard buzzing against the bridge pickup. Solved that with a little sliver of self-adhesive cork in between them.
        The intonation was spot-on right out of the box. I did have to adjust the truss rod a little bit, but that's a simple fix and now I don't have any buzz on any of the frets.
        Put on a set of D'addario XL chrome mediums (flatwound) and the guitar sounds great.
        I'm extremely impressed. Fantastic quality in this guitar for the price.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BUY THIS BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!

        By DETROIT ROCKER

        from DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

          Of all the many new and vintage guitars I own, this is my favorite. The Epiphone ES-175 is one of Epi's more expensive guitars, but it's a terrific bargain compared to anything like it made by anyone else. It harkens back to the great Epiphones of the 1930's. The only really bad thing you could say is they are out of production and in time, you won't be able to get one. It would have been nice if it was offered in "natural" and with P-90's, but having one of these beats the heck out of having NONE of these. Even my ex appreciated this guitar. I had two and she stole BOTH of them! I can't fault her taste in guitars, though.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Terrific!

          By Murray Crawford

          from Kingston

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

          I picked up my ES-175 today after computer research for the past few weeks. Over the past couple of weeks I was leaning towards the real ES-175 and trying to find ways and means to justify the price it would have cost me. Although I have been playing for 40+ years I have not been playing well nor professionally. I dabble here and there. A friend introduced me to the Epi line recently and I have been hooked since then.

          I cannot believe the value for money proposition Epi is offering here. While the fit and finish is not perfect, it is close to first class. It is a pleasure to play and I suspect it will be a solid addition to my collection for years to come. I purchased a set of flat wound 12s and love the feel compared to the round wounds that came with the guitar.

          While shopping today, I tried a Gibson Dot and then tried an Epi Dot, There were differences for sure but not thousands of dollars worth. I think the off-shore manufacturers have really picked-up their game. We guitar players win but we North Americans loose big time... There is just not enough difference in quality to justify the mega-difference in price.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A stroke of luck

          By rmart

          from Knoxville, TN

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

          Let me say first that I'm a great Epi fan. I own 8 at the moment, and were it not for Epiphone creating these great quality guitars at such a great price, my guitar collection would be much, much smaller. I happened on this little jewel by accident. I'm not much of a hollowbody player, but found this ES-175 very inexpensive as a one year old, unplayed guitar that a lady just needed to get rid of. My intent was to turn it on ebay for some quick cash. But after playing it for a while, I am hooked on this baby. its become a guitar I pick up every day. Great tone, quality workmanship, awesome looks and it plays so sweet to boot! All you Gibson snobs take heed; this is a sweet deal! A Gibson will cost 4-5 times more and not deliver that much more!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Crazy Cryin' Craze Amaze-a-craze

          By KO-e1jVA

          from Texas

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

          I recently parted with this guitar for something else and wish I hadn't. I am going to buy this guitar again very soon. Feel of the neck and playability was perfect for myself. Tone out of this world, wonder what real Gibson pickups would do to it...

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gifted guitar : ES-175

          By Jesse D.-u4nQR

          from Northern Canada

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

          Been playing for 40 years now, I played so many types of guitar, but this one is quite special. Took me 2 times in order to get the perfect one I was seeking for(thanks to MF). Since i've got the one, it's in front of all others when it's time to ENJOY the ride. Versatile up the the blues, this instrument with its humbucker PU and good tone control offers incredible rich and meloow sustains. Furthermore, the bindings and construction (this one is from the Indonesian factory)are flawless, the sides of this one even have curly maple. Bring it to a new summit with flatwoound strings, enabling faster soft picking. So, if you are seeking for a "niche" instrument, more than a MOR guitar, that delivers more sound than that the bucks you've put in...think seriously about ES-175.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful guitar

          By 1Geech

          from New York

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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 Reissue Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is the real deal. My Epi ES-175 reissue is gorgeous in sound and looks, a true pleasure to play--and stunning at this price. The quality control on mine was perfect: construction is solid and clean; fit and finish are immaculate; set-up was spot on (for the strings with which delivered); tone is rich at the neck and has a nice crunch at the bridge. Hardware is very good, especially the tuners. (Looking hard, only the volume/tone knobs seem not as nice; may be a bit on the heavy side for some--but I play it sitting anyway.) It is a beautiful guitar.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Jazz Box!!!

              By ToneRage

              from SLC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Choice
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Outstanding guitar for
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

                  Great quality and exceptional value.
                  This is a nice gigging replacement for my Gibson ES-175
                  That I am much less worried about.
                  Solid feel and nice warm tones.
                  Neck has great feel and shape.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A very pleasant surprise

                  By Paul B-3SUM4

                  from Palm City, FL

                  Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

                  I own a number of "name" guitars from the Fender, Gibson and PRS stables and without a doubt this is the best value for money I have ever purchased in my more than forty years of playing the guitar. It looked great and played great straight out of the box and goes on every single gig I do. I really look forward to using this instrument at every opportunity. Don't hesitate. If you want a great sounding versatile guitar, order now.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Happy with purchase

                  By Daniel Baker

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Reissue Electric Guitar:

                  The guitar arrived in excellent shape. Setup was surprisingly good. Output jack comes loose very easily (there isn't much thread for the screw to sit on), but it appears to be secure now after a little fussing with it.

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