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The Epiphone ES-295 Electric Guitar with Bigsby vibrato is the ultimate rockabilly box. It's based on the famous Gibson ES-295 introduced in 1952 and played by the legendary Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's guitarist. Features a pair of cream P-90s, a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, 24-3/4" scale, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, laminated maple body and top. As a finishing touch, it's adorned with the original flower design on the pickguard.
Reviewed by 14 customers
I wanted an ES 295 for several years and when I saw they were going to be discontinued,I knew it was time to fish or cut bait. Over all I LOVE this guitar. It is comfortable, feels, plays and sounds FANTASTIC.My only complaint about it is cosmetic.There are a couple finish flaws on mine. Minor,yes, but appear none the less and I still paid full price. There is a hairline crack in the binding at the 12th fret on the 6th E side. I think a little better attention should have been paid somewhere between the Epiphone plant and the Musician's Friend shipping dock. As for the Guitar, I would replace it if it anything happened to it.If you missed out this time,I wish you luck finding one because over all, they are amazing instruments. They are not designed for extreme metal as the big bodies and P90's WILL feedback but , when utalized properly, the harmonic hum can be a thing of wonder when added to a good bluesy lead.
I've owned this ES-295 for about four years now and must say, I'm very pleased with it. Unlike some other reviewers, mine came without any set-up whatsoever, intonation way off, the third fret had a burr that caught the bottom string and renedered the guitar unplayable and the jack was loose. I evetually fixed all those issues and now the thing playes pretty good. With this guitar, the neck pickup is the lead position so don't bother modifying the bridge pickup like some folks do, get used to flipping the switch the other way. String the bigsby in the stock fashion, much harder to get the strings on but it's the only way to get a good sound amplified, this is an electric guitar and won't ever work as an acoustic anyway. My 295 took a bit tweeking to make it work but now, it rips. The sound is surprisingly accurate for rockabilly and even jazz and swing stuff. There are better guitars out there but not for this price. You absoloutly won't find a cooler looking ax.
This guitar isn't for Rockabilly and Blues only; I got some sweet rock and roll licks on this guitar. It isn't as good for rock and roll as its stable mate the Casino, but it is very good in its own right.It gets thick tones because of the body as well as the P-90 pick-ups; it's great for rythm guitar players; I play lead in my band. I use this a lot because some songs we write are blues related.Some things you should knowYou can play rock music on it easilyIt looks better in personThe bigsby is sweetIt's friggen awesome
I Play rockabilly and blues. Now I`ve got the best! The only one of 40-50 guitars I`ve ever owned that I did`nt have to "tweak".....as far as intonation, string height, and overall playability. Absolutley fabulous set-up on this guitar! Tuned to open "G", It plays flawless Slide. I did put Gibson pearloid "Kluson" style tuners on it, That`s all. The P-90 Pickups are surprisingly good. May eventually replace with the highend Gibson P-90`s. If you can`t find, or afford the Real thing from Gibson, then buy this guitar! It`s the next best thing to being "Scotty Moore" himself standin there beside "Elvis" that fateful day in 1954 at Sun Studio in Memphis! Oh Yea!!
I sent my wife a link to this guitar a long time ago and she ended up buying it for me as a surprise for my birthday. My first new guitar in probably ten years and my first ever mail-order one. Thank God it wasn't a piece of crap. This guitar was set up very well right out of the box. It had 10s on it, which really aren't appropriate for a short, Gibson-scale guitar (shorter than fender anyway). I have had 11s on it for about a year and they are much better and helped with the rattly tunomatic. I bought a spacer for the lead pickup as someone else mentioned. I also don't string the bigsby under the torsion bar. It stays in tune better and it seems to ring fuller acoustically. I played fenders and fender-style guitars for over 25 years before I got this thing and now it is the only guitar I am gigging with. I like it that much. It completely changed my style. I constantly get comments from musicians and non-musicians about it. It's the prom queen. Really nice. I also looked at those gretcsh electrosonics or whatever and I much preferred this. I'd buy another in a second.
Love it. It has it faults, like the bridge pickup being too far away from the strings. I bought a spacer kit and that solved that. Overall good quality but has some rough edges. Sounds great, plays great. Minor adjustments required. Glad I got mine when I did. I also have an ES-175. ES-295 does not have the balls the ES-175 has but, hey that's why I bought it.
I think I must have bought the last one because when I went back to the site to add a review the posting was gone. Anyway- wow! Absolutely amazing guitar. I've been playing for over 40 years and owned dozens of guitars. This is my favorite electric axe of them all. The tone- oh the tone... Words like addictive, magical, sublime come to mind. Through my Peavey Delta Blues 115 tube amp the tone is simply to die for. Quality and workmanship again is easily Gibson worthy- maybe better. They sent my guitar with the wrong case and after I called them on it- they replaced the case with a beautiful Emperor case free and let me keep both. I gave the first case to a friend. Thanks- I am a loyal customer!
I am really pleased with this guitar. I gave it a 9 on quality because there are some spotty areas in the finish around the headstock, but the guitar is really well made and sounds good right out of the box. I own some high-dollar guitars and this one has already become a favorite. Kudos to Epi.
Super beautiful guitar at a great price, compared to an original Gibson ES-295. Great action, beautiful neck, finish! Changed the tuners to Grovers that matched perfectly, the vibrato to an authentic Bigsby, and the pickups to Vintage Vibe Guitars' P-90's. Now it is SUPER!!
I've been playing jazz & blues for 30 years and have owned & played many a Gibson ES-175, and even owned a 1954 ES-295 before someone needed it more than I did, and this guitar is as good as any vintage or new Gibson that i've ever played! It took me by surprise. Super finish & fit of all parts. My ONLY complaint is those crummy Kluson tuners, but it's a reissue so they're supposed to be there, just get some quality tuners and the problem's solved. The P-90's just sound awesome, which again surprised me as my old mindset was "Epiphone pickup's won't have the balls of Gibson pickup's". Well I stand corrected. My old ES-295 didn't sound this good, or play this well, and it was a great guitar. The top design and pickup mounting is a little different than the vintage ES-295, but I think that this may be a better design as there isn't holes cut into the top to mount the pickups. They're mounted on two risers that sit on top of the arch top, so there's much better resonance from the top. Unplugged, it sounds as loud as most acoustic guitars. And this thing has a BIG sound cranked up, and really nice woody tone when played on the front pickup. Yeah, it'll feed back cranked up, but all true arch tops will, so you'll just have to learn to damp the strings with the heel of your hand. It'll make you a better player. You may have to fine tune the bridge outta the box, put some flat wound strings on, get rid of those Klusons and put on a set of quality gold tuners and this guitar will hold it's own with ANY arch top. Plus you'll be the only one in town playing an ax like it, as most players don't know about them. Don't let this one get by you, because at some point they'll stop making it, and it'll only go up in value.