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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar   

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Epiphone proudly presents the Ltd. Ed. ES-295 Premium, one of the most iconic guitars in rock history now in Musician's Friend exclusive color finish...Read More

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The rock n™ roll classic is back with Gibson USA Dogear P-90 pickups.

Epiphone proudly presents the Ltd. Ed. ES-295 Premium, one of the most iconic guitars in rock history now in Musician's Friend exclusive color finishes and featuring Gibson USA Dogear P-90 pickups.

The original ES-295 archtop was first introduced in 1952 as a hollowbody companion to the modern Goldtop Les Paul, which was then catching on across the country. That ™52 ES-295 full body archtop originally came in a stunning Metallic Gold finish, cream P-90 œdogear style pickups, and an ornate pickguard that was easily recognized on stage. But the ES-295 really caught on when Scotty Moore, a 20-year old guitarist from Memphis, accompanied Elvis Presley on his first nationally televised appearances in 1956. From then on, the ES-295 was-- for many kids discovering rock-and-roll --the ultimate electric guitar for stirring up trouble.

With a tone that could be biting one minute and smooth the next, the ES-295 was the one œbox a pro could take to any show or any session and make an impression. Now Epiphone”the original House of Stathopoulo and every hardcore guitarist' favorite archtop maker--brings you the new Ltd. Ed. ES-295 Premium powered by the same original Gibson USA Dogear P-90 pickups.

Premium Rock
The Epiphone ES-295 Premium features a maple body with a maple top finished with aged-style lacquer. The top has 3-layer Ivory/Black/Ivory binding while the body back and fingerboard have single layer Ivory binding. The Cream pickguard is just like the original with the same classic floral graphic. The Hard maple neck has a comfortable and easy to play "1960's" SlimTaper D profile and is hand-set and glued to the body. The Rosewood fretboard has 20 medium jumbo frets, a 12 radius, pearloid Split "Parallelogram" inlays, and a 1.68 nut. The Sloped Dovewing headstock is the same profile seen on all of Epiphone' classic guitars from the '60s and features a pearloid "Epiphone" logo and "Crown" inlay. The 2-layer black/white truss rod cover has œES-295 Premium in white.

World Class Gibson USA Dogear P-90 Pickups
The Ltd. Ed. ES-295 Premium is powered by two Gibson USA Dogear P-90 pickups. For many guitar aficionados, there' no better single coil pickup than a P-90, which was Mr. Les Paul' first choice for his debut solid body guitar, the Les Paul. For the Epiphone ES-295 Premium, the rhythm position has a Gibson USA Dogear P-90R and the lead position has a Gibson USA Dogear P-90T wound slightly hotter for soloing. Each pickup has their own volume and tone control topped with iconic Gold œSpeed knobs with metal pointers. And each pickup is activated via a high quality Epiphone 3-position toggle switch.

Epiphone Rock Solid Hardware
The new Ltd. Ed. ES-295 Premium like all Epiphones carries superb rock-solid Epiphone hardware including a "Pinned" Rosewood bridge with adjustable Tune-o-matic saddles and a rock-and-roll-approved Bigsby B70 Vibrato tailpiece. For the Metallic Gold finish, the ES-295 Premium features nickel hardware while the Walnut and Wine Red finishes have gold hardware. Tuning is fast and easy with Epiphone Deluxe machine heads with a pro-level 18:1 tuning ratio. And all great Epiphones carry the House of Stathopoulo' heavy duty ¼ rim mounted output jack. And to top it off, the ES-295 Premium is tuned up at the factory with industry renown D'Addario 10-46 strings.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Parallelogram
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Dogear P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Dogear P-90T
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Pinned rosewood with tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B70
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Nickel, or gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: South Korea

From twang to jazz and beyond this one can do it in style. Order today.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An improvement over the Epi 295s of the 90s

By Hollow Man

from New York, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

    Reportedly made by the well-regarded Peerless factory in So. Korea, Epiphone's copy of the legendary Gibson ES-295 is an improvement over earlier versions produced in the 90s, mostly notably in the use of "Gibson USA" P-90 pickups and the bronze/"bullion gold" finish (earlier Epi's had a rather flat yellow finish). This guitar has a look and feel that is very similar to the Gibson model (which sells for well over $6000). The original ES-295s were, like its cousin, the 175, intended to be an affordable, working man's "jazzbox" of the 50s, using laminated wood, and despite the eye-catching color, was rather plain, lacking fancy binding and stylish accoutrements. This Epiphone is intended to capture the hearts and wallets of retro-conscious players, particularly the rockabilly devotees. This is why Epiphone chose to attach a "Bigsby Licensed" vibrato arm to their model, the B70 version with the extra bar, which makes changing a string time-consuming and labor-intensive (good luck changing a string mid-set). Scotty Moore, with whom the 295 will always be associated, did not use a Bigsby, and in my opinion this guitar does not need it to serve as an affordable, great -sounding version of an absolute classic. Also note: Epiphone uses a "pinned bridge" rather than a floating bridge, which may or may not matter to you.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An excellent instrument perfect for every style of music!

    By MyTwangyGuitar

    from Union City, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great setup right out of the box
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

      To put it simply, I could not be more pleased with my purchase. I am a professional instructor and don't have the time or patience to play an inferior instrument. I am so happy with this guitar that I produced an extensive video demo that you can find on YouTube. This guitar is capable of producing any tone and showcasing any style that you can dish out.

      What is the first thing you would normally do when purchasing a lower end guitar? You got it, swap out the cheap electronics. The American made Gibson pickups are dead quiet and are perfectly balanced in all positions. The guitar is also equipped with full size pots. The tone is amazing whether you're going from clean to mean or anything in between.

      This guitar was ready to play right out of the box with just the right amount of relief in the neck. I like my action set to 4/64 on the bass side an 3/64 on the treble side. This is a personal preference and I was able to lower it just a tad with no problem and zero buzzing up and down the neck. The neck is just a shade wider than I'm used to but that works out great for fingerpicking and not getting cramped in the lower register.

      I would completely ignore the user review below that states you need spend additional money "to make it play right". The guitar intonates perfectly, stays in tune, has an extremely comfortable action and does everything as advertised. Anything else should be considered personal preference, not a defect or poor workmanship. A lot of folks complain about the Bigsby. This is not a defect, you know which Bigsby you are getting when you purchase the guitar. They are easy enough to swap out if that is what you desire.

      If you want to see and hear this guitar in action, simply enter 'Epiphone ES-295 Premium' into any search engine and the video will come up. You can judge for yourself and see exactly what you are getting for your money.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yep! I got a fantastic one!

      By Blue waters

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • GIGS
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

        I have an older version of this guitar. The difference between the new Epiphone 295 and my older version is really one that exceeded my expectations. The new 295 is truly a pro grade instrument! The pickups on the new version are fantastic! This guitar can sound mellow and jump to switchblade bite with a flick of the toggle. I have fears when buying a guitar that I've not played. However Musicians Friend have been great to work with if you get a product that doesn't meet your expectations! So, I did not have any problems with this purchase! All I had to do was raise the action a bit to my preference. I play Chess era Blues. I love backing a Blues Harp and this guitar gives me that Robert Jr. style sound. It also gives Kent era B.B. King bite! Now you need to realize that all guitars differ. Mine was just right for my style. Having said that, Everything is solid on my guitar. Electronics are great and the neck plays wonderfully! I use flat wound strings. and play a Blues/Jazz style. This guitar I'm sure would be great for Rockabilly players also. I'm very satisfied with my purchase! I don't have any complaints on the instrument I received.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a GOOD guitar

        By friendly Henry

        from Caldwell ID

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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 Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

          I have a nice guitar collection. I have played Epiphones for about 20 years now. High quality instruments for a fair price.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Purchase

          By Merle's The Man

          from Dover,Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

            Really like how it plays and sounds. Only complaint is wish the pick-up was a little closer to the neck. Thumb pick keeps hitting against the pick-up. Other than that a good purchase.

            (10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not Totally Satisfied with this guitar.

            By Guitarzan

            from Cleveland Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
            • Won't stay in tune. Needs tweaks to fix tuning.

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

            First it's worth starting off by saying I like this guitar and chose to keep it rather than send it back. I did get a discounted price on a Gold color one (no case) and it looks awesome. My guitar came with real heavy stings. The third string was wound. I changed the strings to my preferred set 48 - 38 - 28 - 17 (not wound) 12 and 10 and then tried to set the harmonics. But if you look real close at the pic the bridge is slanted closer to the neck on the high string side. I could not get the G sting in tune at the 12 fret it read sharp. But I adjusted the string saddle a far back as I could. Recently I raised the action and it helped make it better but still not spot on. I'm actually considering changing the bridge with one that has a bigger adjustment range. I love the Bigsby on guitars and will live with making some tuning adjustments while playing a gig. But this Bigsby model in my opinion is not a good design. The pitch is too steep from the bridge to the Bigsby, take a look for yourself. I bought a BricksBiggsFix which made the tuning stable when using the Bigsby and changed the pitch to be more gradual. It also made the Bigsby use more spongy not stiff like the way it was. Keep in mind that I own a couple of Gretch Guitar and a Guild with a Bigsby. But these guitar are much better made with a better designed Bigsby so I may be spoiled when comparing this guitar to those. Really my other guitar cost more than twice and some more than three times as much as the ES 295 did. Since I got a deal on the guitar I'm using the money I saved to bring the guitar up to a higher usable gig standard. That is why I kept it. If you are willing to do that it's worth buying, if not I would pass. Remember I like the guitar so I'm spending additional money to make it play right. You have to be willing to do that if you want to take it out on a gig date.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Compares favorably with my gbson Hisotori

            By pocketradio

            from os Angeles, CAL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

              This is a great guitar. Somehow I got it for 200 less than advertized without case on this site. The price is now back to regular now it seems..
              Anyway it has a wide neck that is somewhat less 'girthy" than my Gibson Memphis 1959 Historic VOS ES 175. And you know what, I kind of prefer it over the Gibson! Beautiful matte lacquer Gold with a fast neck and Gibson pickups (P-90s). A great guitar. Especially great for the money.

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