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Epiphone Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good feel (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (11), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An excellent instrument perfect for every style of music!

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Totally Satisfied with this 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...Read complete review

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.

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(21 of 22 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.

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    An improvement over the Epi 295s of the 90s

    By Mr Twang

    from New York state

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    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.

      (11 of 11 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.

        (11 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not Totally Satisfied with this guitar.

        By Guitarzan

        from Cleveland Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        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.

        (9 of 9 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.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Purchase

          By Merle's The Man

          from Dover,Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          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.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a GOOD guitar

            By friendly Henry

            from Caldwell ID

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

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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.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              VERY NICE GUITAR.

              By TERRY

              from HUDSON, FL.

              About Me Experienced

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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
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

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

                VERY NICE GUITAR. ALWAYS WANTED ONE. HAIL SCOTTY MOORE AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great bang for the buck

                By Felix bizzario

                from Tustin ca

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

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

                  I gave this five stars based on value. I have a large collection of Gibsons and would love to have a 295, but can't see dropping 7-8k on a gold top. I bought the epiphone instead for 742.00 open box...but had no idea how much I'd like it. I don't plan on using it for gigs, but I imagine it would do just fine. Maybe just a minor setup by a good guitar tech, but seems to play great right out of the box IMO.

                   
                  5.0

                  ES 295 The real deal!

                  By Trace

                  from Tarboro NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have been searching for quite some time for the perfect guitar for jump blues, blues jazz, etc. After years of searching for the perfect tone, I finally found it. I did something I never do. I ordered the guitar off line without playing it first. I was skeptical to say the least, as I am very picky about my tone being right. When I opened the box I thought, this is a beautiful guitar. When I plugged it in I was instantly glad I ordered the guitar. When I heard it played back on a simple digital track recording without any editing, I was IN LOVE! Did anybody say swing? Jump blues? This is your jewel if that's what your looking. All I can say is try it for yourself you will not be disappointed. Also there is absolutely no need to mod this guitar at all. It comes gig ready. The pickups are rich, clear with the best blues tone I have ever had the privilege to play. I am now sold on Epiphone. BTW I have owned guitars with prices in the thousands. Their price was great but, the tone always left me wanting. Not this time. The price is very affordable. I got the sound of a guitar that may have cost an astronomical amount, without the price tag. Thank you Epiphone!!!! Signed Happy ES 295 owner!

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent Guitar

                    By Kevin

                    from Castro Valley CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Rock Concerts

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

                      No guitar is perfect, and you may spend 6k on a top notch brand name guitar, but honestly I am very impressed with this guitar. It did need some set up work done, but I'm picky about my guitars. The action was a little high and the nut was cut high too. After the set up work was done, this is a top notch guitar that plays and sounds great. In recent years Epiphone has improved their quality. I will now look more seriously at their other guitars, especially those
                      made in Korea. I recommend this guitar with its fine beautiful sound, and quality build. You can pay more for a Gibson, but you are not going to get that much more.... this has become one of my favorite
                      guitars to play.

                       
                      4.0

                      Great guitar, double discounted w/minimal scratch dent.

                      By B3DE

                      from Atlanta GA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      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 Limited Edition ES-295 Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

                        USA Gibson pups on a better made Epiphone. The goldtop color is very well done on this guitar, it's a real beauty that steals the show when it enters a room!

                         
                        5.0

                        Didn't use yet had to go to work over sea's

                        By Devo Diver

                        from Melbourne Beach Florida

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Didn't use yet but one beautiful giutar

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Didn't get a chance before leaving to go to work but look forward to learning how to play.

                             
                            4.0

                            a real winner

                            By joe

                            from coffee kansas

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

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                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                              this guitar is great..i got the gold one
                              .these were issued before, in the 90's by Epiphone ,those were horrible guitars..
                              \these are 100 times better....mine is very light weight, Gibson pickups sound great, pots and knobs are good and tight, guitar plays fantastic and sound beautiful, a wide range from smooth jazz to revved up rockabilly...
                              the neck is thin and sort of a tiny D shape. it is not fat or even full feeling but i now really like it..
                              its comfortable now but it would be better if the neck was sort of fat but it is not but thats ok..
                              it still plays real fine.

                              the finish is nice and smooth and thin...not thick gloss..

                              mine came strung with big jazz strings, for some reason, with a big wound 3rd string. these made the neck feel too cramped. i changed to 10-46 Gibson pure nickel vintage strings and the feel is now great. and it stays in tune great.

                              my only gripe is how terrible this 'licensed' bigsby is. plus you dont need the extra tension bar that this bigsby has. they must have got a cheap deal on buying these. i replaced mine with a standard usa made B-6 Bigsby and the difference is amazing. the strings dont jump out of the saddle..you cant really even easily see the holes where the licensed bigsby was screwed in to the top.....this is now one fine guitar. and i got mine on sale which really made it sweet.

                               
                              5.0

                              Just amazing!

                              By Alex

                              from Nuevo León, México.

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Fun To Play
                              • 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 bought this guitar with a discount, an amazing deal.
                                As a rockabilly player, I couldn't be more satisfied with this guitar. The main reason? the Gibson pick ups, they are well balanced and have great tone, just amazing.
                                Also, I've read some negative comments about the Bigsby, personally, I love it, it's functional and looks beautiful, especially on the Walnut finish.
                                On the other hand, I do have some complains about this guitar, some little details: out of the box, my guitar had some buzz on both the nut and the bridge... That's all, nothing that can't be fixed.
                                Finally, if you are undecided, I highly recommend you to watch the video from MyTwangyGuitar.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Can't beat this guitar for the money!

                                By Woozy

                                from Durham, NC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    First things first. If you haven't checked out the video from MyTwangyGuitar you should straightaway. It gives a great overview of the tones you can expect from this guitar. That video and his review highly influenced my purchase.

                                    I have several Gretsch guitars, a Setzer signature 6120 Nashville and a DuoJet among others. The workmanship on this guitar is not as nice as the workmanship on Professional series Gretsch, but for the money it is pretty nice. Much nicer than what you would expect from a guitar in this price range.

                                    The one thing that surprised me about the guitar is that the finish is matte. I wasn't expecting that. I have an Epiphone '56 Goldtop and was expecting a gloss finish. I ended up using several applications of Dunlop Carnauba guitar wax on the back of the neck and along with playing it daily the neck feels quite good now.

                                    The strings are D'Addario but they made my fingers black so I swapped them out with some Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds and the guitar plays like butter now. I'm used to stringing Bigsbys so there was no problem switching strings. The Bigsby works great. I believe the B70 is the cheaper version of the B7 and I was impressed how solid it felt and how well the guitar stayed in tune.

                                    Like MyTwangyGuitar I lowered the strings, but found that on mine 4/64" put the bass strings too close to the bridge pickup, so I raised it up to 5/64". Epiphone sets the guitars up at 6/64". There is no way to adjust the bridge pickup down short of shaving the spacer that goes between the guitar body and the pickup.

                                    Unlike the Gretsch 6120 Setzers which use the "1959 Trestle" bracing, these guitars are just braced lengthwise on the back of the top. To me this sounds better because you hear the body of the guitar. The Trestle bracing is better for minimizing feedback but the top on my 295 sounds wonderfully resonate.

                                    Aside from a few very small minor issues which I mentioned above, I absolutely LOVE this guitar. Lately it's become my go to guitar.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great Deal on a Great Guitar

                                    By Brother Duane

                                    from Boston, MA

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Channeling your inner T-Bone Walker

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

                                      I own about 30 guitars from Gibson Custom Shop to Mexican Fenders. This guitar is my first P-90 guitar with a Bigsby. I have been playing it through an Orange Micro Dark Terror/PPC112 and Eventide Timefactor and having a blast. I got a gold open box for 615 plus an Epiphone case. It had heavy strings with a wound G that I switched out for some EXL115's that I had laying around. It was perfectly set up with the heavy strings and I had to adjust the truss rod and intonation with the string change. This guitar kills on Chuck Berry (RIP) and Texas T-Bone Walker-type blues sounds as well as all of the stuff demoed by the prior reviewer. I set the amp up so one note is clean and two notes break up. I have worked up killer versions of "Texas Flood", "Walk Don't Run" and "Maybelline". The Bigsby has smooth action and returns the guitar to tune. Every once in awhile I have to hit it again, but no complaints from a lifelong Strat guy. I wish I had this when I was playing in my Blues Band.
                                      Some brush marks in the finish between the neck pickup and neck, but no one will ever see them but me. These pickups rock.

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