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Epiphone Zephyr Blues Deluxe Electric Guitar
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Based on the storied '49 Gibson ES-5, this big-bodied blues machi ne is fitted with 3 Alnico V P-90s and 3 volumes and one tone controls. The only ch...Read More
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A big, bold axe for big-bottomed blues!
Based on the storied '49 Gibson ES-5, this big-bodied blues machi ne is fitted with 3 Alnico V P-90s and 3 volumes and one tone controls. The only change from the original is a reversed polarity middle pickup for hum Canceling.
Reviewed by 14 customers
I've owned this guitar for around 3 and a bit years now. At first, I didn't really get along with it; I didn't have all that good an amp back then and couldn't get any sound out of it whatsoever acoustically. At the time, I was predominantly playing a fender strat. Now, lets get this straight - the strat is definitely the better guitar. But, this guitar is my favourite of the two. Why? Well, first off, it's beautiful. Mine's sunburst, and its a truly stunning looking guitar. Secondly, I've grown a hell of a lot since I bought this thing - plus I'm a better guitarist - and this guitar's voice matched my style really well once I got to terms with what I really wanted to do. I mean, if you're after a guitar to play Parisienne Walkways, look else where. But Stray Cat Strut? You could certainly do worse. I do, however have some reservations concerning it. It's the hardest guitar I've ever owned for keeping in tune; almost all day I'm twiddling with it. Take into account the machine heads are also pretty loose, and this poses a problem. But not a big one. I am in no doubt there are better guitars out there; I'm currently praying for exams results to deliver me a Gretsch 612 but if you're after a good quality semi with a nice voice and lovely feel; this guitar's probably for you.
I bought a zephyr blues deluxe 2 weeks ago and really love it. It is a superb guitar and a bargain. Acoustically it is loud and amplified it is really great. The only downside is that there is no pickup selector switch, you control the pickups by the volume knobs, otherwise I would have given it 10's across the board.I am into the blues and this is an excellent guitar for what I need.
Love it! The quality is so close to what Gibson would like you to pay 5 times more for. Looks great and sounds even better!
When it comes to rating these things, there is always some degree of bias one way or another. Some seem to think that one guitar should do all. I mean give me a break, if you are knocking points off this guitar for not safely doing Metalica through a 100 watt Marshal head, you haven't done your homework (or take some lessons from Terrible Ted who routinely works a hollowbody at insane volumes to great effect).Anytway, enough of that. It is my opinion that this is ome of the best sounding guitars for the price, that you can buy in the catagory. It sounds great accoustic for laminate and is very light for a full size box. Compared to the Broadway, it feels like a feather. Plugged in, it sounds even better. Rich, full and creamy. The flame maple is very well bookmatched and I would be very hard pressed to find any flaw in the fit or finish of the example I purchased. I am convinced that the quality of this guitar is pretty much unmatched at this price, period.
I got a brand new one after trying the show piece at the guitar shop. The sound was so sweet the it made every head turned and look. I used it a couple of times at my church meetings, everybody keeps talking about how they love the look and the sound of my ZBD. This is one great piece of investment worth a hundred times more than what you paid for.
I've purchased a mint condition Zephyr Blues Deluxe and it is a fabulous guitar. I would urge anyone who wants a great, industry standard archtop without the Gibson price to check out a Zephyr Blues delux.
Bought mine off eBay stamped "2nd" but shows in mint condition. Body construction is as good, if not higher quality than Gibson! But the elctronics needed replacing. Ordered a set of Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-90 PUps and replaced all pots with a B-taper. The 3 vol pots I had replaced with push-pull ones so I could select which PUps to turn off and on. This simple mod gives me the flexibility of what the 1955 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster intended without the 4-position selector switch or the 2 added tone knobs. I also had riser spacers fabricated to bring up the PUps 3/16" below the strings for maximum magnetic induction. Also removed the black pickguard to show off the wonderful maple bookmarked flame. Now this babe reeks of T-Bone Walker tone and brings smiles to anyone listening. One amazingly sounding and GREAT looking guitar. Well worth the effort at 1/10th the cost of a 1955 Gibson ES-5. Gittitt gittitt!
I bought a 1999 model in mint shape and this guitar is at the top of all I've ever owned. And I've had Fender, Gretsch, Gibson, etc.
Musicians Friend just delivered a beautiful natural finish model. The action is absolutely perfect right out of the box. I've had many Epis and this one is in a class by itself, it's actually the second time I've bought this guitar. Enjoy!
After playing plenty of other archtops over the years, the ZBD wins hands down for tone and value for money. I have a Gretsch Setzer SSL and a Gibson 335, but I prefer the sound of this big bodied guitar with P90s.I can't find a fault anywhere on mine! Just a shame that they don't do a Nitro finished version.