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A new reproduction of a great jazz guitar classic!
The Epiphone Zephyr Regent Archtop Electric Guitar is beautifully simple! This classic archtop guitar isn't loaded with hardware, but it is loaded with great jazz tone. Features a single humbucker, one volume and one tone control, dot inlays, maple top on a mahogany body, and gold hardware.
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Reviewed by 11 customers
I love my Epiphone Zephyr Regent. I upgraded it a bit with a Seymore Duncan Jazz Humbucker, Toneworks bridge and flatwound strings. The sound is deep and and clean.
I love the sound of this guitar, and despite having a number of more expensive guitars I often find myself using this one.I am a big fan of the ES-165 (Herb Ellis) but not willing to part with thousands of dollars, so this was a good fit for me.The only thing I wish it had was the split-block inlays like the ES-175.
Made in Indonesia, the construction looks good and the finish is excellent. The guitar looks great. However, the hardware is el cheapo and I'll definately be replacing all of it.Mine has a heavy smell of glue coming out of the f holes and doesn't have that usual smell of an instrument, but it sounds suprisingly good unplugged, feels good and stays in tune.I believe you will be happy as long as you are willing to do a little upgrading, which will still be cheaper than anything else you can get like this.Also it is not a satin finish like the picture might lead you to believe.Body/neck/finish = 5 out 5Hardware = 0
I took a chance on this guitar and have been very pleasantly surprised. To be honest, I thought that it looked cool and hoped it would give me the similar tone that I heard Elvis Costello play on "Monkey to Man". He uses the Gibson version on that song. I love the tone with a slightly overdriven amp. It plays wonderfully and the tuning machines are smooth and sturdy. Right out of the box it was nearly in tune and played very nice. For the money I think this is a fantastic value in a basic hollowbody guitar. I'm seriously thinking of playing it at my next show, thats how much I like it. I haven't set it up like I want yet but imagine it'll be awesome given how it is now. I prefer the headstock rather than the one on lets say the Sheraton. Why anybody would pay 2 grand on a laminated body guitar when you can get a similar if not d*** near the same performance out of a guitar like this is beyond me. I think I'll try another Epiphone product......I'm sold.
I wanted an archtop with a nice acoustic sound and classic looks for an entry level price. I came close to getting the emporer model but then dedided I liked the simple cream tuners and no frills plain fretboard a great basic look. The finish is wonderful like someone else had commented the binding is gorgeous. The burst is blended perfectly with flawless gloss body finish. Tuners and hardware, ok but do the job! and look pretty good. The Koreans are building beautiful stuff as are some of the chinese this guitar has great finish, weight, tone and playability with an antique vibe to it, nice and mellow. I restrung mine right away with flatwounds as the frets will wear with the rounds that it came with. The tunomatic bridge can vibrate but you just have to tighten the saddle screw and then its silent. Action came to high for me so I lowered it and the intonation stayed pretty much on. Keeps a nice tune I love coming home to this one and picking it up. Its a monster for value looks and fun. You can find some plain 50s gibsons out there used! for around. but this is every bit the guitar that they are in my opinion.
I bought this guitar to strum while sitting around. I have always been partial to archtops (my parents bought me my first one when I was 6). This guitar is in a league of it's own. Far and away the best archtop you can buy in this price range. The action is extremely low, making for fast and easy playing. The sunburst finish is flawless and gorgeous. The only complaint is the somewhat cheap hardware, but for the money the guitar is an incredible value. If you're looking for very nice "smokey" jazz tones then this is the guitar for you. I own 8 guitars and 4 of them are Epiphones. You can not buy a better made guitar in their price range.
The hardware's a little tacky, but overall this guitar has tremendous fit and finish- better than a lot of the classics around. If it had a nitrocellulose finish rather than a polyester one you're swear it was an original. As it is, at break during a gig the bass player said "That's a great Epiphone- how old is it?"I replaced the bridge on mine with all all-ebony unit and the jack with a good Switchcraft. I'm tempted to replace the pots and the tuning machines and may do so, but even stock this is a great playing and great looking guitar.
Pretty good tone for a value priced instrument.
I made a couple changes to mine. FIrst, I replaced the bridge with a solid wood unit that resulted in a much better tone. Second, I replaced the jack with a good siwtchcraft unit for better reliability. The result is a solid jazz/rhythm/blues guitar with great tone and a great vibe that's fun to play. I played mine on stage for three hours last weekend and dug every minute of it.
super nice guitar for the $, finish is way more than i expected, groovy mellow tone, set up was happening even after shipping, i highly recommend this instrument for what it's meant to do...