Giving today’s players the chance to own a classic instrument, the Limited Edition Epiphone ES-175 Premium Electric Guitar is based on the original model that was made famous by the hands of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Scotty Moore.
Designed in 1949 as a more affordable, mid-size L-5, the ES-175 gained popularity quickly and became the base on which following Gibson and Epiphone archtops were built from. The original gained popularity because of its capabilities that allowed players to push their music in new directions. The Epiphone Limited Edition ES-175 Premium Electric Guitar continues this ethos with a pair of Gibson USA '57 Classic pickups and vintage-inspired "aged" Lacquer finish, giving both the sound and the look of the original.
Crafted with an all-laminated maple body, the Epiphone ES175 Premium Electric Guitar utilises a fully hollow jazz box design to get its classic sound, while a distinctive Florentine (sharp) cutaway gives you the same aesthetics as the original model, as well as opening up access to the upper frets. This is coated in a Wine Red, vintage-inspired “aged” lacquer that provides a striking contrast against its single ply binding and traditional 3-ply black and white pickguard.
A solid mahogany neck, carved to the SlimTaper profile, is hand-fitted and glued into the body of Epiphone Limited Edition ES175 Premium Electric Guitar. Topping this is a bound rosewood fingerboard with classic split-parallelogram inlays.
At the top of the neck you’ll find an iconic “sloped dovewing” headstock fitted with a set of highly accurate, 18:1 ratio Grover tuners. A floating rosewood base with pinned Tune-o-Matic, partnered with a classic "Zig-Zag" Trapeze tailpiece can be found at the other end of the Epiphone ES 175 Premium’s neck.
With the 1957 model moving to humbuckers, the Epiphone ES-175 Premium Electric Guitar has done the same, with a pair of Gibson USA ‘57 Classic humbuckers incorporated into the design. With the same coveted sound as the originals, these PAF-style humbuckers offer a massive tonal range and astute sensitivity. Control of the pickups is afforded with a three-way pickup selector, two volume controls, and two tone controls.
This was my dad's guitar. After watching me learn he decided he wanted to do the same, so he bought this & my Fernandes acoustic along with some other basics but quickly realized his arthritis wouldn't allow him to play, despite his desire. I'd rather have my dad playing guitar than having his guitars passed to ma but at least I got 2 so/so guitars out of it.
Really nice warm blues tones from this, I use it for slide, may end up trying some different pickups in it but it plays really nice. Some have said the necks thick, I like it though. Doesn't feel like a "cheap epiphone" version of a 175, Once I put metal machineheads and removed the stupid E symbol from the pickguard I really fell in love with it. Did have trouble with the wiring, but easily fixed, pots were dirty out of the box but again a easy fix.