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Based on 2 Reviews and 5 Ratings
These make a decent budget (for USA made) ES175. Great for jazz, old country and rock.
Disclaimer: I love this guitar. It's a semi-hollowbody (not a full hollow) that SOUNDS like a hollowbody. While it looks like a ES-135 with the cutaway, they're completely different guitars. A ES-135 is basicly a Les Paul dressed like a 175. The ES-135 is basicly a thinner ES-175 with a chunk of balsawood to keep it from feeding back at high volumes. While it don't sound exactly like a 175, it's very very close, and even moreso considering the construction.
Gibson being Gibson made a few different ES-135s. Mine is a 2000 (Custom Shop, even) with the Gibson Classic pickups and the factory Bigsby. I usually use Black Diamond Pure Jazz 12-52s which give it a really woody classic jazz tone. It also works well for traditional country and rock. This guitar sounds a little bright to me with regular roundwound strings. Not bad, but not the tone I like for the music I play on it.
When I die I'll probably still own this guitar and my Les Paul. With my Takamine Nylon string, that's really all I need.
I mean, where do I start?
Ok so, here's a short story, I always been a Gibson/Epiphone fan, most of my guitars are those brands. It just feels better, I've use Epiphones Semihollow, and they are great, but Gibson just hits different, also this one, or at least mine, was made on the Memphis plant before it got close, so is basically a Gibson Custom, at least on the case and the certificate that's what it says haha. Nice humbuckers, you can really feel the quality upgrade from and Epiphone USA Pro and the the Gibson 498T, also other thing that really resonate was that this semihollow block is not maple, is mahogany, so for me that's and upgrade, is not as thinline like his older cousing the 335, but you damn sure it feels great, lightweight also, you know, for the back problems haha. Durable as Matthew Followill though when he did the same Epiphone to Gibson upgrade. Overall just a terrific guitar, and the best part is that is a little cheaper than a 335 being basically the same thing.