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Epiphone ES-295…Thoughts?

1

Of course I love the Gibby 295 but am intrigued with Epiphone's version and especially the fact they are made in Korea with Gibson P90s.

Thoughts?

Has anyone played one?

http://www.epiphone.com/Pro...

2

I can't stand to see the tension bar on these. If the "Gibson" P90s on this are anything like the "Gibson" P90s on my Casino, you won't get Scotty Moore tones.

I took about 30% of the wraps off the P90s in my Casino and now they sound much better.

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I can't stand to see the tension bar on these. If the "Gibson" P90s on this are anything like the "Gibson" P90s on my Casino, you won't get Scotty Moore tones.

I took about 30% of the wraps off the P90s in my Casino and now they sound much better.

– Otter

Thanks Otter. What did the P90s sound like? Too shrill? A little dead? What was your issue with them?

4

I also hate that unnecessary B70 on those. A tension bar bigsby is always a no-go to me.

5

Thanks Otter. What did the P90s sound like? Too shrill? A little dead? What was your issue with them?

– NJDevil

Oh no, not shrill or dead at all, quite the opposite. They're a little dark and very hot. Much more George Thorogood than Scotty Moore. They would overdrive any amp pretty much instantly, which was great for rockin'slide numbers, but no so good for delicate fingerstyle or any sort of strumming.

I unwound both pickups from about 12 kOhm to 9ish (I also flipped the coil in the neck pickup for hum cancelling). They're still on the warm side of vintage, but much more useable in lower gain settings.

That said, this is a 12 year old guitar, and Epiphone may have changed their "Gibson" P90s since then.

6

OK guitars, but I'm annoyed too they can't (or won't, as not to compete with the real thing) get them right. Neck angle so wrong the pickups need strangely tall spacers, body shapes/depths that have little to do with the classic Gibson, the stupid tension bar Bigsby, etc...

7

That is disappointing to hear about the P90s. The Lollar P90s are too hot and am not looking for another hot pair. I like the B70 on my Gretsch 5126 but would rather not have it on the 295.

Well, I asked and I received....thanks for the feedback guys.

8

Seems like the Guild X175B is a much more finished product in a guitar of this type at a similar price point.

9

Seems like the Guild X175B is a much more finished product in a guitar of this type at a similar price point.

– spike

Gotta agree with Spike. I have a Guild Newark St X175B and it's a great guitar. You could always put a proper B6 on the Epi, but the X175B lies somewhere between a Gretsch Electromatic and a Pro Series Gretsch quality wise. Look for a clean used X175B, they can usually be found for around $750.00.

10

I have a Korean casino and it plays very well. The p-90s had been rewound when I bought it.

But as others say the deal killer (for me) on the epi 295 is the b-70 Bigsby

11

For me the problem is the weird and homely body shape. The Peerless built Epi ES-295's in the 90's had the proper shape of the cutaway, like this:

But the new ones have an odd-looking one like this:

The tension bar Bigsby doesn't bother me --- if it did, it would be a simple enough matter to remove the tension roller or just put the strings over it for a shallower break angle --- in effect making the Bigsby into a B3.

I've played a few ... the tone and playability were fine to my ears and fingers.

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For me the problem is the weird and homely body shape. The Peerless built Epi ES-295's in the 90's had the proper shape of the cutaway, like this:

But the new ones have an odd-looking one like this:

The tension bar Bigsby doesn't bother me --- if it did, it would be a simple enough matter to remove the tension roller or just put the strings over it for a shallower break angle --- in effect making the Bigsby into a B3.

I've played a few ... the tone and playability were fine to my ears and fingers.

– Parabar

Never noticed the cutaway shape of the Epi.


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