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Epiphone is proud to present the Epiphone ES-175 Premium, a faithful new reissue of what many consider the most famous electric archtop in popular music, heard on classics from jazz to rock in the hands of pioneers like Joe Pass, Scotty Moore, and Wes Montgomery. Epiphone's long history of innovation began with designing archtop guitars. And now, Epiphone steps up its game again with the new ES-175 Premium featuring Gibson USA '57 Classic pickups and a vintage-inspired "aged" lacquer finish that will make you think you're playing a 50's original but at a price anyone can afford.

The Roots of A Legend
The ES-175 was introduced in 1949 as a mid-size, more affordable version of the venerable L-5, the very first modern archtop and the inspiration for the best Gibson and Epiphone archtops of the jazz era. The original ES-175 was truly a modern guitar that anticipated a new era of jazz and pop music that was hotter, louder, and constantly stretching musical boundaries. The ES-175 was the first archtop with a Florentine (sharp) cutaway. And by 1957, it came with the innovative and now standard humbucker pickup. The ES-175 quickly the preferred model for both jazz players and rock and rollers with a background in jazz, especially for guitarists looking for the "Wes Montgomery" L-5 sound at a lower cost.

The new Epiphone ES-175 Premium is just like the original--a fully hollow jazz box that's easy to hold, easy to play and affordable. And with the addition of Gibson '57 Classic pickups, the Epiphone ES-175 Premium is versatile enough for any genre with cool crisp archtop tone from its all-maple construction and killer humbucker pickups.

Epiphone Archtops, the Modern Standard

The introduction of the ES-175 Premium brings Epiphone full circle in its long history of producing affordable, professional instruments that can deliver pro sound night after night. The Epiphone ES-175 Premium features a traditional laminated Maple body with single ply binding with a vintage-inspired "aged" lacquer finish topped off with a traditional 3-ply black and white pickguard.

The ES-175 Premium has a hand-fitted, glued-in mahogany neck with a SlimTaperTM profile and a 24.75" scale that's poised to come alive with the very first note you play. The bound rosewood fingerboard has classic split-parallelogram inlays and Epiphone's iconic "sloped dovewing" headstock is fitted with Grover 18:1 machine heads for quick, accurate, and intuitive tuning, and a standard 1.68" nut.

Gibson USA '57 Classic Pickups

Every great electric archtop has great pickups and the ES-175 Premium truly becomes a time-traveling marvel with the inclusion of two Gibson USA ˜57 Classic humbucker pickups that recreate the wide tonal range and incredible sensitivity of the ES-175's original PAF-style pickups that today are the most sought after vintage pickups in the world.

Classic Hardware

All Epiphone instruments feature rock solid hardware that's guaranteed for life. The ES-175 Premium comes with Epiphone "Deluxe" machine heads and full range controls for volume and tone all equipped with Epiphone's full-size 1" 500K„¦ potentiometers, a rim-mounted output jack, and Epiphone's 3-way all metal toggle mounted on a traditional rubber grommet. The bridge is set up with a traditional floating rosewood base supporting a fully adjustable nickel Tune-o-matic bridge. The bridge is "pinned" to ensure perfect placement and intonation every time. And the classic "Zig-Zag" Trapeze tailpiece makes the new ES-175 Premium virtually indistinguishable from a vintage original-except for the price! An optional premium hard case is also available.

Limited Lifetime Warranty
One thing you can't get with a vintage instrument is Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service.

FEATURES

  • Top Material: Laminated Maple
  • Body Material: Laminated Maple
  • Neck Material: Solid Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In, Set Neck
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with parallelogram inlays
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Binding: Body, Fingerboard
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Epiphone deluxe
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson USA '57 Classic Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA '57 Classic Humbucker
  • Controls: 2- Volume, 2- Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way Epiphone all-metal toggle on traditional rubber grommet
  • Bridge: Floating rosewood base with tune-o-matic bridge; pinned
  • tailpiece: traditional "Zig-Zag" trapeze
  • Pickguard: 3-ply: Black/White/Black
  • Finish: Vintage-Inspired, "aged" lacquer
  • Case sold separately
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EpiphoneES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar

I've had this guitar about a month and I just love it. I got it at a much reduced price due to some nearly imperceptible dings here and there. It plays great, though...Read complete review

I've had this guitar about a month and I just love it. I got it at a much reduced price due to some nearly imperceptible dings here and there. It plays great, though it's a bit brighter than a Gibson 175, however, after replacing the bridge with a rosewood floating bridge, the tone mellowed considerably. I favor the neck pickup and with a set of medium flat wounds, its just terrific for low volume finger-style jazz and folk.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Where to begin?

The rating might be more reflective of the experience I had purchasing the guitar through GC than the guitar itself. I purchased the guitar on clearance so I did receive some discount. GC's meaning...Read complete review

The rating might be more reflective of the experience I had purchasing the guitar through GC than the guitar itself. I purchased the guitar on clearance so I did receive some discount. GC's meaning of "clearance" is not what I would expect. The guitar shipped without any manufacturer boxing. Just a plain box and bubble wrap and appeared to be a used guitar. The shipping was delayed. When I called to inquire about the status I was informed that they could not fulfill the order from the warehouse, since it was a clearance item it had to come from one specific store. They said this was because "clearance" would mean demo or damage, which was not what I expected since the guitar was not listed as demo/damaged/used. I reached someone at the store that was shipping my guitar and they told me the guitar was not a demo model. Honestly, it was in such poor condition I'm not sure whether to believe them or not, but I cannot imagine anyone being able to play it in the condition I received it. When I received the guitar it had the following issues:
1. The input jack was extremely loose
2. The bridge tone pot was extremely loose
3. One of the two screws securing the neck pickup had come loose and the pickup was hanging in the body cavity
4. The truss rod was too tight so the neck was buzzing at the first fret
5. The bridge was set too high
6. The intonation was way off (not really a concern since the neck and bridge had to be adjusted anyway)
7. The pickups needed to be adjusted (both were too low)
8 . There was a chip on the top binding

My first instinct was to take it directly back to my local store, but it had been just a hassle to get it delivered I thought it would be a shame not to hear it. So I repaired the issues it arrived with and put a new pair of strings on it. Pros and cons after I fixed the issues,
Pros
1. Good pickups
2. Plays okay (no fret, nut, or fretboard issues)

Cons
1. Tuners feel cheap
2. The finish is cheap

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epi Premium 175 is a fine beast

By Jeffrey

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I have a number of guitars, mostly hollow bodies, many of them vintage. I popped into the GC in West LA and saw an Ebony and a natural Epiphone Premium ES 175 on the wall and immediately took down the Ebony one and fired it up into a late model Deluxe Reverb. The sound is exactly what you look for in a PAF equipped 175: sparkly, chimey yet as throaty as it needs to be. I asked to play the 1960 Memphis Historic ES 175 they had behind the glass and was able to compare them directly. Wow does this Epiphone acquit itself with style. At over $4000 dollars less expensive than the Gibson, The Epiphone sounded and played as well or better than the Historic. I know the difference and the Historic is a fine guitar and perhaps I favor the Gibson 57 Classic Humbuckers that Epiphone wisely installed in their Premium 175 over the MHS unpotted Alnico Humbuckers in the Historic 175- but man does the Epiphone sing and play beautifully. This is a much better 175 than the version Epiphone recently discontinued (which was also a bit less expensive than this $899 model). One reason for the great play-ablity and sound is the lack of a heavy glossy finish (you know, the polyester or plastic super glossy finishes that a lot of cheaper guitars are encapsulated in). The finish of the Ebony one I purchased is very subtle, almost a matte black and it is a beauty. And it seemed to sound more open and airier when played acoustically than almost every hollow body or semi hollow body guitar in the entire store . The rosewood bridge base is pinned like my Gretsch RHH 6120 and there is a tune-a-matic bridge which makes intonation much easier. The neck feels good and fast (it certainly isn't as beefy as the Historic 175-which has a nearly comical fat neck-and I like big necks!) All in all, this is a really fine, very affordable ES 175. Proud to own it and to display it next to some of the cool guy guitars I am fortunate enough to own.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

epiphone es 175

By gerald

from new braunfels,tx

Site Member

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Just bought this guitar. I have own Gibson's and Ibanez. This guitar is just as good as a gibson es 175. Love the neck profile. I play jazz guitar, replaced the strings with thomastik 12-50 flatwounds. The sound and playing is excellent. If you thinking about buying one, you won't be disappointed. Thanks, epiphone. Jerry

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hollowbody Heaven

By Mike

from Nutley, NJ

Site Member

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased and fell in love with an Epi Bonamassa Les Paul. As my attention drifted toward hollowbody archtops, I returned to Epiphone for quality and reasonable price points. I inquired about Gibson pickups and the manager at my local GC brought the ES-175 to my attention. Taking it off the wall I was impressed with both the playability and tone. After a quick setup, she was ready to rock. Through my Deluxe Reverb, clean tones go from warm jazz to roots rock. Pushed through an OCD overdrive you can get a trashy Neil Youngish sound or even a passable modern distortion in the bridge position. This guitar is not ideal for high volume excursions, even with the f-holes taped I experienced some out of control feedback. Who cares, she's almost as loud as an acoustic unplugged, and plays like a quality electric. Thanks again Epiphone.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value Jazzbox

By Don the Guitar Player

from South Florida

Pros

  • Arrived With Zero Issues
  • Came Setup Fairly Ok
  • Can Dial In Good Tones
  • Makes Me Enjoy Playing It
  • Playability Easey Peasey

Cons

  • "gibson' Pups Hmmmm

Best Uses

  • Playing Jazz Swing

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I really like this guitar. I got it on sale for under $900.00 & for what it is...it does a great job. No, its not like my 2004 Byrdland, I can't hear the difference between say, 5-6 on a tone knob like I can on the Byrdland. But then again, comparing these two instruments as players, I don't see the $4700 difference in the price I paid in 2004. I was interested ion the Epiphone because of the "Gibson" pickups that it is supposed to have. Awfully cheap looking for Gibson. But I can get the tones I want, just not as easily as with other guitars I own.

I use the Epiphone for recording jazz tracks, swing and country back-up,m and I feel good about taking it outside in a gig bag to teach at my school. I play it through an old Twin Reverb as well as an ancient Peavey Vintage 50 watt w/4-10's. I don't think I would like this guitar as much if I had to play it only through the Twin, but the Peavey gives it some 8k and above that I like. So, thats my take an honest, inexpensive archtop that one could easily play
jazz guitar upon..

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epi ES-175 Premium Outstanding Value

By RANDALL

from Tallahassee, Florida

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Got a call from Matt at the local GC. He knew I loved hollow body guitars and let me know that I need to see this. With great hesitation and fear (that I would love the guitar) I went in and gave it a try. WOW!! First class value and quality in a very reasonable priced guitar. I was glad to see that Epiphone returned to making guitars in Korea. I had played several examples of their earlier and less expensive 175 and was unimpressed. This guitar is in a totally different league. With the USA Classic 57 pickups and the flawless build quality, this guitar is in a whole different league. The tone is nice and warm with lots of versatility and playability is second to none. I am not kidding or exaggerating when I say that this rivals many of the Gibson 175s I have played. The perfectly applied thin finish was a refreshing change from the usual "encased in plastic" feel I get from many budget guitars. I got the blonde, but I have been told that the other finishes are very nice. Setup was perfect, with the exception of the strings. It is no big deal but I always wondered why jazz guitars are shipped with round-wound 10s. That is really not a big deal. With a fresh set of flatwound 12s and slight adjustment, I was in jazz guitar paradise. If you are looking for a jazz guitar that won't break your bank, but still deliver the sound, feel and playability of the big boys, this is a great choice.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Been wanting and waiting!

By Edward

from Chesapeake Virginia

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I am in the process of purchasing this guitar at my local GC store. I've tried it out and loved it. Can't afford the sister guitar, so imagine my surprise when I spotted this Epi version on the wall! It felt perfect in my hands and vibrated warmly against my body. Love the smoothness of the pickups. It appears to be perfect right off the wall. I'll put on some 12s and purchase the case later. BTW I've been playing 46 years and own several guitars including Gibson and Epiphone. This will be my 4th Epi. I will purchase the natural version and can't wait. BTW Joe Pass is one of my favorites.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The buck stops here

By Gerald

from Marblehead Ohio

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

All I can say is with very little setup time on this guitar out of the box it is one of the best guitars I have ever played. I've been in the business for over 50 years and this guitar is that impressive. The finnish (I purchased the vintage sunburst),electronics and playability are that good. I've played many es175's over the years, the thinner neck on this give it a real comfortable feel. The tones are beautiful and lush. The best part is the price. This guitar is not a wall hanger to be admired....just play the heck out of it, you will be very suprized.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Where to begin?

By Justin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

The rating might be more reflective of the experience I had purchasing the guitar through GC than the guitar itself. I purchased the guitar on clearance so I did receive some discount. GC's meaning of "clearance" is not what I would expect. The guitar shipped without any manufacturer boxing. Just a plain box and bubble wrap and appeared to be a used guitar. The shipping was delayed. When I called to inquire about the status I was informed that they could not fulfill the order from the warehouse, since it was a clearance item it had to come from one specific store. They said this was because "clearance" would mean demo or damage, which was not what I expected since the guitar was not listed as demo/damaged/used. I reached someone at the store that was shipping my guitar and they told me the guitar was not a demo model. Honestly, it was in such poor condition I'm not sure whether to believe them or not, but I cannot imagine anyone being able to play it in the condition I received it. When I received the guitar it had the following issues:
1. The input jack was extremely loose
2. The bridge tone pot was extremely loose
3. One of the two screws securing the neck pickup had come loose and the pickup was hanging in the body cavity
4. The truss rod was too tight so the neck was buzzing at the first fret
5. The bridge was set too high
6. The intonation was way off (not really a concern since the neck and bridge had to be adjusted anyway)
7. The pickups needed to be adjusted (both were too low)
8 . There was a chip on the top binding

My first instinct was to take it directly back to my local store, but it had been just a hassle to get it delivered I thought it would be a shame not to hear it. So I repaired the issues it arrived with and put a new pair of strings on it. Pros and cons after I fixed the issues,
Pros
1. Good pickups
2. Plays okay (no fret, nut, or fretboard issues)

Cons
1. Tuners feel cheap
2. The finish is cheap

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Dr. J

from Denver, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar about a month and I just love it. I got it at a much reduced price due to some nearly imperceptible dings here and there. It plays great, though it's a bit brighter than a Gibson 175, however, after replacing the bridge with a rosewood floating bridge, the tone mellowed considerably. I favor the neck pickup and with a set of medium flat wounds, its just terrific for low volume finger-style jazz and folk.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    i have recieved in a perfect condition

    By Anant

    from los angeles, ca

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Perfect

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        it couldnt be better then this.. it shows how profesional guitar centre is.
        thankyou for completing my small dream of owning an es 175

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar!

        By MoCee

        from Pasadena

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I use this for recording and playing put occasionally. Everything about it is great. The feel, tone (those Gibson pups!), action, neck; just an awesome guitar all around. You won't be disappointed.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Scratches on the headstock

          By Huseyin

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Hi. Es-175 came in a Taylor box wrapped in bubble and the top side of the headstock has a few scratches on it. I tried to contact cs through your web page link for an exchange with a new one, but no response for 3 days.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          love it.

          By hockey John

          from mi.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • sounds as sexy as it looks...

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Saginaw guitar center hooked me up. great price, great guitar. cant put it down.

             
            5.0

            A very impressive guitar.

            By Jeff

            from undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Wow, this is a great guitar, and not just a great guitar for the money. The pickups are incredible and the way it resonates sends chills up my spine. The fit and finish is top notch. The intonation was spot on. The neck is very comfortable, not too fat, not too skinny.
            I have the Wine Red guitar and the matte finish is stunning. It's a very thin finish and like very classy looking.
            Overall the best guitar I've owned.

             
            5.0

            Love This Guitar

            By Duckman

            from Duluth, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Price
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              Bought this about two months ago on clearance at my local GC. Great price for an excellent guitar. I own two high-end archtops (both costing thousands more than this one) and the Epi holds its own nicely. Very comfortable neck and the pickups and electronics sound great. Love the satin finish (mine is ebony). Only changes I made were to install Graph-tech saddles (the originals were buzzing a bit) and a set of Thomastik flat-wounds. Now I have a great sounding and playing jazzbox that I can take out of the house without needing an insurance policy.

               
              4.0

              Great Guitar for the Price

              By Frank

              from Duluth, GA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Was looking for a good playing and sounding jazzbox that I could take out of the house without an insurance policy. Found this one on clearance at my local GC store and it's a keeper. Had an 80's Gibson ES 175 (admittedly not Gibson's finest decade) and this one sounds every bit as good (Gibson 57 Classic pickups) and plays even better. The neck and fret work are as good as you'd find on a much more expensive guitar. My only criticism is the rather cheap-looking tailpiece, but that's really a minor issue. I don't think you could get a better sounding and playing jazzbox in this price range.

                 
                5.0

                Superb for the price

                By Alex

                from Medford NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  Like addition to the arsenal, couldn't go wrong for the clearance price! Very nice fit and finish. Some complained about the satin finish I actually dig it. Also the Gibson 57' pickups sound GREAT. Only complaint like many others are is that the tuners need to be upgraded but no big deal.

                   
                  4.0

                  Please correct prior review .... by Chaz

                  By Chaz

                  from Palm Springs

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                      I just posted a review and 'flat sound' showed up on the cons ... please remove I did not click that ... no cons, the guitar sounds great!

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great guitar, but ....

                      By Chaz

                      from Palm Springs, Ca

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Flat Sound

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                        The reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 is because I wish Epiphone would have choose a wood stain on the sides of the Sunburst model ... instead they just painted it black.

                         
                        5.0

                        Epiphone ES-175

                        By Doctor J

                        from Denver

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Epiphone ES-175 Premium Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                          This has become my favorite instrument

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