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  1. #101
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx30510
    As always some say changing things on guitars change the tone (pots, capacitors, wire...) and some write entire forums about it..
    I don't have much experience in that domain, but I wonder if Joapaz will think (and hear) ?
    Changing caps value must have an effect in the tone sweep somehow, or why would there be all those different types and materials (ceramic, paper in oil, mika...)?
    I don't know much about it, either .. So I took a pragmatic approach: I went to the Gibson website and printed the specs of the current ES-175's and said I wanted that He said those were the values he'd use in any case - just advised me to go with the all audio pots - since that was what I already had asked on previous job to make the volume swells more gradual.

    I did a similar job on a Gretsch; it's the Streamliner G2622, an Asian model. The guitar is incredible, great for its value but I couldn't work with those pots... they would dramatically change volume with minimum input and then would remain almost unaltered for the rest of the course of the knob. There was also noise involved, as soon as I reduced the volume from 10... same as I was getting on the Epiphone. His changes on the Gretsch really really made a difference.

    I'm hoping for the same on the Epiphone! B-)

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    Sorry for the crappy pics. I got really excited.. so now it's officially official! Just as I thought. It's sounds better in my ears than anything I've owned, including the afj95.. Love the neck and the finish. Just need to find a good bone nut. Now I can focus on practice finally. Any thoughts on tusq nuts vs bone? What did the gibbons come with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdeyestringtheory
    Sorry for the crappy pics. I got really excited.. so now it's officially official! Just as I thought. It's sounds better in my ears than anything I've owned, including the afj95.. Love the neck and the finish. Just need to find a good bone nut. Now I can focus on practice finally. Any thoughts on tusq nuts vs bone? What did the gibbons come with?
    Gibsons come with tusq nuts. When they changed to that I don't know.

  5. #104

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx30510
    As always some say changing things on guitars change the tone (pots, capacitors, wire...) and some write entire forums about it..
    I don't have much experience in that domain, but I wonder if Joapaz will think (and hear) ?
    Changing caps value must have an effect in the tone sweep somehow, or why would there be all those different types and materials (ceramic, paper in oil, mika...)?
    Changing cap values (the uF) for sure has an effect. Same value but different material is another story. I am actually in the camp that believes that different materials do sound a little different, but I have only experienced that in guitar amps for coupling caps passing the whole signal thru it. In guitars I don't hear it (but it might be there). But quality pots with a workable slope are always a good investment!

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    Yes that's exactly what I think, the pots on the Epiphone work well, but are very annoying on the slope, especially when working with the 2 pickups.. volume goes from zero to full beetween graduation 1-2?! Really unusable for me.
    Is it because the volume pots are logarithmic? Will audio pots change that?

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    Audio = logarithmic.

    So your pots are probably linear. Although linear on paper looks like a straight line and suggest a graduate increase in volume, I have read that the human ear does not percieve it that way and actually log/audio pots are percieved as a graduate in-/decrease in volume.

    I have seen in a lot of Asian guitars that volume changes from nothing to almost full in the first quarter of the dial or so.

    Now there are also reverse log pots, maybe those are typically used in Asian builts?

    Here's a nice explanation:
    potentiometer - Why should I use a logarithmic pot for audio applications? - Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange
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    Audio pots are only approximately logarithmic. I've read that some manufacturers get much closer to logarithmic than others, providing a more continuous transition of perceived volume through the range.

    As an electrical engineer, I'm quite certain that two capacitors of precisely the same capacitance value will be indistinguishable in an audio circuit unless there is a defect in the dielectric. The choice of dielectric material is driven by factors such as cost, tolerances, working voltage, temperature, vibration, allowable drift with age, allowable failure rate, and progress in materials & manufacturing. If a "vintage" capacitor sounds different than a modern capacitor, I suspect it either has a different capacitance value or the dielectric is conducting some current, acting as a capacitor and resister in parallel. There's no harm in experimenting, but it helps to know the science behind what we're hearing.

    (Gosh, when I reread this is comes across as condescending, but I'm just trying to share what I've learned.)
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  9. #108
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx30510
    Great!
    I'll be going this exact same route on mine next week.
    Do you know if a US Switchcraft toggle switch will fit the original hole on the body?

    That original nut is so sloppy looking

    Don't forget to give your impressions.
    Hi Jx! I asked my guitar tech today and he told me that no, he didn't need to work there. The replacement fit well... just there's another button I'll need to change because of the inches versus metric thing! I now have a black point on the toggle button but I want one of the same color the guitar came with(!)

  10. #109
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdeyestringtheory
    Sorry for the crappy pics. I got really excited.. so now it's officially official! Just as I thought. It's sounds better in my ears than anything I've owned, including the afj95.. Love the neck and the finish. Just need to find a good bone nut. Now I can focus on practice finally. Any thoughts on tusq nuts vs bone? What did the gibbons come with?

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    Congrats!! Those are really some Black Beauties Looks super! Enjoy your new guitar - and lots of success with it

    According to the Gibson site, their current 1959 VOS ES-175 comes with a Nylon nut..
    1959 ES-175D

  11. #110
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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkP
    Audio pots are only approximately logarithmic. I've read that some manufacturers get much closer to logarithmic than others, providing a more continuous transition of perceived volume through the range.

    As an electrical engineer, I'm quite certain that two capacitors of precisely the same capacitance value will be indistinguishable in an audio circuit unless there is a defect in the dielectric. The choice of dielectric material is driven by factors such as cost, tolerances, working voltage, temperature, vibration, allowable drift with age, allowable failure rate, and progress in materials & manufacturing. If a "vintage" capacitor sounds different than a modern capacitor, I suspect it either has a different capacitance value or the dielectric is conducting some current, acting as a capacitor and resister in parallel. There's no harm in experimenting, but it helps to know the science behind what we're hearing.

    (Gosh, when I reread this is comes across as condescending, but I'm just trying to share what I've learned.)
    Great post, keep them coming - knowledge is always a good thing to share!

    To put it in "my words", I've heard/read many times that what makes some vintage guitars/gear unique is precisely their imperfections... the way a pickup is winded by hand will not distribute the wire as precisely as a machine... I think you meant something like that, right?

  12. #111
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    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-es-175pluspolytone-jpg

    She's here

    First impressions - with a little background.

    I recently upgraded the neck PU on my Ibanez AFJ95, adding a Bare Knuckles "Manhattan" P90, humbucker size. The change was dramatic. Suddenly that guitar which I thought was perfect aside some uncharacteristic sound... now it had(has) everything. It's a joy to play and that pickup sound is amazing.

    I posted a small comparison here in the forum and the guys' reactions confirmed that the Ibanez now sounded marginally better than the Epiphone. I though so too..

    Last week I also managed to find/buy a Polytone Mini Brute I - and suddenly, again, I felt "at rest" Maybe you gear/GAS nutz will understand this.. I though finally "this is it".
    With my previous amps/guitars I could manage to gt some wonderful tones, but at the same I always thought they were never "jazzy enough" (whatever that is...!)
    With the new pair, now, it's a bit the opposite, I think it always sounds jazzy enough, in spite of the settings I dial in.
    One thing that marveled me was that I was looking for a kind of early Jim Hall tone, P90 and a Polytone - and these new acquisitions matched it so close... I was listening today on my car to few Jim Hall records and smile to his tone thinking "I have this tone at home" OK, I'm sure you must take this enthousiasm with a grain of salt... but still.

    So the Epiphone arrived.
    All problems look like they're solved... no more noise, I can play with the volume knob now, without bringing in noise as soon as reduce from 10, and also the course of the knob has a direct and predictable match in the sound produced.
    The jack input now makes a nice "clank" ..
    And the nut is smooth on the edges - with the previous one I could risk some blood in my hands if I tried to finger an Fmaj7 in 1st position

    About the sound - I felt the same way like with my Gretsch that went through a similar procedure. It's a "better" sound, unmistakably. Hard to explain, but it sounds like it has more depth, more warmth, is more round... and even in volume - or across the frequency spectrum.

    My only point of comparison is the Ibanez, that's why I started with the long intro. The Ibanez felt "marginally" better, now for sure the Epiphone is sounding, to me, "marginally" better than the Ibanez - I confess I wasn't expecting that much - as I though the Epiphone sounded awsome already on its original configuration.
    But it just got better and it's noticeable.

    And now finally I can rest and just play, while marveling to the Epiphone/Polytone pair

    I'll try to past a few clips ASAP
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  13. #112

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    Great post, keep them coming - knowledge is always a good thing to share!

    To put it in "my words", I've heard/read many times that what makes some vintage guitars/gear unique is precisely their imperfections... the way a pickup is winded by hand will not distribute the wire as precisely as a machine... I think you meant something like that, right?
    Just considering electronics (not wood) I think that there's some truth in that. Modern automated factories are able to maintain tighter tolerances than were typical in "vintage" components. Also, some vintage component values drift with time. I think Jason Lollar says he finds a lot of variation in the tone of vintage pickups, so he'll typically chose one he particularly likes, then tries to emulate it (or improve on it). So there's nothing inherently better about vintage electronics. I consider it just a marketing tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdeyestringtheory
    Sorry for the crappy pics. I got really excited.. so now it's officially official! Just as I thought. It's sounds better in my ears than anything I've owned, including the afj95.. Love the neck and the finish. Just need to find a good bone nut. Now I can focus on practice finally. Any thoughts on tusq nuts vs bone? What did the gibbons come with?

    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-img_1796-jpgEpiphone ES-175 Owners Club-img_1797-jpg
    What a great looking guitar! Congratulations, and play it in good health! Also:

    Also - If it were mine, I'd put creme mounting rings around the pickups. I just do that with all my black guitars. It looks great as is...I'm just babbling.... Enjoy!

  15. #114
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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    Also - If it were mine, I'd put creme mounting rings around the pickups. I just do that with all my black guitars. It looks great as is...I'm just babbling.... Enjoy!
    Great idea, it would look super cool matching the binding!

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    Mine is a natural, from the $440 deal GC had. I put TI 12 flats on it and removed the E from the PG. Run it mostly through my 2002 Rivera 55 Jazz Suprema. Other amps include a Blues Deluxe and a Peavey 4/10 Classic both from the early 90's. I would love to get a deal on a mint like mine in Wine Red.

  17. #116
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    Quote Originally Posted by 392Hemi
    Mine is a natural, from the $440 deal GC had. I put TI 12 flats on it and removed the E from the PG. Run it mostly through my 2002 Rivera 55 Jazz Suprema. Other amps include a Blues Deluxe and a Peavey 4/10 Classic both from the early 90's. I would love to get a deal on a mint like mine in Wine Red.
    And that makes 14 entries on this thread - welcome, Sir!
    Which of your amps do you think works best with the Epiphone?

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    I just noticed a deviation to specs that I don't see has been mentioned. The pup specs are for '57 Classics, both positions. But the pics clearly show (at least 3 times) '57 Classic Plus in the bridge. I know this is a common parring, but the specs clearly show both pups to be the same. And this is true of the Gibson ES-175 (and higher models) specs. No Classic Plus.
    Not a problem and fine with me, but just pointing out the difference.

  19. #118
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmachine
    I just noticed a deviation to specs that I don't see has been mentioned. The pup specs are for '57 Classics, both positions. But the pics clearly show (at least 3 times) '57 Classic Plus in the bridge. I know this is a common parring, but the specs clearly show both pups to be the same. And this is true of the Gibson ES-175 (and higher models) specs. No Classic Plus.
    Not a problem and fine with me, but just pointing out the difference.
    That was mentioned, yes (post #70)
    Since it is on the bridge I have no problems with it - although this kind of inaccuracy bugs me quite a bit.

  20. #119

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    And that makes 14 entries on this thread - welcome, Sir!
    Which of your amps do you think works best with the Epiphone?
    Thanks for asking Joaopaz;

    They all work well for the way I play which is in the house at pretty low volume between 3 and 5 on the amp, guitar volume just under 10. I like to play my archtops through the Rivera it has amazing clean tones on channel 2 with a touch of reverb (2 1/2). The Rivera has 2 channels with push/pull switches. The 175 is almost always played in the neck position with the tone at 5 or below. I hope this answers your question in some way. Short answer the Peavey LOL, just joking it's the Rivera. I will do more testing and report back later. Ron

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    I also find it curious the listed specs for the ES175 Premium doesn't mention the 57+ at the bridge. All the ones I have seen including mine have the plus. Maybe by not listing it they have an option.

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    Hello, I'm new to this forum. Last week I brought my black ES-175 to a luthier, and reading around here, I feel not alone: the toggle switch didn’t work well, there was some kind of buzzing, and I almost accidently broke the wood around the input jack. The luthier sad, he should straighten the neck, too.
    I owned the guitar for about one and a half year and love the way it plays and sounds and looks. Hopefully, if he can fix it, in a few days even more than before. Then I’ll send a pic, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbox
    Hello, I'm new to this forum. Last week I brought my black ES-175 to a luthier, and reading around here, I feel not alone: the toggle switch didn’t work well, there was some kind of buzzing, and I almost accidently broke the wood around the input jack. The luthier sad, he should straighten the neck, too.
    I owned the guitar for about one and a half year and love the way it plays and sounds and looks. Hopefully, if he can fix it, in a few days even more than before. Then I’ll send a pic, too!

  24. #123

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    Hi All,
    Dirk here. I purchased the Sunburst version of the Epi ES175 Premium, new, about a month ago (from AMS). Love the guitar but, unlike most, I am not as enthused about the mat look. I like guitars with a high degree of shine/polish. BUT, it sounds great and I find no blems/defects.

    I paired it with the DV Mark Little Jazz Combo and am still fine tuning the tone/settings. Super light weight.Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-dv-mark-jpg

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    I also have one of those. It sounds great for its size, and it's very transportable. It's not quite as good as my Clarus/RE rig, but it's very close, and in a gigging situation you really can't tell the difference. A lot of people seem to be using the Henriksen Bud, but that's 4 times the price of this, and I'm very skeptical that it's 4 times the amp, or even marginally better. I really like the Little Jazz.

  26. #125

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    What a great looking guitar! Congratulations, and play it in good health! Also:

    Also - If it were mine, I'd put creme mounting rings around the pickups. I just do that with all my black guitars. It looks great as is...I'm just babbling.... Enjoy!
    Cream put rings are cool !
    I do that too , it makes them sound better to
    <joking>

  27. #126

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    Anyone ever see an Epiphone ES-175 with a Large "Epi" headstock logo and the trussrod cover that spells out "Epiphone" ??

    Fake? Special run?

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    Another proud owner. Everything seems perfect. At first I was worried about the rather thin neck (even thinner than a Joe Pass Pro), but the nice action and great fretwork makes up for that. Also, unlike my Joe Pass, the guitar is not neck heavy.

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    Yours also seems to have a much more normal shaped sunburst....nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumtee
    Another proud owner. Everything seems perfect. At first I was worried about the rather thin neck (even thinner than a Joe Pass Pro), but the nice action and great fretwork makes up for that. Also, unlike my Joe Pass, the guitar is not neck heavy.

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    Congrats, that a nice looking guitar. I'm really enjoying mine.
    JP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumtee
    Another proud owner. Everything seems perfect. At first I was worried about the rather thin neck (even thinner than a Joe Pass Pro), but the nice action and great fretwork makes up for that. Also, unlike my Joe Pass, the guitar is not neck heavy.

    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-es178-jpg
    Oh heck yeah - congrats and Welcome to the club! Agreed that the fretwork and low action makes up for the thin neck. How does yours sound through the GB amp?

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    Why don't we have a torrent of posts of our various Epiphone ES175's being played? It would be fun to hear the same model guitar played by different people, thorough different amps. I think in addition to being fun it would also be informative. This is a factory-made guitar, with pretty uniform construction across copies, so variations in tone would go back to the player or the amp. That could really be fun to hear! I will try to post something with mine later today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Oh heck yeah - congrats and Welcome to the club! Agreed that the fretwork and low action makes up for the thin neck. How does yours sound through the GB amp?
    Thanks. I demo’d the GB Hot Rod alongside a Princeton 65 reissue at home over a weekend (not with the Epi es-175 unfortunately). To me the GB sounder a bit warmer and less directional (which I liked). The Princeton really came into its own with the volume dialed just past the halfway mark, but being an apartment dweller, it got a bit loud. I like the sound of this guitar through the GB especially with the cab extension, but it’s a matter of preference of course. The extension cab is surprisingly bassy and I mostly avoid using it (apart from getting the amp off of the floor). Without the cab I tend to back off the treble just shy of half-way, and with it, hardly touch it at all. For a more traditional es-175 sound I’m willing to bet that the Princeton (or a Twin Reverb) would be great though.

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    Not a 175, but a distant cousin says "Hello!"

    (1998 Zephyr Regent)



    Cheers!

    B.

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    So here is a clip you might enjoy. I'm working on the Jamie Aebersold Volume 20, which is solos performed by Jimmy Raney. For about 2 years I've been working through these solos in a study group on this forum.

    So here's 44 measures or so of Raney's solo over Rhythm Changes, played on a 2016 Gibson ES175 Figured Sunburst, an Epiphone ES175 Premium, and a 1959 VOS model ES175.

    As you will see, the Epiphone holds it own quite well!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumtee
    Thanks. I demo’d the GB Hot Rod alongside a Princeton 65 reissue at home over a weekend (not with the Epi es-175 unfortunately). To me the GB sounder a bit warmer and less directional (which I liked). The Princeton really came into its own with the volume dialed just past the halfway mark, but being an apartment dweller, it got a bit loud. I like the sound of this guitar through the GB especially with the cab extension, but it’s a matter of preference of course. The extension cab is surprisingly bassy and I mostly avoid using it (apart from getting the amp off of the floor). Without the cab I tend to back off the treble just shy of half-way, and with it, hardly touch it at all. For a more traditional es-175 sound I’m willing to bet that the Princeton (or a Twin Reverb) would be great though.
    I use a Princeton and a 175 as my main gigging rig and it’s cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    So here is a clip you might enjoy. I'm working on the Jamie Aebersold Volume 20, which is solos performed by Jimmy Raney. For about 2 years I've been working through these solos in a study group on this forum.

    So here's 44 measures or so of Raney's solo over Rhythm Changes, played on a 2016 Gibson ES175 Figured Sunburst, an Epiphone ES175 Premium, and a 1959 VOS model ES175.

    As you will see, the Epiphone holds it own quite well!
    is that another ES175 over your left shoulder? Did you buy two of the CME 175's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    is that another ES175 over your left shoulder? Did you buy two of the CME 175's?
    The 2016 Figured Sunburst was the recent CME purchase. The VOS 1959 was a year or two ago, but CME, though I bought it in the store. When I'm playing the Epiphone, those two are in the back ground. They're the only two CME purchases I have, but I love them both!

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    So Guitar Center has both a blonde Epi 175 Premi for $549, and a SB for $499, to anyone who may have missed out on the Premi sell. I can't say anything as to their condition, but that doesn't stop anyone from bringing a guitar in to their local GC on GC's dime. If you get a good Premi, you've got a very good sounding guitar, IME.

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    ...During the 60's / 70's I actually owned an original late 50's Gibson ES175 (Natural)...played if for years (jazz, rock, ect)..Beautiful all round guitar...I sold it off (along with other guitars)....should have kept them I know...!
    Playing jazz I got into tenor sax and flute and a bit of piano...
    I'm now 70 years old. - I 'retired' from regular gigging around 2000 and became a 'normal' stay at home husband...Brought a keyboard (various) and now play a Korg PA900 at home and go out gigging at old folks and retirement homes (singalong with all the old songs from 20s,30s,40s,50s,60s, ect - get then all joining in and having fun !
    A few months ago I decided after many years to buy a guitar again....
    Saw the price of new and vintage Gibsons and decided not to go down that expensive road...
    I noticed the Epiphone ES 175 and 'wow' - (almost) looking just like my old Gibson.....
    Shopped around and purchased a S/H one from Gumtree (UK) - Sunburst finish (Wish I could have found a 'Natural' one tho')...I've changed the TM bridge for a rosewood and it 'sings like a good un'....
    For anyone that thinks - It's not as good as a 'Gibbo'...Believe me - It plays and feels just like my old box...Can't fault it....
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    ....just as an add on to my previous message about my guitar history....

    Many of you on this and many other forums seem to think that the 'sound' you are longing for from your guitar is down to changing this and that - pickups / tone pots / wiring ect ect.

    I've heard many guitarist in my time just pick up a guitar (any guitar) and it 'sings' ....

    A good player will sound good playing any decent instument his 'sound' comes from him / his style / his experience / his feeling / ...

    New Pickups 'can' make a bit of difference to the overall sound.... so can an amp.... but basically - it's in your hands/fingers and experience ..not your new change of knobs or pots or wiring....

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    I agree. My father played with a friend for many years, and they had very different guitars and amps, and sounded very different. I could tell which was which without ever seeing them, just hearing them. But they could just trade guitars, without touching the amps, and sound the same, both immediately identifiable. I know that I could play Kenny Burrell's, or Tal Farlow's, or any other famous player's guitar, and I would not sound like them, sadly still like myself. But I keep trying...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    I agree. My father played with a friend for many years, and they had very different guitars and amps, and sounded very different. I could tell which was which without ever seeing them, just hearing them. But they could just trade guitars, without touching the amps, and sound the same, both immediately identifiable. I know that I could play Kenny Burrell's, or Tal Farlow's, or any other famous player's guitar, and I would not sound like them, sadly still like myself. But I keep trying...

    ...thanks for your reply and comments and 'basically' agreeing with what I was trying to say....
    I'm new on this site/forum so forgive me for having a go about various aspects of guitar playing..

    I've been playing for many years and have a very wide appreciation for all type of music...

    People that buy or prefer the 'f' hole / archtop type guitars are usually those that want to develop their playing styles and 'possibly' advance into trying a bit of jazz and that sort of music bossa / standards ect.

    Another thing that grieves me is when I see someone pick up a nice ES 175 or that sort of guitar and plug it into an amp along with their overdrive fuzz pedal and other things phaser, flanger ect, and produce the most awful sound (to my ears) that is possible....
    In my opinion an archtop 'f' hole guitar was not intended to do that...(but - horses for courses...)...
    A solid piece of wood with pickups on is the right guitar for that... Why use an acoustic guitar with its own character to play at 123 decibels and deafen those in the room... ( again - just my aged opinion)

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    This thread is about a year old, but I am going to try one of these out...I liked my Gibson Es175 from the 60s, but to replace I like the price of the Epis a lot better !! I have had gas for a while now and not much money to spend on another guitar, so this might fit the ticket. Thanks for starting the thread...maybe more will join in who have purchased one in the last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcpicker47
    This thread is about a year old, but I am going to try one of these out...I liked my Gibson Es175 from the 60s, but to replace I like the price of the Epis a lot better !! I have had gas for a while now and not much money to spend on another guitar, so this might fit the ticket. Thanks for starting the thread...maybe more will join in who have purchased one in the last year.
    I've had mine over a year now and still really like it, no regrets. It's a fine guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSP737
    I've had mine over a year now and still really like it, no regrets. It's a fine guitar.

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    Ditto. This guitar has my most favorite neck feel of any of my guitars.

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    Mine is fine. It's not my favorite, but it's in the top 3 or 4. The neck is a little thinner than I really like, and the body is bigger than I really prefer. But none of that detracts from its quality, it's just my personal preferences. If you like a 175-style guitar, you will probably like this model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster
    Ditto. This guitar has my most favorite neck feel of any of my guitars.
    I think Epiphone archtops that I've played in the last 5 or 6 years all had the perfect blend on neck size. Not too chunky, not too skinny. I don't struggle on my Gibsons, but I really play more easily on the Epiphones (Don't tell a soul!).

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    Interesting, I thought the Epi 175necks I've played recently were VERY thin. I must like 'em fat

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    I must like 'em fat
    Aren't you the guy with a 1 3/4" boatneck?

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    Great read here and I really like the detail of what all have done to make improvements. Comes in handy with what I may or may not do with the Epi ES-335 Pro I have. Not trying to side rail this discussion but when looking at the Epi 175's I ran across a Peerless rendition called the Gigmaster. Advertised as lighter than a Gibson ES-175 with better sustain. I have a couple of Peerless and can attest to the quality so the question is, has anyone else done a comparison of the Epiphone ES-175 to the Peerless Gigmaster?
    They cost more than the Epiphone, but way less than a Gibson.

    Thanks .
    Al