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    joaopaz Guest
    Just for fun - as a popular feature on other forums - here's a "registry" for the guys here that own one (or more!) Epi ES-175.

    I thought it would be interesting to know how many of these guitars are connected to this place - and also maybe discover the most popular finishes, mods, etc!

    So if you like, add your own guitar here. Check the current number of registered guitars, increase number by one (or more!) and add a photo if you can!

    Here's mine:

    #1 - 2014 Epiphone ES-175 Premium, Vintage Sunburst

    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-img_20170227_183556-01-jpg

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    Natural finish for mine, with an ebony bridge and 11 Pyramid flatwounds.

    Very happy owner!


    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-epiphone-es-175-natural-jpg

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    I have a vintage sunburst. Not sure of the year, nor ambitious enough to search for it. I've also replaced the TOM with an ebony compensated bridge. It makes a big difference in the tone. I've also replaced the nut with one made from bone, and upgraded the tuners.

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    Natural finish on mine, and I love this guitar. I'm not changing anything.
    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-epiphone-es175-1-jpg

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Jx30510
    Natural finish for mine
    With an ebony bridge and 11 Pyramid flatwounds.
    Very happy owner!
    2 and counting, then
    Any chance you post a picture of that ebony bridge? And any extra detail about it - "for the record"

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    I have a vintage sunburst. Not sure of the year, nor ambitious enough to search for it. I've also replaced the TOM with an ebony compensated bridge. It makes a big difference in the tone. I've also replaced the nut with one made from bone, and upgraded the tuners.
    Sgosnell, I just looked into the soundhole - serial number on the label. I'm assuming the first 2 digits indicate the number.
    Pictures of your ebony bridge (and guitar too!) will be most welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Natural finish on mine, and I love this guitar. I'm not changing anything.
    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-epiphone-es175-1-jpg
    And meet the 4th 175-Premium!
    I was (still am) very divided about the finish I like the best. That one is gorgeous, congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    And meet the 4th 175-Premium!
    I was (still am) very divided about the finish I like the best. That one is gorgeous, congrats!
    I jumped on that brief period when the natural finish ones were $429 from GuitarCenter. I have already several nice sunburst guitars, so wanted to add a blonde to the harem.

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    Nat. w/Grovers. Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitrman
    Nat. w/Grovers. Love it!
    welcome #5 !

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    Maybe you Should have done a poll, the results would have been self tabulating

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by GNAPPI
    Maybe you Should have done a poll, the results would have been self tabulating
    Perhaps I should..
    But it would also be cool to see, literally,, what options other users went for, upgrading their guitars... right now bridge changes are on top. Tuners too.... while I suspect it will be hard to find any pickup swaps!
    Last edited by joaopaz; 02-27-2017 at 10:57 PM.

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    I'm in the club! Sorry, no pics, but these 175's kinda look about the same . . .

    Mine is a Natural 2014 -- tuners upgraded to Gotohs with different buttons (just because . . . )
    I know, I know, it's all about the nut, but I'm liking my tuner upgrade very much with original nut just fine

    Strings preference is for roundwound 12 Elixirs.

    I don't play flatwounds much anymore, as I don't think they tame brightness where it is mostly needed -- which is on the top 2 strings. To me, that is more of a fundamental tone of the guitar issue. I like the tone & feel of this guitar a lot. It has clarity and richness at the same time.

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    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-img_20170227_214541-jpg

    I'm not sure it's worth the effort, but here's the bridge. The serial number starts with 14, so I guess it was made in 2014.

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    If I join the fan club do I get an autographed picture of Hu Lam, the 11 year old sunburst finish painter?

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Longways to Go
    I'm in the club! Sorry, no pics, but these 175's kinda look about the same . . .

    Mine is a Natural 2014 -- tuners upgraded to Gotohs with different buttons (just because . . . )
    I know, I know, it's all about the nut, but I'm liking my tuner upgrade very much with original nut just fine

    Strings preference is for roundwound 12 Elixirs.

    I don't play flatwounds much anymore, as I don't think they tame brightness where it is mostly needed -- which is on the top 2 strings. To me, that is more of a fundamental tone of the guitar issue. I like the tone & feel of this guitar a lot. It has clarity and richness at the same time.
    So we have now 2 VS and 4 Blondes

    I get you about tone quality. In this case it was easy for me to see that tone was a major plus with this particular guitar, so the reasonable thing to do would be to use what we already have, rather than chasing something else (always elusive).

    On mine I have D'Addario Chrome .012s (flatwound) and they work great (usually I'd go with 11s and change the high E and B for 12 and 16... or use Tomastik Infeld 12 instead). What I almost always end up doing is to raise the action on the treble side a bit above necessary, precisely to get a fuller tone on E and B.

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-img_20170227_214541-jpg

    I'm not sure it's worth the effort, but here's the bridge. The serial number starts with 14, so I guess it was made in 2014.
    Great! That sure looks like the Göldo bridge I mentioned (somewhere)...
    Göldo HW155 - Thomann Portugal

    Nice touch with the Benedetto pick as well

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic gumbo
    If I join the fan club do I get an autographed picture of Hu Lam, the 11 year old sunburst finish painter?
    Man, I'm sure Hu Lam would do it a lot better and with more pride! He and his three cousins...
    My guess is that there was a "foreign object" preventing the robot arm to go all the way up and they just found it some 57896 guitars later!

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    It seems they all were made in 2014, it was a limited edition after all?
    If anyone has a 2015 or upper let us know, but I doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx30510
    It seems they all were made in 2014, it was a limited edition after all?
    If anyone has a 2015 or upper let us know, but I doubt it.
    Mine also has 2014 written on the logo on the back of the headstock... I'm assuming the first two digits in the serial number do represent the year.


    ......that "limited edition" thing would fit nicely with my sunburst theory

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    I have the real thing now ... but these epis look mega

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    I have the real thing now ... but these epis look mega
    Get out of here....!


    ...but if you ever get your hands on one of these I'd love to know your thoughts on how they compare

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    I am in the club. A Natural with upgraded Grovers and a bone nut. It is strung with TI Swing 12's. I am still astounded by the play ability, build quality, and sound... especially for the price.

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Gibson L4CES
    I am in the club. A Natural with upgraded Grovers and a bone nut. It is strung with TI Swing 12's. I am still astounded by the play ability, build quality, and sound... especially for the price.
    #7 in the house And the natural finish is a clear winner so far.

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    The bridge is from StewMac. I had forgotten about the pick. I tend to keep an extra pick somewhere on most of my guitars, just in case, and that's the only really feasible place on the 175. The strings on the headstock don't provide a reliable slot. Benedetto sends a pack of picks and a set of strings for free when you enroll in their players' club and register your guitar. They're good picks, just not quite as good as Blue Chips.

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    joaopaz Guest
    ....my wife, not knowing what guitar I was playing (I was showing her something I had recorded) just said:
    "I like the sound, the sound of that guitar you're playing, is sweet".

    When she says something like that I know I have a winner

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    joaopaz Guest
    Hi guys,

    Lawson-Stone found a Gibson with a similar squared sunburst on the back.
    Here's is post on another thread:
    NGD Epiphone ES-175 Premium, impressions

    It's a
    Gibson Nashville L-5 CES Wes Montgomery 2014

    incidentally..... noticed the 2014? Same year the Epiphone Es-175 Premium was released...

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    Add another 2014 natural finish Premium to the count. I've only had mine a few weeks (and I was gone for the last 1.5 weeks) so I haven't even changed the strings on it yet. But I'm loving the sound and the feel of it.

    Like joaopaz's wife, mine commented that this guitar has the best sound - she actually noticed how different it sounds from any of my other guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jx30510
    It seems they all were made in 2014, it was a limited edition after all?
    If anyone has a 2015 or upper let us know, but I doubt it.
    I do believe it was a Guitar Center limited edition --- and very nicely done.
    The new Epiphone Premium ES 295 is the newest limited edition -- and not quite so jazz oriented

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    When I missed out on the initial GC deal on the natural finish models, I started looking around. I ended up finding a mint Wine Red with a hsc for about the same price as the GC deal. There's not a scratch on it and it plays beautifully. The wine red is really stunning in the matte finish. It's my first jazz box and I have to say I was stunned when I first plugged it in. I'm new to Jazz and not very proficient, but I feel inspired every time I pick it up.
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    Happy to join the club. Mine is black - obtained during the latest GC blow-out.

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    I'm recommending the epis to my student who is looking covetously at my gibbo

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by coryB
    Add another 2014 natural finish Premium to the count. I've only had mine a few weeks (and I was gone for the last 1.5 weeks) so I haven't even changed the strings on it yet. But I'm loving the sound and the feel of it.

    Like joaopaz's wife, mine commented that this guitar has the best sound - she actually noticed how different it sounds from any of my other guitars.
    Quote Originally Posted by JSP737
    When I missed out on the initial GC deal on the natural finish models, I started looking around. I ended up finding a mint Wine Red with a hsc for about the same price as the GC deal. There's not a scratch on it and it plays beautifully. The wine red is really stunning in the matte finish. It's my first jazz box and I have to say I was stunned when I first plugged it in. I'm new to Jazz and not very proficient, but I feel inspired every time I pick it up.
    JP







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    So this adds numbers #8 and #9 to the count

    Man.... that wine red is gorgeous! Actually when I bought mine I was going after that finish but couldn't find it anywhere. Really stunning, Congrats!

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster
    Happy to join the club. Mine is black - obtained during the latest GC blow-out.
    And that makes #10. Just saw a couple of pictures of a black one the other day and it was equally gorgeous. The Blacks and the Reds don't come up as often - at least I never saw them on stores around here.
    Welcome, Sir

  36. #35
    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77
    I'm recommending the epis to my student who is looking covetously at my gibbo
    Again, if you ever get the chance to play them side by side be sure to let us know your thoughts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I jumped on that brief period when the natural finish ones were $429 from GuitarCenter. I have already several nice sunburst guitars, so wanted to add a blonde to the harem.
    Epiphone ES-175 Owners Club-pop_175premvs-jpg
    I also got in on that natural finish deal, but...........
    A very long story, took 2 months of correspondence with GC that included a letter to the GC CEO, and a long list of major fails by GC that ended with them doing virtually nothing.
    But my story ended with me getting a new Vintage Sunburst one for virtually the same price (somewhere else!), and I couldn't be happier with it.
    It gives me an excellent jazz box with versatility to do much more. Would have to spend at least 4 times more to get anything better, it is that good. Instant bonding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    Again, if you ever get the chance to play them side by side be sure to let us know your thoughts!
    If that happens I'll try and do a video

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmachine
    I also got in on that natural finish deal, but...........
    A very long story, took 2 months of correspondence with GC that included a letter to the GC CEO, and a long list of major fails by GC that ended with them doing virtually nothing.
    But my story ended with me getting a new Vintage Sunburst one for virtually the same price (somewhere else!), and I couldn't be happier with it.
    It gives me an excellent jazz box with versatility to do much more. Would have to spend at least 4 times more to get anything better, it is that good. Instant bonding!
    Welcome to the "Club" wmachine And there comes #11!

    First time I saw the sunburst one it didn't convince me... still, on a whim, I ended up getting one and totally love this finish.

    Trying to remove the marks on a sticker (don't ask!) I applied a little car polish on the back of the neck and it quickly acquired a very nice shine! I though about doing it on the whole guitar, but I won't. It's great as it is I'm sure it will acquire a natural shine as we play these guitars more and more.

    So congrats on your cool guitar, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster
    Happy to join the club. Mine is black - obtained during the latest GC blow-out.
    Following up on my earlier post:

    This past weekend, I finally took the time to setup my Epi 175. I filed the nut slots (they were left too high and a couple of them were tight enough to be pinching the strings and preventing them from tuning smoothly), adjusted the truss rod (to remove some relief), pulled the bridge pickup out to silence vibrations, and went around the instrument tightening the input jack and all screws, as needed. I affixed a small gauze pad under the pickguard, where it sits on the bridge p-ups mounting ring (again, to silence vibrations). Then, I used gorgomyte on the fretboard, installed the instrument's first set of TI GB 114s, and intonated the bridge.

    I'm still impressed with this instrument. The fit and finish is very good, as are the fingerboard and fretwork, and the guitar is a joy to play. Quite happy, thus far, and looking forward to recording with it, soon.
    Last edited by M-ster; 03-08-2017 at 10:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster
    Following up on my earlier post:

    This past weekend, I finally took the time to setup my Epi 175. I filed the nut slots (they were left too high and a couple of them were tight enough to be pinching the strings and preventing them from tuning smoothly), adjusted the truss rod (to remove some relief), pulled the bridge pickup out to silence vibrations, and went around the instrument tightening the input jack and all screws, as needed. I affixed a small gauze pad under the pickguard, where it sits on the bridge p-ups mounting ring (again, to silence vibrations). Then, I used gorgomyte on the fretboard and installed the instrument's first set of TI GB 114s.

    I'm still impressed with this instrument. The fit and finish is very good, as are the fingerboard and fretwork, and the guitar is a joy to play. Quite happy, thus far, and looking forward to recording with it, soon.
    I had to chase down buzzy vibrations where the pickups meet the pickguard too.
    The back of the neck on mine has taken on a very nice shine from playing.

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    So the consensus around these parts
    is that these 175 premiums are good boxes

    I'm interested if they're better than the
    other older epi 175 type guitars in ways other
    than just the Gibson pups ?

    Ie if you put the same Gibson pups into
    any epi 175 would it be as good as a Premium

    Maybe something else is different too ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster
    Following up on my earlier post:

    This past weekend, I finally took the time to setup my Epi 175. I filed the nut slots (they were left too high and a couple of them were tight enough to be pinching the strings and preventing them from tuning smoothly), adjusted the truss rod (to remove some relief), pulled the bridge pickup out to silence vibrations, and went around the instrument tightening the input jack and all screws, as needed. I affixed a small gauze pad under the pickguard, where it sits on the bridge p-ups mounting ring (again, to silence vibrations). Then, I used gorgomyte on the fretboard, installed the instrument's first set of TI GB 114s, and intonated the bridge.

    I'm still impressed with this instrument. The fit and finish is very good, as are the fingerboard and fretwork, and the guitar is a joy to play. Quite happy, thus far, and looking forward to recording with it, soon.
    This will be the guide for my weekend
    M-ster, about tightening the jack ... I'm always afraid to twist the cables inside; do you have any special method to avoid the inside hardware to rotate?
    Will have to check that "gorgomyte", too.

    I'm still amazed at mine, too. I have D'Addario 12s (usally go with TI 12s, but will have to order more) but somehow I feel the guitar is asking for something a little more "beefier"!

    Also, BTW, I love this finish... it was a but strange at first but it sure conquered me by now; I feel like with passing time and wear it will acquire a nice vintage look!

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Longways to Go
    The back of the neck on mine has taken on a very nice shine from playing.
    I got that with tiny bit of car polish
    But have it on my Epi Dot Studio for real. A friend with a similar guitar saw the shine on the back of my neck and wanted to do the same on his .... it was just years of use

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by pingu
    So the consensus around these parts
    is that these 175 premiums are good boxes

    I'm interested if they're better than the
    other older epi 175 type guitars in ways other
    than just the Gibson pups ?

    Ie if you put the same Gibson pups into
    any epi 175 would it be as good as a Premium

    Maybe something else is different too ?
    I never got close to one of the 2011 models .. - but found this thread at the Gibson forum; a few short answers and you get the idea.

    (I'm still GAS'ing for one in red........ and one in black ............. oh, and a natural! )


    Differences Between 2011 Epi ES-175 and 2015 Models? - Gibson Guitar Board

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    What the hell is "gorgomyte"?

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by jazz.fred
    What the hell is "gorgomyte"?
    Yeah, it's a funny name
    Gorgomyte Fret And Fingerboard Conditioner

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    For preventing the jack from turning:
    Search Results for jack the gripper | stewmac.com

    Either will work, depending on the depth of your pockets, and needs.

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    joaopaz Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    For preventing the jack from turning:
    Search Results for jack the gripper | stewmac.com

    Either will work, depending on the depth of your pockets, and needs.
    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    M-ster, about tightening the jack ... I'm always afraid to twist the cables inside; do you have any special method to avoid the inside hardware to rotate? Will have to check that "gorgomyte", too.
    I was reluctant, too; but it turns out that the jack on mine has a flattened part that I could grab onto with a pliers while I tightened the nut with an open-ended.

    I learned about Gorgomyte here on the forum. I've used it on about 3 or 4 guitars now. Not sure I'm sold on it yet, but I'm trying it out, still.

    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    ... Also, BTW, I love this finish... it was a but strange at first but it sure conquered me by now ...
    Yep, I was prepared not to like the finish, but, in person, it's fine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz
    Thanks.