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    Hi,

    Im wondering if any of you guys have had any experiences with the Epiphone Broadway? Is this a better choice than the Ibanez hollowbody guitars? Im trying to stay under $800 if at all possible...Your feedback is greatly appreciated!



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    i had a epiphone emperor regent (big body like the broadway, I floating pickup instead of 2 routed buckers) which served me fine for a while, but looking back on it, that guitar was probably $600 bucks that should still be in my "dream guitar fund."

    The Epiphones and Ibanez's are fine to get the vibe, but in that price bracket, I'm a big champion of the Godin kingpins. I'm pretty sure you can get the double pickup cutaway version for right around $800, and I'm telling ya, it's three times the guitar the Epi's and Ibanez's are. Better in tone, fit and finish, playability, and looks (well, that last one is pretty subjective...)

    I've also seen used asian d'angelico's go in that range occasionally, and again, much more guitar.

    JMHO, YMMV.

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    I recently purchased my Broadway from a local shop here in Asheville. It was purchased as new (still had factory packaging), but the serial number revealed that it was made in Korea in 2006.

    I have literally owned dozens of guitars over the past forty years including 2 Gibson LP's, a 1965 Gibson ES-335, Fender Strat, Erlewine Chiquita, A Rickenbacher 12 string, Ibanez 540S-FM, Gibson ES-120T, Epi AlleyKat, a Ramierez 1a, Ramierez 2a, (bother Ramierez's has 664mm scales),and numerous "concert" guitars.

    Granted my "style" has been all over the board, but what it boils down to is ever since a kid I preferred to play fingerstyle anything like Chet Atkins. After having played so many guitars, the Epi Broadway has really clicked with me. There is something there just appeals to me and brings out better playing in me. I am old enough and certainly been around enough not to be taken in just because a guitar is new to me.

    After all these years I have never been happier with guitar both as far as fit & finish, quality and variety of tone, appearance and playability. This is going to be the last guitar I own.

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    I've played Broadways and like them alot. Would have bought one a couple of years ago but the stores near me had none in stock so I ended up with a Joe Pass which is sort of a junior Broadway. Couple of months after that, I was in another music store where there was on old guy who had brought in his own Broadway and was auditioning various amps from the classic Fender tube reissures to Peavey blasters, Mesas etc. The guy was a great player in the funk/r&b/bebop veins. Anyhow, the store salesman helping him brought out a new-old-stock Epiphone ES 135 that was a Korean custom shop limited edition only available, unfortunately, in a fugly blue burst. The guy put the Broadway in his case, plugged into the ES 135 and I sat on an amp for about an hour listening to some of the best clean tones I ever heard out of six strings. Blew the Broadway into the weeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    You know, there's nothing wrong with the ibanez's, but they have skinny necks and big frets, which always make me feel like they're meant for rock cats more than jazz players. Basically, my take is they're fine guitars, they just feature nothing i like.
    You hit the nail on the head. The neck of the Ibanez, IMHO, feels wimpy. Part of what I like about the Broadway is the relative heft to the neck.

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    I think this underlines an important point. If possible go PLAY the guitars. I know it isnt easy on the web.

    I have an EmpReg and I consider the neck average. Nice fit and finish and feel. Good guitars USED . Since I got a gibson the neck (at least to me anyway FEELS like a baseball bat but that is nothign compared to my early 50 H51)

    Forums are nice.. these things look good on paper.. but the litmus test is when you get your fingers around them.

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    I've tried a lot of guitars, and now, I've a Broadway.
    I'm very happy with it.
    I love the sound with its new humbucker CC.

    But be careful about the size, it's a very big jazz box.

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    BTW, I think the Epiphone Tree of Life headstock is the coolest one out there. Yes, even cooler than that the mother company.

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    Bringing this thread up, because I've got sort of a decition to make, and hopefully can get some more input from you guys

    there's someone in my area selling am Epiphone Broadway for a reasonable price, almost new, only half a year spent at someones home. Thing is, I had my mind set for an Ibanez Artcore Custom series archtop, but now I read some good reviews about this guitar, some not so good about the Ibanez's neck, and start to seriously consider this offer - esspecially, since getting an Ibanez would involve ordering through Ebay and all the risks that come along with it, while here I could go somewhere in my home town, sit down with the guitar, check it out, how it feels and then, if it's good, take it home the same day I just need your opinions - will I be missing out, if I choose this one over the Ibanez I mentioned?

    I know this is an area where taste plays a vital role, but still, from a point of an experienced jazz guitar player, perhaps there is a way to weigh the pros and cons in a somewhat general manner.

    Hopefully, there are people here, who have been around both of these. It should be said, that for the Ibanez I'd be spending at least a couple hundred extra bucks.

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    I think the Broadway is your best bet. IMO it is a great value. I too am not a huge fan of the Ibanez jazz guitars. I do like the George Benson model, but the artcore guitars just feel akward to me. The Godin's are good guitars. I owned one of their synth guitars and it was great. The Kingpins that I have played I fealt were OK. Some people love them, it just wasn't really my thing. Didn't feel like home when I picked it up. Granted, that is TOTALLY SUBJECTIVE. The Broadway gives you a good jazz box for the money, I would also check out the Epiphone Joe Pass if you can get past the ugly pickguard and tailpiece. It all comes down to what do YOU like. I can tell you what I like, but you are the one who is going to be playing this guitar, not me! ;-)

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    I would not buy the Broadway again. Maybe the old ones are better...

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    I have a 2010 Broadway and a 2008 Ibanez Af75TDG, the white one. For jazz, it's the Broadway all the way. The Ibanez is good for blues and rockabilly, but if I had to go with just one of these choices, the Broadway stays. Like others have noted, the neck feels so superior to the Ibanez. And I've had intonation issues with the Ibanez, as well. The Broadway is perfect for me. I also have an Emperor Regent, a D'Angelico EXL-1, and a Gibson ES-150, and the Broadway is the one I play the most.

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    my sunburst broadway looks,sounds, and plays great and it is my #1 go to guitar!
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    my guitar is from the mid 90's and still in mint con.

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    Got a blonde Broadway that I bought new in ' 98 . Love it . Great jazz vibe . Been my main guitar for some time now . Also have a blonde Emperor Regent that I bought new in ' 96 . It's my backup axe . Nothing like a couple big blondes .

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    My comments regarding the Epi Broadway remain the same all these months later. It is the best guitar I have ever owned. The Ibanez does not compare.

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    As noted in prior posts, I'm a major fan of Epiphone jazz boxes -- fine guitars for a modest cash outlay. In addition to a Broadway, I have a Joe Pass and ES-175 reissue. The Broadway's a delight! Highly recommended!

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    If you are looking for that fat, warm, dark, big jazz sound i think that the Epiphones are a nice place to start. I would immediately switch the pickups (to classic 57 or Duncan Jazz or Fralin or ... There are many good options) and perhaps the nut and bridge (less important though) but then they are great value for the money. They look nice, play nice, sound nice. You can of course not expect the same as you would get from a 5K boutique archtop. My personal favorite is the Joe Pass model that is a bit smaller and thinner than the Broadway or the Regent. To me it plays and feels just beautifully.

    I could never get excited about the Ibaneze Artcore series (would enjoy the Benson model though). I don't know why. Maybe it is what Mr Beaumont said - skinny neck, big frets. They somehow feel cheaper than the Epiphones even if that is probably unfair to the hardware they use. It is a matter of taste obviously. It is best to play one. They are everywhere. And the stock pickups are better than on the Epiphones i think.

    I general i love Godin guitars. The Kingpin, IMHO is a bit special. It does not have *that* jazz tone. It sounds more like a vintage accoustic archtop. It is a fine guitar and after lowering the action considerably it also plays nice. It is very lightweight. The p90s on it sound nice. It took me a while to experiment with strings and IMHO it sounds best with bronze strings. However, you can't amplify it then (laws of physics :-)). The best compromise to me turned out to be white bronze strings from GHS. It sounds very clear, a bit woody yet very different from that Gibsone'sque tone that the Epis have. Very intersting if you are looking for something in between an accoustic and an electric sound.

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    Those Godin archtops, beautiful to look at, nice electronics, but there is no "there" there. I've tried to buy one more than once, and take it from my wife, nobody has to bend my arm to make me buy an archtop... on the other hand, (or arm), no one can stop me from buying one, either. Here is my 2c review of the Godin archtops I've played:
    "Too light"
    "Doesn't come close to what I already have"

    Notice, recommendations here pretty much go with Epis that are NOT GIBSON COPIES. Gibson doesn't make a Broadway, nor an Emperor Regent, nor Joe Pass... the jazz boxes that are unique to the Epiphone line are great sounding axes, well worth the money. Wouldn't pay 2 grand for one, but I feel like both of mine were well worth the $500 each I've laid out for them.
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    I've been curious about how the Stromberg Montreux compares to the Epiphone Broadway. This is a test of both guitars, each through the same set up. The computer mic distorts a bit so it's probably better to listen with headphones and the volume somewhat down. Below is the info for the two guitars:

    Epiphone Broadway
    Body - Maple
    Top - Spruce
    Neck - Maple w/Rosewood Fretboard
    Pickup - Alnico Classic Humbucker
    Strings - D'Addario ECG25 Chromes Flat Wound, Light, 12-52

    Stromberg Montreux
    Body - Maple
    Top - Laminated Spruce
    Neck - Maple w/Rosewood Fretboard
    Pickup - Kent Armstrong Vintage Jazz Humbucker
    Strings - D'Addario ECG25 Chromes Flat Wound, Light, 12-52

    Amp - Egnater Tourmaster 4100
    Cabinets - Port City
    Speakers - Scumback M75
    Reverb - Strymon Blue Sky
    Delay - Strymon Timeline

    Let me know which guitar's sound you like better!

    All the best,

    junkergeorge

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    I suspect that they both come out of the same Korean factory and other than the name and body shape, they are quite the same. Pressed spruce top.

    Sounds good nonetheless.

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    Yes...nice playing!
    I prefer first one guitar- Epiphone Broadway.
    but...recordings has a little distortion on my comp.
    I think Broadway has quite good humbucker...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    Yes...nice playing!
    I prefer first one guitar- Epiphone Broadway.
    but...recordings has a little distortion on my comp.
    I think Broadway has quite good humbucker...
    Thanks Kris! I like the way the Epiphone sounds too. I think the Alnico Classic sounds warmer than the Kent Armstrong Vintage Jazz Humbucker. The Armstrong is louder (more distortion on the mic because it's louder, while everything else was set the same), but thinner sounding IMO.

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    I liked the tone (and looks) of the B'way better. I have a Peerless-made B'way, and no way do the pups sound that good. At least mine didn't. No way could they be that clear. I put some GFS Mean 90's in and it sounds great.

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    Thanks! Overall, I like the B'way better too. As an entry level Archtop, I happen to prefer the way it plays, sounds (and looks). I know it's subjective, but I prefer a richer, warmer sound from an Archtop. I think some players would definitely prefer the Stromberg and it's brighter sound sound though. I think they are both fine choices for an entry level guitar depending on which way a player's ears go.

    Thanks for mentioning the pups and the clarity of sound as well. I'm working a lot with amps and tone right now, trying for big, fat tone that doesn't overpower the guiar itself and is true to the wood. The challenge for me is that I'm doing all my work on tone with tube amps and strats. There are two main paradigms there: Alder Body with Maple Neck w/Rosewood and Ash Body with Maple Neck, no Rosewood. It's striking what a difference wood can make.

    Applying the same principles for the Archtop has a lot of similarities as I try for good tone, but the hollow construction of the Archtop brings out interesting differences to work with. It would be cool to hear about your experiences with working towards good tone using your Archtop, Amp, Pups, etc.

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    Sorry for the stupid answer, i'm kind of new to jazz boxes, but i'm surprised by how much treble you can get, sounds to me like the acoustic sound was picked up also. Does all this clarity and almost acoustic quality only come from the mag pu and the speaker ? If so, i'm impressed ! Sounds like a full freq. range amp
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    Quote Originally Posted by xuoham
    Sorry for the stupid answer, i'm kind of new to jazz boxes, but i'm surprised by how much treble you can get, sounds to me like the acoustic sound was picked up also. Does all this clarity and almost acoustic quality only come from the mag pu and the speaker ? If so, i'm impressed ! Sounds like a full freq. range amp
    Hey Xuoham,

    I'm pretty new to archtops too. I've been working alot with tone using my strat and some basic principles with attenuating otherwise very loud amps. A good amp with alot of headroom is a beautiful thing in my book. Now I'm experimenting with using what I've learned about amplification and applying it to the archtop. I haven't found a lot online about this kind of thing applied to archtops and so I'm experimenting and learning as I go.

    The amp has a lot of headroom and when it's cranked (but attenuated) it seems to bring out the sound of the wood in the guitar (the acoustic quality you mentioned). I was working with it tonight as well and the wood / clarity / acoustic quality was all there in the room. The Port City cabs really help with that though. I'll keep experimenting and try to post some more vids to let you know how it goes.

    Here are the details for the amp, etc.

    Amp - Egnater Tourmaster 4100
    (6L6 Head), running super hot (main volume, and preamp volumes on 8)
    Attenuator - THD Hot Plate
    (sends the hot amp signal to the cabs at a more listenable volume while keeping the signal hot - really great for clean sounds with the gain kept much lower)
    Cabinets - Port City 2x12
    (These are the most unbelievable cabs. The spread the sound all over the room. They are specially built ported (enclosed) cabs with some bevelled wood inside to throw the sound out. Really +1)
    Speakers - Scumback M75
    (I really like their warmth)
    Reverb - Strymon Blue Sky
    (minimal)
    Delay - Strymon Timeline
    (minimal)

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    I have noticed some recent love around here for the Epiphone Emperor Regent. But, what about the Broadway? I have been itching for something new and the Broadway is something that I've been thinking about. (the newer ones)
    I have had good luck with the Epiphone's that I have had in the past, Les Paul, Dot, Sheraton II which I still have. I also had an Emperor Regent that I liked, but sold in a pinch. There is not all that much information about them and the you tube reviews are lacking a bit.
    Does anyone have any informative opinions about them? I am no pro, so, I sure don't need a Gibson and I don't really care for any of the Ibanez's that I have played. Any other L5 like guitars that I should be thinking about?

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    Well if any Broadway is as good as my newly acquired used Emperor Regent than I would not hesitate looking at one.
    I have come to the conclusion recently that if I would recommend any Epiphone product to anybody it would be one of their hollow electric archtop guitars. Too each his/her own of course!

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    The new ones look different to the older ones. The older (I think Korean) ones have f holes and a body shape just like an L5, but the newer ones (from China?) have slightly different proportions. For me that makes the older ones more attractive. I'm pretty sure that pretty much most guitars need a proper set up to be properly playable, and the Emperor that I had played very nicely after a good set up. They are obviously a budget guitar, as the woods are plain, and the varnish rather thick, but at the price it is fantastic value. I have an Elitist Broadway now which is a bit different as it is made in Japan, very beautiful, and to my ears plays and sounds suberb. Sadly not made anymore. If you can find an Elitist Broadway you won't be disappointed. Around £1000 in the uk, which might be $1600. I still hanker after a real L5 but like you my playing doesn'ty justify it. However that is not really a reason not to buy!!!

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    If I would be again on the market for an Epiphone Archtop, I would try to track down an older Korean one from Samick or Peerless or better an Elite/Elitist from Japan like plasticpigeon is suggesting. I know of at least 2 guys here have Peerless Broadway, they might chime in. These older Broadways were sharing the same construction quality as the Regent so my take is that they are a good value. Unfortunately have no clue regarding recent ones.
    I love my 1 pickup Broadway

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    I had a Korean (Samick) one for a while. Great-playing, well-made guitar; never cared for the stock 'buckers, so I swapped them for some P-90s, which really brought it to life. While the "reissue" bears but a passing resemblance to the original, it does share the longer scale length, so be aware of that - mine had great low-string clarity like a Fender, but a stiffer feel than a Gibson with the same gauge strings.
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    I got one of the older Peerless made Broadways, and I really love it. Plays really well, and I could set it up with a really low action without any buzzing. Was not a big fan of the original Tailpiece, so I changed that for an L5-styled one. It also sounds really loud and well balanced when played acoustically. Gotta say that I don't care too much for the newer ones. Only played one of them so far, but that one didn't even get anywhere close the older ones.


    Paul

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    This is an Elitist version, bit more money but a lot more guitar!Epiphone Broadway?-dsc00162-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno1985
    I had a Korean (Samick) one for a while. Great-playing, well-made guitar; never cared for the stock 'buckers, so I swapped them for some P-90s, which really brought it to life. While the "reissue" bears but a passing resemblance to the original, it does share the longer scale length, so be aware of that - mine had great low-string clarity like a Fender, but a stiffer feel than a Gibson with the same gauge strings.
    Hi Danno, can you tell us where you got the humbuck to p90 conversion mounting rings ?.

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    I own a korean Broadway.... I love it, fit/finish and playability are all great- as good as my Proline Gretsch. I haven't settled on pickups yet... the stock humbuckers were awful, so I tried Phat Cats- nice, but I was looking for less of a P90 sound and more of an old school Dearmond sound... this huge spruce top hollowbody puts out so many mids, I feel a clearer pickup is more what I want.... so I currently have Surf 90s in it, and like them alot, but will be buying the Bare Knuckles Manhattans- which are low-wind P90s..... might even try a set of TV Jones T'Armonds, if they are available in a humbucker mount.....

    Actually, I forgot... a set of Pete Biltoft (Vintage Vibe) humbucker-sized Charlie Christians are also on the list to try... I also think the Seymour Duncan Staple pickups would sound great in this guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pubylakeg
    Hi Danno, can you tell us where you got the humbuck to p90 conversion mounting rings ?.
    Sure. I bought mine from Allparts; I believe Lollar and Fralin sell them as well.

    The pickups I used are the GFS low-wind P-90s. While I've heard plenty of mixed things about GFS, I have to say - these particular pickups rocked. They are built really well, have the nice braided leads, and sound great - not too hot at all. Great string-to-string clarity. And, as you can see, the pickup spacers covered the mounting holes for the humbuckers completely for a nice, stock look. I have to say, if you're disappointed with the lack of P-90 options in the Epiphone archtop lineup, this conversion is well-worth it.
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    Wow those P90s w/spacers look fantastic. I have always went for a cream/gold motif with mine (because that's what some of the vintage Epi Zephyrs Deluxes were), but wow.... black P90s look great. (personally, I'd have to find some vintage-y black knobs, I HATE the stock ones, they look cheap to me)

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    Many Thanks for the info Danno1985, just another question, do you have to extend the humbucker sized routing in the top to accommodate the P90s ?. Presumably the screw holes for the P90 mounting rings also require additional holes in the top?. And is this mod permanent or semi reversible ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pubylakeg
    Many Thanks for the info Danno1985, just another question, do you have to extend the humbucker sized routing in the top to accommodate the P90s ?. Presumably the screw holes for the P90 mounting rings also require additional holes in the top?. And is this mod permanent or semi reversible ?
    No routing necessary; the spacers lift the magnet enough to clear the top. I did have to drill two holes for the P90s, but other than that, it's totally reversible, and you wouldn't be able to see the new holes if you re-installed the humbuckers.

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    I just bought a new Broadway. Got a nice price on it !
    I'm still on the learning curve with it, as it is my first big jazz box (I'm more used to thinlines)
    It is made in Korea, Unsung factory, July 2014.
    It is nicely made, but coating is rather thick and frets need polishing.
    Acoustically, it sounds much better balanced, but not louder than my '59 ES125T. In fact, I expected more volume from such a big box, compared to a thinline, but I still have to find the strings that will suit the best. Will it open up with time and playing ?
    Plugged-in, I didn't succeed in getting the tones I want yet, but I didn't have enough time to tweak these days. I suspect electronics on general, not only pick-ups, to be worth a change in the coming year ! Danno's suggestion to switch to P90 is rather tempting.
    For the price, that is a good guitar. It will need some work and (little) money to become a very good guitar, at least one which will suit my modest needs and capabilities.
    But try before buying (as always !)
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    Here is the beauty.
    The "€" on the pickguard fell off at once !

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    Acoustic volume is not the Broadway's (or I dare say, any 2-pickups-top-mounted archtop) forte'. It was really meant to be used electrically. However- for acoustic volume....

    1) I have found the wood bridge gives the best acoustic volume/most woody-acoustic sound.

    2) string gauge needs to be at least 12's to drive the top for any decent acoustic volume.

    I like the acoustic volume my B'way has, but I am under no illusion: it's nice to hear sitting on the couch, but that's it... you're not going to be jamming with any other acoustic instruments unless you are plugged in.

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    Thanks for all of the responses. I am still very interested in one of these or the Emperor Regent. A '04 Emperor Regent came up on my local craigslist this weekend. I emailed the guy (or girl) right away, less than an hour after they posted it, I got no response until last night telling me that someone beat me to it. I'm heartbroken. It is entirely possible that the person who beat me to it is in this forum. If so..You Bastard! Only kidding of course. So, now I am on the hunt for a 17" archtop. And, I really like the Epiphones.
    I am wondering if Epiphone might be doing a treatment to the Broadway or revisiting the Emperor Regent like they did with the ES-175. I played one a couple of days ago at Guitar Center. It is really nice. I already have an Eastman AR371. If I didn't, I would seriously be looking into this guitar. I am biased, but, I wish that Epiphone would do more with their archtops. It is, after all, their history and heritage.
    And, The Broadway with the P90's is very sweet looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 339 in june
    I just bought a new Broadway. Got a nice price on it !
    I'm still on the learning curve with it, as it is my first big jazz box (I'm more used to thinlines)
    It is made in Korea, Unsung factory, July 2014.
    It is nicely made, but coating is rather thick and frets need polishing.
    Acoustically, it sounds much better balanced, but not louder than my '59 ES125T. In fact, I expected more volume from such a big box, compared to a thinline, but I still have to find the strings that will suit the best. Will it open up with time and playing ?
    Plugged-in, I didn't succeed in getting the tones I want yet, but I didn't have enough time to tweak these days. I suspect electronics on general, not only pick-ups, to be worth a change in the coming year ! Danno's suggestion to switch to P90 is rather tempting.
    For the price, that is a good guitar. It will need some work and (little) money to become a very good guitar, at least one which will suit my modest needs and capabilities.
    But try before buying (as always !)
    Epiphone Broadway?-dsc_0002-jpg
    Here is the beauty.
    The "€" on the pickguard fell off at once !
    The roughness to the frets seems to be common with Epiphones. Tried a couple of different models at the local GC and they all had the same roughness to them. You think they would take care of that before sending it out. Finish thickness also seems to vary with the model. As for the E falling off, is that a bad thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miken
    Thanks for all of the responses. I am still very interested in one of these or the Emperor Regent. A '04 Emperor Regent came up on my local craigslist this weekend. I emailed the guy (or girl) right away, less than an hour after they posted it, I got no response until last night telling me that someone beat me to it. I'm heartbroken. It is entirely possible that the person who beat me to it is in this forum. If so..You Bastard! Only kidding of course. So, now I am on the hunt for a 17" archtop. And, I really like the Epiphones.
    I am wondering if Epiphone might be doing a treatment to the Broadway or revisiting the Emperor Regent like they did with the ES-175. I played one a couple of days ago at Guitar Center. It is really nice. I already have an Eastman AR371. If I didn't, I would seriously be looking into this guitar. I am biased, but, I wish that Epiphone would do more with their archtops. It is, after all, their history and heritage.
    And, The Broadway with the P90's is very sweet looking.
    Wow I am surprised the Emperor Regent went so quick! My 2005 model that I bought last month was advertised for almost 2 weeks before I bought it. The seller was only asking $450 w/case OBO for it. As soon as I had the money I offered the seller $400 and left his house with it. Now you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands...lol.

    Have patience I am sure another will show up for sale again! Best of luck!
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    To the OP as alternative to the Broadway in that price range there is also the Samick "Greg Bennett" JZ4 and the Aria FA70 that could be an option on the second hand market.
    What I wish Epiphone would do is an elitist laminated maple top 17 inch body/25.5 scale with a single P90 or even better a CC riser
    I am probably dreaming
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    I have had an Elitist Broadway since I got it new in 2006. They don't make them any more, but if you run across one for sale, buy it. It's a whole other animal from the standard Broadway (which isn't bad).

    Other guitars have come and gone (including a Gibson L7-C and L-5 Wesmo), but I kept the Epi, if that means anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuitarPlayer
    Wow I am surprised the Emperor Regent went so quick! My 2005 model that I bought last month was advertised for almost 2 weeks before I bought it. The seller was only asking $450 w/case OBO for it. As soon as I had the money I offered the seller $400 and left his house with it. Now you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands...lol.

    Have patience I am sure another will show up for sale again! Best of luck!
    I know. I even said to my wife "This guitar ain't going anywhere fast.". I had full mental ownership. I was even shopping online for a new tail piece. I am in Milwaukee, so, it's not a small city, but there is not a huge jazz guitar scene either. I can check Madison and Chicago's market as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Br.
    As for the E falling off, is that a bad thing?
    In fact, no, not at all !
    It will be more difficult on the truss rod cover ...

    Forgot to mention the filing on the nut :
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    But to me, it's not a major issue at that price
    (I had to rework the nuts of my Gibsons too)

    The fretboards inlays are really nice looking

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    Chazmo, I'be been lusting after an L5 for a while, but I've just not quite managed to part with the large amount of cash necessary to buy one. Does your statement mean that you would consider the Elitist Broadway on a level with a Wesmo, and perhaps I should be content with what I have?

    P.S. I had a Greg Bennet too. that was a good guitar, surprising acoustic sound, but it needed the wiring rearranging as the tone controls didn't do anything.

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