Anybody own or try out the Epi ES-295?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Angry Old Man, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Angry Old Man

    Angry Old Man Member

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    Had a 55' 295 and wish I had it back....thought about buying a Epi es-295 in the mean time.

    How are they?
    Feel(neck)...sound...tone...etc???

    Looks like I could grab one for around $600 which is very doable. Are they worth it.

    Fit for the Blues?(got to be it has P-90s, right?)
     
  2. Angry Old Man

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    btw: I would of owned one years ago but I hate the Bigsby on one.

    Is there any tail piece that does a decent job of covering it up(holes)?


    Anyway to semi-hide the holes so they are not so obvious?
     
  3. Bigsby

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    a guitar repairman once told me that he would mix printer's ink with epoxy to get the right color, and fill body holes that way. Never tried it myself. I suppose you could experiment without applying it to the guitar in order to figure out the right mix.
     
  4. Angry Old Man

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    Excuss me if this is brash, but maybe I should not have checked youtube.

    Does cheap(er) guitar always mean cheap(er) amp.

    I swear not only could none of the 10 players I listen to play, but I thought they sounded terrible.

    No high end, muddy mids


    Jezze I hope I can drop decent pick ups in and add a decent amp.....

    Maybe the guitars are just uncool and only uncool players buy them?


    Somebody set me straight

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  5. Joe L

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    I bought a 1998 ES 295 (made in Japan) on E- bay ( $650) that was in dead mint condition. The neck is straight as an arrow, fit & finish is excellent - plays and sounds great. I did upgrade the bridge to a roller bridge which is best for a Bixby set up and also changed the sloppy tuners to Kluson Tone Pros (look exactly the same as stock). It's a shame that Epiphone discontinued this very versatile and cool looking guitar from there line.
     
  6. cratz2

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    Well, I think TGP (or any internet forum for that matter) are an eclectic group and probably not indicative of the general buying public. I'd assume that most buyers probably have a reasonable balance between guitar and amp cost. Maybe even cheaper amps.

    I do agree that so many youtube clips sound SOOO bad. I think it's largely a matter of using mics built into cameras and not really knowing how to use their equipment to their full capabilities.

    Never played an Epi 295 but based on a few Dots, I'd assume that a 295, with a good set of pickups and a full setup would be a very, very decent playing guitar.
     
  7. karma1

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    I have an Epi ES-295 and, and althought I can't compare it to the original Gibson it is modeled after, I think it is quite a decent guitar for the money. From what I was told about mine from the person I bought it from it's got some special features. For one, it was a first year model made in Japan before they moved production to Korea the following year. From what I understand, that model had actual Gibson pickups rather than Epi. It's also has a Bigsby brand pickup rather than Epi, which I believe some later ones have. The previous owner added a roller bridge and had extensive fretwork done, so it plays really nice. Being mainly a solid body guitar player, it took me some getting used to the larger body. But I'm using it mostly for recording rather than gigging and it sounds great. It's also a stunning looking guitar. I paid around $600 for it, and for that price its hard to go wrong.

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