ES-295 question

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  1. Angry Old Man

    Angry Old Man Member

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    I owned a 55' 295 and let it go(Could shoot myself over it now).

    Anyway for fun I thought about buying a Epiphone 295 as I had heard mostly good reviews.

    Problem is I hate Bigsbys in general and especially dont want a boat anchor on my 295.

    Question, I know I will have holes left in the top afterwards, but is there a tail piece that might cover nicely, or better yet a way to hide the holes at least well enough to not be seen easily from the stage?


    Anyone played one? Thoughts?

    Thanks
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  2. mad dog

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    I'm pretty sure you could get an aftermarket tailpiece that would work. Not sure which one though ... My Epi ES-295 is 2 7/8" deep at the tail. Also no idea which one would best hide the holes. Maybe one of the larger, more ornate ones, such as on the ES-350?

    That said, the Bigsby on this particular guitar is one of the best ones I've ever played. Mine is Peerless made, one of the early ones. A wonderful guitar in many ways, as has been my experience with other peerless made guitars. I've heard that later ones were made elsewhere and that both quality and specs vary. No personal experience on that, but I can definitely recommend the Peerless build ES-295.

    As with all Bigsby guitars, the setup is the whole deal. A properly cut nut, a little nut sauce, good bridge. It's going to work very well if set up right. This one came with Sperzel tuners installed, which apparently helps as well. Here's mine:

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  3. Angry Old Man

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    Very nice looking guitar

    I know I have seen a couple with out a bigsby, so there should be a tailpiece that works.

    How do they play(tone)?

    I am mainly a Blues player

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    This Epiphone sounds great. As you can see, it's modded ala Eddie Cochrane. I just kind of assumed before going to check it out that A. the P-90 would be not great, and B. I'd not care for the Dynasonic.

    The P-90 is worthy, not the cheap, flat sounding type I'd expected. The neck only position is beautiful, warm and rich. What the seller told me was a dynasonic is actually a Dearmond 2000 p/u, a very different thing. It is warm too, and blends quite well with the P-90.

    I'll have to make some clips. Some classy tones in here.
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  5. ballynally

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    My Epi ES295 came with a thick neck, unlike others i've played.Replaced the bridge and put fralin P90s in. The stock ones are not bad, though, unlike Epis buckers. I would just keep the Bigsby if i were you. It doesnt get in your way really, and in fact is good for the sound of the guitar.I am super content with it. With Epis it's really hit and miss.Some are good, some are not. I was actually going for a Gretsch at the time, but picked the EpiES295. I also have a Casino (Japan), plus LP and Tele. Soundclips of my Es295/Casino on www.soundcloud.com/ballynally. Used amps: Fender Vibroverb 63 RI and Traynor DH15 (DR clone)
     
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