NGD! Big, Bold and Gold!!

JC higgy

Gretschified
Jun 6, 2008
12,086
Belfast Norn Iron
Sweet, congrats!

My cousin had one from the late 90s but the neck was pencil thin,still I think I would've bought it from him ,if he had offered that is.

Missed my chance at a Gibson ES295 from 1990 back in the early 90s,£700.....:oops:
 

dreamingGretsch

Synchromatic
Oct 12, 2010
731
Melbourne, Australia
Sweet, congrats!

My cousin had one from the late 90s but the neck was pencil thin,still I think I would've bought it from him ,if he had offered that is.

Missed my chance at a Gibson ES295 from 1990 back in the early 90s,£700.....:oops:

wow! 700!!

the last one I found, which is already here in Australia, is around 7500 aud. I was tempted to trade my 330 and add cash, which the seller agreed but I decided not to because my 330 has sentimental value! Hehe

the neck is thin, however the good thing about it is, my 330 is a rounded C, somewhere between 50’s and 60’s Gibson profile, and the Epiphone is not far off, just a hair thinner and have more shoulders, kinda like a D.
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Gold Supporting Member
Mar 20, 2010
2,016
Michigan
Wow, I haven't seen one of those in years, the color, the pickups, and that Epi tremolo were knock out/cool combination. That combination really catches the eye, as well as that ES-295 sound are incredible.
 

dreamingGretsch

Synchromatic
Oct 12, 2010
731
Melbourne, Australia
Wow, I haven't seen one of those in years, the color, the pickups, and that Epi tremolo were knock out/cool combination. That combination really catches the eye, as well as that ES-295 sound are incredible.

yessir! I wish the hardware came in gold!

so far, only the tuners need to be changed as they can be turned with just looking at it! But just for aesthetics, id probably change all the hardware to gold!

On the sound, ive never held or played a 295 yet, ive only seen one. So when I plugged this in, i noticed the overwhelming low end thump it has, more than my 330.

my settings for my 330 didnt work so i had to dial in a different one for this guitar once I spend a couple of hours with it, which will be tough if you have a 3yo running around and messing with the knobs while practicing. Lol!
 

JLD4133

Country Gent
May 10, 2011
1,516
Mequon, WI
That is a beauty and so cool! I suggest you look for an Epiphone Blues Zephyr (ES-5 copy with 3 P-90s) to go with your ES-295!
 

dreamingGretsch

Synchromatic
Oct 12, 2010
731
Melbourne, Australia
That is a beauty and so cool! I suggest you look for an Epiphone Blues Zephyr (ES-5 copy with 3 P-90s) to go with your ES-295!

that guitar is actually right under the ES-295 in my list! And yes, its the next one to get! Hahaha.

i got plenty more P90 guitars from Peerless Epiphone in my list to cross out.. another Sorrento in black, (i had one but I let it go due to the fact that I wanted the 330 and had to sell it off), the Blues Zephyr as you’ve said, a Casino. Hehehe.

i love P90’s!! Lol
 

jbrannen

Electromatic
Nov 2, 2021
32
Livingston, TX
So, I have a list called “Affordable Unicorns”. This is a list of guitars from different manufacturers from specific years of productions which I really like.

They dont cost a lot, sometimes they do when they’re in pretty good condition, but they’re tough to find!

At very near the top of the list is this, One of the rare reissues from Epiphone, Peerless Factory made in 1997. Ive been looking for one close to 4 years already!!!

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It’s one of the very first batch due to have a Single side-dot inlay on the 12th fret.. then some key features I like are; small F-hole and most importantly they got it right with the body shape and Florentine cutaway which is very close to Gibsons. I love Florentine cutaways and this has the more beautiful fish-hook shape than the second version (bigger f-hole) and the Premium one.

Body depth is thinner and knob placements are not correct for this model, well, you cant have everything. Hehe. The consolation is the pickups have been changed to standard Lollar P90’s which sounds great! Rosewood fretboard is outstanding and not cheap looking!


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Untitled by D Y, on Flickr


Resonance and overall feel is close the Gibson, but my 330 takes the cake for the overall build quality and feels better. Both put together well. The neck feels nice and fast.


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Untitled by D Y, on Flickr


Its very rare to find one let alone, one in excellent condition with a price thats not bloated out of this world. So i think I got lucky with this one!
I had one of those Epi 295's back in the day. As I remember, it was a very nice guitar. Can't imagine for the life of me why I ever sold it. Congratulations.
 

jbrannen

Electromatic
Nov 2, 2021
32
Livingston, TX
that guitar is actually right under the ES-295 in my list! And yes, its the next one to get! Hahaha.

i got plenty more P90 guitars from Peerless Epiphone in my list to cross out.. another Sorrento in black, (i had one but I let it go due to the fact that I wanted the 330 and had to sell it off), the Blues Zephyr as you’ve said, a Casino. Hehehe.

i love P90’s!! Lol[/QUOTE

The Epi Wildkat would be another nice option for you if you like their P90's. I've owned a couple and aside from some minor feedback issues, they sure are fun to play!
 

dreamingGretsch

Synchromatic
Oct 12, 2010
731
Melbourne, Australia
I had one of those Epi 295's back in the day. As I remember, it was a very nice guitar. Can't imagine for the life of me why I ever sold it. Congratulations.

Thank you sir! yes they are GREAT guitars for the money!! I'm happy I finally found one!


I had a chance to try out the wildkat, and while it's nice, I kinda like bigger bodies!
 

Mellowcat

Gretschie
Aug 22, 2013
271
Alexandria, VA
Yessir! I wish it was in Gold though.. so Im going to replace it with a B70 in gold or probably make life simpler by just putting a Trapeze tailpiece on it. heheheh
Congratulations. Some of these Epi ES-295s are better suited to a B6. The neck angle is pretty steep, and they don't need the tension bar. A trapeze wouldn't be too bad either.
 

dreamingGretsch

Synchromatic
Oct 12, 2010
731
Melbourne, Australia
Congratulations. Some of these Epi ES-295s are better suited to a B6. The neck angle is pretty steep, and they don't need the tension bar. A trapeze wouldn't be too bad either.

i wish i can use a B6, or even a B7, however, I dont want to drill new holes!!

at least the B70 and the trapeze can use the existing holes at the butt end of the guitar.

if I go trapeze, id just put gold screws on the existing holes and let it be. Hehehe.

i just hope the B70 and the epiphone bigsby copy dimensions are the same with the same screw hole locations! Lol
 

mdahearn

Electromatic
May 13, 2020
6
Oakland
Look into a Towner Bar if you want a traditional Bigsby but don’t want to drill holes. Helps compensate for guitars that don’t have the neck angle. I bought a 6220 and wanted a Bigsby installed. Found out it needed a Bigsby with a bar for down angle pressure but those require drilling new holes in the face of the body. No way I’m doing that, so bought a standard B6 with Towner Bar, no defacing the guitar, can go back to stoptail if I want.
 


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