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Gibson Memphis ES-195 - Ebony Vintage Gloss Reviews

4.5 stars based on 1 customer review
  • from South Florida May 29, 2013Music Background:
    Long time player

    An ES-175T with a bit more, and less

    I own one in black as well as a few other ES guitars including an ES175. The 195 is essentially an ES175T with single coil pups.

    For standing, I like it better than the 175 and in every other playability and sound respect it's easily as good as the 175. I'm not crazy for the Bigsby and I wish it had been offered with a trapeze type tailpiece, but it is what it is, so I just push the arm out of the way.

    Sound from it is excellent played through all of the amps I use, the neck is "medium thick profile" and out of the box was setup perfectly. I REALLY like the guitar but...

    As far as finish and overall quality go, Gibson got lost on this one. I'm not expecting a perfect guitar, and won't complain about little nits I see others crab about but this one had some surprises.

    The finish on the head is something I'd expect to see on a third rate guitar, but the body and rear of the neck are perfect. The pickguard "glue" that holds the pickguard to the "L" bracket came free needing a dab of epoxy. The serial number prefix is not legible as it's painted on like a Heritage. This method doesn't work for Heritage and I'm mystified why Gibson would copy it from them.

    I always preferred the inline headstock as well as the "snake head" type but stringing that high E and B with the silly tremolo may be a challenge to find.

    A word to Gibson? Use your time proven methods of applying serial numbers, attaching pickguards, and applying paint.

    Leave Bigsby to Gretsch, painted on serial numbers to Heritage, and orange peel paint to General motors :-)

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