Epiphone Broadway - Natural

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Laminated Spruce Top, Laminated Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Bridge - Natural
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Epi's Classic Jazz Box is Back!

Since 1931, the Epiphone Broadway hollowbody electric guitar has been eliciting gasps of wonder from audiences far and wide. It all dates back to Epi Stathopoulo's unwavering aesthetic philosophy. Simply put, that legendary guitar maker firmly believed a guitar should be a work of art whose place was onstage and in the hands of a passionate performer. One look at the Broadway archtop's gorgeous spruce-toped maple body adorned with gold hardware and elegant abalone inlays, and you'll understand what he meant. And when you take the stage with this timeless jazz box, you'll know for sure that the Epiphone Broadway's beauty is far from superficial.

Epiphone Broadway Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • This jumbo jazz box lives on as the king of the archtops
  • Vintage-style electronics deliver the treasured tone of the big band era
  • Gussied up in gold and adorned with the choicest appointments
This jumbo jazz box lives on as the king of the archtops

For over 80 years, Epiphone has reigned proudly as the king of the classic archtop, and instruments such as their Broadway hollowbody electric guitar have been the stuff of legend for generations. Back when Epi Stathopoulo first produced this remarkable guitar, amplification techniques were still in their formative, so it's larger-than-average body was considered something of a necessity to achieve the acoustic projection that bolstered its electric voice. Today, the extra resonance this jumbo jazz box gives you helps to draw out a whole extra range of tone, which is why modern artists such as Nick Colionne continue to swear by this magnificent instrument.

Vintage-style electronics deliver the treasured tone of the big band era

Although the natural acoustic projection of the Epiphone Broadway hollowbody guitar is nothing short of impressive, you're still going to play plugged in whenever you take the stage. That's when you'll hear the magic of its vintage-style electronics in action. Epiphone loaded this iteration of the Broadway with a special pair of Alnico Classic humbuckers, each with its own volume and tone knob. This gives you a simply massive range of tone, perfect for buttery jazz leads and liquid rhythm chording alike.

Gussied up in gold and adorned with the choicest appointments

From its authentic Frequensator split-trapeze tailpiece to its set of 16:1 Grover tuning machines, Epiphone decked out this Broadway archtop guitar in a full complement of glitzy gold hardware. As soon as the stage lights get a taste of these appointments, you can bet your audience will take note. Bet all that glitters on this fabulous guitar isn't gold... there's also the traditional pearloid and abalone block and triangle fret markers plus the matching Tree of Life headstock inlays as well. Top it off with a tortoise-shell-style floating pickguard with a metal Epiphone E inset, and and there's no denying that this Broadway guitar is a real looker.

Epiphone Broadway Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar Features:
  • A magnificent jumbo archtop electric guitar with roots running back to 1931, deep in the heart of the big band jazz age
  • Hollowbody design with maple back and sides and spruce top delivers bright and balanced tone with plenty of natural acoustic projection
  • Two Alnico Classic Humbuckers, each with their own volume and tone controls provide a massive range of vintage jazz box tone
  • Gold hardware, pearloid and abalone inlays, and tortoise-shell-style pickguard with metal E bolster the natural beauty of this instrument
  • Authentic Frequensator split trapeze tailpiece, floating rosewood bridge, and 16:1 Grover tuning machines ensure smooth action and tuning stability
Recapture the sound of '30s jazz with an Epiphone Broadway hollowbody archtop electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Jumbo
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple
Top Material Laminated Spruce
Color Natural
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape SlimTaper C
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid blocks with abalone triangles
Number of Frets 20
Nut Width 1.68"
Bridge/Tailpiece Floating rosewood bridge/Frequensator split trapeze tailpiece
Tuners Grover 16:1 gold
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Alnico Classic humbucker
Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone
Strings (.011-.052)
Manufacturer Part Number ETBWNAGH1

Customer Reviews

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I Couldn't Be Happier

This is a wonderful guitar. It Looks, Plays and Sounds beautiful. The fit and finish of this guitar is amazing. It sounds great as an acoustic and great plugged in. It's a dream and a steal for the money. As always Sweetwater comes through with the best customer service in the business. It was ready to play right out of the box. I grabbed one because of all of the excellent reviews that I have read. This Epiphone Broadway is a high-quality instrument at an unbelievable price. One last thing I would like to mention, I waited several times to buy this guitar and then when I decided to buy, they were out of stock. There's a reason for that, this is a great guitar. If you're thinking about buying one, go for it! You will not be sorry.
Music background: Songwriter and musician

Awesome Epi!

Can't say enough good things about the Epiphone Broadway. I've had it for about one month now. I was very skeptical at first about ordering an instrument built in Korea but my fears went away once I received the guitar and became aware of how well it is made. The materials, fit and finish are high quality, with no dings, marks, scratches, etc. It plays like a dream and is a work of art. Great guitar for the money and an excellent value. Now I just have to learn how to play well enough to do justice to this fine guitar.

the Broadway is Impressive

I've been playing, singing and writing for 46 years, and the Broadway is my first Archtop Hollowbody Jazzbox" in more than 30 years. This incredibly beautiful, well-built, tonally complex instrument is showing me new things every time I play her. Sometimes an all-Maple guitar, can sound thin and a bit tinny . . . lacking warmth, but the Broadway is rich in a variety of warm tones. Unplugged she has a warm, "woody" tone that is distinctive from other high end acoustics. Plugged into an all-tube amp, she can give that classic, staccato Jazz warmth without losing its tonal focus, and going into the mud. And like the old Gretsch White Falcon, she can play a clean Rock and Roll, or be dirtied-up to reveal a crunchy Blues tone or Classic Rock tone. The Broadway is an easy guitar to play, once I had the action lowered to my specs. Intonation, (after set-up), has been very accurate, and she stays in tune no matter how hard she is played or how many bends I do. Another point I'd like to make is that the build quality of Epiphone guitars is so very, very good now. IMHO, Epiphones of today are better built than some modern Gibson models. I know that will draw some ire from die-hard Gibson fans, but I've done side by side testing on 3 Epiphone models and their Gibson model counterparts, and generally the results are: Tonally they very similar, even competitive; build quality: Epiphone is the hands down winner. I found a surprising number of build errors in the Gibsons I looked at. Binding separations, loose and wobbly Humbuckers, uneven finishes - orange-peely, sharp corners on fret ends, pickguard screws stripped of threads, and other minor but frustrating mistakes. Mistakes that shouldn't be made on a multi-thousand dollar guitar. The Epiphones, (including my Broadway), were consistently flawless in all areas of the build, which I find amazing in a guitar costing less than $1,000.00. Epiphone didn't used to be as good, but, whoever is at the helm of Epiphone has brought their entire product line to the forefront of well-built guitars. In short I am completely satisfied with, and enamored by, my Epiphone Broadway!! And it is so fun to play!
Music background: 40 years professional, gigging, touring and recording

Sweet Jazz Guitar

This guitar rings for days, with a sweet warm tone. Perfect for a working jazz guitarist. Light and durable and fast across the neck. I put George Benson 12's on it, so I had to do a little work to make it mine but the guitar responds beautifully. This sounds better than a lot of guitars that are 3 times the price. Pick ups are powerful and give up a very sweet jazzy sound. I would buy this again and again.
Music background: Professional

Ear Candy!

This guitar was everything that I hoped for. I am amazed at how sweet it sounds on every recording. It has a very warm and jazzy tone that sits well in the mix. What makes it different from most guitars is the wooden bridge which creates a magical resonance that is very hard to find in most guitars. Not only does it look great, but It is absolutely candy for the ears! This sounds like it should be worth thousands more than the price tag! You know I'm keeping this one for sure.
Music background: Guitarist, Recording Engineer, Producer
See also: Hollowbodies, Epiphone, Epiphone Hollowbody Guitars