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!