Epiphone Broadway
Epiphone Broadway
Audiofanzine FR 12/03/2008

Epiphone Broadway : Audiofanzine FR's user review


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(Originally written by nado64/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
*** Where was it made? ***

made in Korea

*** How many frets, what kind of pickups and what is the pickup configuration? ***

20 frets, six over the body.

Two humbucker pickups.

*** What kind of bridge (Floyd Rose, Wilkinson....)? ***

Floating bridge with locking string system to reduce the vibrations.

*** What about controls (volume, tone, pickup selector...)? ***

Volume and tone controls for each pickup.

*** What kind of neck? ***

Standard Epiphone/Gibson neck. 2-color inlays.

*** Misc ***

Golden hardware. Natural finish. Maple body. Spruce top.

Nice-looking guitar, average finish and details, varnish is too thick at some edges. No noise.

Epiphone version of the Gibson L5.


*** Is the neck comfortable? ***

Yes the neck feels very pleasant, much more than its competitors.

*** Is the access to the upper frets easy? ***

No remarks.

*** Is the instrument ergonomic (body shape, weight...)? ***

Considering the size, it's a real jazz guitar. The body is very thick.

It's a great asset for the sound but it can be annoying if you have short arms.

Otherwise, no problems.

*** Is it easy to get the right sound? ***

This guitar was conceived for jazz and jazz only! You quickly get a good sound using the neck pickup and setting the tone control to 2-3.


*** Does it fit your music style? ***

Yes, I play jazz and the guitar is wonderful for that sort of music.

*** Which amp(s) or effect(s) do you use it with? ***

Roland Jazz-Chorus 20 but a Fender also sounds very good.

*** What kind of sounds do you get and which settings do you use ("crystal-clear", "fat", ...)?

You get a super jazz sound even unplugged. It has simply a nice tone.

Settings: flat-wound Thomastik strings, Dunlop Jazz III pick, tone control at 2-3.

The sound is the main asset of this guitar. I guess you won't hear a huge difference if you compare it to an L-5.


*** How long have you been using it? ***

One year.

*** Which feature do you like the most / the least? ***

I like its jazz look and sound.

I don't like the average-quality finish.

*** Did you try any other models before buying it? ***

Yes. Peerless, Epiphone Joe Pass, Ibanez, etc.

*** How would you rate its value for money? ***

The guitar is worth its price.

*** Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ***

Yes, I'm pretty satisfied with this guitar. I strongly recommend it to all jazz fans. I would definitely buy it again if I was looking for this type of guitar in this price range.