Epiphone expands range of semi-hollow guitars with updated UpTown Kat ES model

Epiphone UpTown Kat ES
(Image credit: Epiphone)

Epiphone has unveiled the latest addition to its ever-expanding lineup of semi-hollow electric guitars – the updated, oh-so metallic UpTown Kat ES.

Sporting a series of flashy colorways, including Topaz Gold Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Blue Sapphire Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic, the new-and-improved iteration is described as “the next generation of Epiphone’s classic Kat archtop”.

Build-wise, the UpTown Kat ES features a five-ply maple/poplar body with five-play black and white binding, a 24.72”-scale SlimTaper C-profile mahogany neck with one-ply white binding, and an ebony fretboard with 12” radius.

Other functional appointments include pearloid block inlays, Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuning machines, Gold “Top Hat” knobs and gold hardware, as well as a LockTone tune-o-matic bridge, Trapeze tailpiece and a Graph Tech nut.

The most notable appointment comes in the form of a set of newly designed Epiphone ProBucker FB720 mini-humbuckers, which take inspiration from the guitar giant’s celebrated ProBucker humbucker in a bid to deliver warm sustains and bright, snappy sounds.

Putting the pickups under the microscope will reveal they are constructed with the same alloy used by Gibson at its Kalamazoo factory when the humbucker was first invented, which is said to result in a significant sonic performance and improved tonal response.

These are wired to a control layout composed from pickup-specific volume controls, master volume and tone controls, and a three-way toggle selector switch.

The Epiphone UpTown Kat ES is available now for $599.

Head over to Epiphone for more information.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.