Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst 

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The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar features a laminated maple neck and body; solid rosewood bridge; gold tuners and tailpiece; multiple bound body, neck, and peghead. Limited lifetime warranty. Case sold separately.

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  • Laminated maple neck and body
  • Solid rosewood bridge
  • Gold tuners and tailpiece
  • Multiple bound body, neck, and peghead
  • Case sold separately

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Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Back and Sides: Laminated Maple
  • Binding: Body, neck, and headstock
  • Case Included: No
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Inlays: Block
  • Machine Heads: GOld
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Pickups: 2 Humbuckers
  • Scale: 24 3/4"
  • Top Wood: Laminated Maple
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EpiphoneJoe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Not a rocker, but great all arounder.

I bought this Epiphone in Hong Kong at a good price. Maybe the conservative look is not suited to the local market. I own a few guitars-a Les Paul, a Music Man Silhouette and...Read complete review

I bought this Epiphone in Hong Kong at a good price. Maybe the conservative look is not suited to the local market. I own a few guitars-a Les Paul, a Music Man Silhouette and a Taylor, but tend to play this one more often as it sounds OK unplugged or plugged in without FX. Robust built, was tested by my mate the other night when dropped - no problem. The detail of the finish is not the best, being more of a show pony as opposed to a thoroughbred. Binding, for example, is not well matched and fretboard could do with some fine file work. BUT having stated the minor issues I would have to say the sound is sweet. You can use the tone pots 0 to 10 with effect, and blend in the two volumes to get a myriad of sweet tones. What you can't get is raw screaming tone, but that really is for another guitar type. Playability is similarly good without being a speed demon. I think for a practice instrument, or for a low cost jazz box, it is well worth a look.

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Needs Better Quality on the Electronics

When this arrived, I was stunned with its beauty. Unplugged, it sounds awful. Plugged in, the tone is pretty good. The pickups initially sounded good, but after a several months, the ...Read complete review

When this arrived, I was stunned with its beauty. Unplugged, it sounds awful. Plugged in, the tone is pretty good. The pickups initially sounded good, but after a several months, the bridge pickup began to cut out intermittently. It seems there were loose wire connections. In fact, the wiring inside the body was attached to the underside of the top with doublestick tape that had come loose. The pickup selector was beginning to get tempermental causing a dead spot with the other pickup. I was not thrilled about the intonation. The floating bridge is not compensated, so getting proper intonation is impossible on all the strings. It drove me nuts, so I sold it before the year was out. I suppose I could have taken it in for repair and replaced the bridge, but the fact that the unplugged sound was so dull made up my mind. I played a Gretsch 5120 that sounded much better for the price, but still not quite what I'm looking for. I replaced it with a strat (that I now love), still looking for a reasonably priced hollow body that remains elusive today.

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3.0

Needs Better Quality on the Electronics

By Jeff H

from Lancaster PA

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

When this arrived, I was stunned with its beauty. Unplugged, it sounds awful. Plugged in, the tone is pretty good. The pickups initially sounded good, but after a several months, the bridge pickup began to cut out intermittently. It seems there were loose wire connections. In fact, the wiring inside the body was attached to the underside of the top with doublestick tape that had come loose. The pickup selector was beginning to get tempermental causing a dead spot with the other pickup. I was not thrilled about the intonation. The floating bridge is not compensated, so getting proper intonation is impossible on all the strings. It drove me nuts, so I sold it before the year was out. I suppose I could have taken it in for repair and replaced the bridge, but the fact that the unplugged sound was so dull made up my mind. I played a Gretsch 5120 that sounded much better for the price, but still not quite what I'm looking for. I replaced it with a strat (that I now love), still looking for a reasonably priced hollow body that remains elusive today.

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5.0

Great Looking, high action

By MusicNut

from Maryland

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

This guitar looks really nice in blonde. You get a beautiful flame back side, and the front end wood work looks like the front end of a blond violin. The neck inlays look great and the inlay near the tuning pegs makes this guitar look like a $2000 guitar. Unfortunately, I had to file down the frets. The action was too high for jazz, so, once the frets were filed down, I was left with a great playing and sounding guitar. You could always get a professional/ luthier to file down the frets for you. The P/U's sound excellent. Once you've paid $100 for filing, you'll have a guitar competitive with The Birdland and Broadway Elitist. It's a great guitar to have if you don't mid filing down the frets.

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(35 of 67 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Records like a pro

By jc (doc)

from Dallas, Texas

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I got my "Joe Pass" about three years ago. I've had several Gibsons before and the neck on my Joe Pass feels better than any of them with the exception of my "Country Gentleman"...but then again, the CG is about six times the cost.The other day I went into the studio with it to record some instrumental work. Plugged directly into the board and with minimum effects, the Emperor impressed. We also plugged it into a Fender Acoustic amp and miced it with a condenser mic and it was as smooth as silk stockings.The workmanship on mine is flawless. The gold hardware is holding up (I do wipe mine down a lot) This is a guitar than anybody, pro or amateur could love.

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(58 of 96 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alot of bang for the buck

By lhh2000az

from Phoenix AZ

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar about three months ago. I play it often and enjoy it very much. I do plan to put an ebony bridge on it in the next week or two. I noticed another reviewer had already changed over with positive results. The workmanship on the Joe pass I bought was perfect, I cannot find any flaws in the finish or binding, But the gold plating will have to be redone as it is wearing off on the tail piece wear I rest my wrist. I have owned a Gibson, Martin and now own a Taylor and this guitar is in the same class including workmanship and sound. I hope you enjoy your Emperor II as much as I enjoy mine.

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(15 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For a Lefty, it's as good as it gets

By Les Armstrong

from Jacksonville, FL

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

If you are a lefty, you know how few guitars come in a left handed model - let alone a descent left-handed model. I have had mine for about a year. Bought it used (although in very nice shape). I can't say enough good things about the size, the adornments, the action or the tone. The action lowers easily, so you don't have to remove the strings to lower the strings. Mine is now about as low as you could ask. Every time I play in my church or with friends, I get lots of questions and compliments about it. The tone is infinitely variable - very nice tone. This guitar could double as a bass when toned right. Buy it, you'll not regret it. It is a "keeper" for Lefty's

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(7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The perfect arch top electric

By Michael W.

from Wadsworth, Ohio USA

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I purchased my Joe Pass Emperor Epiphone a few months ago and found it to be all and more that I hoped for. I have played acoustic guitars for over 25 years and like the arch top electrics over solid bodies for their warm, hazy and soft sounds. Make no mistake, it can cut through the ice when you want it to, as well as being able to warm up to any bluesy mood you might want to express. It is crafted up with any Gibson that I have owned, and for the price it is simply unbeatable. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants exquisite sound and exemplary quality without having to mortgage the house.

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(14 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Christain

from Akron, Oh

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I have played this one for about 5 years now and it is great, besides some electronics problems now and then, it sounds great and plays like a dream.

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(23 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Tone

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased this guitar and it is most definitely one of the best sounding guitars I have ever played. It produces a very open sound, nearly resembling an acoustic steel guitar. I compared it to the Gibson-335 model and I actually preferred the Emperor's tone. I have seen evidence of the feedback problems mentioned in the writings of the previous posters, but when taken into account I do not believe it to be a major disadvantage. Sounds great through valve or solid state amps and is great for bop. I have used it extensively with fingerstyle playing of my own. I have not played it with flatwound strings but even with the original strings it sounds nice. Excellent sound for imitating Wes Montgomery and other jazz artists because of its great response to the use of the flat of the thumb. 4 stars

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(33 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fantastic!

By Mark-frPIc

from Marlton,New Jersey

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I plug this straight into my Fender Twin and I am able to go from a cool jazz sound to rock 'n roll to blues with no problem. I find it great for rockabilly also. Definitely the most versatile guitar I have ever played. Like any hollowbody, when cranked it's susceptible to feedback. Just move around and find your sweet spot and you'll be amazed.

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(85 of 106 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

excellent value

By D-h-XjO

from East Coast

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

Tremendous value for the price. Great action, nice, sweet sound, I play it through an acoustic amp with great results. Good looking guitar, workmanship seems as good as either a Guild or Gibson.

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