Epiphone Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar Sunrise Orange 

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A serious twangin', rockabilly-slingin', country-flingin' machine!

The Epiphone Emperor Swingster features archtop jazz guitar styling and updated electronics including SwingBucker pickups with push/pull tone controls that allows a choice of standard series or parallel pickup wiring for a brighter tone. The Swingster guitar has a shorter 24-3/4" scale that helps facilitate challenging jazz chord inversions. The body features a spruce top, a laminated birch/maple body and a 3-piece maple neck topped with a rosewood fingerboard.

Other vintage features of this hollowbody electric guitar include chrome hardware, Grover Rotomatic 16:1 tuners, bound f-holes, thumbnail fingerboard Inlays, and a Bigsby licensed vibrato tailpiece with wire arm along with a "pinned"(non-floating) Tune-O-matic bridge with roller saddles for smooth operation and accurate return to pitch which is preferred when using the vibrato. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Style: Single-cutaway archtop
  • Body: Laminated maple/birch
  • Top: Select spruce
  • Neck: Set 3-piece hard maple
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck profile: Slim-tapered
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard radius: 14"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fingerboard inlays: Thumbnail Inlays
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Neck pickup: SwingBucker
  • Bridge Pickup: SwingBucker
  • Controls: 1-Neck Volume, 1-Neck Tone (push/pull - series/parallel), 1-Bridge Volume, 1-Bridge Tone (push/pull - series/parallel), 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatic 16:1 tuners
  • Bridge: Rosewood bridge (Pinned)
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby vibrato with wire arm
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Case sold separately

An archtop jazz guitar that you can afford!

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EpiphoneEmperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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What a great Epihone!


from Sonoma, CA

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I'm really glad I got in on this limited edition run from the Epiphone Custom Shop. The workmanship is great, the finish kills, the harward is all top quality. The tone is awesome with the two-way push-pull knobs (Levl 2 model) for switching between series and parallel pickup wiring. Great deal for a really fine instrument. Oh, and the Sunrise Orange stain is super sexy with the ivory binding and chrome and black hardware appointments. The Bigsby rocks and stays in tune!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Swingster Hollow Body - Excellent


    from Evansville, Indiana

    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I think all guitar players seek a specific guitar sound they have either heard or imagined, or possibly remembered from the past. I have an acoustic Masterbuilt I really like the sound of. I wanted an easier to play, better action as expected from a good electric that sounded as pleasing to me as my acoustic.(note that the Masterbuilt has been professionally set up by a luthier an does in fact play very well - I just wanted more)
    I am satisfied. This to me is as close as you might be able to get to an acoustic like sounding electric guitar. The body size is easier to handle.
    The action and neck is very player friendly right out of the box. This is the only guitar I own not send out to a lutheir to be setup.
    The pickups, if you cannot find a sound you enjoy I would be surprised. My amp is a Fender HotRod Deluxe.
    The finish is additionally excellent, very nice on mine, a level 2 purchased at a very good price. It also looks very nice; I would not buy some guitars just because of the way they look. The biggest problem was finding a case. I ordered a dreadnought case for it.
    I am a hobbyist, play for my own enjoyment both alone and with friends. I also own a Fender Strat HSS, Masterbilt acoustic, Bonamassa LP, and 1968 Aria Diamond original from my youth.(keepers also)
    What I was after was an electric that sounds as pleasing to me as my acoustic, I am very satisfied. If you like playing rhythm, blues type riffs, you will probably be happy. If you are more of a lead player you might like the Strats and LP type guitars better. If you are like me, buy both. If I only kept one electric, it would be the Swingster. Keep in mind that the sound an playability were the goals, they were met!
    I gave it a 9 / 10. I am not sure a 10 exists yet and if it does can I afford it?

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