Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO - Natural

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Trapeze Tailpiece, Gold Hardware, and 2 ProBucker Pickups - Natural
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Get Classic Jazz Tones with the Joe Pass Emperor

Get great jazz tones with the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO hollowbody electric guitar. Originally designed in collaboration with guitar and jazz legend Joe Pass, this guitar embodies the feel, vibe, and tone of a great jazz guitar. The spruce top and flame maple back and sides, along with premium appointments and gold hardware, give this axe great looks and sound. Coil-tapped ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups deliver killer vintage tones. Expand your sonic palette with the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO!

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Epiphone ProBuckers deliver fat jazz tones and more
  • Stunning good looks; amazing affordability
  • Epiphone quality
Epiphone ProBuckers deliver fat jazz tones and more

Epiphone's Joe Pass Emperor II PRO is packing Epiphone ProBucker pickups, a 4-wire design with coil-tapping inspired by Gibson's legendary BurstBuckers. ProBuckers conjure the sound of the original hand-wound PAF humbuckers designed by Seth Lover at Gibson's Kalamazoo factory in the late 1950s. ProBuckers have all the same components under the hood as the original PAF and BurstBuckers, including Alnico II magnets, Elektrisola magnet wire, 18 percent nickel silver unit bases and covers, as well as pole screws, slugs, and bobbins built to original Gibson spec. You get a huge sounding pickup that is responsive to your pick attack, and that - over time - will develop the subtle, unique characteristics that you can only get from vintage humbuckers.

Stunning good looks; amazing affordability

With its understated good looks, you might mistake the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO for a guitar that costs thousands. Happily, you'd be mistaken. From its bound rosewood fingerboard and pearloid block inlays to its mock tortoise pickguard and gold hardware, the Joe Pass Emperor II PRO exudes an understated elegance. But his axe only looks (and sounds) expensive. It's actually amazingly affordable.

Epiphone quality

Since Epiphone's founding in 1873, they've produced innumerous iconic instruments. From long before the British Invasion of the early 1960's, to metal, punk, thrash, grunge, and what have you, the Epi logo has stood for quality and value. Epiphone backs up their products with their Limited Lifetime Warranty so you can rest assured that your Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO hollowbody electric guitar will give you a lifetime of tasty tone and playing enjoyment.

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic hollowbody design for warm, fat tone
  • Solid center block enhances tone and sustain
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard is comfortable and smooth playing
  • Two ProBucker pickups (coil tapped) based on the legendary Gibson BurstBucker
  • Coil tapping, for stunning tonal dexterity
  • Upgraded Graph-tech nut ensures better playability and tuning
  • The classy touch of gold hardware
The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II PRO gives you the big jazz tones you need!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Emperor
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Flame Maple
Top Material Select Spruce
Color Natural
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Laminated Maple
Neck Shape 1960s SlimTaper C
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Blocks
Number of Frets 20
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Pinned Rosewood/Vintage Scroll Trapeze
Tuners Grover Rotomatic 18:1 Ratio
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup ProBucker-2
Bridge Pickup ProBucker-3
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings D'Addario .010-.046
Manufacturer Part Number ETEPNAGH1

Customer Reviews

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Amazing Purchase Experience

I'm a performing singer/songwriter and primarily use a Martin acoustic/electric guitar. With my band we play mostly my original, and about a 1/3 of those are jazz-based tunes...I had been researching this guitar as a nice addition. The price point was great, I called Sweetwater (Carl Long is who I work with and he is amazing)...we talked, compared this Epiphone to other guitars, and I settled on this one. The purchase process was easy, I ordered the guitar on Tuesday and it was at my front door on Saturday. Two shipments/boxes...the guitar and case, both arrived flawlessly. Epiphone has amazing quality for a guitar built in Indonisia - not a problem on the guitar (or case). Acousticly this guitar plays easily and sounds well...when I plugged it in I was amazing. Exceeds my expectations everytime I pick it up...I've had a Gibson ES-330, and this new guitar has the jazz sound I was looking for. If you're looking for an affordable jazz box, this guitar is the one. And Sweetwater takes very good care of you.

I'm Impressed!

First of all, Sweetwater is awesome. They made sure the guitar was in great shape, put it in the case I ordered and even sent smarties (I love smarties). So I get the guitar, fit and finish is outstanding and the neck feels great. Made in Indonesia, which used to be a bad thing, not anymore in my opinion. Probucker pickups.... love em. They sound nice and warm (the coil tap is completely unnecessary). Strings.... suck. A guitar like this should have flat wounds, I mean it's a Jazz box right. So I put some 11's on. No need for setup, no fret buzz and intonation is spot on. I've played it through my Princeton Reverb (also from Sweetwater) all weekend and really have been blown away. I was playing with guitarist with much more expensive guitars, I'm not gonna lie, it didn't sound better. But, It didn't embarrass either, in fact everyone wanted to try it out. The only negative (kinda) was the epiphone "E" fell off immediately. Honestly, think it looks tacky anyway and looks better without it. So, yeah, if you're in the market for an inexpensive Jazz box, this guitar is definatly worth a look. Just remember, if the tone isn't warm enough for you put 10 or 11 flat wounds on and you'll find it.
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Let me begin with this: Having discovered Sweetwater by accident makes this even more impressive. Their dedication to customer satisfaction and delivery of the best product possible is, in my experience, beyond compare. The personal attention I received both online, via email and phone was always extraordinarily helpful, professional and exemplary. In this day of "get it as cheap as possible with no frills or service" Sweetwater is just that; sweet! Thank you to everyone who helped me acquire my new axe. Now for the instrument. I have played many guitars in the past 45 years but this Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II is far and away the nicest, best set up (thank you again Sweetwater), finest sounding guitar of the bunch. And that includes the vintage 1937 Gibson L-5 I sold in the rashness of my youth. Everything about my experience with Sweetwater had been delightful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Best in it's price range

I have had this guitar for two months now and it just keeps getting better. This is not a guitar that has been slapped together in a hack shop - it is extremely well made. Maple sides and back, spruce top, probucker pickups, high end tuners and knobs. The tones I get are so smooth! Epiphone was smart to put jazz strings on this thing, but I have to be honest - this guitar is much more versatile than just a jazz guitar. I do play jazz, but I get great blues and a moderate variety of rock out of it, as well. I bought this guitar before the price drop, and it was worth every penny plus some. At the new price, it's a steal. I cannot say enough about this guitar. It has changed my thinking - before this baby arrived, I really believed that I could only sound like I sound now if I bought a domestic guitar.

The Emperor II Pro

The tones available from this Jazz box are amazing. In my view the pick ups and the solid spruce top give this instrument a great old jazz and blues tone. The workmanship on this guitar is very good and I really enjoy the 'C' neck. I rated this guitar above my 1976 ES 175 because of the spruce top. The flame maple on the back and sides is flawless. The bass is wonderful played thru my MKIII Boogie, clean. If you get the chance, play one and you'll see what I mean.
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