Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO - Wine Red

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Trapeze Tailpiece, Gold Hardware, and 2 ProBucker Pickups - Wine Red
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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 Wine Red
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 ETEPWRGH1

Customer Reviews

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Great Guitar

Love this guitar. It met all my expectations and would recommend it to others who are looking and have not settled on what they want.

Great Experience!!

I did a lot of research to find to perfect Jazz Box at a good price and finally made my mind up that I had to have the Joe Pass Epiphone. I played one at a GC and the sound is great. I have an Epiphone Sheraton II Pro and I knew that this Joe Pass would have the same smooth tuners and ProBucker pickups with coil tapping. I have always been blown away by Epiphone quality that I get at the low price, but this was my first Sweetwater purchase. My sales rep, Evan Neiman, walked me through the buying process and even offered to have my choice of strings installed and professionally setup by their in-house Luthier. When I buy a new guitar I always spend a couple of weeks and more money changing out low quality nuts, leveling the frets, adjusting action, replacing tuners, etc..... to get it to play how I want. This guitar arrived ready to play right out of the box. I love the beautiful Wine Red finish, and the character in the wood grain is amazing. Before it arrived I received 12 hi quality photos of the actual guitar that I was shipped(Verifed by matching wood grain). It was packaged very well, arrived in 2 days, had brand new D'Addario NYXL's and was setup perfect. The synthetic bone nut allows the strings to move freely while tuning, action was low at the nut and perfect at the 12th fret. Finish is flawless and the guitar sounds great. I am sold on Sweetwater's quality, attention to detail, and customer service. I even got a free T-shirt. I have bought many guitars from other stores but all of my future purchases will be from Sweetwater. Thank again.
Music background: Church Worship

Gorgeous Epi

I don't think there is a better value in this type of guitar for the price! Lightweight, tuneful, & beautiful. My only suggestion would be to wire the volume controls as in a normal humbucker equipped guitar. That is independent control regardless of selector switch position.
Music background: Semi-Pro

Beautiful Guitar

I have no bad things to say about this guitar, so now that that's out of the way, let's concentrate on the positive. First of all Adam at Sweetwater rode shotgun throughout and made buying easy and actually fun. Since the case is to come later the guitar was sent carefully packed. There was a caution sticker on the outside of the box, DO NOT OPEN FOR 4-6 HOURS IF THE TEMPERATURES ARE 45 OR BELOW. Since here in Vermont the temperatures were in the low 20s I did as instructed. This is a GREAT service to the customer. Finish checking can happen in an instant.You judge a guitar by three basic things, sound, playability, and looks. The Epiphone Joe Pass has all three. The pickups are Gibson pickups and the coil-splitter works great. The single coils are more defined and slightly brighter. I really like the humbucker setting, especially with both pickups active. I played it through a Marshall AS100D acoustic guitar amp. You will not believe the sound out of this combination. Setup by Sweetwater was perfect. The rosewood neck has excellent feel and the frets are first class. Is this guitar the equal of a $9,000 Gibson L5? Well, this may surprise a lot of people, but it's darn close. The workmanship, although in Indonesia, can not be faulted. All bindings are uniform, the woodgrain and varnish are fine. I thought I would have to change the strings. They are D'Addario 10-46 with a wound third. I thought they would be too light. Wrong again. They are perfect. They easily get the top to vibrate. The guitar sounds good unplugged, especially the highs and midrange. Naturally an archtop guitar with the pickups attached to the top will muffle the lows, but they are surprisingly good. They used the same construction techniques that violin builders use. They installed a soundpost between the top and back to get the whole instrument to vibrate. There was no feedback at high volumes on the Marshall, so I didn't have to dial it out. I would rate this guitar fine for everything except heavy metal. Primarily it is a warm jazz guitar, or a rockabilly guitar without wammy bar. It sounds very much like an acoustic guitar if I set the amp right. It has tremendous versatility. I know we would all like to keep manufacturing here in the U.S. It's a shame that a once proud American company now makes guitars overseas (so does Gretsch and many others). However, if this Epiphone were made in New York, you would pay at least $4,500 for it. I guess this is an early "honeymoon" review. I will do another in six months to a year as a follow up. Bottom line, I love the guitar and strongly suggest that you consider it.
Music background: Advanced player jazz, folk, rock, blues

Emperor- pro

Nice quality good looking guitar was expecting lower action but will get taken care of.
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