Epiphone Emperor Swingster - Wine Red

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Wine Red
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Epiphone Emperor Swingster - Wine Red
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This Hollowbody Is a Real Retro Rocket!

The Epiphone Emperor Swingster hollowbody electric guitar injects twangy vintage character into a classic design! Epiphone based the Emperor Swingster around the body and neck of the venerable Emperor-II (made famous by jazz master Joe Pass), added a dedicated pair of humbucking pickups, and installed a parallel/series wiring scheme that gives you a range of outstanding tones from rich and smoky to defined and snappy! The Tune-o-matic bridge/vintage-style tremolo combo gives you amazingly stable performance. And this guitar doesn't just sound amazing; you get plenty of eye-catching appointments onboard the Emperor Swingster!

Epiphone Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Specially designed pickups
  • Series/Parallel switching, vintage-style trem
  • This Swingster brings the visual bling
Specially designed pickups

At the heart of the Swingster are Epiphone's SwingBucker pickups. Specially designed for the Swingster, these humbuckers offer excellent no-hum performance and feature classic Alnico V magnets, enamel wire, and overwound coils for the perfect combination of warmth and bite.

Series/Parallel switching, vintage-style trem

Two push/pull tone controls allow you to change each pickup's output individually from parallel to series wiring and create a palette of useful sounds. Go from warm humbucker tones to "quacky" single-coil-type sounds and everything in-between. Of course, any swinging machine needs a vibrato — and the Swingster is no exception! The Swingster includes a Bigsby licensed B30 with original style wire handle as preferred by guitar legend Chet Atkins.

This Swingster brings the visual bling

Epiphone tops off the great-playing, awesome-sounding Swingster with visual flair. You get a multi-bound headstock with the classic mother-of-pearl vine inlay, premium Grover tuners, and a multi-bound, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with block inlays. If you're ready for a professional guitar with unique features and a killer price tag, swing into a new Emperor Swingster today!

Epiphone Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Wine Red color
  • Select spruce top
  • Laminated maple back and sides
  • 3-piece hard maple neck; SlimTaper neck shape; glued-in neck joint
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • 24.75" scale length
  • 14"-radius rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays and 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • SwingBucker (neck) and SwingBucker Plus (bridge) pickups
  • Separate bridge and neck volume, separate bridge and neck tone (both with push-pull series/parallel), and 3-way pickup selector (toggle) controls
  • 5-ply headstock, neck, and body; 1-ply f-holes binding
  • "Pinned" rosewood base with Tune-o-matic, licensed Bigsby B30 vibrato with wire handle bridge
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover 16:1 ratio machine heads
The Epiphone Emperor Swingster lets you plug into retro-cool tones — with looks to match!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Emperor
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple
Top Material Spruce Top
Color Wine Red
Neck Material 3-piece Maple
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, Set
Fingerboard Inlay Block
Number of Frets 20
Nut Width 1.68"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby B30
Tuners Grover
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Swingerster Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Swingerster Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way switch
Strings (.011-.052)
Manufacturer Part Number ETS2WRCB1

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Swingster

Love this guitar!
5/5

True beauty

When I showed up for rehearsal with my new Swingster, all eyes immediately were drawn to this guitar. Then I plugged in and started playing and everyone loved the sound even more than the looks, (which is the way it should be). They all played it before we packed up, and there were nothing but raves for this guitar. I love this instrument, I love the price, I love the service and set-up from Sweetwater.
Music background: Hobbyist and worship team musician
5/5

WONDERFUL!

Absolutly love the sound, tone, playability and looks of this guitar!
5/5

emperor swingster

I OWN AND PLAY DAILY---GRETSCH, GUILD, GIBSON, HAGSTROM AND DOZENS OF OTHER BRANDS-------THIS SWINGSTER IS JUST AS GOOD AND BETTER THAN MOST! SMOOTH, EVEN AT ALL NOTES! IT IS MY FAVORITE IN THE WAY IT PLAYS AND THE WAY IT IS IS DRESSED! FRET BOARD IS THE DEAD EVEN ALL THE WAY UP ,SAME WAY AS ALL MY GIBSONS! I HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS---------------RETIRED , PLAY ALL DAY---------THIS IS AMONG THE BEST-----SWEETWATER SET UP, AND SERVICE IS HIGHLY RECOMENDED----and THE GUITAR IS PAR EXCELLENCE-------------------HAPPY FINGER PICKER THOMAS
Music background: PROFESSIONAL 1960--1980----NOW PERSONAL RECORDING
5/5

Awesome Instrument

I was excited when I ordered the Swingster! I was blown away when it arrived. The craftsmanship was superb and the attention to detail was amazing. I plugged it in and feel in love with diversity of tones that can be found in the Swingster pickups. The push-pull tone select was a huge selling piont for me and they did not disappoint. For me it was between the Gretsch 5120 and the Swingster. The 5120 is a great guitar, but I'm glad I went with Swingster. This is a guitar that will NOT disappoint!
Music background: Hobbyist (14 years)
See also: Hollowbodies, Epiphone, Epiphone Hollowbody Guitars