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Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Epiphone belonging to the Emperor series.

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  • Epiphone Emperor Regent

    Epiphone Emperor RegentPublished on 11/15/03 at 15:00
    with Single Pickup

    Bought this guitar as a replacemnet for an ES 347 which was ripped off - although these guitars are not comparable - I wanted an archtop jazz guitar instead of another semi-acoustic. I paid 700 euro's including case.

    The most distinguishing factors are: good clear jazz sound (not muddy like an ES 175's, the workmanship throughout and the neck is well-suited for someone with larger hands /long fingers.

    Of course, compared to a Gibson L5, this guitar feels "cheaper" due to the woods / materials used - but that is not a fair comparison in view of the dramatic price difference.

    The electronics (volume and tone controls are built into the pickguard in an awkward......
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    with Single Pickup

    Bought this guitar as a replacemnet for an ES 347 which was ripped off - although these guitars are not comparable - I wanted an archtop jazz guitar instead of another semi-acoustic. I paid 700 euro's including case.

    The most distinguishing factors are: good clear jazz sound (not muddy like an ES 175's, the workmanship throughout and the neck is well-suited for someone with larger hands /long fingers.

    Of course, compared to a Gibson L5, this guitar feels "cheaper" due to the woods / materials used - but that is not a fair comparison in view of the dramatic price difference.

    The electronics (volume and tone controls are built into the pickguard in an awkward position). This means that if you move your picking hand around during playing you will bump into the volume control knob. This is not a well thought out design.
    The pickup itself sounds fine but is prone to noise and interference - also depends on the amp you use. Best is a polytone type of amp or a Roland Cube 30 for example.
    The guitar records very well in the studio and stands out well in the mix.

    Construction and workmanship are fine - no flaws whatsoever - what we can expect from Korean made guitars these days.



    A good budget archtop guitar, fine playability and a clear, warm jazz tone. The only thing I replaced is the floating bridge; I put on an ebony bridge to further improve tone. If you can live with the "misplaced" tone controls, it's a fine instrument if you don't want to pay a small fortunate for a Gibson L5.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Epiphone Emperor Regent

    Epiphone Emperor RegentPublished on 06/06/02 at 15:00
    I bought this guitar as a scratch and dent model online from Musicians Friend. I paid $539 plus $85 for a case.

    I had owned an Epiphone Blues Zephyr Deluxe for about a month (bought online also from Musicians Friend). I was so impressed by the service, setup, quality, feel and playability of the Zephyr Blues Deluxe that I wished I had the same guitar with no pickup or a floating pickup. I then became aware of the Emperor Regent as the same guitar with a spruce top, slightly different and more authentic Epiphone classic inlays and a floating mini humbucker. I found the Emperor Regent to be a much lighter, brighter and better guitar for backup to my vocals. It has a very 50's, swing,......
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    I bought this guitar as a scratch and dent model online from Musicians Friend. I paid $539 plus $85 for a case.

    I had owned an Epiphone Blues Zephyr Deluxe for about a month (bought online also from Musicians Friend). I was so impressed by the service, setup, quality, feel and playability of the Zephyr Blues Deluxe that I wished I had the same guitar with no pickup or a floating pickup. I then became aware of the Emperor Regent as the same guitar with a spruce top, slightly different and more authentic Epiphone classic inlays and a floating mini humbucker. I found the Emperor Regent to be a much lighter, brighter and better guitar for backup to my vocals. It has a very 50's, swing, big band jazz chunk plugged in. Unplugged it is significantly louder than the triple pick up Zephyr Blues Deluxe and feels and sounds very different, in a good way.

    The action is a little higher than the Zephyr and limits any soloing high on the neck (although this kind of work is not my forte, anyway). I have never owned an archtop before and my only unplugged experience was playing a Detroit radio station band members 1953 D'Angelico. That singing sound and volume spoiled me for any archtop I touched in the years since. This Epiphone is wonderful plugged in with just enough amp to add bass and volume without getting in the way of the acoustic swish. Unplugged it is clean and pleasant and a lot of guitar for the money, but certainly short of the great archtops that would cost 4 to 10 times as much.

    This guitar's finish and fit is flawless. It is even more perfect than the Blues Deluxe, and that is saying something. The only scratch and dent attribute I discovered was a significant one. The neck is separated from the fretboard by about 1/32 of an inch just below the nut for a couple of inches. It looks like someone (maybe during setup in Nashville) cranked the trussrod adjustment a tad too much and caused a hairline crack. This has been repaired by placing a cloth looking spacer under the bridge to compensate and make the neck straight. The playability and intonation do not appear to be affected in any way. I got a couple hundred dollars off for this defect but, if I had known of the nature of the defect, as opposed to a finish blemish, I probably would have opted to pay the extra 200 dollars so that I wouldn't have to worry about adjusting the neck if need be in the future. Based on my experience with this imperfection, an unblemished unit is probably the best archtop guitar for the money anywhere right now.

    I own six guitars and it's this Emperor Regent I grab first when I feel like playing, especially if I am singing. It feels like I have been playing it 40 years already.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Epiphone Emperor RegentPublished on 06/14/05 at 15:17
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    A guitar as beautiful as any, made in Korea, finished jewelry. Its micro float gives a warm, very jazz. The handle is very comfortable and soft. A feast of instrument, well balanced that achieves the levels of its big sisters, although more expensive. If you come across, try it as good as others in its class.

    UTILIZATION

    Channel pleasant and well balanced instrument

    SOUNDS

    Well suited to blues and jazz, I play on a V-ampire/behringer.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for four months, after having tried several other (same). Very good value for money, even better on some Cyberstore. If it again, I would do the same purchase, but .... earlier. ...
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    A guitar as beautiful as any, made in Korea, finished jewelry. Its micro float gives a warm, very jazz. The handle is very comfortable and soft. A feast of instrument, well balanced that achieves the levels of its big sisters, although more expensive. If you come across, try it as good as others in its class.

    UTILIZATION

    Channel pleasant and well balanced instrument

    SOUNDS

    Well suited to blues and jazz, I play on a V-ampire/behringer.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for four months, after having tried several other (same). Very good value for money, even better on some Cyberstore. If it again, I would do the same purchase, but .... earlier.
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  • Epiphone Emperor RegentPublished on 11/07/05 at 01:42
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Made in Korea
    20 Freight
    A micro floating humbucking type (you can not slide it on the cover unlike what I've read)
    So rglages basic but normal with this type of micro

    UTILIZATION

    Handle large but enjoyable
    Good ergonomics
    its hot but the basic chords change
    or micro view of APRS bcp

    SOUNDS

    Style jazz and blues
    I play a Peavey Classic 30 (excellent)
    playable without amp with good sound (better when the strings j'aurias chang)

    OVERALL OPINION

    Guitar rcemment acquired on Thomann just before the price increase (usually in all German dealers)
    Aesthetics trs beautiful and well done
    trsrussie for the price
    trs good finish ...
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    Made in Korea
    20 Freight
    A micro floating humbucking type (you can not slide it on the cover unlike what I've read)
    So rglages basic but normal with this type of micro

    UTILIZATION

    Handle large but enjoyable
    Good ergonomics
    its hot but the basic chords change
    or micro view of APRS bcp

    SOUNDS

    Style jazz and blues
    I play a Peavey Classic 30 (excellent)
    playable without amp with good sound (better when the strings j'aurias chang)

    OVERALL OPINION

    Guitar rcemment acquired on Thomann just before the price increase (usually in all German dealers)
    Aesthetics trs beautiful and well done
    trsrussie for the price
    trs good finish
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  • Epiphone Emperor RegentPublished on 04/14/08 at 12:45
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Manufacture of good quality trs, Korea, this guitar "natural" let apparatre all grains of the woods, and they must be chosen without reconatre default because of the transparency of the varnish that hides nothing. Without doubt this is one of the reasons why it is that the CHRE sunburst.
    The handle 20 frets, slides perfectly, well-head dcor, pearl, rim, which makes it even better.
    The body, table pica, Clisse border and stocky, is 75mm deep, 43.5cm wide, all at 113cm
    The rosewood bridge is adjustable, the tailpiece double dor.

    UTILIZATION

    The neck is perfect, well represented trs trs enjoyable play. It is the 18th accde cargo barrier-free thanks to the cutaway.
    It is a mmre,......
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    Manufacture of good quality trs, Korea, this guitar "natural" let apparatre all grains of the woods, and they must be chosen without reconatre default because of the transparency of the varnish that hides nothing. Without doubt this is one of the reasons why it is that the CHRE sunburst.
    The handle 20 frets, slides perfectly, well-head dcor, pearl, rim, which makes it even better.
    The body, table pica, Clisse border and stocky, is 75mm deep, 43.5cm wide, all at 113cm
    The rosewood bridge is adjustable, the tailpiece double dor.

    UTILIZATION

    The neck is perfect, well represented trs trs enjoyable play. It is the 18th accde cargo barrier-free thanks to the cutaway.
    It is a mmre, it is therefore weight, but without beam, it is more lgre a solid body.
    Its overall volume allows a large projection plutt Oues in with "f"
    There is no need to plug in if you are in an apartment with neighbors, it gives!
    And even non-lective, it is a jazz

    SOUNDS

    Team initially high voltage, the sustain is pnalise, it will put a little more light strings for this bass a little weak, but dpend of what we play. Microphone "floating" OBL trs Fidler returns the original sound, the bass is not up missing. If we add on the project was really a no-frills jazz guitar, as natural as the color of cash!
    No frills: a rglage bass / treble, a potentiomre, all mounted on the pickguard so that with the microphone end of the shaft, the table remains intgre without perage of o one's own. It will simply ensure that the silent block that cushions pressed toward the handle of the pickguard is not too tight so as not to cause vibration

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a few months and I did not know (yet) specific default
    I tried other models, more sophisticated in rglages sounds, but I prfre ct the more natural, more playable without amp (see Joe Pass in "Duet" on YouTube, and returns with the same amp.
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  • Epiphone Emperor RegentPublished on 12/09/08 at 11:06
    (Originally written by wesmuler/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
    Guitar made in Korea. 20 frets, floating pickup. Very nice looking floating bridge that matches the guitar's look perfectly.

    UTILIZATION

    Very ergonomic neck. Pleasant. Ergonomic guitar. It's a real jazz guitar. Everything is good: shape, looks and sound. It's quite surprising considering the price.

    The small floating pickup does its job pretty well. The size of the body reminds me of some older Gibson models.

    SOUNDS

    This instrument is perfect for jazz (Wes Montgommery, Joe Pass, Georges Benson). However, people must stop thinking that the sound depends solely on the guitar! THE GUITARIST MUST ALSO BE......
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    (Originally written by wesmuler/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
    Guitar made in Korea. 20 frets, floating pickup. Very nice looking floating bridge that matches the guitar's look perfectly.

    UTILIZATION

    Very ergonomic neck. Pleasant. Ergonomic guitar. It's a real jazz guitar. Everything is good: shape, looks and sound. It's quite surprising considering the price.

    The small floating pickup does its job pretty well. The size of the body reminds me of some older Gibson models.

    SOUNDS

    This instrument is perfect for jazz (Wes Montgommery, Joe Pass, Georges Benson). However, people must stop thinking that the sound depends solely on the guitar! THE GUITARIST MUST ALSO BE CAPABLE...

    The sound is round regardless of the style.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've been using this guitar for two months. I own six other jazz guitars with different prices. This is one of my favorites. It has everything a great guitar has... it is a great guitar.

    I recommend it.

    But watch out for models made in Indonesia (the last series), like some Joe Pass Emperors. Buy an older model.
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