« Epiphone Emperor Regent »Published on 11/15/03 at 15:00
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.
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