Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
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Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II

Joe Pass Emperor II, Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Epiphone in the Emperor series.

MGR/James Chen 01/15/2002

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II : MGR/James Chen's user review

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I own PRS, Gibson, and Jackson solid-body guitars, and needed a jazz-box type of guitar to explore jazz and blues music genres. In trying out various affordable jazz boxes, I came upon a nautral-finished Emperor II Joe Pass model that was clearly superior sonically to anything under $1,000 (actual price: $649 w/Hard case). In fact, I found it comparable to $2,000 to $3,000 big name jazz box guitars such as the Gibson ES-135 and ES-175.

Soundwise, the Joe Pass model is somewhat boxy sounding acoustically, but really comes alive when plugged in. Amplified, the Emperor II brings to the table the full, mellow, and rich sound one expects from a top quality jazzer.
The guitar is very easy to play, with excellent access to all frets.
It is quite a beautiful guitar, with gold hardware and tortise shell-like pickguard, spruce top with flamed maple sides and back. The fit-and-finish is very good.
The new (2001) Gibson-designed pickups are surprisingly good, and do not need ugrading at this time.
A lot of guitar for the money!

Besides the very slight flaws in the binding finish on the neck, this is a very well-made guitar.

As I said before, this is quite a beautiful guitar, with gold hardware and tortise shell-like pickguard, spruce top with flamed maple sides and back. Very solid construction for a hollow body. The fit-and-finish is very good, with the only slight filing flaws seen in the neck's bindings.

Highly recommended for a budget jazz guitar.

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