Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar

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Bust out your best jazz licks on the Emperor-II PRO. This Joe Pass signature model features Epiphone ProBucker pickups for hearty vintage tone.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Epiphone ProBucker pickups Based on Gibson BurstBuckers & vintage PAF pickups
Flame maple back and sides Bright, focused tone with enhanced sustain
Spruce top Articulate tone, projects well, resists scratches
Pau Ferro fretboard Delivers strong midrange presence and punch

ProBucker pickups with coil-tapping plus the Graphtech NuBone XL nut.

During his long career, Joe Pass's advanced harmonic knowledge and seemingly endless well of melodic ideas made him the premier accompanist for the top singers and soloists in the world of jazz including Les McCaan, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Milt Jackson. The Joe Pass Emperor II PRO is a fitting tribute to Joe, who was a great inspiration and friend to Epiphone and guitarists throughout the world.

Get an overview of the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO in this video demo:


- Spruce Top
- Flame Maple back and sides
- Pau ferro Fingerboard
- ProBucker pickups
- 3-piece Hard Maple neck
- Gold Hardware
- Tortoise pickguard

- Top Material: Select Spruce
- Top: Arched with hand-scalloped bracing and sound post
- Back Material: Laminated Flame Maple
- Side Material: Laminated Flame Maple
- Neck Material: 3-pc laminated Hard Maple
- Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; C Profile
- Neck Joint: Glued-In
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard Material: Pau Ferro with Pearloid Block inlays
- Bridge Pickup: ProBucker-3
- Neck Pickup: ProBucker-2
- Controls:
-- Bridge Volume with coil-tapping
-- Neck Volume with coil-tapping
-- Bridge Tone
-- Neck Tone
- Pickup selector (toggle): 3-way; Ivory toggle cap
- Binding:
-- Top: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
-- Back: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
-- Neck: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
-- Headstock: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
- "F" Holes: 1-ply (Ivory/Black)
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
- Bridge: Floating Rosewood; Thumbwheel Adjustable height
- Tailpiece: "Vintage "Scroll" Trapeze
- Nut: Graphtech NuBone XL
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Hardware: Gold
- Machine Heads: Grover Rotomatic; 18:1 ratio
- Pickguard: Bound "Tortoise" Pickguard with metal "E"
- Truss Rod Cover: 2-ply; (Black/White); "Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO" in White
- Knobs: Top Hats with metal inserts (Volume/Tone)
- Strings: DiAddario 10-46 gauge
- Typical Weight: 7.0 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-4GIBSON
Web: https://www.epiphone.com/en-US/Support/Contact

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted July 6, 2019 by Jerry C in Southwest, PA

"Good Deal, Great Guitar"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Looking for an affordable jazz box, one that had a lot of "air" around the notes, had that "amp in the other room" woody, sound. This one is it. Replaced the stock strings with flat wound chrome 11's. There's the sound I wanted! Volume and tone knobs dimed on the guitar, 50 watt tube amp (lots of headroom), volume as high as you can without feedback, Bass-7,Mid-7,Treb-3-4, Rev-3, Pres-1-2. The tones that I was looking for.

Love the pickups. Hot enough for my liking. Split coil may come in handy. Real interesting tones when alternately splitting coils while using both pickups.

Ease of Use
The action out of the box was really good. A little concerned after I replaced the strings. Had to raise the height of the first three strings. Easy enough. Had a little more bow in the neck than I care for after I changed the strings. Left the guitar in an air conditioned room overnight. The action was PERFECT in the morning. No truss rod adjustments needed. I like a low action.

The quality out of the box was perfect. There was a very small smudge on the finish on the back of the guitar where it must have rubbed the packing bag during shipment in the box. I honestly don't know how that could ever be avoided. Anyhow, a little polish and it was gone. This guitar is beautiful! Was gonna wait till July for a wine red model. So glad I read more didn't and got this one! Absolutely beautiful color combination. Much nicer in person. I know sunburst guitars probably all differ a little bit in color. The colors on mine seem to blend very nicely. Beautiful five-layer bindings all around. The tuners seem smooth and even while adjusting. The grooves in the nut look even and true. The "C" shaped neck fits my hand ( a little small) fine. No complaints about the hardware. Knobs turn smoothly. Huge headstock. I'm sure it makes a big contribution to the sound too.

Compared prices on similar guitars made by different manufacturers. Have always heard a lot of good reviews about Epis, never owned one before. The price for this model was comparable. Used the 6 month "play while u pay" financing. Very easy, no credit checks to affect the credit score for a luxury item. No interest either. I like it.

Manufacturer Support
Haven't had reason to find out. Hopefully, it stays that way. No comment

The Wow Factor
Great looking guitar, Looks very vintage, very " rich", for such an affordable instrument.

Musical Background:
Playing guitars for fifty plus years. Have played professionally. Play for enjoyment now.

Musical Style:
Rock, blues, light jazz, easy listening.
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