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Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case

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The Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case is made of tough black Tolex, and is designed to protect your Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II, Zephyr Regent,...Click To Read More About This Product

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Haul and store your prized Epiphone in secure style!

The Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case is made of tough black Tolex, and is designed to protect your Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II, Zephyr Regent, or ES-295. It features chrome hardware, a padded/plush interior, and accessories box. Dimensions: Exterior 44-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 6". Interior: 43-1/4" x 16-1/4" x 5". Accessories box: 7 1/2" x 4-1/2".


NOTE: The compatible case for the Emperor Regent (product #518545) is the Epiphone EJumbo Case (product #540802).


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EpiphoneEmperor Hardshell Guitar Case
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Good protection (10)
  • Functional (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Everyday (5)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality case fits ES-135 with mods

Got this for my Gibson ES-135 after chatting with MF salesperson who said it would fit. True, it fits the body shape but the case is for a much deeper body guitar,...Read complete review

Got this for my Gibson ES-135 after chatting with MF salesperson who said it would fit. True, it fits the body shape but the case is for a much deeper body guitar, so I had to mod the neck area to make it work.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worthless

Very low quality the lining even sags inside on lid.
Takes effort to align and close the latches.
My Es-295 did fit though.

Very low quality the lining even sags inside on lid.
Takes effort to align and close the latches.
My Es-295 did fit though.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get the right case for Emperor Swingmstr

By Cool Hand Luke

from Nashville, TN

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Pros

  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Travel

    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

    There is apparent confusion as to the correct case for the Swingmaster limited series b/c of the Bigsby bar. This is the correct case. Snug fit, storage compartment below the neck support, arched case top and does not depress the Bigsby bar.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does not fit Epiphone Emperor Swingster guitar

    By Slapdog

    from Pinetop, Arizona

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    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

    The Epiphone Swingster guitar does not fit in this case due to the Bigsby tremolo arm. Even if you swing the arm down opposite the headstock and use an allen wrench to slide the arm in,...the Bigsby arm will still contact the edge of the case and press it downward. To make if fit you would have to modify the case by cutting out some of the edge. This is a great case,...very sturdy,,...but it does not accomodate the new Epiphone Swingster electric guitar.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Want a good case?

    By Melinda Ulbricht

    from South Bend, IN

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    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

    This case is awesome! It looks really cool, outside and inside. Outside it's hard and has got 5 or 6 latches around the outside, so it's well secure. It's perfect for my Epiphone Swingster, and it's got plenty of room in the middle compartment for accessories. It fits snuggly and I feel like my guitar is safe. The outside is black and with a sleek design.
    My only flaw with this case is that when I reciecved it, it had a funny smell, probably just from being new. I had to air it out for a couple days. Otherwise, it's great!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Emperor Case

    By Uncle Mikeeee

    from Arnold, CA

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    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

    Cases, cases ......... there are a ton of them out there. But unless you are a Professional Musician trying to display your gems, the main idea on a case is PROTECTION. This Epiphone Emperor Case is very nice outside and inside. Outside is finished very well, although the Epiphone logo was not silk screened that well. But the outer skin and stitching are very well done and strong. Inside the plush lining and cushioning is also very well done. I bought this case to use for an Epiphone Les Paul Vintage Sunburst 2-Tone Clone. It fits tight, and looks awesome in the plush interior.The accessories compartment has a strong & substantial flap cover. Lots of room for strings, pics, cords, etc.I would have rated this case as a 10 except for the logo screening, AND the fact that there are more expensive cases out there. But for the modest price Musician's Friend is charging, it is real bargain!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Worthless

    By MartyBrown

    from Deltona Fl

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    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

    Very low quality the lining even sags inside on lid.
    Takes effort to align and close the latches.
    My Es-295 did fit though.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Epiphone ES-175 Case

    By Roger

    from Lynchburg, VA.

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    Pros

    • Well Made Case

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

      I bought this case for a Epiphone ES-175 Guitar... This case is way too thin to fit the 175... When you close the top the latches buckle out and you can barely close the case... Called Gibson to no avail... They said this EEMCS was supposed to be the correct case for the 175... (NOT) Do not buy this case for the 175... I believe it is for the Emperor which is a little thinner...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superior case

      Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

      I've had lots of guitars and cases over the years and this is a very fine case. back latches like I remember from the old gibson cases. Very plush and strong. Superior construction and quality. It puts my modern "custom shop" cases to shame.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Case

      By Aceguitarra

      from Long Beach NY

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      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

          Nice case .Fits my Epiphone ES-295 like a glove.Make sure you turn the Tremolo bar BACK towards tailpiece before closing otherwise ...CRUNCH.If your thinking of buying for a hollow body electric with a tremolo bar make sure your bar can turn back out of way of cases hinged cover.Most bars can be turned.check with MF to be sure.Very happy with purchase.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Case for the ES175!

          By jdd55

          from Muscle Shoals, AL

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Guitar Fits Just Right
          • Very Plush

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Protecting Guitar

            Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

            Really good case for the money. Guitar fits nice and snug. Should hold up well for traveling. Very pleased with this purchase. I bought the Epiphone ES-175 and needed this to house it in.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect case for Epiphone ES-295 Premium

            By Charles In Charge

            from Kansas City

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                The case works well for housing he Epiphone ES-295 Premium guitar.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Great Case

                By Art S

                from San Diego CA

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                Pros

                • Good Protection
                • Sturdy
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                    This is a really good case. I bought it for my Epiphone Emperor Swingster. The guitar fits snugly and securely. When the top closes it depresses the tremolo bar just a bit and loosens the strings which in turn takes stress off the neck. This is great if it is going to be stored or transported.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case

                    By Easy Money

                    from Oklahoma

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                    Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                    I have to give this case a high rating just because of the workmanship, price, and over all value. It's too bad about the lid/top not allowing more room for the tremolo bar.
                    I think this case is built great, very well made, and the Emperor Swingster Hollowbody Guitar fits in it like a glove, with one exception: The design of the lid/ top doesn't allow for the tremolo bar. any position of the bar will release strings, when the lid/top is closed. Needs some redesigning to the lid, to accommadate, this particular guitar mentioned
                    I have to say the quality of this case is unmatched. lid/yop mates to the case bottom perfectly, and the latches function properly. in addition to this it looks great.
                    The value of this case compared to higher priced cases is simply unbelievable.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Improved quality, fits ES 175 Premium.

                    By JB914

                    from NYC

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                        Just to confirm, this model case fits the Epiphone ES 175 Premium perfectly. I've owned earlier versions of the Epiphone hard cases and this one is better overall in quality of materials and fit and finish. The others I've had used a shiny vinyl covering that was not resistant to most handling. They also were a bit sloppy in the fit of the top to the case. The latches did not close tightly. This case is improved in all areas. The outer finish is a matte finished vinyl that seems a bit sturdier than previous. The case closes tight and the latches hold firmly. Very pleased especially at the new lower price.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great case for my Swingster!

                        By Iceman

                        from Central Virginia

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Carry
                        • Good Protection
                        • Plush Inside
                        • Sturdy
                        • Stylish
                        • well made inside and out

                        Cons

                        • Slight glue smell

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Everyday
                        • Practicing
                        • Storing guitar/light duty

                        Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                        Thie is a beautiful, well-made case. I bought it level 1 open box but it is mint. Tolex is not as tough as ABS but is great for around the house and light gigging/travel. Inside is plush and despite some claims I read on the internet: THIS IS THE PROPER CASE FOR THE SWINGSTER! You don't have to take the chet wire off. Just dial it around between the two tone knobs and the lid shuts fine with no pressure on the bigsby. There was a slight glue smell but nothing a dryer sheet won't cure.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Practical mid price case

                        By mojo

                        from ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Carry
                        • Good Protection
                        • Nice Fit For Epi Joe Pass

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday

                          Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                          The price is right. The Joe Pass Epi fits very well and case liner is fine. Not Gibson quality but not a cheap chipboard case either.

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Not a Quality Product

                          By JP

                          from SLO

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Carry
                          • Good Protection

                          Cons

                          • Center Latch Non-fuctiona
                          • Main Latch Not Functional
                          • Not Functional
                          • Poor Lid To Bottom Fit

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Home Storage

                          Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                          Unfortunately, not a quality product for the money. I had the same problem with my Epiphone Sorrento case that came with that guitar. The flexibility of the Tolex, i.e. plastic, doesn't allow for a consistent top to bottom fit, and leaves the main center latch without enough tension to secure firmly. If the design had eliminated the integrated lock, which came with only one key and doesn't work anyway, and used a passive loop for a padlock, at least that would have given you an actual security option.
                          The case does work for storage and protection, but don't hand it off to a roadie!
                          I'm keeping the case because I don't like returning stuff, and it does offer enough protection for my current needs, and it does "fit".
                          But if I had it to do over again, I'd look at other options.
                          By the way, the Epiphone ES-175 Premium I got from MF recently IS a lovely guitar!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Quality case fits ES-135 with mods

                          By Jim

                          from Midwest

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                          Pros

                          • Good Protection
                          • Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Everyday
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                            Got this for my Gibson ES-135 after chatting with MF salesperson who said it would fit. True, it fits the body shape but the case is for a much deeper body guitar, so I had to mod the neck area to make it work.

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Emperor Case,

                            By Dave

                            from Orlando, Fl

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • A Real Nice Case
                            • Good Protection
                            • Sturdy
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                            • Did Not Fit My 'regent'

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                              A nice case, received it a day ahead of promise, however, was very disappointed, as it did not fit my Emperor Regent! I have a 17" body, and no way would it fit inside the case, and no way could I even close the lid without crushing the bridge. Perhaps the newer Regents are smaller in size.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very Nice Case

                              By Happy Daze Band

                              from Coral Springs, Fl.

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Carry
                              • Good Protection
                              • Sturdy
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                                I was impressed when this case showed up. I bought my Joe Pass Ephione guitar without a case, now that I'm giging, I needed a case. This case is like the Cadillac of cases! The inside is so plush!, and it has a compartment with a cover! Most cases don't have a covered compartment within them, for your extra gear, strings, picks, etc... The outside is a shinny molded form that feels tough like a tank!

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                only way to go

                                By Wild Bill

                                from Wisconsin

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                                Pros

                                • Good Protection
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                • No Gigbag Available
                                • Only Case For Joe Pass

                                Best Uses

                                • Only For Joe Pass

                                Comments about Epiphone Emperor Hardshell Guitar Case:

                                It's a shame that they don't offer a gigbag for this guitar. It is a special order and costs more than the hardshell. Bacause the guitar has size issues that don't allow a regular gigbag, this is the only option.

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