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Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar has a select spruce top, laminated maple body, 3-piece maple neck, and the distinctive Frequensator trape...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sublime warmth and projection with mellow resonance.

The Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar has a select spruce top, laminated maple body, 3-piece maple neck, and the distinctive Frequensator trapeze tailpiece that compensates for string length. This 25-1/2"-scale Epiphone beauty also includes an OBL floating mini-humbucker; body, neck, and head binding; rosewood fingerboard with wedge block abalone inlay; and gold hardware.


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FEATURES
  • Laminated select spruce top
  • Laminated maple sides and back
  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Frequensator trapeze tailpiece
  • Floating OBL mini humbucker
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Wedge block abalone inlay
  • Gold hardware
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EpiphoneEmperor Regent Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great instrument for the $$

I bought this guitar over a decade ago & still plays beautifully , for the money it's a steal, it has that made in Korea feel , but plugged in ,it's tone is...Read complete review

I bought this guitar over a decade ago & still plays beautifully , for the money it's a steal, it has that made in Korea feel , but plugged in ,it's tone is pure .I changed the original pick up to a Kent Armstrong which only cost $80.00 ,and it took the tone to a higher level , sounding excactly like the Gibson Johnny Smith model.

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I can't believe this tone is this cheap

Having played jazz guitar for many years, I've had a chance to play some of the finest guitars ever produced for the genre. This guitar holds its own against some of the 5000 dollar-plus...Read complete review

Having played jazz guitar for many years, I've had a chance to play some of the finest guitars ever produced for the genre. This guitar holds its own against some of the 5000 dollar-plus instruments I've had my hands on. I'm a little disappointed that they don't use a nicer grain for the back (Maybe a flame maple or birdseye would really put this guitar over the edge in quality) but overall it is extremely attractive and well made. The tone is outstanding. Reminds me of a friends early Benedetto (one of the cheaper ones that didn't have the hand carved AAA spruce on top) And I definitely find the tone much nicer than my ES-175 for Jazz. It's a student-priced jazz guitar that even a professional will be amazed by. I definitely recommend a higher guage of strings, though. The Nickel .11's that the factory ships it with makes it play like a dream, but are way to bright and don't show off the unbelievable volume and depth of the instrument.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Emperor Regent

By RayP

from Central MA.

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

After a long debate on purchasing one of these guitars, I finally decided to pull the tigger. Guitar arrived yesterday, and after a pretty thorough review, it's a rather impressive value for the money. I already have 1 Epihone elitist (Chet Atkins) and 4 Gibson USA guitars (2x Les Paul standards, an ES135 and an SG Classic. The fit and finish as as good IMHO as anything I'veseen from the USA counter parts. I will agree with other reviews that point out the block inlays on the fret board are recessed slightly but this will not effect the action.The neck had an expected gradual bow, I like the neck a bit straighter, the truss rod adjsutment responds to adding or removing neck tension. The nut is reasonably well regulated, and intonation out of the box was actually pretty close. Pickup is suprisingly bright, for some reason I was expecting a bit darker tone. The Volume and Tone controls work fine (one of Epi's typical problems out of the box are typically tone and volume pots). Machine heads operate smoothly, as good as any grover heads I've ever used.I've read some reviews where players have had a problem with the location of the tone and volume controls getting in the way while playing, I just don't see this as problem. (granted everyone's attack is different)Action out of the box was playable, but a bit too high for my attack.Overall impression, if any one wants a guitar of this type, and doesn't have $5k to drop on a gibson L5, this is a no brainer.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old school R & R

By VOX fan

from Schaumberg Illinois

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I admit that I was a we bit skeptical when my local GC guitar maven handed me this guitar and told me to go play it in the high end sound room....Boy was I shocked at the beautiful sound, superb finish and sweet sounding pick ups......I never dreamed a Korean look alike would be this perfect...so I bought it...have had it 3 weeks and play it through my new VOX AC 15 because I had enough money left in my budget to by a new amp.Even my wife likes to listen to this guitar...mellow, sweet, full bodied... a very classy guitar....HOORAY & HIGH FIVES to the Epiphone Guitar people...well done !

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than Kalamazoo

By steveyoung903

from Earlville, IL

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I purchased my Emperor Regent about 1 1/2 years ago. It has exceeded my expectations and is the best playing/sounding jazzbox I have owned. I also own an Epiphone Deluxe with a factory installed mini-humbucker c.196 one of the last ones to come out of the Gibson Kalamazoo, MI factory. I prefer the feel and sound of my Emperor to this beatiful antique. I did modify it a bit, by replacing the wooden bridge with a Tune-a-matic and the Frequensator tailpiece with a Byrdland style tailpiece. The sound is warm and the neck, after some adjustments for action(I use D'Aquisto D-220 nickelwound strings 12-16-22w-32-42-52) is just beautiful; a joy to play. Fit and finish are very good, the vintage SB well done. The 3.5 for quality was only caused by a faulty volume pot. The one on the guitar seemed to be a linear pot, either off or on. I replaced it with an audio curve pot and the problem was solved. I'm not the type to go nuts and send thing back for such a small expense. That was my only quality complaint. I've been playing for over 40 years and have played L-5's, ES-175's and others. I would recommend this guitar to anyone wanting a fine jazz archtop, whether beginner or experienced player.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Emperor Regent

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

Overall this is money well spent. The guitar fits nicely into my collection.
The only thing I would say on a negative note is, Epiphone should take a closer look at their cases. For the money Epiphone charges for the matching case, it seems it would fit the guitar better.
I love this guitar and would buy another should something happen to this one.
Have wanted this guitar for some time. Was having a debate between this and the Broadway. Decided to go with the Regent. So far so good. I've had it just under a week. Have been playing it constantly. I changed strings right away. I put on 12g Martin strings but not sure it's what I want on it. It will take a little trial and error to find what works best for my playing style. Single p/u sounds good. Tone and volume knobs take some getting used to in the location they are on the pickguard.
The overall build quality on this guitar is good. First thing out of the box, I ran my hand down the frets to see how smooth a job they did at the factory. The fret work was very nice and smooth. I check for straightness of the neck. The neck was very nice and straight. Then I looked over the entire body for glue joint problems. Nothing major or outstanding. Good fit on all sides.
As far as the overall value of the guitar goes, I would have paid a few hundred more. I plan to replace the plastic nut with bone. I plan to replace the bridge. Other than those two changes the guitar is well worth the money spent.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful guitar, great tone!

By ACOUSTIC JOHNNY

from Myrtle Beach, SC

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Pros

  • A Jazz Masterpiece
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • no cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I am a professional musician and avid guitar collector. I am very much impressed with the Emperor Regent. It is a beautiful replica of the classic archtop guitars of the early jazz era. The stunning mother of pearl detailing, gold hardware and gorgeous natural finish really show the fine craftsmanship of this wonderful guitar. The sound breathes jazz and swing, and the electronics are exceptional and well positioned. Out of the box, the set up and intonation are right on.I performed with the Regent the same day it arrived and was blown away by the tone and playability. For the money, the Emperor Regent can compete with other archtops selling for much more, and I recommend this guitar for anyone looking for a true jazz legend. I am very pleased to include the Epiphone Emperor Regent to my collection!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great sound and great value

By Sunmanskarma

from Biloxi, MS

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

Epiphone Emperor Regent guitar-I wanted an acoustic electric. I own several acoustic only guitars and did not want to modify them. I got it cheap as last years close out. Wonderful guitar that performs as well as some of the more pricey units on the market. Not overly fond of laminate top but still sounds very good. A very good buy and highly recommended

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a lasting joy

By Phoenix old jazz fan

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I've owned an Emperor Regent for about 12 years. I don't play it as often as I used to- but every time it is a joy. It looks and sounds like a much more expensive instrument. They say that laminated tops don't age in, but to my ear it's improved significantly with age. I got mine from a shop and had to adjust the bridge height and placement- without much trouble- and intonation is great. I found that D'Addario "Chromes" flatwounds (.11's for me) have a great mellow jazz tone for this guitar- and are plenty long enough to use with the frequensator tailpiece. I usually have it tuned a 1/2-step below standard tuning. Tone is warm and fat though clear and bright, best when played through a heavier tube amp. Twelve years later, I still love this guitar and won't ever trade it for something else.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great instrument for the $$

By Manny Gonzalez

from Miami,Fl.

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar over a decade ago & still plays beautifully , for the money it's a steal, it has that made in Korea feel , but plugged in ,it's tone is pure .I changed the original pick up to a Kent Armstrong which only cost $80.00 ,and it took the tone to a higher level , sounding excactly like the Gibson Johnny Smith model.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Beauty!

By Mark L.

from Russell, Ohio

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

If you've ever held the right woman in your arms, it's kinda like that!Several years ago I had a Gibson ES125. Like a fool I sold it. But the Emperor Regent is even better... Better neck, better acoustically, better sounding humbucker, perfect finish, more impressive inlay work.I've read other reviews that say the natural finish should be avoided because of imperfections. But mine is natural and it's flawless.This guitar sounds, feels and looks great!... Such a gorgeous sound for jazz, blues or any other style.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Guitar The best ever

By Yumapilot

from Yuma, Az

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I just recently aquired this great guitar and the sound and tone is beyond words. I play in a Classic Rock & Roll band and the very first time I played it the whole sound of our band changed for the better. By far the best guitar I own and I have all the standards like Les Paul, Strat, Rick, PRS and I will play this before any of the others. You have to try it and you will be a believer.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Congrats to Epiphone

By Peter James

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I purchased the Emperor Regent about a year ago as a secondary guitar and it soon graduated to my primary. I rated it as an "8" on features because the guitar is very limited on tonal variety, however, the tones that it does produce are perfect. I strung the guitar with D'darrio Chromes (12ga, flat-wound), and play it through a Fender DeVille 2x12 and it sounds wonderful. Visually, the Emperor is stunning (pictures don't do it justice) and, for the money, it is the best buy that I have found. I would recommend it to all who are looking for the warm hollowbody sound without dropping several thousand on a boutique archtop. Good job, Epiphone. You've sold me.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Scores With This Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I liked this guitar so well, I bought two.I modified the first one by removing the floating pup and installing a P90. Routed the pup opening and drilled two holes for volume and tone knobs...Changed the pickguard and tailpiece and ended up with one fine guitar. It looks great, sounds great and plays great. Put 12s on and this guitar sounds real 1950ish and jazz tones are impressive. If you need a HSC order the Jumbo Epiphone case...fits like a glove.

 
5.0

Excellent Archtop for the price

By Marko66

from Matawan, NJ

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

All the reviews gave it a solid thumbs up, with a caveat that the hardware was somewhat cheap. I immediately had issues with the jack but simply had it replaced when I had it set up. The guitar tech loved the instrument, and agreed with me that at a third the price of a comparable Gibson, it was a terrific deal.I didn't play it side-by-side with a Herb Ellis, but this is a perfect fit for my intermediate-level jazz playing.

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By LHH2000AZ

from Scottsdale Az

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I was at the local music store and saw an emperor and played it. I went home and got my emperor II and traded it in on this one. The guitar had an annoying fret buzz on the A string at the fifteenth fret. The store got me a knew one and it is just perfect. I got the natural finish and it is beautiful. The binding is flawless and the finish is in gloss with no blemishes. I replaced the rosewood bridge with an ebony one and the action is unbelievably low with no fret buzz. I currently have a 11-49 set on the guitar, but I will try some of the heavier strings recomended by other reviewers. The guitar does play well enough that an amp isn't needed for practice. I wish I had bought it earlier but pictures of the guitar don't do it justice. Nice instrument don't hesitate if this is the style you want.

 
5.0

flamenco luthier 40 yrs working

By paco blue

from in the sierra nevada mts.

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

This is simply the best sounding and playing archtop guitar I've ever owned. Amazing that this instrument is laminated, in all my days I've never had a laminated guitar or planned to either. It is a relief to just close my eyes and love this sound.........take a risk

 
5.0

You wont be sorry

By Wyckliffe

from Canton, OH

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

Ive been buying and selling jazz boxes for a few years now, trying to find the best value, sound, etc.for me. Maybe the potentiometers will need replaced in the future, it's true that the tone variance isn't as discrete as you might want, but really, I just love this guitar and play it every day. It looks great, plays real nice, I like the sound both amped and accoustic. If I lost this one I would buy another one right away. It has a great retro vibe, back to Epi's proud days in New York in the forties and fifties.

 
5.0

Super budget jazz box

By Mr. Microphone

from WIsconsin

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Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

This is the best buy for a full-bodied archtop I've seen. Even if you are lucky enough to own a boutique archtop guitar, this is a great "second" or utility horn. It has relatively few "features" (a suspended pickup), so it's pretty much a one-trick pony. But it does its one trick oh so well. It even sounds surprisingly good acoustically, probably due to its relatively long scale length.Cosmetic quality is a little lacking. My guitar has some milky blotches in the finish, and the gold plating on the hardware is starting to come off in spots after 8 years. But a guitar tech who inspected the innards found no structural issues. She's solid where she needs to be.If you get one, replace its light strings with something reasonable like a 13-to-56 set, and move the bridge around until the intonation is on. Then play the heck out of your Joe Pass and Johnny Smith tunes on it.

 
5.0

Impressive!

By MIchael Frahme

from Port Jervis, NY

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I have always been a fan of Epiphone. Glad to see that the company has taken an upward swing in the last few years. I am a 47 year old musician/public school music teacher. When I decided to purchase a new jazz guitar, Gibson crossed my mind, but the thought of laying out $5,000.00+ hurt too much. Have been waiting for Epiphone to make a guitar like this. Some people are leary of Japanese and Korean insruments and need an American-made instrument. I don't have a problem playing a guitar that was made overseas. As a matter of fact, it's replacing my 1977 Ibanez L5 copy (which is also very nice). I also have a Gibson Les Paul Standard that I am madly in love with. It's hard to decide which guitar I like better. Hard to believe I paid less than $1,000.00 for this guitar. The workmanship is very clean. I AM however replacing the machine heads with Grovers. The ones supplied are just not tight enough. The mini-humbucker is very open and clean-sounding. I'm very glad that I made this purchase. Great guitar!

 
5.0

The Emperor Regent passes the test of time

By Gitterbug

from Helsinki, Finland

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

Since -99, when I bought my "Marilyn", the gradually darkening amber tone of the spruce top has only made this Epiphone Emperor Regent even more beautiful. It came from Korea picture-perfect and still is. The neck is perfect and needs virtually no seasonal adjustment. Works equally well with thinner round wound strings and heavier flatwounds - really your call. I play in an old boys' swing band with a wide repertoire and different types fo gigs, and use several other guitars (ES 17 Ibz 105 NT, Yama 2200, LP Studio), but superior acoustics make the Epi the best choice for mellow, acoustic chamber jazz, as well as "happy jazz" and big band comping. Only issue: feedback when louder amplification is needed (depends a lot on stage setup). A minor nuisance: the Frequensator tailpiece, no doubt retained for historical reasons, is abit cumbersome and requires very long strings for the bottom end. Overall, a great value - still only about a third of the price for the newly introduced, even more acoustic (and more feedback-prone?) Hofners and Eastmans with solid carved tops.

 
5.0

Real bang for the buck!

By Jimbob-kB_2v

from Mpls., MN

Comments about Epiphone Emperor Regent Electric Guitar:

I have owned my Epiphone Emperior Regent since 1994. The instrument has held up through lots of gigs and travel and still plays great ( as well as looking as handsome as an archtop gets).If the build quality is as good now as it was in '94, I'd jump for it. Great acoustic tone, nice jazz and 'barky' blues tone. To me, this is the wise choice if you cannot afford to lay out the bucks for a Gibson or similar higher end archtop. I bought mine when Guitar Player gave it rave reviews in the mid nineties. With that in mind, the Epi does feedback at moderate volumes (depending on your distance and position to your amp). Mine had a bit of a choppy neck heel, but never bothered me. I use 11-46's ( round wound) and the tone is sweet and the notes have a nice character to them.And Musician's Friend is charging exactly what I paid for mine in '94. Great value and an inflation fighter to boot.

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