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Legendary player; legendary guitar.

The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar features a laminated maple neck and body; solid rosewood bridge; gold tuners and tailpiece; multiple bound body, neck, and peghead. Limited lifetime warranty. Case sold separately.

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  • Laminated maple neck and body
  • Solid rosewood bridge
  • Gold tuners and tailpiece
  • Multiple bound body, neck, and peghead
  • Case sold separately
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EpiphoneJoe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet Jazz and Blues

My partner has been a professional musician for 40 years, playing everything from live touring bands in big auditoriums/arenas to solo gigs in tiny, smoky nightclubs. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards...Read complete review

My partner has been a professional musician for 40 years, playing everything from live touring bands in big auditoriums/arenas to solo gigs in tiny, smoky nightclubs. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and saxophone. I've been playing for 35 years but only 2 years as a professional. I usually play a 12-string Epiphone and our Fender Jazz bass. We bought our Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II in February 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. It was on sale, according to the in-store tech, because there was some sort of flaw in the neck at around the 12th fret. We played that guitar for 30 minutes, both of us, and could not hear, feel or see any problems with the neck. We bought it, named it Luther, and had it set up (by a different tech!). We've never regretted this guitar. Three years later, I have to say it's one of the most awesome Jazz guitar I've ever heard; even when someone other than Joe Pass is playing it!! I was raised on my dad's 1951 Epiphone Devon, which I still own and play. I was daddy's girl and became imprinted with that sweet, warm, organic acoustic/hollow-body Jazz sound. My partner and I play originals and covers as a duo for small venues and as a 3-piece, old-fashioned rock band with our drummer for rowdier gigs. The Joe Pass plays everything from Jazz standards like "Satin Doll" to classic rock like "Locomotive Breath" to heavy blues like "Dangerous Mood". We've also recorded in the studio with her. She sings like a boid!! The only fault we've found is that the plug-in and the strap knob insist on coming loose occasionally. Quite annoying but easily fixed for a couple of months at a time. This is NOT a top-quality guitar, and won't act like one, so we put up with the fiddly little stuff and keep her maintained. Oh, and I miss an on-board tuner but our Snark clip-on is easy to use. Having said that, though, no one seems to be able to put her down once they pick her up and pluck a note. Other true players we respect tell us she has one of the sweetest necks they've ever played. Her tone is warm, woody, clean and clear. She can really bite when asked and your amps, effects, strings, etc. will dress up her sound any way you wish. She has D'Addarios XL 10's on her right now (a little light for our tastes-we'll go back to 11's) and we play through Fender amps (a Frontman for Luther), a Yamaha PA and Mackie speakers with various pedals and effects and combinations thereof to suit the music and venue. The guitar travels to gigs like a trouper and is rather battered about at times. Weather and altitude don't faze her so you don't have to constantly re-tune. She stands up wonderfully to the abuses of live music, acquiring only the nicks, marks and scratches of a well-loved, often-played instrument. This is a wonderful guitar for anyone who likes the classic, clean Jazz sound and feel or the hard, driving sounds of rock and blues. She's pretty darn good for C&W, too. BUY THIS GUITAR!

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A value that plays like butter

Ok.. I was browsing the epiphone guitars, and looked for the emperor to scope out the comments, and to add my own. I got mine for my 10th wedding anniversary; it is...Read complete review

Ok.. I was browsing the epiphone guitars, and looked for the emperor to scope out the comments, and to add my own. I got mine for my 10th wedding anniversary; it is the best value of all the guitars in my collection. What first caught my ear/eye/fingers was how it played--just beautiful. The work on the guitar, from the finish, inlay, binding etc., are all top drawer. Yes, it has its foibles (like most of your other reviewers observe, the pickguard is cheesy; also, the sound can be unwieldy with typical hollowbody feedback). Despite the challenges, it's a wonderful, sweet guitar.Kevin

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Deal

By 

from ohio

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

More than I expected for the money. I got an "Open Box" deal that was exactly as described in the listing! Not a scratch and in Mint condition. The neck is very nice and frets well for me. Electrics are ok. Body is nice and light. Overall, I think this is a pretty nice player with a good tone and better than average construction for the price!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very nice guitar

By 

from north ga.

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Pros

  • Beautiful Guitar
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

    to compare this to a gibson 175 or similar instruments is unfair but for the price this is a quality guitar.the pickups sound pretty good to my ear.the finish is very nice.it needed to be setup but most guitars do.i will take it and gig with it . the neck has a good feel to it.don't let the name on the headstock fool you. this is a very nice guitar well worth the money.40 years of playing i really like this guitar

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    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Yuma Rick

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    from Yuma Az.

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        has anyone on here been able to find the strings that came with this guitar? I've been unable too. tried Gibson didn't like sound. Gibson's reissued, Did not sound like the guitar I bought. Talked to Epiphone, they don't make strings for it. sincerely Yuma Rick

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Almost as good as Ibanez…(sorry)

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        from New Buffalo, Michigan, USA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Lovely
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • No Kerfing

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Jazz
        • Jazzblues

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        Lovely guitar, waited for a freak deal before buying one, because I knew it would sound much like my Ibanez AF75.
        Well the Joe Pass has some different details that mostly account for a tone difference: rosewood bridge, spruce top, wound G string and Epiphone pups.
        The joe Pass sounds bassier that the AF75 by just a bit.
        All the Ibanez hollowbody guitars have kerfing, the Epiphones don't. That's a cheap shortcut, but don't worry about it.
        Funny how many reviewers here are in a transition from solid to hollowbody. Still learning.

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I should prolly use less distortion =)

        By 

        from Hollywood, ca

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • This Is One Classy Guitar

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Secret Jazz Box

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        My first Joe Pass was when I was looking to go the opposite of a Strat. At the time, I didn't appreciate it fully, though we wrote some great tunes. I sold it, because sometimes things happen.

        My second Joe Pass....called to me....from a random sidelong glance in my car, from inside a pawn shop.

        I don't play him very often, but I pulled him out yesterday. He plays like a Cadillac drives. Really smooth, velvety, and classy. If Frank Sinatra played guitar, he'd play a Joe Pass.

        I'm a rock guy. This guitar has zero sustain, but its feedback is incredible. The body vibrates. I have never experienced anything like it.

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        (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sweet Jazz and Blues

        By 

        from Southern Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Sweetest Neck On Earth

        Cons

        • Little Things Come Loose
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Playing Live
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        My partner has been a professional musician for 40 years, playing everything from live touring bands in big auditoriums/arenas to solo gigs in tiny, smoky nightclubs. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and saxophone. I've been playing for 35 years but only 2 years as a professional. I usually play a 12-string Epiphone and our Fender Jazz bass. We bought our Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II in February 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. It was on sale, according to the in-store tech, because there was some sort of flaw in the neck at around the 12th fret. We played that guitar for 30 minutes, both of us, and could not hear, feel or see any problems with the neck. We bought it, named it Luther, and had it set up (by a different tech!). We've never regretted this guitar. Three years later, I have to say it's one of the most awesome Jazz guitar I've ever heard; even when someone other than Joe Pass is playing it!! I was raised on my dad's 1951 Epiphone Devon, which I still own and play. I was daddy's girl and became imprinted with that sweet, warm, organic acoustic/hollow-body Jazz sound. My partner and I play originals and covers as a duo for small venues and as a 3-piece, old-fashioned rock band with our drummer for rowdier gigs. The Joe Pass plays everything from Jazz standards like "Satin Doll" to classic rock like "Locomotive Breath" to heavy blues like "Dangerous Mood". We've also recorded in the studio with her. She sings like a boid!! The only fault we've found is that the plug-in and the strap knob insist on coming loose occasionally. Quite annoying but easily fixed for a couple of months at a time. This is NOT a top-quality guitar, and won't act like one, so we put up with the fiddly little stuff and keep her maintained. Oh, and I miss an on-board tuner but our Snark clip-on is easy to use. Having said that, though, no one seems to be able to put her down once they pick her up and pluck a note. Other true players we respect tell us she has one of the sweetest necks they've ever played. Her tone is warm, woody, clean and clear. She can really bite when asked and your amps, effects, strings, etc. will dress up her sound any way you wish. She has D'Addarios XL 10's on her right now (a little light for our tastes-we'll go back to 11's) and we play through Fender amps (a Frontman for Luther), a Yamaha PA and Mackie speakers with various pedals and effects and combinations thereof to suit the music and venue. The guitar travels to gigs like a trouper and is rather battered about at times. Weather and altitude don't faze her so you don't have to constantly re-tune. She stands up wonderfully to the abuses of live music, acquiring only the nicks, marks and scratches of a well-loved, often-played instrument. This is a wonderful guitar for anyone who likes the classic, clean Jazz sound and feel or the hard, driving sounds of rock and blues. She's pretty darn good for C&W, too. BUY THIS GUITAR!

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Guitar

        By 

        from IDK

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        The Guitar is built beautiful. I bought this guitar and the tone wasn't for me. I liked the guitar a lot, I just appreciate the tone of a Les Paul or a Strat over this guitar.

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        (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Somewhat surprising guitar

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        I have always been a Fender fan. I own a Fender Jaguar that has a good rock tone and a very full sound. I had sworn never to buy an Epiphone but when I saw this guitar I just had to play it. The first thing I noticed about it when I played it was that it was considerably lighter than my solid ash Jaguar that feels like a boat on my shoulder. It looked very nice and had a nice, quiet, acoustic sound when it was not plugged in. When I plugged it in it had an even better tone. By playing with a Fender 65R I was able to get any tone I wanted out of it, from smooth warm Blues to Decently heavy rock. The action is higher than I am used to but the sound makes up for it. Overall a very nice guitar.

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        (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar at a good price

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        I love this guitar. This thing gives you a great tone and is very affordable. I can get everything from clean jazz to a gritty Dan Auerbach sound. I've had it for about a week now and can't put it down. My only complaints are the cheap saddle and feedback. The feedback makes it tough to play with any kind of distortion or tube screamer peddle but can sound cool if you mute strings and learn to control it. But plugged in straight to my Fender Hot Rod Blues Junior (tweed) sounds amazing. Crank up the the power and preamp tubes and you can really hear that semi-hollow body difference. I highly recommend this guitar as you won't regret it.

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Guitar

        By 

        from Maurertown, VA

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

        Overall, its a pretty nice guitar. Ive had the sunburst for over a year and it gives a nice sound. I have a 38W Fender amp and when you turn up the distortion, it gives a pretty bad feedback. Other than that it sounds good. Its not as good as my Hoyer Preestige but its got a good sound. I would recommend getting Humbucker pickups. This was my first guitar and Im pretty impressed

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