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  • Laminated maple neck and body
  • Solid rosewood bridge
  • Gold tuners and tailpiece
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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 84 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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        • Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The real Story

      As a guitar tech and Guitarist for more than 45 years, here's the real story on the Joe Pass Epi.I just set one up today and it is a very nice guitar. The bone...Read complete review

      As a guitar tech and Guitarist for more than 45 years, here's the real story on the Joe Pass Epi.I just set one up today and it is a very nice guitar. The bone heads that don't check their instruments now and then for loose stuff get what they deserve. I'll bet they also don't check their Oil, Water, and Air in their car either.A few years back, I looked at one and came a gnats hair away from buying it. The only problem with it is the pickups are way too hot. Lowering the pickups into the cavity will cure that bluesy grunt that the guitar has. Now a note to the fellow who had a problem with pickup screws: Don't touch those screws until you've gotten the right balance from raising and lowering the pickups. When all else fails, then you can go ahead and really screw things up by adusting them.The Joe Pass is a nice guitar but it ain't a $10,000 guitar and it shouldn't be expected to be.

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      Kick A@@ Guitar!!!!

      I recieved my Joe Pass one day late but wow, it was well worth the wait. This is one beautiful guitar! It came set up perfectly right out of the box. I believe...Read complete review

      I recieved my Joe Pass one day late but wow, it was well worth the wait. This is one beautiful guitar! It came set up perfectly right out of the box. I believe it has 11's or maybe 12's. The feel is just right. Was definitely well beyond my expectations. The workmanship is flawless! Mine is a Heratige Cherry Sunburst with a deep flamed back. Binding is perfect, better than any of my Gibsons. (I own 20 Guitars) The gold hardware is gorgeous! Neck is so comfortable and the sound is just AWESOME! It has a Super Warm, Woody, Ballsy Sound! I own a Custom Shop ES 175 and wow, this guitar rivals my Custom. I'm a die hard Gibson freak so that comment doesn't come easy. The Humbuckers are nice, not quite as perky as the Gibsons but quits a nice sound. Very even volume from neck to bridge.There is not a buzz to be found on this guitar. Solid construction, Beautiful inlay work, Gorgeous Flame back, Plays like a dream, and quite easy on the eyes! Definitely recommended by John!!!! This is the first Guitar I've ever order from Musicians Friend. I have to admit I was very leary ordering a guitar sight unseen but I could not be more satisfied.My style is basically Rock but I branch out to all styles. This box can belt the blues!I own 3 Custom Les Pauls, 2 SG's, an ES 137, an ES 175, an ES 335, a BluesHawk, and a CS 356 Custom Built with my signature on the 12'th fret. This guitar ranks right up there with all these guys!If you're a Gibson person and like archtops...Buy One! If you can find the Cherry Sunburst, it's beautiful.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Almost as good as Ibanez…(sorry)

      By Buffalo Bill-b2WBB

      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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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I should prolly use less distortion =)

      By replicand

      from Hollywood, ca

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      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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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sweet Jazz and Blues

      By Two Foot Daddy

      from Southern Oregon

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Guitar

      By ChiefDrew

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Somewhat surprising guitar

      By <Jaguar Player>

      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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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar at a good price

      By Anonymous

      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 Me-0SX9E

      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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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      two week update

      Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

      See the previou review for my initial thoughts... After two weeks I am more impressed with the quality and playability. I needed to replace the bridge (saddle really) to get the intonation to set up, but after replacing the strings the set up appears very close to the stock rosewood saddle. I'll probably leave the ABR but it seems I may have had a bad string (??possible??)Set up with .010s and the ABR bridge the guitar sings. (KUDOS to Epiphone for keeping the same post to post / and post diameter dimensions, stock Gibson and Epiphone bridges fit factory correct. Excellent!)I run through tubes and solid state amps in different situations and the Emperor responds super to both situations. Different but very resonant, very responsive to amp tuning and placement. It is easy to get or cancel feedback. I'm really impressed with the electronics/ pickups. They got the balance (pickup sensitivity and wood harmonics) so the body vibration tunes to harmonics of the notes played. The body resonates to feedback with nice control and is easily shaped with string damping. Turned up, it demands attention and rewards for the soft touch. For a new guitar, this brings lots of color? tone? expression? out of my same old amps.Two weeks later.... love it! As for the L-5 comparison, maybe that is a little much, but this is an excellent starting point for most of us. There's always the lottery.....damn

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      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      solid platform

      Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

      I got mine yesterday, so just one day of opinion. I am a really fussy player so I expect to set up my guitar once purchased. As an American I am sad to say the Korean work is excellent! and the American work is a little poor. Epi touts the USA pots and jacks etc... and has USA inspector stickers all over the back of the headstock, however, the input jack and pickup selector nuts were loose to the point of falling out. The input jack cannot be tightened (the nut is too large) so the input jack must be replaced (really quite easy if you are used to tearing the archtops apart, but unpleasant on a new guitar).The saddle is rosewood- compensated- adjustable. Horrible! Mine was so over compensated that the bridge sat backwards diagonal on the body. I replaced the rosewood saddle with an ABR gold bridge from an old LP and the intonation is much better and the bridge base sits squarely on the body.I want to say again I am really fussy, but the woodwork on mine is EXCELLENT! The tone and playability is great although the frets are skinnier than desired. Inlay and binding is perfect.I feel this is a great platform for someone who wants to build a C-4 or C-5 (although plywood) for $2,000. Replace the saddle/bridge, upgrade the elec hardware (tuners and tailpiece etc... seem great) and you have a really sweet high quality archtop for peanuts!

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The real Story

      By PKVeazey

      from Central Virginia

      Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

      As a guitar tech and Guitarist for more than 45 years, here's the real story on the Joe Pass Epi.I just set one up today and it is a very nice guitar. The bone heads that don't check their instruments now and then for loose stuff get what they deserve. I'll bet they also don't check their Oil, Water, and Air in their car either.A few years back, I looked at one and came a gnats hair away from buying it. The only problem with it is the pickups are way too hot. Lowering the pickups into the cavity will cure that bluesy grunt that the guitar has. Now a note to the fellow who had a problem with pickup screws: Don't touch those screws until you've gotten the right balance from raising and lowering the pickups. When all else fails, then you can go ahead and really screw things up by adusting them.The Joe Pass is a nice guitar but it ain't a $10,000 guitar and it shouldn't be expected to be.

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