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Featuring ProBuckers with coil-tapping and hand-scalloped bracing.

The new Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO honors the 'President of Bebop Guitar' and one of the most prolific and groundbreaking electric guitarists in the history of jazz. The Joe Pass Emperor II PRO is a true archtop guitar with hand-scalloped bracing and sound post and features Epiphone's critically acclaimed new ProBucker pickups with coil-tapping plus the new Graphtech NuBone XL nut. And now available in a be'tiful new Wine Red color finish.

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 new 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.

A True Archtop
The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO is a true archtop with a Select Spruce top and classic 'arch' that's supported by hand-scalloped bracing and a carefully positioned sound post for optimum tone. The back and sides of the Emperor II are made from Laminated Flame Maple and the Emperor-II PRO is available in be'tiful finishes. The top also has a bound ‚'tortoise‚' style pickguard shaped to House of Stathopoulo's unique profile along with our signature metal 'E.'

The Emperor-II PRO has a hand-set 3-piece laminated hard Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard that has beautiful pearloid block inlays, 20 medium jumbo frets, and is topped off with the Epiphone-vintage style 'tree of life‚' design seen on the best Epi archtops since the late 1930s. The Emperor-II PRO features the new Graphtech NuBone XL nut that is as hard as bone but will last a lifetime. Graphtech molds and engineers each NuBone XL nut for consistent tone and string balance as well as precise string spacing.

The Emperor-II PRO has Grover Rotomatic 18:1 ratio machine heads for fast, intuitive, and worry-free tuning. The black and white truss rod cover has an elegantly lettered "Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO" in white.

ProBucker Humbuckers
The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO gets its name from the new critically acclaimed ProBucker humbuckers. The first generation of humbuckers (often called "Patent Applied For" for the tell-tale sticker found on the back of the pickups) were made at the Epiphone/Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late 50s and have acquired a mythical status among guitar players.

Epiphone ProBucker pickups have that elusive tone bec'se they are made with the same alloy as the originals--18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers--along with Sand cast Alnico II magnets and high quality 4-conductor lead wire. Each ProBucker pickup is also vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.

The Emperor-II PRO has a ProBucker-2 in the neck position and a slightly hotter ProBucker-3 in the lead position. Both pickups also have coil-tapping via their individual volume controls. Coil-tapping allows a player to turn a humbucker pickup into a single coil pickup for endless tone combinations. The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO also sounds great unplugged and at low volume for players who strive for those classic horn-like tones like Joe Pass played.

Each ProBucker pickup's volume and tone are attenuated by Top Hat control knobs with metal inserts that are spaced slightly farther apart than a typical archtop along with a 3-way pickup selector with an ivory-colored toggle cap.

Epiphone-tough Hardware
The Emperor-II PRO has rock solid nickel hardware in elegant gold and a vintage style gold scroll tailpiece, a design inspired by vintage Kalamazoo-made archtops. The Emperor-II PRO is strung at the factory with Joe Pass-approved D'Addario 10-46 gauge strings. And setting the intonation for the Emperor-II PRO is easy with a floating Rosewood bridge with thumbwheels for quick height adjustment.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Hollow body
Body material: Laminated
Top wood: Spruce Select
Body wood: Maple Flame
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: SlimTaper
Neck wood: Maple 3-piece
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 20
Inlays: Pearloid block
Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: ProBucker 2
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: ProBucker 3
Brand: Gibson
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: Volume controls with coil tap
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: Coil tap
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Floating rosewood
Tailpiece: Trapeze
Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic
Color: Gold
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body finish
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneJoe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful guitar, but it

I've been gigging professionally for several years now and wanted to move into an affordable jazz box.....I had been playing acoustic / electric nylon stringed instruments. This is a gorgeous guitar...Read complete review

I've been gigging professionally for several years now and wanted to move into an affordable jazz box.....I had been playing acoustic / electric nylon stringed instruments. This is a gorgeous guitar and feels and plays great. The flexibility of tones afforded by the capability to switch the pickups from pro-bucker to single coil is impressive. Very mellow sounding yet clear, just right for a jazz box. At this price point you can't go wrong....the upper end Epiphone guitars are a class act these days....give it a try.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This is a beautiful guitar

At first out of the box I look at it and think gorgeous . The Natural look ,The black headstock with a sort of tree of life and the Epiphone label really look nice...Read complete review

At first out of the box I look at it and think gorgeous . The Natural look ,The black headstock with a sort of tree of life and the Epiphone label really look nice , the gold hardware , the grover tuner's are very smoothe, love the looks, I really take in the Natural finish the beauty and the gloss of it . It makes you want to head for a standard book but, there is more to this guitar than I've found time to enjoy the playability of it . The cons aren't really that bad : the stickers were a bit of a problem to get off that whatever type of barcode thing on the pickgaurd was a pain to get off ,the headstock had these smudges that also took some time to get off,the pickups had these Epiphone stickers on them the bridge one was okay but,the neck one had a gluey type of residue left behind on it and I'm still yet to remove the made in Indonesia sticker which I'm sure will be more sticky residue . Then checking out the variable sounds from the rhythm and middle and treble and then checking out the coil splitting feature the bridge pick up was nice but,the neck pick up made this sound when lifting the volume knob up there was a sort of humming sound . I was concerned and was about to send the guitar back . I took it to my local music store for a second opinion and what I consider to be a friend told me the humming sound was natural because of the coil splitting feature almost but, not quite as noisy as a strat with texas specials on it . Do I love it still yes . I kept it and hope to have many years of enjoyment from it .

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(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

This is a beautiful guitar

By Slowerhand

from Delaware County,Pa.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

    At first out of the box I look at it and think gorgeous . The Natural look ,The black headstock with a sort of tree of life and the Epiphone label really look nice , the gold hardware , the grover tuner's are very smoothe, love the looks, I really take in the Natural finish the beauty and the gloss of it . It makes you want to head for a standard book but, there is more to this guitar than I've found time to enjoy the playability of it . The cons aren't really that bad : the stickers were a bit of a problem to get off that whatever type of barcode thing on the pickgaurd was a pain to get off ,the headstock had these smudges that also took some time to get off,the pickups had these Epiphone stickers on them the bridge one was okay but,the neck one had a gluey type of residue left behind on it and I'm still yet to remove the made in Indonesia sticker which I'm sure will be more sticky residue . Then checking out the variable sounds from the rhythm and middle and treble and then checking out the coil splitting feature the bridge pick up was nice but,the neck pick up made this sound when lifting the volume knob up there was a sort of humming sound . I was concerned and was about to send the guitar back . I took it to my local music store for a second opinion and what I consider to be a friend told me the humming sound was natural because of the coil splitting feature almost but, not quite as noisy as a strat with texas specials on it . Do I love it still yes . I kept it and hope to have many years of enjoyment from it .

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful guitar, but it

    By Rick

    from Palm Springs, CA.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

      I've been gigging professionally for several years now and wanted to move into an affordable jazz box.....I had been playing acoustic / electric nylon stringed instruments. This is a gorgeous guitar and feels and plays great. The flexibility of tones afforded by the capability to switch the pickups from pro-bucker to single coil is impressive. Very mellow sounding yet clear, just right for a jazz box. At this price point you can't go wrong....the upper end Epiphone guitars are a class act these days....give it a try.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      10 x better than original joe pass

      By ej

      from turnersville nj

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • very suprised when tested this out, much better

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

        very impressed with this pro bucker version, so I bought this
        and vey happy. the original Joe Pass was terrible and sold it
        after a few months. the new type rivals ES175

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love the Joe Pass Epiphone !!!

        By Joe Pass Emperor ii Pro lover

        from Western PA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • 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 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar! I originally bought a Joe Pass Emperor ii Pro several months ago, but sold it and picked up a Epiphone Broadway because I wanted a little 'fatter' and 'woody' sound. However, in the short time I played the Joe Pass I was highly impressed with the playability and craftsmanship for the price point. I sold the Joe Pass before the Broadway arrived. However after a while I began to miss the greatness of the Epi Joe Pass and bought another one (sunburst). I'm glad I did. BTW, I kept the Broadway, it too is 'near perfect'!
          I have a Gibson ES175 (love it), and I know comparing the two is like comparing fine wine with table wine, but seriously, I LOVE the Joe Pass. I put D'Addario Guitar Strings Set, Chromes, Jazz Light 11's on it and , oh my!, wonderful tone. Also, that 1960's slim C-shape neck has got to be the best!
          I will never part with my 175, and I will never part with my 2 Epiphones! They are just great instruments !!!

           
          5.0

          Better than expected

          By Tonymag

          from Ocean County, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good clean beautiful tone
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Real Jazz sounds
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

            Very good sounding guitar. Has the Jazz tones I was looking for. I just love the sound of this guitar. I have had only solid body guitars, mostly Strats and Teli. This is my first hollow body and I am very pleased with the sound. I play through a Princeton Reverb (tube amp) and the sound is addicting to me. I love the clean rich tones I'm getting from this guitar. I'm new to Jazz and this guitar works very well for it. I put on some flat wound chromed .12's and it really puts out. No regrets on my part.

             
            3.0

            I would not buy a "Blemished" 2nd guitar again.

            By Bassicgruv

            from Eugene, OR

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Neck not straight. Frets not level.
              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

              Been playing acoustics for 40 yrs. Wanted a playable electric for background music for dining gigs. Returned this Joe Pass model and ordered a "http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-pm2-pat-metheny-signature-hollowbody-electric-guitar--antique-amber/h97030000001000?rNtt=ibanez%20pm2&index=1" Cost a bit more but well worth it.

               
              5.0

              Up dated review

              By Bluesman

              from Mid West

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

                I have changed out the strings and did a set up on the guitar. The setup wasn't bad; but the strings were the worst. I was about to send this beauty back. It plays and sounds great now and I have changed my review to five stars.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Old, old, old school

                By Bluesman

                from Mid West

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming

                Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

                I'm a blues guy and like Les Paul's for the most part; but own a variety of other electric guitars. This guitar is very cool; but sort of like taking a knife to a gun fight for me. The strings don't bend well and the action is slow. It really reminds me of guitars I played in the 60's.

                 
                5.0

                Well made jazz guitar

                By Jerold

                from Rock hill sc

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid buld
                • Solid Electronics
                • Well crafted

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Church bands
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

                  It is wise to have diverse guitars. This is a solid, great sounding, affordable jazz guitar

                   
                  4.0

                  Overall nice guitar!

                  By Jon

                  from Murrieta, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Tone
                  • Hollowbody
                  • Jazz Box
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

                  Is was delivered pretty rough, strings dead and some fret buzz between the nut and the first fret. After some adjustments and a nice set of flat wound strings the guitar is really nice to play. I would recommend this guitar to players with a few years of experience.

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a beautiful pro guitar...number 1 in quality

                  By Blues Man

                  from Stark City, Missouri

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Electric Guitar:

                    I love this guitar, top of the line in my opinion. I would buy it again and again.

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