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Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar Black Pearl  (Used)

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A souped-up hollowbody with advanced electronics and deluxe hardware.

The Emperor Swingster Black Royale is a dazzling version of the go-to rockabilly, jazz and rock hollowbody classic. It features Epiphone SwingBucker™ pickups with classic Alnico-V magnets, Grover® machine heads, LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge, strap button, and best of all, a licensed B30 Bigsby® with original style "wire" handle as preferred by "Certified Guitar Player" and legend Chet Atkins. It comes in a beautiful black pearl finish with silver sparkle binding.

World famous for making some of the best and most innovative hollow-body guitars, Epiphone conjures up some of its past with the Emperor Swingster Royale. Starting with the same body and neck as used on their Emperor-II guitar and made famous by the jazz master himself, Joe Pass, Epiphone swings into action and turns it into a serious twangin', rock-a-billy slingin', country flingin' machine!

Classic Construction with SwingBucker Pickups!
With its hand-scalloped arched Spruce top combined with a laminated arched-back maple body and glued-in mahogany neck, the Swingster has what it takes to satisfy any professional's demand for great tone. At the heart of the guitar are Epiphone's NEW SwingBucker™ pickups and a series/parallel electronics switching package that outperforms others in its class. Specially designed for the Swingster, the humbuckers offer no-hum performance and feature classic Alnico-V magnets, enamel wire and over-wound coils for the perfect combination of warmth and bite.

Series/Parallel Switching
Two push/pull Tone controls allow you to change each pickup's output individually from parallel to series wiring creating a palette of useful sounds to tap into ranging from warm humbuckers to "quacky" single-coil type sounds and everything in-between. Of course, any swinging machine needs a vibrato and the Swingster is no exception featuring a Bigsby Licensed B30 with original style "wire" handle, a favorite of legends like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.

Loads of Bling
Topping it all off are Epiphone's trademark, multi-bound headstock with the classic pearloid "vine" inlay, premium Grover® tuners and a multi-bound, 20 fret rosewood fingerboard with block inlay.

But wait... there's MORE!
Unlike some, Epiphone spares no expense by adding a "pinned" tune-o-matic bridge with roller saddles for smooth operation and accurate return to pitch that is preferred when using a vibrato.

Features

  • Maple body with maple outer veneer
  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany neck
  • 24.75” scale
  • Epiphone ‘Clipped Ear’ headstock
  • 14” neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearloid rectangular blocks
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • 1.68” nut width
  • Swingbucker™ with Alnico V magnets neck pickup
  • Swingbucker™ Plus with Alnico V magnets bridge pickup
  • Two push/pull Tone controls allow you to change each pickup's output individually from parallel to series wiring Controls
  • “Pinned” Tune-o-matic bridge with rosewood base and gold saddles
  • Bigsby® B30 tailpiece
  • Nickel hardware
  • Silver sparkle binding

Enjoy that classic sound and vibe on a budget. Order today.

 
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (4)
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    5.0

    Great handle.

    By RealDeegs

    from Utah

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

        Most beautiful guitar I've seen and plays great - esp Jazz and Rockabilly.

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        4.0

        Epiphone Swingster Royale

        By Djphelan01

        from Connecticut

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Coil Tap
        • Fun To Play
        • Price 305 Shipped
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Bridge Has Loose Parts

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

        Everything about this guitar is good especially for the price. I got the Black Friday sale price and shipped for free. The only issue I have is 3 put of 6 string roller string guides on the bridge move sideways making noise. I haven't found a way to fix of tighten yet. It seems like the tolerances on 3 are perfect and 3 are not. It may be a simple fix that I haven't found yet, but for the price it's still worth it.

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        4.0

        Humbuckers are nice!

        By OND ERAM

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Sparkel Binding Rocks

        Cons

        • Bad Roller Bridge
        • E Strigs Slip Off It

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

        the buckers are in parallel while knobs are DOWN, pull them up for FULL humbucking In Series louder sound, or mix and match them,

        I use mines as a ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC
        80/20 Acoustic Strings, the pickups I modded to balance with acoustic strings, removing the pickups adjustable screw pole pieces from the Little E and B, then I raised that side of the pickup UP until the plain strings volumes were matching the wound, and adjusted some screws for perfection!
        I now have a fully controllable ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC guitar, and with some Volume and tone knob adjustments and pickups push pull pots put in series or in parallel I get PERFECTION, the guitar replaced my expensive TAYLOR acoustic electric, and its got a WHAMMY to BOOT!

        I'm actually a HUGE fan of the sparkle binding!!

        NOW the UGLY, -----> the ROLLER BRIDGE string slots are too shallow and TOO SLIPPERY, the strings pop right out especially the E, E and B
        the wheels/ rollers need to be Deeper with taller shoulders, Im going to mod it soon, Roller Bridges and the old Gretsch bridges allow the strings to pop off as soon as you pull up on a string its gone, or play aggressive.. IE ROCKABILLY.. BLUES, so is the guitar truly living up to its name SWINGSTER???? not with that poorly designed bridge,!!!

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        3.0

        Disapointed

        By Just play for fun

        from Poughkeepsie NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Workmanship

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

          1st I'd like to say I have owned an Epihone Sheraton II for many years now and love it.
          I returned this guitar becasue of the sound quality. For the most part the guitar had good workmanship and excellent cosmetics, however the action was set way too high. The volume between the neck and bridge pickups were noticeably "mismatched" and when the coil tapping was activated the pickups became more than 2x louder than the normal humbucker setting, this produced instant, ear piercing feedback and was too difficult to control while playing and switching back and forth for different sounds.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar

          By Floyd

          from Irvine, KY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

            I have had this guitar for over a year now. This thing is really nice. I play through a fender hot rod deville and the tone match exactly to what I wanted. A nice bass tone from the rhythm channel to crystal highs on the lead channel. The pick ups are a little hotter than most hollow bodies I have played giving it an added bite that I like in the overdrive channels without having to add so much gain to it. The bigsby is great with the rolling saddles it stays in tune really well I mean surprisingly well. The 60s style neck is comfortable. The only negative I can give it is the overly glamourized body and I wish the neck had a satin finish to it. All in all I love this guitar. Its a top pick and very easy to play the blues country rockabilly even some aggressive classic rock. Its well made and handles well.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            2nd Time Around

            By oklatex

            from Ragely, LA.

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

              The first one I received was perfect in every way, except the electronics were completely shot. I sent it back and got another and couldn't ask for a nicer guitar, for the money. It's a little like my Gretsch, with a bit more bite. All in all a nice guitar and a good investment.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Rockabilly returns!

              By Bluesplayer

              from Fruita, Colorado

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Black Royale Electric Guitar:

                Remember Johnny Horten, Link Ray, or Gene Vincent? What about Bill Haley and the Comets? Or Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats? They are all old time 'rockabilly' artists, who were (in Setzer's case, still is) the pioneers of rock-n-roll. Lots of reverb and gobs of tremolo! I remember these folks because I'm almost 70 years old, and I wanted a guitar which would take me back to the late 50's and early 60's, when I started playing guitar. And man: does this axe do just that! I bought it as a change of pace for my Stratocaster EC signature, my 65 Stratocaster, and my other acoustic/electrics. Since I received it from MF last week, I haven't been able to put it down. For me; it's plain fun! It's very well made, and the coil splitting tone controls give the p-ups lots of tone variations. I use it for rockabilly, jazz, and blues, and it sounds great for all these styles. I can do without all the 'silver sparkle' binding, but that's just my preference. Too much 'bling' for this old man, but it'll look great under stage lights. Overall: a great guitar for the money!

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