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. Th... Read More
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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Reviewed by 5 customers
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Out of the box the Emperor was not perfect... but it's still worth 5 stars. I found imperfections in the finish of the body and neck and a little buzzing where the pickguard (and the pots) meets the top. You can see daylight where the bridge does not completely make contact with the top at the bottom center and edges of the bridge. And the jack nut needed to be tightened. All of these were acceptable, although the bridge will require the use of StewMac's bridge rig... but that's part of the complete setup of an archtop IMHO. I put a set of Extra Light Chromes (10-48) on it (the frequensator is a challenge). The action is great and the XL Chromes make adjusting the bridge a dream, even with full tuning tension. No more buzz and the intonation is perfect, although I may get a tune-o-matic bridge for it. When I plugged it into a Fender Blues Jr. amp I was blown away! Turn the amp up and adjust the volume/tone and you are in Jazz Box heaven! I couldn't be happier with this guitar. If you want better than this be prepared to spend several thousands more. A great value for a great guitar.
I agonized over buying my first archtop. I was realistic, I knew that a 1930's L-5 or D'Angelico would not be my first, but I didn't want to buy something of such low quality that I would never want to play it. My indecision resulted in my purchasing of two guitars: The Regent and an Ibanez AF105. The Ibanez box is gorgeous and plays sweetly, but it's on the small side for my frame. The Epiphone comparatively is the size I expect from a full hollow jazz box, with a rich sound plugged in, and passable volume acoustically (I'm a Martin guy, so my expectations are tempered). The appointments are few compared to the AF105 (a little overdone for my minimalist tastes), but the Regent is beautiful nonetheless, and I love the headstock inlays (given the bargain price). With a little fine tuning, the neck flies. You won't be disappointed in what you get for your money.
I'm simply amazed by this guitar. Beautiful jazz tone when amplified, and a passable acoustic tone as well, which was a nice surprise. Finish and workmanship are top-notch. Plays easily as well as far more expensive guitars that I tried. I've owned many guitars, this is definitely my favorite electric.
The color & finish on this guitar are gorgeous. If you are not used to the size it can be a little awkward. But slow down, sit still for a minute; it can begin to feel like an old friend. Be sure you are not too close to your amp. It will howl at you. Give yourself some room to hear what is going on. Action & playability are nice. Output from the PU is adequate for most types of music a person might use this guitar for.
I spent ALOT of time comparing electric guitars for my latest purchase. I needed something that would stand up to being the primary electric guitar in my collection. I needed something that could handle heading off to school to major in guitar/music. I needed something versatile enough to go from jazz and blues into any other area I wanted to explore. I needed something that I could afford and made sense for the money invested. I tried the Emperor Regent from Epiphone and really enjoyed working with it. The sound was pretty good and it feels comfortable. I also was pretty sure my purchase would be a hollow-body, and this model is. I ended up finding what I needed comparing this with a Sheraton and the Joe Pass Emperor. The main factor in my decision was that I preferred the hollow body and the Joe Pass model was less expensive. Beyond that, all three guitars played pretty well and were exceptional values for the price.
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