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Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst 886830489655

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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 wa... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great value, very good guitar

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...Read complete review

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 ended up finding what I needed in a comparison of the Sheraton and this one, the Joe Pass Emperor II. The main difference between the two ended up being that I preferred the hollow body of the Joe Pass model to the semi-hollow of the Sheraton. Beyond that, the two guitars are quite similar. This guitar has quickly become the one I use every day. I still like to work with my acoustics and a Stratocaster, but I just enjoy the diversity this guitar offers me. And with a fairly low price, you can?t make a mistake in adding this one to your collection.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A lot of flash with liitle substance

Putchased a Joe Pass at local GC. In store it sounded OK (suggestion - never try and check out a guitar's sound in any GC store there is way to much noise from...Read complete review

Putchased a Joe Pass at local GC. In store it sounded OK (suggestion - never try and check out a guitar's sound in any GC store there is way to much noise from wannabees. Took it home and this thing buzzed from everywhere. Took it back, paid to have the luthier do a complete setup, changed strings, etc... Picked it up, took it home and although it was somewhat better it still had a buzz on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th strings around mid neck. Took it back to store, general consensus between luthier, store manager and myself was that the buzzing was coming from the pick guard, tail piece or both. Nothing they wanted to do to remedy the problem - afterall how much time are you going to spend on a $500.00 guitar? Returned it for replacement - new out of the box - and I'll be if it didn't have the same buzz from the same notes. The salesman and I were quite surprised - really. Needless to say I did not purchase the Joe Pass or any other Epiphone. Purchased a Ibanez AG-95 instead.

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(45 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value, very good guitar

By Justin

from Pomfret, CT

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

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 ended up finding what I needed in a comparison of the Sheraton and this one, the Joe Pass Emperor II. The main difference between the two ended up being that I preferred the hollow body of the Joe Pass model to the semi-hollow of the Sheraton. Beyond that, the two guitars are quite similar. This guitar has quickly become the one I use every day. I still like to work with my acoustics and a Stratocaster, but I just enjoy the diversity this guitar offers me. And with a fairly low price, you can?t make a mistake in adding this one to your collection.

(36 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love That Joe Pass Emperor II

By Highlander

from Virginia Beach, VA

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

Bought my Joe Pass model three years ago in Virginia Beach. Can't play it enough. Sounds as good as comparable models that cost three or four times as much (I've tried them all). Plays equally well on the soft and bright ends of the spectrum. Undeniably one of the best buys out there. Even more than most guitars, changing string types will really enhance various aspects of the sound...light and slinky for blues, or heavier gauge strings for jazz. You can't go wrong here.

(26 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Joe Pass Emperor II

By Wes Saldua

from Seattle, Wa

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I am very impressed with the quality Epiphone puts out in general. For guitar players on a budget you just can't beat it. Tone and craftmanship are great. From a practical standpoint; if you are on the rise with your musical career and havn't reached the status of Pass, E.Johnson, Vai, Satriani, or the like why invest so much money in a guitar when you can get very satisfying quality and tone from Epiphone guitars.

(23 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great bang for the buck!

By John

from Milwaukie , OR

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

My Joe Pass model was made in 93. It gets sweeter as it age.I love this guitar and if I could get any other guitar ,which I would, this one would hold very dear to me. I've compared it to those of Gibson hollowbody models and found them comparable.For the money the quality is excellent.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Beautiful Guitar with Excellent Tone

By Chris

from Oakland, NJ

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

This guitar is awesome. I thought that because of the price it might lack in quality, but I was pleasantly surprised. The first thing you notice on this guitar is the BEAUTIFUL wood! The flamed back is absolutely amazing looking. Now for the sound. With a clean sound on my amp, I plugged this thing in, and it was absolutely amazing. The bass is very punchy, but not overwhelming, the mids are clear, and the highs are crisp and piercing. Overall, this guitar is an amazing value because it is relatively inexpensive, and people always ask me how much it was, $1000, $1500? nope, much less! Buy it, you won't be disappointed!!!!

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice

By lightswitch

from West Chester, Pa

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar a few months ago, I was in the market for a nice jazz guitar, and after playing many, I decided this was the best choice for me. Over all it is a very well made and handsome guitar, able to hold its own with some of the Gibson's I tried out. I was able to get it at a local music store for about $500, and at that price, it was impossible to say no. I am in love with this guitar, the action is so easy that it nearly plays itself. I have used it primarily for jazz, but the few times I've played some blues or rock on it I ghave not been dissapointed I can get a very good variety of tones out of it, from mellow and warm for the jazz to twangy for rock. The only complaint I have about it is the pick guard tends to rattle, but that can be fixed easily with a small piece of foam between the pick guard and where it rests on the pickup. Overall, this guitar rules for the money, and if I went guitar hunting all over again I would pick it out in a second.

(18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Joe Pass Emporer II guitar

By Joe Starr

from New York

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I play fingerstyle and can truly say that this guitar has good projection with or without an amp. Go for it !!

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

jerry

By jerry

from Texas

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I bought a Joe Pass guitar about 5 years ago. I love it, I did however put a tune-o-matic bridge on it recommended by Gibson. The bridge made a tremendous improvement. If you get one, install a tune-o-matic made by Stewart Macdonald.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Closest Thing to a Byrdland or L5

By Eric T. Knox aka THE BLUESDUDE

from Linden,NJ

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I've been playin Blues and Jazz for 40+ years. I've played both of the Gibson models and this Epi' shines just as bright!! Don't be fooled! If you want a standby/travelin' stick, pick this up-plus it has regal,royal looks. As for the pick guard-but a screwdriver dude!! For the money, it can NOT be beat!!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Very Pleasant Surprise

By Michael

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

My Joe Pass was made in 2004 and I bought it actually from a pawn shop. I was skeptical as it's an Epiphone, which hasn't been my favorite guitar over the years, but I had heard good things about this model so I had to try it. Playing clean it has the full rich tones I like in a jazzbox and it is surprisingly easy to finger as well. Accessories and changing to different string types really work well with this baby. The classic dark flame color is gorgeous, although whoever owned mine first did leave me a ding or two. All in all I was very surprised with the quality of this foreign-made guitar (also not one of my favorite things) and the retail price new is outstanding for the caliber of musical instrument you are getting. Definitely a five-star guitar.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

A lot of flash with liitle substance

By Gary Tucker

from Sugar Land, TX

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

Putchased a Joe Pass at local GC. In store it sounded OK (suggestion - never try and check out a guitar's sound in any GC store there is way to much noise from wannabees. Took it home and this thing buzzed from everywhere. Took it back, paid to have the luthier do a complete setup, changed strings, etc... Picked it up, took it home and although it was somewhat better it still had a buzz on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th strings around mid neck. Took it back to store, general consensus between luthier, store manager and myself was that the buzzing was coming from the pick guard, tail piece or both. Nothing they wanted to do to remedy the problem - afterall how much time are you going to spend on a $500.00 guitar? Returned it for replacement - new out of the box - and I'll be if it didn't have the same buzz from the same notes. The salesman and I were quite surprised - really. Needless to say I did not purchase the Joe Pass or any other Epiphone. Purchased a Ibanez AG-95 instead.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Is Perfect pricey?

By johnny guitar

from laguna beach ca

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

Joe Pass guitar.. From true blues to smooth jazz.. even "real rock and roll"..From the pro recording studio to on the road,, This hollow body beautiful baby is IT.. You can spend 10x'$ as much and still not get there... ! Why look any more ? You have found it..!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding.

By Mike

from Renton, WA

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar. It has a beatiful sound. The wood bridge adds a delightful, mello sound. This guitar is grest for Jazz and Blues. The guitar I recieved was made in Korea. The body and finish are flawless. I had to lower the bridge just a bit for my style and preference. The electronics and pickups are perfect. For the money. It is unbelievable that you would get such a great guitar. BTW My guitar did not come with the Joe Pass signature on the pickguard. Which was fine with me.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Price to Value

By GENE

from Napa, California

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I've been playing a very long time, both professionnaly and for fun, and have owned many different guitars through the years (Martin, Fender, Gibson, Taylor, Hofner, etc.). The Joe Pass that I recently purchased is my first Epiphone. It is clearly among the best constructed guitars I've ever owned. The playabilty is similar to the newer Gibsons. The neck feels a little bulkier, but for some that may be a good thing. As a personal preference, I feel that the use laminated wood on this type of guitar is a positive thing because laminated wood is generally stronger and less likely to warp (It is after all, an amplified instrument). The electronics work well, are simple to adjust and sound very good through a Fender Deluxe amplifier. Guitar preferences are subjective. For me, this was one of my best picks.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it....

By Scott

from Houston,Tx

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I use my Emperor for blues,some pop.Great guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A wonderful jazz box

By JAMES HOOPES

from Newport News, VA

Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

I've owned many guitars in my 65 years of playing, some I loved and some I hated. I presently own several guitars i.e.. Ibanez GB200, Ibanez Scofield model, both fine instruments and very expensive. The Epiphone Joe Pass Emporer II, when you consider the price or even if you don't, is an awesome axe. Once I set it up to suit me, I was knocked out with the tone and playability. I've read some complaints about extraneous noise from the bridge or the pick guard or tailpiece. I haven't experience any of this. I know replacing the Epiphone humbuckers with Gibsons would help increase volume, but I don't want to mess with this guitar. The volume is fine and the tone is gorgeous. The finish is fantastic, downright beautiful. Great job Epiphone!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Hubby Loves this guitar

By Andrea

from undisclosed

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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 Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

    Surprise Christmas gift for my husband after I watched him drool over his friends exact same guitar! He's in heaven and it sounds great. Worth every dollar! Thanks to his friend for hooking me up with Guitar Center and being able to get it just 1 day before Christmas Eve. Thanks Guitar Center for the best 2 day air rate too! No one is that cheap before Christmas for 2 day air and I ordered this on a Sunday night too!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pro Player Delight

    By Marco Antonio

    from NY, NY

    Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

    This is a �ۡ��̏Pro Player�ۡ�ݕ�_ Studio Jazz Guitar! I have the Vintage Sunburst version. There is a difference between this guitar and let�ۡ���s say a Gibson Custom ES 175 Reissue, but not $3,000 difference. I set the guitar up and changed the strings to Thomastik GB112�ۡ���s. Now why do I make such bold claims; I�ۡ���ll explain how I use this particular guitar as follows: I plug into my Pro tools console using a Mogami Gold Cable. I then use my software to create the type of sound I need. Setup a track and then on the inserts I use Waves Gold Q10, C1, True Verb, S1, and L1. I set the guitar controls to rhythm, volume 10, tone 8, and turn off the other pickup. I use Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber Picks, and record my background rhythm tracks. For my leads I will use the bridge pickup alone with the same settings. If I need more of a selection in my leads I will go through a DigiTech Multi Effects board. I have used this setup and compared it to everything I could find and there is no way that you can tell the difference between this guitar and one costing thousands of dollars more. If you try to play some other genre of music it will not be the best choice, such as Funk, or anything that would require a Fender Strat, or Les Paul. You just have to use this guitar properly for what it is designed for and that is first Jazz Rhythm and then Leads. You will be very happy with the quality and sound of the Joe Pass Emperor II guitar.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbelievable!

    By No nickname

    from Arleta, CA

    Pros

    • Great tone
    • Smaller Body Very Comfy

    Cons

    • None - Zero

    Best Uses

    • Anything you can think of

    Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

    Love this guitar. Been wanting a "jazz box" for some time. I wish I could do it justice.

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