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Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar Natural

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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.

Features
  • 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 123 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

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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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Hubby Loves this guitar

By MissAinCA

from Concord, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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!

    (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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite!

    By loudog

    from Morgan City, LA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

      I've had mine (natural) for four or five years. I've added a tune-o-matic bridge, Tusq nut, and a new custom pickguard. The pots and switch have been replaced because the originals did not work consistently - they were scratchy with intermittent outages. I rewired it with better pots, switch, and jack and I changed the wiring for independent volumes on each pickup. I had a black pickguard custom made because the original was warped and sat too high over the pickups. This was one of my favorite guitars before the upgrades, but now it is at the top of the list. It sounds great and feels even better. I use 11-52 flatwound strings, although specs show 10-46. This is a great guitar for jazz, rockabilly, and blues, but probably nothing that would be too loud and cause it to feedback due to its hollow body.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Deal

      By mojo

      from ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

      More than I expected for the money. I got an "Open Box" deal that was exactly as described in the listing! Not a scratch and in Mint condition. The neck is very nice and frets well for me. Electrics are ok. Body is nice and light. Overall, I think this is a pretty nice player with a good tone and better than average construction for the price!

      (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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very nice guitar

      By desperate dave

      from north ga.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Beautiful Guitar
      • 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 Electric Guitar:

        to compare this to a gibson 175 or similar instruments is unfair but for the price this is a quality guitar.the pickups sound pretty good to my ear.the finish is very nice.it needed to be setup but most guitars do.i will take it and gig with it . the neck has a good feel to it.don't let the name on the headstock fool you. this is a very nice guitar well worth the money.40 years of playing i really like this guitar

        (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Yuma Rick

        By Yuma Rick

        from Yuma Az.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Electric Guitar:

            has anyone on here been able to find the strings that came with this guitar? I've been unable too. tried Gibson didn't like sound. Gibson's reissued, Did not sound like the guitar I bought. Talked to Epiphone, they don't make strings for it. sincerely Yuma Rick

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Almost as good as Ibanez…(sorry)

            By Buffalo Bill-b2WBB

            from New Buffalo, Michigan, USA

            About Me Experienced

            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.

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I should prolly use less distortion =)

            By replicand

            from Hollywood, ca

            About Me Experienced

            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.

            (3 of 4 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.

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