Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description The Joe Pass Signature Model with semi-hollow laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 2 humbuckers, and gold hardware.
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 6/9/2002, Michael Marzullo (115) posted:
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I fell in love with the looks and the sound was nice. Once I got to know this baby, I saw where Epiphone cut their costs. They did it with components that can be upgraded so I'm not worried. I give it a 3.75
Model Year: 1994
Price: $500.00
Where Obtained: consignment purchase
Korean made, hollow body jazz box. spruce top, flame maple back and sides(natural finish) with binding front, back, neck and headstock. great headstock inlay, but fretboard MOP inlay looks cheap and fake. Tuners cheap, electronics and pickups suprizingly good. I give it a 3 because of the fretboard inlay and the tuners.
Action is funny - you have to balance the bridge adjustment with truss rod. Be careful not to get your pickups adjusted too high or else the strings buzz on them. Neck feels good - not as chunky as you'd expect. It will take some work to get it set just right for me.
Sound Quality:
Not bad. Acoustically, it's sustain is good the sound is percussive(as it should be). this thing sounded great plugged in. It was easy to get that jazz sound clean and dirty. I freaked when changing the strings - this was my first archtop and I didn't know that the bridge wasn't attached to the top!I'm a stickler for good intonation so I panicked! It didn't take long to get it back to the correct spot(the faint shadow left on the body from where it was previously was the wrong spot. I wonder if the guy sold it because it just didn't sound right! his loss...) I should have gotten flat wound strings - I hear they don't buzz as much with these jazz boxes. It squeals like a pig if you face your amp - but face it, this was designed for mellow tunes in smokey bars not wailing blues or rock. I think the electronics will wear out soon - call it a gut instinct.
Pretty solid, tuners are poor. I'm planning to change out the pickups(even though they're not too bad), electronics, replace the plastic nut, maybe try a rosewood bridge, put some real MOP or abalone in the fretboard, but first - those tuners have got to go!