Epiphone Emperor Regent

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description Select spruce top, laminated maple body, three-piece maple neck, and trapeze tailpiece. 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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On 8/15/2000, John Boggs posted:
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I think this is a great, reasonably priced, jazz guitar. I compared it to the Gibson ES-175 and the Epi Emperor Joe Pass, both of which have dual top-mounted humbuckers and top-mounted controls, which I think deadens the sound of the top. I would definitely replace this guitar if it were stolen. My only complaint about the guitar is the Frequensator tailpiece and only because the short trapeze for the bass strings requires the carefull selection of strings to get ones long enough for the wrapping to reach the tuning machine post.
Price: $450.00
Where Obtained: Used via eBay
The Emperor Regent is the Epi version of the Gibson Johnny Smith jazz box. I believe this is a Korean-made guitar with laminated maple body and solid spruce top. It has a single, neck-mounted mini-humbucker with pickguard-mounted volumn and tone controls (I think the neck- and pickguard mounting improve the unplugged resonance by not interrupting the top). It has a 22-fret, 25 1/2 inch scale length, bound neck and headstock, with enclosed tuning machines. It also has vintage sunburst finish (my favorite), bound, single-cutaway three-and-a-half inch thick body, floating adjustable rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, and double-trapeze (long one for top three strings, short one for bottom three string) Frequensator tailpiece.
I had to adjust the action and intonation when I got it because it was all messed up. With the adjustable bridge, though, this was easy. The neck is a little wider than my Martin D-18 with a nut width of 1 11/16, 2 1/8 at the 12th fret. Set up with 12 guage strings, it plays great. Sound really nice even unplugged, which is how I usually play it. The body is bigger than a standard dreadnought but it fits me (6-footer) very well.
Sound Quality:
When I plug in, I play through a Crate GFX-30 single-12 amp, usually with only the reverb and/or chorus effects the amp provides. I play mostly jazz, blues, and traditional fingerstyle. The guitar is mostly suited to jazz because, well... it's a jazz box. The sound is not as bright as my Martin but that goes with the arch-top, maple-body territory. The only modification I would consider is replacement of the Frequensator tailpiece (see overall opinion below for the reason why).
I think this box would be reasonable for gigging. It's certainly not a D'Angelico or D'Aquisto or even a Gibson for that matter. But it's a whole lot cheaper than any of those and possibly less fragile, too, due to the laminated body.