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 Epiphone Joe PassThe Epiphone Joe Pass electric archtop is named after none other than the legendary Sicilian jazz guitarist, Joe Pass. Mr. Pass was known for his incredible solo work which included a melodic playing style and chord inversions rarely heard prior to his time.

Despite the reputation of the Joe Pass name, the guitar was originally released as the Emperor in the early 1990s. It was Epiphone's answer to its Gibson cousin, the ES-175. In 1993 the new model was released as the Emperor II, but with Joe Pass' endorsement just prior to his death in 1994, the guitar began carrying his name. Epiphone claims that Mr. Pass contributed to the restyling of the Emperor II to distinguish it from the ES-175. Interestingly enough, although Joe Pass endorsed the Epiphone model, he was normally seen playing a Gibson.

The Joe Pass Emperor II features dual Epiphone humbucker pickups, a raised pick guard with the Joe Pass signature, a multi-bound body, and gold plated hardware. The hollow body is made of maple laminate while the fret board and floating bridge are rosewood. It has a rich, mellow tone very well suited to the contemporary jazz player. And amped with the right box, it can be highly responsive and delicate at the same time.

The guitar is still in production today and enjoys fairly modest sales. However, there are some musicians who prefer to switch out the dual humbuckers in order to achieve a different sound. One of the most common replacements are Gibson's Dirty Fingers humbuckers which produce a more raw, throaty tone. Regardless, the guitar does have its share of big name users. At an average retail price of around $700, it's a great piece for the money.

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Epiphone Epiphone "Joe Pass" EMPEROR-II PRO Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Coil Tapping, Natural
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The new Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO honors the "President of Bebop Guitar" and one of the most prolific and groundbreaking electric guitarists in the history of Jazz. The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO is a true archtop guitar with classic bracing and features Epiphone's critically acclaimed new ProBucker pickups with coil-splitting plus the new Graphtech NuBone XL nut...

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Archtop Electric Guitar, Natural Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II Archtop Electric Guitar, Natural
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Late guitar legend Joe Pass lends his name to one of our most popular archtops. The comfortable to play Joe Pass Emperor II is slightly smaller than the jumbo jazz-boxes and features a single trapeze tailpiece to a Rosewood floating bridge, voiced by a pair of full-size Alnico Classic Humbuckers and matched aesthetically by Abalone "Tree of Life" headstock inlay and block fretboard inlay.

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what do you think of this? (guitar)?

i just got one of my guitars out of storage i had forgotten i had this one. its magnificent sounds incredible and is really nice to play what do you think of it?

its an Epiphone 1996 reissue Joe Pass emperor.

I like it! I'm partial to Epiphone guitars, though. I hope it didn't suffer in storage though, git 't playin!!

:)

Epiphone Joe Pass review

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