Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
Featuring ProBuckers™ w/coil-splitting. Now in Wine Red!
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. And now available in a beautiful new Wine Red color finish.
During his long career, Joe Pass's advanced harmonic knowledge and seemingly endless well of melodic ideas made him the premier accompanist for the top singers and soloists in the world of jazz including Les McCann, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Milt Jackson. The new Joe Pass Emperor II PRO is a fitting tribute to Joe, who was a great inspiration and friend to Epiphone and guitarists throughout the world.
A True Archtop
The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO is a true archtop with a Select Spruce top and classic “arch” for optimum tone. The back and sides are made from Laminated Flame Maple and the Emperor-II PRO is available in three beautiful finishes—Wine Red, Natural, and Joe’s favorite, Vintage Sunburst. The top also has a bound “tortoise” style pickguard shaped to the House of Stathopoulo’s unique profile along with our signature metal “E”.
3-Piece Laminated Neck
The Emperor-II PRO has a hand-set 3-piece laminated hard Maple neck with pearloid block inlays, 20 medium jumbo frets, and is topped off with the Epiphone-vintage style “tree of life” design seen on the best Epi archtops since the late 1930s. The Emperor-II PRO features the new Graphtech® NuBone XL™ nut that is as hard as bone but will last a lifetime. Graphtech molds and engineers each NuBone XL™ nut for consistent tone and string balance as well as precise string spacing.
The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO gets its name from the new critically acclaimed ProBucker™ pickups.
The first generation of humbuckers (often called "Patent Applied For" for the tell-tale sticker found on the back of the pickups) were made at the Epiphone/Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late 50s and have acquired a mythical status among guitar players. Epiphone ProBucker pickups have that elusive tone because they are made with the same alloy as the originals--18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers--along with Sand cast Alnico II magnets and high quality 4-conductor lead wire. Each ProBucker pickup is also vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.
The Emperor-II PRO has a ProBucker-2™ in the neck position and a slightly hotter ProBucker-3™ in the lead position. Both pickups also have coil-splitting via their individual volume controls. Coil-splitting allows a player to turn a humbucker pickup into a single-coil pickup for endless tone combinations. The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO also sounds great unplugged and at low volume for players who strive for those classic horn-like tones like Joe Pass played.
Each ProBucker pickup’s volume and tone are attenuated by Top Hat control knobs with metal inserts--spaced slightly farther apart than on a typical archtop--and a 3-way pickup selector with an ivory-colored toggle cap.
The Emperor-II PRO has rock solid nickel hardware in elegant gold and a vintage styled gold scroll tailpiece, a design inspired by vintage Kalamazoo-made archtops. The Emperor-II PRO is strung at the factory with Joe Pass-approved DiAddario® 10-46 gauge strings. And setting the intonation for the Emperor-II PRO is easy with a floating bridge with thumbwheels for quick height adjustment.
The Emperor-II PRO has Grover™ Rotomatic™ 18:1 ratio machine heads for fast, accurate, and worry-free tuning. The black and white truss rod cover has an elegantly lettered, "Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO"in white.
Top Material: Select Spruce
Arched with hand-scalloped bracing and sound post
Back Material: Laminated Flame Maple
Side Material: Laminated Flame Maple
Neck Material: 3-pc laminated Hard Maple
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™; C Profile
Neck Joint: Glued-In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with Pearloidl Block inlays
Bridge Pickup: ProBucker-3™
Neck Pickup: ProBucker-2™
Controls: Bridge Volume with coil-tapping
Neck Volume with coil-tapping
3-way pickup selector (toggle); Ivory toggle cap
Binding: Top: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
Back: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
Neck: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
Headstock: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
"F" Holes: 1-ply (Ivory/Black)
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
Bridge: Floating Rosewood; Thumbwheel Adjustable height
Tailpiece: "Vintage "Scroll" Trapeze
Nut: Graphtech® NuBone XL™
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Machine Heads: Grover™ Rotomatic™; 18:1 ratio
Pickguard: Bound "Tortoise" Pickguard with metal "E"
Truss Rod Cover2-ply; (Black/White); "Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO" in White
Knobs: Top Hats with metal inserts (Volume/Tone)
Strings: DiAddario® 10-46 gauge
Typical Weight7.0 lbs