Emperor Acoustic Archtop

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Epiphone Emperor
Epiphone Emperor Headstock

The Emperor was the largest and most costly instrument produced in the New York factory. With its massive 18 1/2" lower bout, this top-of-the-line instrument is the largest production archtop made.


The Emperor Series Originally Included:


See Also Emperor Electric Archtop


Contents

Models


Emperor

Epiphone Emperor
1940 Epiphone Emperor
Epiphone Emperor
1954 Epiphone Emperor
  • 1935-1954

Body:

  • Non-cutaway body
  • Carved solid spruce top
  • Curly maple back & sides
  • Standard f-hole
  • 18.5" body width

Neck:

  • 7-piece maple/walnut neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with pearl V-block inlays
  • Epsilon logo engraved trapeze tailpiece
  • Clipped-ear headstock with pearl vine inlay
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply pyralin body binding
  • 3-ply pyralin heel cap, neck binding, f-holes and headstock

Hardware:

  • Satin & burnished gold hardware
  • Elevated tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable ebony bridge with rosewood base

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural



Soloist Emperor

Epiphone Emperor
1941 Epiphone Soloist Emperor

Produced just before World War II, the Soloist was Epiphone's first experimental cutaway, predating regular cutaways by almost a decade.

This Soloist has been outfitted with a floating pickup.
  • 1941

Body:

  • Single cutaway body
  • Carved spruce top
  • Curly maple back & sides
  • Standard f-holes

Neck:

  • 7-piece curly maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with pearl V-block inlays
  • "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 3-ply headstock & f-hole
  • 5-ply neck & pickguard

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Elevated tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable ebony bridge & base
  • Frequensator tailpiece

Source: http://www.niceguitar.eu/41soloist.html



Emperor Regent

Epiphone Emperor Regent
Epiphone Emperor Regent
  • 1948-1957

Body:

  • Single cutaway body
  • Carved spruce top
  • Maple back, sides and neck
  • Standard f-holes

Neck:

  • Set maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with pearl V-block inlays
  • "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 3-ply headstock & f-hole
  • 5-ply neck & pickguard

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Elevated bound tortoise pickguard
  • Adjustable ebony bridge & base
  • Frequensator tailpiece



Emperor-C

Epiphone Emperor-C
Epiphone Emperor-C

Body:

  • Full-depth single-cutaway hollow body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple back & sides
  • Maple/mahogany center block
  • 17" body width
  • 3.25" body depth

Neck:

  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with V-block inlays
  • Pearl "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply top
  • 5-ply neck & headstock
  • 1-ply back & f-hole

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge on rosewood base
  • Deco-style trapeze tailpiece
  • Gold reflector hat knobs
  • 5-ply pickgaurd
  • Diecast "E" stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural

See Also: Epiphone Japan



Imperial Series 1939 Emperor

Epiphone Imperial Series Emperor
Epiphone Imperial Series 1939 Emperor Reissue
Epiphone Imperial Series Emperor
Epiphone Imperial Series 1939 Emperor Reissue
  • 1992-1994
  • Made to original Emperor specifications
  • Made at the Fuji-gen workshop in Japan

Body:

  • Solid, handcarved, bookmatched, graduated spruce top
  • Solid flame maple back
  • Hand-bent flame maple rims
  • 18.5" body width

Neck:

  • 5-piece maple/mahogany
  • "C" shape profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • V-block mother of pearl and abalone inlay
  • Offset headstock with Pearl tree-of-life inlay
  • Bone nut
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 9-ply ivoroid body
  • 3-ply f-holes
  • 3-ply heel cap, pickguard and headstock
  • 5-ply neck

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Sealed tuners with original style machine head buttons
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge with rosewood base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Tortoise shell pickguard

Colors:

  • Antique Natural (AN)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



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