Emperor Electric Archtop

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Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Varitone
1950's Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Varitone Controls
The Emperor was the largest and most costly instrument produced in the New York factory. With its massive 18 1/2" lower bout and 3 1/2" body depth, this top-of-the-line instrument was the largest production archtop made.

In 1959 the Emperor was redesigned to be a thinline hollow body with a depth of 1 13/16 inches with mini-humbuckers and the Varitone system was discontinued. By 1963 the Emperor was available by special order only. The 1966 price list estimates a 120 day waiting time from order to delivery.


The Emperor Series Originally Included:


See Also Emperor Acoustic Archtop


Contents

Models


Emperor Electric

Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Varitone
1951 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Varitone
Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent
1952 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent with Varitone
Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent
1955 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Electric with Varitone

Models:

  • Zephyr Emperor Varitone (1951)
  • Zephyr Emperor Regent (1952-1953)
  • Emperor Electric (1954-1957)

Body:

  • Maple sides & back
  • Plain or flamed spruce top
  • 18.5" body width
  • 3.5" body depth

Neck:

  • Set 7-ply maple/walnut neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with V-block inlays
  • Inlaid perimeter marks
  • "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 25.5" Scale

Binding:

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

Electronics:

  • Three New York pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 6 push-button Varitone controls

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge and base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Carousel knobs

Colors:

  • Natural
  • Blonde
  • Shaded



Emperor Regent Tenor

Epiphone Emperor Regent Tenor
1951 Emperor Regent Tenor with Varitone
Epiphone Emperor Regent Tenor
1951 Emperor Regent Tenor with Varitone
Epiphone Emperor Regent Tenor
1951 Emperor Regent Tenor Headstock
  • 1951-1957
  • 4-string tenor guitar

Body:

  • Maple sides & back
  • Plain or flamed spruce top
  • 18.5" body width
  • 17.375" body width
  • 3.375" body depth

Neck:

  • Set 7-ply maple/walnut neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with V-block inlays
  • Inlaid perimeter marks
  • "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 22.75" scale
  • 1.3125" nut width

Binding:

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

Electronics:

  • Three New York pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 6 push-button Varitone controls

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge and base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Carousel knobs

Colors:

  • Natural
  • Blonde
  • Shaded



Emperor-E112T

Epiphone Emperor E112T
1961 Epiphone E112T
Epiphone Emperor E112T
1961 Epiphone E112T
Epiphone Emperor E112T
1961 Epiphone E112T
  • 1959-1968

Body:

  • Curly maple top, back & sides
  • 1.8125" body depth

Neck:

  • Set 5-piece maple/walnut neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with V-block inlays
  • "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" Scale

Binding:

  • Ivroid binding
  • 7-ply body
  • 3-ply headstock & f-holes
  • 1-ply neck
  • 5-ply pickguard

Electronics:

  • Three mini humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Bound tortoise pickguard
  • Tune-o-matic bridge on rosewood base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • Diecast imperial tuners
  • Elevated tortoise pickguard

Colors:

  • Natural
  • Shaded



Emperor-S

Epiphone Emperor S
Epiphone Emperor S

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

Electronics:

  • Maxon MMK-75 humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

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:



Emperor (F)

Epiphone Emperor F
Epiphone Emperor F
Epiphone Emperor F
Epiphone Emperor F
  • 1980-1984
  • Made in Matsumoku, Japan

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

Electronics:

  • Maxon MMK-75 humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

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

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)
  • Natural (NA)



Emperor (T)

Epiphone Emperor T
Epiphone Emperor T (Japan)
Epiphone Emperor TEpiphone
Epiphone Emperor T

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple back & sides
  • Maple/mahogany center block
  • 17" body width
  • 2.125" 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

Electronics:

  • Maxon MMK-75 humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge on posts
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • Witch hat knobs
  • 5-ply headstock
  • Diecast "E" stamped tuners

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)
  • Natural (NA)



Emperor-J

Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)

Body:

  • Full-depth single-cutaway hollow body
  • Carved solid spruce top
  • Maple back & sides
  • 17" body width
  • 3.25" body depth

Neck:

  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl/abalone V-block inlays
  • Pearl "Vine of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 3-screw truss rod cover
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

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

Electronics:

  • Two humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Ebony bridge & base
  • Frequensator or trapeze tailpiece

See Also:



Emperor

Epiphone Emperor
Epiphone Emperor
  • 1984-1990

Body:

  • Laminated Maple body
  • Select Spruce top
  • Figured maple back
  • 16" body width

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with "Vine of Life" inlay
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

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

Electronics:

  • Two Alnico Classic humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch on treble horn

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge with rosewood base
  • Ornate trapeze tailpiece
  • Simulated tortoise shell pickguard with "Joe Pass" signature
  • Diecast tuners
  • Gold tophat knobs

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Natural (NA)
  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)



Joe Pass Emperor

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor Print Ad Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor 1991 Catalog
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor Print Ad
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor 1991 Catalog
Joe Pass
Joe Pass Emperor Headstock
  • 1991-1993

Body:

  • Laminated Maple body
  • Select Spruce top
  • Figured maple back
  • 16" body width

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with Vine inlay
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

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

Electronics:

  • Two Alnico Classic humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch on treble horn

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge with rosewood base
  • Ornate trapeze tailpiece
  • Simulated tortoise shell pickguard with "Joe Pass" signature
  • Diecast tuners
  • Gold tophat knobs

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

See Also: Joe Pass Signatures



Joe Pass Emperor II

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
  • 1994-Current

Body:

  • Laminated Maple body
  • Select Spruce top
  • 16" body width

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece Maple neck with SlimTaper "C" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with Vine inlay
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with "Joe Pass" inscription
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

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

Electronics:

  • Two Alnico Classic humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch on upper bass bout

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge with rosewood base
  • Ornate trapeze tailpiece
  • 16:1 ratio Grover die-cast tuners
  • Simulated tortoise shell pickguard with "Joe Pass" signature
  • Gold tophat knobs

Colors

  • Natural (NA)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS)



Emperor Regent

Epiphone Emperor Regent
Epiphone Emperor Regent
Epiphone Emperor Regent
Epiphone Emperor Regent
Epiphone Emperor Regent
Epiphone Emperor Regent
  • 1995-2011

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Laminated Maple back & sides
  • 17" body width

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece Maple neck with SlimTaper "C" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard pearl V-Block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with "Vine of Life" inlay
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68 nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 5-ply neck & headstock
  • Single-ply f-hole

Electronics:

  • One floating mini-humbucker pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls mounted to pickguard

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable Rosewood bridge with rosewood base
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • 16:1 ratio Grover die-cast tuners
  • Elevated tortoise pickguard with metal "E" emblem

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)
  • Antique Sunburst (AS)
  • Vintage Cherry Sunburst (VCSB)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Ice Blue (IB)
  • Metallic Green (??) 1996-1997
  • Metallic Light Blue (ML) 1996-1997
  • Gold Flake (GF) 1996-1997
  • Silver Flake (SF)
  • Turquoise (TQ)



Emperor Swingster

Epiphone Emperor Swingster
Epiphone Emperor Swingster
Epiphone Emperor Swingster
Epiphone Emperor Swingster
Epiphone Emperor Swingster
Epiphone Emperor Swingster
  • 2011-Current

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • Flame maple veneer
  • Hand-scalloped bracing and sound post

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece hard maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with "Vine of Life" inlay
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply headstock, neck and body
  • 1-ply F-hole

Electronics:

  • Epiphone Alnico-V Swingbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls with push-pull series/parallel
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with roller saddle and rosewood base
  • Licensed Bigsby B30 vibrato tailpiece with wire handle
  • 14:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Sunrise Orange (OR)
  • Wine Red (WR)
  • Translucent Black (TB)



Emperor Swingster Royale

Epiphone Emperor Royale
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale
Epiphone Emperor Royale
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale
Epiphone Emperor Royale
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale
  • 2011-Current

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • Hand-scalloped bracing and sound post

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece hard maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with "Vine of Life" inlay
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply gold binding on headstock, neck, and body
  • 1-ply gold binding on F holes

Electronics:

  • Epiphone Alnico-V Swingbucker & Swingbucker Plus pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls with push-pull series/parallel
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with roller saddle and rosewood base
  • Licensed Bigsby B30 vibrato tailpiece with wire handle
  • 14:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Pearl White (PW)

See Also: Royale Series



Emperor Swingster Black Royale

Epiphone Black Royale
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Black Royale
Epiphone Black Royale
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Black Royale
Epiphone Black Royale
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Black Royale
  • 2012-Current

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • Hand-scalloped bracing and sound post

Neck:

  • Set 3-piece hard maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Clipped-ear headstock with "Vine of Life" inlay
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply Silver Sparkle binding on headstock, neck, and body
  • 1-ply Silver Sparkle binding on F holes

Electronics:

  • Epiphone Alnico-V Swingbucker & Swingbucker Plus pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls with push-pull series/parallel
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with roller saddle and rosewood base
  • Licensed Bigsby B30 vibrato tailpiece with wire handle
  • 14:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Black Pearl (BP)

See Also: Black Royale Series



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