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Epiphone Imperial Collection
Epiphone Imperial Collection

Between 1992 and 1994 Epiphone released a line of guitars called the Imperial Series. These were remakes of the classic Epiphone archtops of the 1930's through the 1960's. Each instrument was hand made in the Fujigen Workshop in Japan to the original specifications of each instrument.


During the 1930's and 1940's, Epiphone produced some of the finest instruments ever made. The Epiphone Imperial Collection brings back some of the most popular and sought-after of these models.

From the top-of-the-line acoustic archtop Emperorwith its huge 18 1/2" body to the elegant curves of the Howard Roberts to the retro look and feel of the Zephyr, every Epiphone Imperial is hand-built like the originals.

- Epiphone, Imperal Collection 1992-1994


Contents

Models


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)



Imperial Series 1950's Zephyr

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

Body:

  • Solid, handcarved, bookmatched, graduated spruce top
  • Solid flame maple back
  • Hand-bent rims
  • Standard f-holes
  • 17.375" body width

Neck:

  • 3-piece laminated mahogany neck
  • "C" shape profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • V-block mother of pearl and abalone inlay
  • Masterbilt-style offset with pearl Vine-of-Life headstock inlay
  • Bone nut
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Multi-ply body & neck
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Single-ply headstock

Electronics:

  • Two NY-style mini-humbucker pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

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

Colors:

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



Imperial Series 1960's Howard Roberts

Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
  • 1992-1994
  • Made to original Howard Roberts specifications
  • Made at the Fuji-gen workshop in Japan

Body:

  • Solid curly maple top
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • Oval soundhole

Neck:

  • 3-piece maple neck with set dovetail neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard with slotted-block inlays
  • Original open-book headstock
  • Black veneer with vine inlay on headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body
  • Single-ply neck, headstock & sound hole
  • 1-ring multi-ply rosette
  • 5-ply pickguard binding

Electronics:

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

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with trapeze tailpiece
  • Rosewood bridge base with two pearl inlays
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • Translucent red pickguard with metal "E" emblem

Colors:

  • Cherry (CH)

See Also: Howard Roberts Signatures



Imperial Series DeLuxe

  • 1992-1993

Imperial Series Broadway

  • 1992-1993

Imperial Series Triumph

  • 1992-1993

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