A stunning tribute to the "President of Bebop Guitar" and one of the most revolutionary electric guitarists in jazz history, Epiphone is proud to introduce the Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO Archtop.
Throughout his extensive career, Joe Pass was widely recognized for his truly unique, innovative style, which made him the perfect accompaniment for some of the biggest names in jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Les McCaan, Herb Ellis, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, Ray Borwn and Oscar Peterson.
A true archtop, the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO a fully hollow single cutaway body made with beautiful laminated flame maple back and sides with a select spruce top. For superb tone and resonance, the arched top is supported by hand-scalloped bracing and a carefully positioned sound post. The Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO comes handsomely dressed in your choice of Natural, Wine Red, or Joe's favorite, Vintage Sunburst. This classy archtop is adorned with a traditionally-shaped tortoise-style bound pickguard featuring Epiphone's signature metal "E" as well as multi-ply binding for the top, back, F-holes, neck and headstock.
For a classic feel, the hand-set 3-piece laminated hard maple neck is carved into a comfortable, fast 1960s SlimTaper C shape and features a 24.75" scale length. The rosewood fingerboard houses 22 medium jumbo frets for superb playability while elegant pearloid block inlays cater to the elegant looks. The fingerboard is topped with a Graphtech NuBone XL nut, which offers exceptional intonation and string balance. The NuBone XL nut is also as hard as bone but will last a lifetime without cracking or chipping. A beautiful "tree of life" inlay graces the headstock -- a classic inlay that can be seen on the best Epiphone archtops since the '30s.
For that classic vintage voice with modern versatility, the Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO comes equipped with a pair of Epiphone's PAF-style ProBucker humbuckers with coil-tapping capabilities. First made in the late '50s in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the "Patent Applied For" pickups are considered by most to be the "Holy Grail" of guitar pickups. With the ProBucker pickups, Epiphone has faithfully re-created the distinctive sonic qualities of those classic humbuckers. In order to ensure that elusive tone of the originals, the ProBuckers utilize the same materials as the originals such as 18% Nickel Silver Unit bases and covers, Sand cast Alnico II magnets, and high-quality 4-conductor lead wire. Both pickups are also vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.
The pickups are wired through a classic control layout that consists of a 3-way toggle with an ivory-colored cap and independent volume & tone control knobs for each pickup. Providing you with an extensive sonic palette, the volume control for each pickup features a push/pull pot that allows you to tap into single-coil tones on-the-fly. The Vol and Tone controls sport Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and are spaced slightly father apart than a typical archtop.
The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO comes fitted with premium gold-plated nickel hardware including a set of Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with an 18:1 ratio for fast, intuitive, and worry-free tuning. This attractive package is completed by a floating rosewood with thumbweels for easy, on-the-fly adjustments and a vintage-style scroll "trapeze" tailpiece inspired by vintage Kalamazoo-made archtops. Case sold separately.
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