Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II

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Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
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Manufacturer Epiphone
Period 1993 — present
Body type Archtop
Scale 24.75”
Body Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Bridge Rosewood
Pickup(s) 2 Humbuckers [1]
Colors available
Polaris white, Cherry red, Various Sunbursts and custom finishes

The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II is an electric guitar model produced by Epiphone as Joe Pass's signature model. First released in just prior to Joe Pass's death in 1994 it is still produced today.


Joe Pass was a very well known virtuoso Jazz guitarist becoming most well known for his solo work whilst also having recorded with a number of other leading artists such as Ella Fitzgerald.[1]

Joe Pass previously had a relationship with the Ibanez guitar company, but in the late 1990s Epiphone released the Emperor II, claiming Pass had a hand in the design of the guitar. Epiphone had previously issued the guitar as just the Emperor and with Pass's endorsement some subtle changes to the guitar were made (such as moving the pickup selector switch)[citation needed]. While Pass endorsed the Epiphone he was more commonly seen with a Gibson ES-175

The Guitar[edit]

The Joe Pass Epiphone Emperor II is an archtop guitar, like a 175, but with certain unique features which included[1]

  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Multiple bound body (top and back), neck, f-holes, and peghead
  • Laminated spruce top
  • Maple laminate, hollow body (figured maple veneer)
  • Dual humbuckers
  • Raised pickguard with facsimile of Joe Pass' signature
  • Gibson Byrdland style tailpiece
  • Solid rosewood, floating bridge
  • "Joe Pass" model name on truss rod cover
  • Finishes: Natural, Vintage sunburst, Cherry sunburst (disc) Wine red (disc)
  • Countries of origin: Korea (disc), Indonesia, China


  1. ^ a b c "Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II". Epiphone.com. 

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