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Item Reviews for: Epiphone Emperor Swingster Electric Guitar  -  EPI ETS2 LIST

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By: Henry Boynton from Caldwell Idaho USA, fhenboy@gmail.com      Submitted: 4/3/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? I love the Swingster,but this guitar (I know, it was a scratch and dent, but come on)was not remotely close to being set up and pickguard parts are missing. I understand it has been unpacked before but send me all the pieces. I have bought scratch and dent from this company before and they have always been excellent. Now I have to find someplace to order pickguard parts and wait for them before I can use this guitar. Not to mention the setup and an immediate string change. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? The Swingster is a good guitar, works well for rockabilly and jazz in particular, has that nice warm but bright rockabilly clean sound. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? The neck is bigger than on my other Swingster (yes, I have another) but still all right. The controls are the same as any other Gibson type setup. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Good tone, bright but warm. This is a good guitar to play clean. Pickups are not real hot, but hot enough. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Fit and finish is very good, typical of Epiphone. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? The guitar is fine, well worth the money I paid (if it only had all the parts). Playability How was the action out of the box? Really crappy. Somebody obviously has adjusted the bridge and pickups without a clue how to do this.
Fantastic Guitar!
By: Ron Colvard from Miami, OK      Submitted: 2/18/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? WOW! Extremely versatile guitar. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Very high quality instrument. Epiphone really slapped one out of the park with the Swingster! Great for rockabilly, blues, country, and swing. I'm guessing not so much for metal, which I don't do anyway. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? I love playing large-bodied guitars...they have a really comfortable balance and along with the slim-taperd neck, you feel as if this guitar was made specifically for you. You're going to need to move the whammy bar out of the way to set the controls where you want them and then move the bar back in place. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Here's the best part! With the ability to split each pickup, you get 8 different pickup combinations. Anything from bright & snappy, sweet, dark & smooth, mellow, & thick. Thin...not so much. AND (this is so cool!) each pickup has 12 adjustable poles so you can dial in the exact sound you want for each pup. It took me a couple of days to figure out that at first, you have to decide what sound you want (what you want a specific song to sound like), then set your amp volume (controls). Then you can mix and match pickup combo's with your volume and tone controls to get that specific sound, but you have to set your amp first. Sometimes I want a Chet Atkins sound and at other times I want a Brian Setzer sound. Each one can be dialed in with amazing precision. This baby does it all! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I ordered the Wine Red Swingster and it is absolutely gorgeous! Not a flaw anywhere. VERY high quality! Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I went back and forth with myself about whether to get the Swingster or the Gretsch 5420. After a couple days of experimenting with the Swingster, I know I made the right decision. Not to take anything away from Gretsch, they make quality products, but the Swingster seems to fit my needs better, for now(...I also see the 5420 in my future). Playability How was the action out of the box? Amazingly, the action out of the box was almost perfect for me. I always have to do a very precise set up for my needs anyway.
Gretsch has major competition!
By: GREG SPACK from LYNDORA, PA, USA      Submitted: 2/28/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I think this guitar is made very well and will hold up well over time. I believe I can count on this gig after gig. General Your general opinion of this product. I really love this guitar, beautiful and functional, and a great price! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? very versatile tone. Smooth jazz tones or twangy rockabilly right up to straight out classic rocker. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? beautiful Sunset Orange finish... looks just like a Setzer Gretsch.
Stay Away!!
By: STEVER from WESTERN NY      Submitted: 2/17/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? buy a Gretch for this price General Your general opinion of this product. chineese import Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Inferior for the money there are a hundred better choices Finish How did the stain or paint job look? thick slapped on
Big bang for the bucks
By: Terry from Burlington, Iowa, USA      Submitted: 12/22/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? High quality guitar General Your general opinion of this product. Overall, a knockout guitar with very flexible tones. It'll do rockabilly, pop, blues, & jazz very well Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Full range of great tones for pop, blues, rockabilly & jazz. I'm guessing not so much for metal. Does dandy for reggae, too Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish is spectacular. Total eye candy.
EPIPHONE HITS HOME RUN
By: mr.B from usa      Submitted: 1/13/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? has the quality of a custom shop guitar,that most would be proud to own and play General Your general opinion of this product. 40-years of playing gibsons,and fender electric guitars. martin,gibson,guild,taylor,ovation acoustic guitars.and many others, always searching for those perfect tones...with this one guitar epiphone has brought joy to my ears and fingers,and WALLET... Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? GOOSE BUMPS..i have played it through my vox,and fender tube amps.my peavey soildstate and various pedals all of wich giving a differant tone value go very well with the pickup variation,true hollow body construction and spruse top..you wont be disapointed Finish How did the stain or paint job look? again... you see that custom shop quality. a joy to look at..
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