Epiphone Emperor Swingster Electric Guitar

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The Swingster electric guitar with innovations from Epiphone will make you swing Like a pro! Starting with the same body and neck as used on the Epiphone Emperor II guitar and made famous by the jazz master himself, Joe Pass, Epiphone swings into action and turns it into a serious twangin', rock-a-billy slingin', country flingin' machine!

Classic Construction with SwingBucker Pickups!
With it's hand-scalloped arched spruce top combined with a laminated arched-back maple body and glued-in 3-piece hard maple neck, the Swingster has what it takes to satisfy any professional's demand for great tone. At the heart of the guitar are Epiphone's SwingBucker pickups and a series/parallel electronics switching package that outperforms all others in it's class. Specially designed for the Swingster, the humbuckers offer no hum performance and feature classic Alnico-V magnets, enamel wire and over-wound coils for the perfect combination of warmth and bite.

Series/Parallel Switching
Two push/pull Tone controls allow you to change each pickup's output individually from parallel to series wiring creating a palette of useful sounds to tap into ranging from warm humbuckers to quacky single-coil type sounds and everything in-between. Of course, any swinging machine needs a vibrato and the Swingster is no exception featuring a Bigsby Licensed B30 with original style wire handle as preferred by Certified Guitar Player and legend, Chet Atkins.

Plus, Epiphone has included a pinned tune-o-matic bridge with rosewood base for smooth operation and accurate return to pitch which is preferred when using a vibrato.

Loads of Bling
Topping it all off are Epiphone's trademark, multi-bound headstock with the classic mother-of-pearl vine inlay, premium Grover tuners and a multi-bound, 20 fret Pau Ferro fingerboard with block inlay. Gorgeous! And Epiphone stands behind every guitar they make with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service. If you're ready for a professional guitar with unique features and a killer price tag, swing into a new Emperor Swingster today. Can you dig it? Oh yeah!

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Epiphone Emperor Electric Guitar Specifications

  • Top Material: Select Spruce
  • Back Material: Laminated Maple
  • Side Material: Laminated Maple
  • Neck Material: 3-piece Hard Maple
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75 inches
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro with mother-of-pearl Block inlays
  • Neck Pickup: SwingBucker
  • Bridge Pickup: SwingBucker Plus
  • Controls: Bridge Volume, Neck Volume, Bridge Tone with push-pull series/parallel, Neck Tone with push-pull series/parallel, 3-way pickup selector (toggle)
  • Binding: Headstock - 5 ply, Neck - 5 ply, Body - 5 ply, F holes - 1 ply
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14 inches
  • Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: Pinned Tun-O-Matic Bridge with rosewood base, Licensed Bigsby B30 Vibrato with wire handle
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16 inches
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grover 16:1 ratio
  • Options: Hard Case
  • Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

Customer Reviews

tronus53 Submitted: 8/10/2015
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not bad for the price
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The finish isn't as nice as my other 2 Epi's; there are some runs in the finish, the binding in the f-holes is uneven, and the frets are pretty rough, even after going over them with an 8000-grit Stewmac fret eraser. But it sounds & plays very nice, the fretboard & body binding looks really nice, and the headstock inlay is beautiful. When I purchased it, AMS' ad read that it has a roller bridge; not true, it's a standard Tunematic, but still keeps the tuning fairly stable using the Bigsby, which has a softer spring than my Wildkat. Allparts has a drop-in roller bridge for $25 plus shipping, which is the only mod I plan to make. The p-ups sound nice--as single coils, very chimey, and as humbuckers, can get nice & fat; they're wired backwards...in for single coil & out for humbucker. It also came with an LP-style transparent pick guard, but as the guitar is not pre-drilled for it, it won't go on; I think it would clutter up its clean & classy looks.
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DAN PEROTTI JR., DANOTTI59@OUTLOOK.COM Submitted: 12/19/2014
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NICE SOUNDING ALL AROUND PLAYALE GUITAR
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NICELY MADE GUITAR .CHINA SOME HOW GOT IT RIGHT! HARD TO BELIEVE? BUT THEY GOT IT RIGHT..... POOR SET UP BUT THATS' NOT THE CHINESE FAULT OR PROBLEM.. I BLAME THE U.S. INSPECTION TEAM AT EPIPHONE.
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G R Henry Boynton Submitted: 4/3/2014
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disappointed
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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.
The Swingster is a good guitar, works well for rockabilly and jazz in particular, has that nice warm but bright rockabilly clean sound.
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.
Good tone, bright but warm. This is a good guitar to play clean. Pickups are not real hot, but hot enough.
Fit and finish is very good, typical of Epiphone.
The guitar is fine, well worth the money I paid (if it only had all the parts).
Really crappy. Somebody obviously has adjusted the bridge and pickups without a clue how to do this.
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Ron Colvard Submitted: 2/18/2014
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Fantastic Guitar!
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WOW! Extremely versatile guitar.
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.
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.
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!
I ordered the Wine Red Swingster and it is absolutely gorgeous! Not a flaw anywhere. VERY high quality!
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).
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.
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Guitar Greg Submitted: 2/28/2013
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Gretsch has major competition!
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.
so far so good (3 months)
Your general opinion of this product.
I really love this guitar, beautiful and functional, and a great price!
this is a very nice feeling neck, admittedly, I had to smooth out some jagged edges to the frets, but after that it was amazing, Bigsby works great!
very versatile tone. Smooth jazz tones or twangy rockabilly right up to straight out classic rocker.
beautiful Sunset Orange finish... looks just like a Setzer Gretsch.
pretty descent out of the box, a little neck and bridge adjust and it was sweet!
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STEVER from WESTERN NY Submitted: 2/17/2013
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Stay Away!!
buy a Gretch for this price
typical chineese
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chineese import
typical but nothing "special"
Inferior for the money there are a hundred better choices
thick slapped on
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Terry from Burlington, Iowa, USA Submitted: 12/22/2012
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Big bang for the bucks
High quality guitar
The output shorted out within two months
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall, a knockout guitar with very flexible tones. It'll do rockabilly, pop, blues, & jazz very well
Got used to the neck very fast. Had to cut the string slots on the nut as they were WAY too high. The controls do just what they're meant to do.
Full range of great tones for pop, blues, rockabilly & jazz. I'm guessing not so much for metal. Does dandy for reggae, too
The finish is spectacular. Total eye candy.
Neck needed no adjustment but I had to cut the nut grooves much deeper.
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mr.B from usa Submitted: 1/13/2012
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EPIPHONE HITS HOME RUN
has the quality of a custom shop guitar,that most would be proud to own and play
time will tell...have owned less than 6-months seems to be a quality build...
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...
very smooth and playable neck..being a hardcore acoustic player i tend to play with a lot of pasion causing most electric guitars to give a unbalanced sound..NOT THIS BABY,it can trully sing with about anything you can through at it.....
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
again... you see that custom shop quality. a joy to look at..
empressive concidering it was just shipped across the country.. last year i purchaced a amr dlx fender stratocaster right off the rack,and it needed adjustments befor i could enjoy playing it.and it was twice the $$$
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TKHumbucker from Hilton Head Island, SC Submitted: 5/23/2011
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What a great guitar!
I have Gibsons and Fenders but I continue to be amazed how the great the quality of the high end Epiphones have become. The top of the line Epi's have to apologize to no one.
Do not know I have just had about a month. Seems very well built.
Your general opinion of this product.
This is a fantatstic guitar that is well made and is simply fun to play!
The nect is just right and is very quick.
As I said the tone is smooth as silk or punchy or heavy. Whatever you want. The electronics provide tons of options and the Swingbuckers sing.
Perfect and the flame back is awesome.
It was good but I had it adjusted and now it is perfect. I like a medium action. By the way make sure you use strings with a wound "G" string. The nut comes setup that way.
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