The Epiphone Custom Shop Limited Edition Emperor Swingster™excels in a wide range of genres, including jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and rock. This hollowbody has a 5-ply layered maple body, mahogany neck(from the Joe Pass Emperor ll) with a comfortable and fast-playing SlimTaper™ profile, Indian laurel fretboard with block inlays, mother of pearl Epiphone and Tree of Life inlays on the large Clipped Dove Wing headstock, Grover® Rotomatic® tuning machines, and two Epiphone SwingBucker™ pickups(overwound with alnico 5 magnets), each with a dedicated volume and tone control. Push/pull switches are built into each volume control to provide series/parallel switching for the pickups, and along with the 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, give you a broad selection of tonal options. The LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic™ bridge is mounted on a pinned wooden base so it won't move out of place when you use the licensed Bigsby® vibrato with wire handle.
What makes the Swingster “swing” is its electronics, coupled with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with a custom arm ideal for serious floating action. A roller bridge helps make its use and sound fluid, and helps keep the instrument in tune. The Bigsby and the “pinned” rosewood base with roller tune-o-matic saddle makes a world of difference on the Swingster. Epiphone created its new SwingBucker pickups for this instrument. With Alnico V magnets, they offer a blend of warmth and twang. Better yet, two push/pull pots on the Tone knobs allow for series/parallel function of both pickups. Throw in a standard two Volume/two Tone control configuration and a three-way switch, and you’re ready to rock the roadhouse.
It’s obvious where Epiphone was going with its SwingBucker pickups. The Alnico V magnets give a “best of both worlds” vibe to their tone, with the neck pickup sounding typically warm and round, perfect for jazz, big-band swing, and blues. The bridge pickup is arguably the crown jewel – if you need twang, it can deliver. Vibrato effects are smooth, with no awkward jumpiness you usually get with a roller bridge. Epiphone created its new SwingBucker pickups for this instrument. With Alnico V magnets, they offer a blend of warmth and twang. Better yet, two push/pull pots on the Tone knobs allow for series/parallel function of both pickups. Throw in a standard two Volume/two Tone control configuration and a three-way switch, and you’re ready to rock the roadhouse Another seldom-seen option are series/parallel potentiometers. It’s certainly a plus when you can get a single-coil-type sound out of a box like this – almost like a hollowbody Tele. The Swingster is wired with the parallel portion of the tone with the knobs in the “pulled” position. This means you pull up on the knob to get your big boomy tone and push it in for your quasi-single coil vibe.
BUILD Laminated maple body with set mahogany neck, laurel fretboard with 12” radius, gold sparkle binding with multi-ply purfling, 20 medium-jumbo frets, Graph Tech NuBone nut
HARDWARE LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, licensed Bigsby tailpiece with ‘wire’ arm, Grover Rotomatic tuners
ELECTRONICS 2x SwingBucker humbucking pickups, 2x volume, 2x tone (push/pull for series/parallel), 3-way toggle pickup selector
SCALE LENGTH 24.7”/628mm
NECK WIDTH 43.2mm at nut, 55.1mm at 12th fret
NECK DEPTH 21.9mm at first fret, 23.7mm at 9th fret
STRING SPACING 35mm at nut, 52.1mm at bridge
Comes with hard shell case
9 out of 10
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