Joe Pass Emperor II

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This guitar is not currently listed on the Epiphone web site. Is it likely to see light of day again, or should I go buy a Gretsch?
 

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I'd be more inclined to get an Ibanez. AF95FM. I'm just a sucker for flame maple.

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But since my solid body electric is an Epiphone ('59 Les Paul) and my semi-hollow is an Epiphone (IBG ES-335) I kinda want to hit the trifecta and get an Epiphone hollow body.
 

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This guitar is not currently listed on the Epiphone web site. Is it likely to see light of day again, or should I go buy a Gretsch?
I see them listed on some websites in the States, not sure where you are. Epiphones website is not all inclusive.

https://www.zzounds.com/item--EPIETEP

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ETEPVSGH--epiphone-joe-pass-emperor-ii-pro-vintage-sunburst

https://www.americanmusical.com/epiphone-joe-pass-emperor-ii-pro-electric-guitar/p/EPI-ETEP-LIST
 
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every Ibanez semi/hollow body I've strummed has been amazing. same for the d'angelico's. I have no idea what they're doing but they're both doing it right.

that af95fm looks fantastic!
 

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I'd be more inclined to get an Ibanez. AF95FM. I'm just a sucker for flame maple.

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But since my solid body electric is an Epiphone ('59 Les Paul) and my semi-hollow is an Epiphone (IBG ES-335) I kinda want to hit the trifecta and get an Epiphone hollow body.
I know I’ll just be stating the obvious, but if you’re in need of a hollow body Epi to complete your Epi fleet, then I can’t not mention my all time favorite instrument. The Casino.
 

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Casinio is a thinline like my 335. I'm looking for a deep body jazz box a la the Gibson ES-175/Epiphone Emperor.
I played a modified Joe Pass a few months ago, it sounded outstanding. They wanted a little more than I was willing to pay for the condition it was in, if the price were reasonable it would have gone home with me.
 

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I see them listed on some websites in the States, not sure where you are. Epiphones website is not all inclusive.

https://www.zzounds.com/item--EPIETEP

I hate it when I write invisible posts 👻

There are many on Reverb and eBay too.



The ES-175 Premium is one of the two €pis I'll probably never sell....

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I wouldn't ever sell it either. Seems like Epi knocked it out of the park with that one like they did with the '55 LP Custom.
 

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There are many on Reverb and eBay too.
Yes! Go used!
I have three Joe Pass guitars off of Reverb, plus a pre-Joe Pass Emperor. 1993, 1993, 1994, 1989-1991. All Samick Factory. All outstanding. One is extra special and will stay with me forever.
 

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Is the ES-175 available from Epiphone new? 'Cause I wouldn't mind that one.

I think it is currently not available,
though the Premium version was a 2014 ltd run,

I got lucky a few years ago and got it as NOS for ~ €550.- from thomann.de
the gibson pickups alone are worth €200-250.-


PS
it seems the value has more than doubled...:naughty:

 

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I think it is currently not available,
though the Premium version was a 2014 ltd run,

I got lucky a few years ago and got it as NOS for ~ €550.- from thomann.de
the gibson pickups alone are worth €200-250.-


PS
it seems the value has more than doubled...:naughty:

Yeah, I was nosing around Reverb and a few other sites and noticed that the ES-175 has Gibson pickups. And is selling used for ~$1000 to $1250. BEFORE shipping.

One of the guys in my monthly acoustic barn jam owns one, and regularly plays it. He makes his sound good, but he's also a much better player than I am.

So IF I want an Epi then that's either the Joe Pass Emperor II or the ES-175, and both will have to be used. Or I could do a NIB Gretsch or an Ibanez. And spend another $400-$600 on PAFs, pots & caps.

I REALLY wish Epi would just reissue the 175.
 

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Both Epiphone & Gibson - whose rivalry in the first half of the last century was all about full-sized archtops, both acoustic and electric, and drove the market (I once read someone say that D'Angelicos were Gibsons on steroids, and Strombergs were Epis on steroids) - have stopped making them. You'll to buy used.
 


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