We might think of them as “jazz boxes” today, but archtop electric guitars gave birth to rockabilly, rock and roll, and classic honky-tonk country, and they’re still the authentic voice of seminal twangin’ and swingin’ styles today. With a history that runs through the golden age of archtop guitars, Epiphone was right there in the middle of the rumble when jazz swung its way into rock and roll. Now Epiphone releases a new model with retro looks and period-correct features to embody the best of the instruments from the most fertile period in popular American music: the Epiphone Emperor Swingster. With its arched select spruce top and maple back and sides, hand-scalloped bracing and sound post, and three-piece maple neck, the Emperor Swingster is constructed like a top-flight archtop, but it’s upgraded appointments take it further.
A Bigsby-licensed B30 vibrato tailpiece with “wire” vibrato arm (as preferred by certified guitar legend Chet Atkins), pinned roller tune-o-matic bridge for smooth vibrato action and consistent return to pitch, and totally twangified new Epiphone SwingBuckers™ pickups ensure you’re getting the best of authentic ’50s-style tones out of this instrument. To maximize the sonic potential of these new pickups, Epiphone has given the Emperor Swingster versatile new series/parallel switching via two push-pull pots on the tone controls, which 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.