Epiphone this week announced the resurgence of their classic Emperor Hollowbody in a new suped-up package officially dubbed the Emperor Swingster.
The guitar (shown here in Wine Red) is expected to feature a newly updated set of pickups designed specifically for the Swingster (Epiphone SwingBuckers?) along with a push/pull tone knob for tapping standard and parallel wiring schemes, a “pinned” tune-o-matic bridge with rosewood base and roller saddle, and an old school Bigsby B60 vibrato tailpiece armed with traditional-style “wire” arm.
The Emperor Swingster will also sport a short 24-1/2″ scale length, for easier fingering of unwieldy jazz chord inversions, a fairly flat 14″ neck radius (arguably a boon for quick jazz comping,) and the whole thing will apparently be topped off with 5-ply headstock, body and neck binding.
Standard features will include an arched top made of select spruce, body of laminated maple & birch, a three-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium-jumbo frets, and electronics including dual volume controls, dual tone controls, push/pull coil tapping, and 3-way pickup switching.
The Swingster will be available in three different polyurethane finishes: Wine Red, Sunrise Orange, and Translucent Black, and is expected to sell for a street price of just under $700.00, sans case.