- Excellent + Condition
- Year: 1997
- Includes Original Hard Shell Case
- Serial #: R97H 0551
Recent Epiphone aficionados recognize the high quality builds that were coming from the Korean Peerless factory in the late 1990's. Here, we have an excellent example of such guitars, a modified Emperor, with a nicely aged natural finish. Although stamped as a 2nd, this was likely due to purely cosmetics which are detailed below, and made this a perfect candidate for some really great upgrades. Laminate construction with a Spruce top with Maple back & sides, looks and sounds excellent - and does a great Jim Hall-esque sound. Now one will notice that this is without the typical frequensator style tailpiece, and has gained a lovely gold tailpiece, reminiscent of a heavier duty Gibson. These guitars are typically outfitted with a monkey arm style floating pickup, and there are screw holes evident of that, but this example has a top mounted unmarked neck pickup with a lovely sound. The pickup has a vintage sounding, balanced output measuring 7.35k. The volume and tone pots have been also top mounted using mini pots which are unobtrusive. All the routes were done very nicely. The all gold appointments show no signs of wear, and look very elegant against the natural wood.
The neck is straight and plays super easily with a very low setup of 4/64" at the twelfth fret. The neck has a unique slim C profile, that measures .83" thick at the first position to .91" at the tenth position (before the curvature at the heel). The binding is in great shape throughout, with some lines that have developed underneath the finish from age - purely aesthetic.
Surely a players guitar, but one that would surely impress any player.
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