Thoughts on the Epiphone Emperor Swingster?

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  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    There's one for sale locally for what looks like a decent price, and it looks interesting.

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    Might it scratch an itsch for a Gretsch?
     
  2. ZenGuitarist

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    I'm a sucker for bold colours like that. I like the look of it but I've never played one.

    It could very well scratch your itch for a Gretsch. I read the reviews of that model on L&M's website and some people essentially said that. Why not go and check it out?
     
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    I have one just like it. Mine’s great, plays great, sounds good. Pickups are good and the split sounds are usable. It will feed back, as you would expect. Great fit and finish on mine. A lot of guitar for the money. Mine doesn’t see enough playing time, though.
     
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    I've never heard of these before, and the one for sale is an hour and a half away :lol: So I'd like to learn some more, first.
     
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    I've always appreciated the fact that they use a chet arm on those.
    I've never seen one in the wild, though
     
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    Did see one in action on stage thru an AC15 about 10 years ago.. Sounded glorious!
     
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  7. ZenGuitarist

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    I don't ever recall seeing one in a store but later this week I'll be at a store that has one. I'll have to take a look at it when I'm there.

    Here's a review from someone who bought one and compared it to a 6120. You have to understand that I'm a professional enabler.
     
  8. rangercaster

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    I would grab one if offered ...

    Real pretty!

    I have a Gretsch 2622 w p90s ... 1601259938721461156778556387526.jpg
     
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    It's a great guitar, and is equal to the similarly priced Electromatic 5120. A 6120 costs three times as much. We sold a lot of these at the store where I worked, and I had one, but I only sold it because of the poor upper fret access, since I spend a lot of time up there. Also, there's only 20 frets.
     
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    If the price is right for the condition it's in and you find it plays easy in your hands, hard to go wrong with one of these as they are quality Asian builds; you may find, over time, that you'd prefer pickups that are a bit more Gretsch-sounding from the jump (plenty of choices out there) -- which generally speaking is more underwound than overwound -- but I'd advise taking your good, sweet time listening to the stockers before making that decision (which will also have a lot to do with what types of music you may want this one guitar to cover). Good luck!
     
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    Overall not a bad guitar, the pickups switch between series and parallel. The bigsby on mine wasn't as good as the one on my gretsch. nice d shaped neck, well put together. I think I paid $500 Canadian for it.
     
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    Asian guitars are very well constructed....

    I don't purchase MIA ....

    Overpriced with poor quality control, IMHO ...

    Jus' sayin ...
     
  13. ZenGuitarist

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    I mentioned earlier that I would be dropping by a store that had one and I was there yesterday. I didn't have a chance to play it because I was on my way to a meeting but it sure looked nice.
     
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