Epiphone introduces new Emperor Swingster hollowbody model for 2021

Epiphone Emperor Swingster
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Epiphone has introduced its latest iteration of the Emperor hollowbody electric guitar – the elegantly appointed, oh-so-metallic Emperor Swingster.

Aiming to cater to the sonic and aesthetic demands of various genres – including jazz, blues, rockabilly, country and rock – the Emperor Swingster flashes a number of classy aesthetic appointments, including a Clipped Dove Wing headstock adorned with a Tree of Life inlay.

Construction-wise, the guitar is composed of a five-ply mahogany body, mahogany neck and an Indian laurel fretboard. A SlimTaper neck profile features, which promotes comfortable and swift 'board transitions.

In terms of tone, the Emperor Swingster boasts two SwingBucker pickups, each with a dedicated volume and tone control, selectable via a three-way toggle.

Sonic horizons are widened thanks to volume control push/pull switches, which provide series/parallel switching for the pickups.

The hollowbody model is available in three finishes – Forest Green Metallic, Delta Blue Metallic and Black Aged Gloss – and is capped off with a licensed Bigsby vibrato with wire handle, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge on a pinned wooden bridge, and Grover Rotomatic tuning machines. 

The Epiphone Emperor Swingster is available now for $749.

Head over to Epiphone (opens in new tab) for more info.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.