Joe Pass was known as the “president of bebop guitar.” Raised near Jamestown, Pennsylvania, as a teenager Joe headed for New York City where his inventive, fluid lines, advanced harmonic knowledge, and seemingly endless well of melodic ideas were immediately recognized. Perhaps Pass’ best work was for Norman Granz’ Pablo label, based in Los Angeles. During his career, Joe recorded with a Who’s Who of jazz greats including Les McCaan, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Milt Jackson.
The Joe Pass Emperor II is slightly smaller than our historic archtops but bears many of the same, distinctive features of the Broadway model including a select Spruce top and maple body. The 24.75” scale hand-set maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard with beautiful mother of pearl block inlays topped off by the legendary Epiphone “tree of life” design which is further set off by Grover® 16:1 ratio gold tuners and a signature “Joe Pass” truss rod cover.