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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Emperor Swingster is constructed from three pieces of hard maple. Neck Species
Tonal Characteristics
The angled, classical-style peg head and maple neck work together to provide exceptional tonal depth and clarity, with outstanding sustain for a hollowbodied archtop guitar.
Neck Profile
The neck on the Emperor Swingster is carved to the popular Slim Taper profile. Neck Profile
Joint
Epiphone uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This glued-in neck joint has been recognized by luthiers for centuries as a superior method for attaching guitar necks and bodies.
Headstock Shape and Angle
The Emperor Swingster headstock is carved to a shape recognizable on countless classic Epiphone guitars over the course of more the past century. It is carefully angled at the traditional 14 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Truss Rod
Epiphone’s traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. Truss Rod
Logo
A pearloid Epiphone logo is inlaid across the top of the headstock face of the Emperor Swingster, with a mother-of-pearl “vine” inlay at the center of the headstock. Logo
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The Emperor Swingster carries a rosewood fingerboard, the traditional fingerboard of countless classic archtop electrics. Rosewood is both hardwearing and sonically superlative, adding sweetness and depth to the guitar’s overall sound.
Frets
The Emperor Swingster sports 20 medium-jumbo frets, all immaculately dressed and polished. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
Rosewood fingerboards are known for their rich, round tone.
Radius
The 14" radius of the Emperor Swingster fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. This flatter yet extremely comfortable radius had been most requested by rock and blues players for more than 50 years.
Inlays
The Emperor Swingster fingerboard carries acrylic block position-marker inlays, echoing the traditional look of several upmarket archtops from the golden era of this design. Inlays
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Emperor Swingster is approximately 1 11/16", the traditional nut width of Epiphone archtop electric guitars. Nut Width