Epiphone 1961 full line catalog, page 16. This page details two very fine Epiphone carved top acoustic guitars: the Epiphone Emperor (A112, not to be confused with its electric equivalent, E112T, shown on page 4) and the Epiphone Deluxe (A212). These fine arched top acoustics really are beautiful instruments, each available in Natural or Shaded (Sunburst) finish.
The Emperor acoustic really was a nice guitar, and although it shares the same body width (18 1/2") and length as the Emperor electric model, it had a full body depth for greater acoustic volume. The Emperor acoustic was 3 3/8" deep compared to the 1 13/16" depth of the thinline Emperor electric. The Emperor acoustic is described as follows:
Supreme example of the unequalled tone and perfect responsiveness that has always distinguished Epiphone. The Emperorâ€™s large tone chamber responds to the players touch with a deep, full bass, a brilliant middle register, and a round, clear treble that place is it at the top among guitars. Made in cutaway style with carved top of close-grained spruce, Arched curly maple back and matching maple rims. Fast-action curly maple neck with adjustable truss rod. Pearl and abalone inlaid rosewood fingerboard and peghead with distinctive flower design. Rosewood adjustable bridge and Frequensator tailpiece, individually enclosed machine heads with metal buttons.
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