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A great sounding archtop in a special color.

The Ltd. Ed. Emperor Swingster Blue Royale is truly the Emperor of the renown Royale Series and features incredible Silver Sparkle binding on the neck, body, headstock, and archtop classic f-holes along with a spectacular Chicago Blue Pearl color finish. It features sterling Epiphone pickups, superb electronics, and rock-solid hardware you've come to expect from Epiphone.

Ltd. Ed. Emperor Swingster Blue Royale
The Ltd. Ed. Emperor Swingster Blue Royale features a hand-scalloped arched select spruce top with a laminated arched-back maple body, a combination that produces the round beautiful tone that Epiphone archtops are known for. The glued-in hard maple neck has an easy-to-play SlimTaper-D profile and a 24.75 scale length. The rosewood fingerboard has a 12 radius with 20 medium jumbo frets and features pearloid Emperor-style block inlays.

The headstock has the revered Epiphone œclipped ear style profile with the same vintage vine inlay pattern seen on prized vintage Epiphone archtops from the '40s and '50s. The body, neck, and headstock feature Royale-style Silver Sparkle multi-layer binding while the Epiphone-style f-holes have single layer binding. The rare and spectacular Chicago Blue Pearl finish is topped with a Royale Metallic Silver pickguard (with the iconic late-'50s era "E" for Epiphone) to make the Ltd. Ed. Emperor Swingster Blue Royale one of the most beautiful archtops Epiphone has ever produced.

SwingBucker Pickups with Royale Series/Parallel Switching
At the heart of the Swingster are Epiphone's new SwingBucker pickups, which feature a series/parallel electronics-switching package that outperforms all others in its class. Specially designed for the Emperor Swingster, SwingBuckers offer no-hum performance and feature classic Alnico-V magnets, enamel wire, and over-wound coils for the perfect combination of warmth and bite.

Two push/pull Tone controls with black Top Hats knobs with metal inserts allow you to change each SwingBucker's output individually from parallel to series wiring, creating a wide palette of incredible sounds ranging from warm humbuckers to "quacky" single-coil type sounds and everything in-between. Of course, any swinging machine needs a vibrato and the Swingster is no exception featuring a Bigsby B30 with original style "wire" handle, a favorite of archtop legends like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.

Rock Solid Epiphone Hardware
The Ltd. Ed. Emperor Swingster Blue Royale comes with Epiphone's world-famous rock solid hardware including a "Pinned" Rosewood bridge with adjustable Tune-o-matic bridge for superb intonation and a rock-and-roll classic Bigsby B30 Vibrato tailpiece with wire arm. Tuning is fast and reliable with legendary Grover Rotomatics machine heads with a pro-level 18:1 tuning ratio and the Blue Royale Swingster is tuned up at the factory with renown D'Addario strings (10-46). Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Hollow body
Body material: Laminated
Top wood: Maple
Body wood: Spruce
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: SlimTaper D
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 20
Inlays: Pearl block
Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: SwingBucker
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: SwingBucker Plus
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Pinned rosewood with Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Bigsby B-30
Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatics
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body finish
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: Indonesia

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth the price

I normally do not like to give a review on something I just got, however, I am making an exception on the Swingster Royale based on my past experience on my other Swingster Royales ...Read complete review

I normally do not like to give a review on something I just got, however, I am making an exception on the Swingster Royale based on my past experience on my other Swingster Royales I have purchased . So this is more of an overview of all of them, not just the Blue Royale.

I own all three of the Swingster Royale guitar line, so my observation is based on a few years of use on how they have performed over time.

Fit and finish have been impeccable on all three guitars. Build quality has not suffered over the years. The blue has the same quality as the white. I do not see where wood quality, binding or hardware has suffered due to trying to keep costs down etc....

These guitars have done very well in studio environment. The electronics have held up well, still no scratchy pots. Overall a very quiet guitar.

For a pretty guitar, it is actually rather tough. I live in PA, So weather changes a lot over the course of a year. In general, I need to do less tweaking on the neck and bridge than what I have had on a lot of more expensive and supposedly higher quality guitars. Play some outdoor shows in the fall/spring and you will know why this is an important feature.

These guitars will sound pretty good through just about any half decent amplifier. the pickups have a really nice, usable, range of sound. Yes, it is a hollowbody, and yes, you have to be aware of feedback.... and yes, it does good playing Nugent. It also does well playing Pass or Benson. It is an obvious choice for rockabilly or psychobilly and actually, pretty fun to play surf music on. I have even played iron Maiden, Judas Priest and others of that genre on these things... so, there ya go...

My only complaint... The Blue Royale comes with a regular tunomatic bridge, not a roller bridge. I can live with that, and it is an easy fix.

So, if you are looking for something kind of retro and flashy, can actually handle a wide array of musical styles and won't break the bank, this guitar is a great way to go.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Exactly what you would expect for this price.

Let's face it. it's not a five star guitar. Five stars are for Gretsche White Falcons and Custom shop Strats and signature series Les Pauls... But it has Great looks, Solid build...Read complete review

Let's face it. it's not a five star guitar. Five stars are for Gretsche White Falcons and Custom shop Strats and signature series Les Pauls... But it has Great looks, Solid build and you get features you find on more expensive guitar... However, unless you are good setting up guitars this thing will suck. Out of the box mine came with the pick-ups out of balance and needed extensive set-up adjustments by a professional Luthier to get the strings to have a balanced sound from each string. Speaking of strings, it comes with junk strings so buy a new pack of strings when you order this axe. Now that I have it sorted out it kicks butt and I'm as happy with it as I am with my 4K White Falcon.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth the price

By 50 Down

from Highspire, PA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • No roller bridge

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

I normally do not like to give a review on something I just got, however, I am making an exception on the Swingster Royale based on my past experience on my other Swingster Royales I have purchased . So this is more of an overview of all of them, not just the Blue Royale.

I own all three of the Swingster Royale guitar line, so my observation is based on a few years of use on how they have performed over time.

Fit and finish have been impeccable on all three guitars. Build quality has not suffered over the years. The blue has the same quality as the white. I do not see where wood quality, binding or hardware has suffered due to trying to keep costs down etc....

These guitars have done very well in studio environment. The electronics have held up well, still no scratchy pots. Overall a very quiet guitar.

For a pretty guitar, it is actually rather tough. I live in PA, So weather changes a lot over the course of a year. In general, I need to do less tweaking on the neck and bridge than what I have had on a lot of more expensive and supposedly higher quality guitars. Play some outdoor shows in the fall/spring and you will know why this is an important feature.

These guitars will sound pretty good through just about any half decent amplifier. the pickups have a really nice, usable, range of sound. Yes, it is a hollowbody, and yes, you have to be aware of feedback.... and yes, it does good playing Nugent. It also does well playing Pass or Benson. It is an obvious choice for rockabilly or psychobilly and actually, pretty fun to play surf music on. I have even played iron Maiden, Judas Priest and others of that genre on these things... so, there ya go...

My only complaint... The Blue Royale comes with a regular tunomatic bridge, not a roller bridge. I can live with that, and it is an easy fix.

So, if you are looking for something kind of retro and flashy, can actually handle a wide array of musical styles and won't break the bank, this guitar is a great way to go.

(4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Exactly what you would expect for this price.

By moon mann

from Naples, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Looks like a much more expensive guitar

Cons

  • Out of the box set-up SUCKS!

Best Uses

  • If you're good, you can make it sound good...

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

Let's face it. it's not a five star guitar. Five stars are for Gretsche White Falcons and Custom shop Strats and signature series Les Pauls... But it has Great looks, Solid build and you get features you find on more expensive guitar... However, unless you are good setting up guitars this thing will suck. Out of the box mine came with the pick-ups out of balance and needed extensive set-up adjustments by a professional Luthier to get the strings to have a balanced sound from each string. Speaking of strings, it comes with junk strings so buy a new pack of strings when you order this axe. Now that I have it sorted out it kicks butt and I'm as happy with it as I am with my 4K White Falcon.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This seems to be a Real Royal Beauty

By capt. Bill

from lewiston, Id.

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

      The guitar is very beautiful. Looks and feels high quality. Plays wonderful right out of the box. Some minor string buzz way up..... The tremlo is wonderful, much better than the standard flat arm bigsby. The pickups are hot and great. The pull up pots don't seem to make a tremendous difference in tone, but they appear to be a lot hotter in the UP position. Even the strings that came on it are usable. (wound third). I thought I wanted the orange one, but this blue one was on the stupid deal and I am very satisfied with it. If you want a rockabilly looking guitar... this one is it! Might be hard to find a hard case for it. I know it will not fit right in my epliphone es355 case. Its a little thicker and the trem arm sticks up higher. (can't close lid). But I wouldn't change a thing about the trem.... best I've ever felt.... very soft and responsive.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice guitar. Great feature set.

      By Michael

      from Iowa, USA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing blue guitar for nearly 25 years, primarily with my Mexican Strat. Over the years, I've picked up Les Pauls, Telecasters, and 335 clones. This guitar is my first true hollow body guitar, and I have to say, I'm really enjoying it.

          The setup was pretty good right out of the box, and some quick adjustments made it great. The neck is smooth, fast, and slimmer than I expected. The sparkle blue finish with sparkle silver binding is absolutely amazing, if somewhat absurd. Several features really surprised me on a guitar of this price; specifically, the Grover tuners, the coil taps, the neck and f-hole binding, and the rock solid Bigsby tremolo. I'm not a tremolo system user, and I tend to lock/block them on Strats because solid tuning is far more important to me. I've never owned a BIgsby before, so I didn't quite know what to expect. This one, at least, is amazingly solid, and doesn't seem to effect tuning stability at all.

          The playability is great, and the tones achievable with the factory pickups are very versatile. I'm finding that I like clean "chimey" tones with this guitar.

          I would note that, for me, this guitar is nearly unplayable without a good strap, but that may be more a function of the guitar's body shape meeting my body shape. With a strap, it's comfortable and smooth.

          The nut appears to be plastic, but it's getting the job done. Tune-o-matic style bridges have always seemed a little fiddly to me, but this one seems to be working just fine.

          The only upgrade I've made to the stock configuration is the installation of Schaller strap locks. I'm very happy with this guitar, and I don't have a list of immediate further upgrades in mind, which is unusual for me.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect right out of the box.

          By Bruce

          from Berlin, NJ

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

            I have wanted a blue guitar since I was 16. But the ones in my price range were always plain looking and lacking in quality and versatility. I'm 66 now and recently retired from selling cars. I plan to put my band back together in 2018 and this guitar will allow me to play a variety of genres without carrying multiple guitars. Special thanks to MF sales rep Neil for making my purchase experience perfect.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Great Guitar!

            By Chris

            from Ohio

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

              A great guitar overall, it sounds great, produces a warm full sound, plays easy, has a fast neck, and is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad I made this purchase, well worth the money in my opinion!

               
              5.0

              The Epiphone Emperor Swingster is an unreal "thing" :) truth

              By Steve

              from Brockton , Massachusetts , United States

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

                  Indeed , the Epiphone Emperor Swingster guitar is certainly not a "Gretsch White Falcon" . To me , because I just believe , for "the money" , Epiphone guitars and the other instruments Epiphone manufactures , such as mandolins , as well as amplifiers , also, , are just fine , fine things , properly priced . The "dedicated" factories in Java (Indonesia) as well as the dedicated guitar manufacturing "factory" in China ,are producing , in my humble opinion , again , some seriously excellent guitars . The "Masterbilt Century collection" of fine "arch top" guitars , and the "pro" line of guitars , or "Elitist" models , "inspired by" and "signature" models as well , are , to me , just great , great things , to me . , as well as the Swingster Emperors are ...well , to me , they are unreal . Indeed , try one or 3 , and tell me I am incorrect in my assessment . You will not be able to "tell me I am incorrect" . I certainly believe that statement . To me , in my own humble opinion, the things are indeed "that nice" . Oh yes , they most certainly are , indeed :) Right on ...rock on and peace to all , always and forever . :)

                   
                  5.0

                  Stellar

                  By Billy Boy

                  from Key West FL

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

                    Couldn't be more pleased

                     
                    5.0

                    So dang nice!

                    By T Bird

                    from Lincoln, NE

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

                      Better than expected, looks really good and the quality was way above expectations.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I am loving this guitar

                      By friendly Henry

                      from Caldwell ID

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                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Emperor Swingster Blue Royale Electric Guitar:

                      I actually play Swingsters on the gig. I have just about every one. This may be the best one yet.

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