The Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II is an electric guitar model produced by Epiphone in Korea as Joe Pass's signature model. First released in 1994, just prior to Joe Pass's death, and was produced until 2015.
Joe Pass was a very well known virtuoso Jazz guitarist becoming most well known for his solo work whilst also having recorded with a number of other leading artists such as Ella Fitzgerald. Joe Pass previously had a relationship with the Ibanez guitar company, but in the late 1990s Epiphone released the Emperor II, claiming Pass had a hand in the design of the guitar. Epiphone had previously issued the guitar as just the Emperor and with Pass's endorsement some subtle changes to the guitar were made (such as moving the pickup selector switch).
The Joe Pass Epiphone Emperor II is an archtop guitar, like a 175, but with certain unique features which included:
Weight: 6.9 lbs
Multiple bound body (top and back), neck, f-holes, and peghead
Laminated spruce top
Maple laminate, hollow body (figured maple veneer)
Raised pickguard with facsimile of Joe Pass' signature