Featuring the Les Paul Standard, Wildkat, Riviera Custom P93, Emperor Swingster, Jack Casady Signature Bass, and the historic Allen Woody Rumblekat™ in a rare Chicago Blue Pearl finish.
Epiphone presents the new Ltd. Ed. Blue Royale Collection featuring six historic Epiphone models in a beautiful new Chicago Blue Pearl color finish along with distinctive "Royale" style Silver Sparkle binding. Each Blue Royale instrument features superb Epiphone pickups and electronics along with the rock solid hardware you've come to expect from Epiphone. The Blue Royale Collection includes the Les Paul Standard, the Wildkat, the Riviera Custom P93, the Emperor Swingster, the Jack Casady Signature Bass, and the historic Allen Woody Rumblekat™. The Blue Royale Collection is available for a limited time only at Select Epiphone Dealers. Here's an overview of what you'll find in the exclusive Blue Royale Collection.
Epiphone's long friendship with legendary guitarist and innovator Les Paul dates back to the early 1940's when Les, working late at night at the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City, created one of the world's first solid-body electric guitars, nicknamed "The Log."
The Ltd. Ed. Les Paul Standard Blue Royale is powered by Alnico Classic™ humbucker pickups, each specifically voiced for rhythm and lead positions to deliver the warm, rich tone known around the world as the "Les Paul Sound." Epiphone-designed humbuckers utilize a double vacuum waxing process that ensures quiet operation free from microphonic hum and only the highest quality parts are used including ABS plastic bobbins, 1010 Cold Rolled Steel pole shoes and pole screws, Alnico magnets (just like original hand wound and sought after vintage pickups) and the finest magnet wire available. Includes a LockTone™ Tune-o-matic fully adjustable bridge and Stopbar tailpiece with Grover® Rotomatic 18:1 machine heads.
The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Wildkat Blue Royale features the timeless Wildkat profile made from Mahogany with a Maple top and classic Epiphone styled f-holes. The glued-in Hard Maple neck is hand-set and has a fast and comfortable SlimTaper™ D-profile with a 24.75" scale and a 12" radius. The neck has a beautiful Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid 'dot' inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets. The body has Royale-style Silver Sparkle binding on the front and single layer Silver Sparkle binding on the neck.
The Wildkat Blue Royale is powered by Epiphone-designed P-90 Dogear Classic pickups, the world's best single coil pickups with Alnico magnets for precise articulation. Each pickup is activated via an Epiphone 3-way toggle switch for rhythm, lead, and a standard middle position for both pickups. Controls include Master Volume, Master Tone, and individual volume controls for each pickup with Black "Top Hat" knobs with metal inserts. Includes a time-tested Epiphone LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge plus a Bigsby™ B70 Vibrato tailpiece and Grover® Rotomatic™ 18:1 machine heads.
The Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 is modeled after one of Epiphone's most enduring classics, the Riviera. First introduced in the early '60s, the Epiphone Riviera's semi-hollow design has been a favorite of players from all genres and generations including blues great Otis Rush, Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, and The Strokes' Nick Valensi, who have all found that the Riviera's legendary ES-body shape could produce great tones with any pickup variation. Over the years, the Riviera has been seen with humbuckers, mini-humbuckers, and P-90s.
The Riviera Custom P93s semi-hollowbody sound is powered by three Epiphone "Dogear" P-90 pickups with Alnico™ V magnets. Controls include 3 individual Volume pots (for each pickup) and 1 Master Tone topped with Epi Black "Top Hat" knobs with metal inserts. The all-metal toggle works as it would with a 2-pickup guitar with the rhythm position activating the neck pickup and the lead toggle position activating the bridge pickup. The middle pickup can be used in any position by adjusting its volume control. The Riviera Custom P93 Blue Royale comes standard with solid nickel hardware, vintage-style 14:1 ratio machine heads, an Epiphone LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge, plus a legendary Bigsby® B70 tremelo. And every Blue Royale guitar is strung at the Epiphone factory with world famous D'Addario® 10-46 strings.
The Ltd. Ed. Emperor Swingster Blue Royale features a hand-scalloped arched Select Spruce top with a laminated arched-back Maple body. 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 Swingster is powered by Epiphone's new SwingBucker™ pickups, specially designed for the Emperor Swingster featuring classic Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire and over-wound coils for the perfect combination of warmth and bite. Two push/pull Tone controls with Black "Top Hat" 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. It comes with a Bigsby® B30 with original style "wire" handle and Grover Rotomatics™ machine heads with a pro-level 18:1 tuning ratio.
The Jack Casady Signature Bass was designed by Casady in collaboration with Epiphone and is the culmination of years of experimentation by the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame bassist to find an instrument with superb, balanced electric tone and the response of an acoustic bass.
The Ltd. Ed. Jack Casady Blue Royale Bass features a Maple body with a Maple top finished in a stunning Chicago Blue Pearl finish with the "Royale Collection's" famous Silver Sparkle binding. The hand-set Mahogany neck has a 34" scale with a Rosewood fingerboard, a 1.6535" nut, and Jack's signature on the headstock. The JCB-1 low impedance, low output pickup was designed by Epiphone and Casady and employs a three-position transformer to shape the frequency response. The 3-point adjustable bridge and classic style 19:1 ratio tuners are identical to what Casady uses on-stage. "The workmanship that's coming in on these instruments is just super," said Casady. "Every year I get two new instruments that I take out on the road. No ringers. I have none that are set up a special way or anything like that and they are great."
The Epiphone Allen Woody Rumblekat bass was the result of a historic collaboration with Epiphone and the late great Allen Woody, the legendary bassist for the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule. The Allen Woody Rumblekat is one of the few pro electric basses available anywhere with a 30" scale length (compared to the "standard" scale length of 34") and features a 2.1" thick sound chambered Mahogany body and a 5-ply flame Maple top. There are no f-holes but the lightweight and sound-chambered body produces clear and complex low-end tones. The Rumblekat Blue Royale is powered by a NYR™ mini Bass humbucker neck pickup and a NYT™ mini-humbucker pickup mounted in the middle position. With their smaller size, narrow magnetic field, and unique design combination, the mini-humbucker produces a bright and focused output while retaining "hum-free" performance. As Bassics Magazine said in their starred review: "Using the tone knob and a little pickup bleeding, you can really get this thing to shake the walls in the lower register and have a nice open singing sound in the upper registers." With a vintage style 3-point Adjustable bridge and premium die-cast machine heads with a 17:1 ratio.
Like all Epiphones, the new Ltd. Ed. Blue Royale Collection instruments come with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service. But visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer soon because the Blue Royale Collection is available for a limited time only at Select Epiphone Dealers.