NOTE: Although these guitars are not actual pieces of the museum, they have a place on this site in order to provide the visitor with a complete picture of all the Epiphone made acoustic archtop models from 1931 until 1957.
There are only three Emperor Concerts that we know off. Concert s/n 58809 (left), Concert s/n 58825 (middle) and Concert s/n unknown (right) also known as the Johnny Smith model.
“The Emperor Concert model appeared for the first – and last time – in the price list of March 15, 1948 announced under “new models” along with Epiphone’s first cutaway guitars. There were “Concert” versions of both the Emperor and De Luxe – although to this date I have never seen or heard of a “De Luxe Concert”. (Wiedler : close-up # 28)
NOTE: Epiphone also used the model name “Concert” before on one of there gut string classical guitars. (Epiphone catalog 1939)
A 1940s advertisement for the Gretsch “400” Johnny Smith signature model with the same trapezoid sound hole as the Epiphone Emperor Concert. (courtesy Paul Fox)