Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

Posted by Jenni on Wed, 11/16/05 - 01:58:26.
In Reply to Korean Guitar page

I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

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emperador guitar

i bought a second hand emperador guitar in a pawn shop model number 1248 serial number 71000
in the 80s i have many acoustic guitars and think this is the best sounding one i have.It is a perfect replica of a martin that i have.would any one know how old it would be.
cheers Paul.

Emperador 12 string

I was given an Emperador 12 string acoustic guitar by my father. It has a round label inside that says hand made but no year or date. Just inside the hole is a number 0460 that I assume is a serial #... Can anyone give me some more information about this guitar? It seems to be a 60's or 70's model but it's definitely an older guitar. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Emperador # 14114

I bought this Emperor when I first got out of college in 1970. I am now lending it to my granddaughter, who is a beginner. It has a round label in the sound hole that says Emperor Handmade, plus a serial number stamped inside. It has a lovely sound. I know nothing of it's valuable. I probably only paid 50 dollars or so for it originally-dont remember. It's in good shape. I enjoyed reading these posts to learn more about the brand.

original owner Emperador acoustic

i've owned an Emperador acoustic guitar since my parents bought it new when i was in high school in the 70s. it has a great rich tone. there is no label or serial number or model number inside or anywhere, just the name Emperador painted on the head.

my recollection was that it costs $50 in the 70s, and i thought we were told that it was handmade in Mexico. based upon what i see in this thread, perhaps it was handmade in japan or korea, but the people who obtained it for us definitely were Mexican

Emperador Guitae info

Depending on the model, they were Gibson knockoff's. Marketed out of Chicago. Check out the Guitar Medic website. By the way Gibson sued them for infringement on their Patent.

Emperador Dreadnot ,

I have a small out of apt repair business. in Miami,Fl , used to be a TV teck. I am 70 years old now and this give me a reason to stay alive. I love what I can do with old guitar amps and guitars. I bought this emperador guitar on ebay because of the fancey pickguard. Its was only $ 25.00 because of high action. I had to grind down the bridge and lower the adjustable saddle. I was empresed with the construction and the sound. It has a label but it just saids hand made. No model of location of production. But who cares. My phone number in south Miami is 305 232 6790 if anyone can give me any info on this guitar. Happy Trails to you all.

Emperador guitars

I have two emperadors, one is a 1964 dreadnaught the other a 1963 "concert" size. (I only know the years because I purchased them from the original owners) Both had the bridges lifting. I repaired them both and to avoid any further bridge issues I put trapeeze tail stocks on both of them. They sound wondefull and I play them pretty much every day.I would not think twice to pick up another one (or more). They are difficult to research but the sound is comparable to any high end acoustic.

keep on strumin'

Emperador Dove

I recently picked up an Emperador copy of a Gibson Dove (not sure if it's Japanese or Korean made), but it seems to be around 30 or 35 years old based on discoloration of the binding, slight splitting in the binding, etc. Other than that, it's in really good condition and has the fancy bridge (adjustable) with the two doves inlaid and split parallelogram inlays on the fretboard. It sounds great and plays great.

Emperador Classical Acoustic Guitars

I have and Emperador Classical Guitar which I bought about 50- 60 years ago. The label just says Emperador Hand made. It has a beautiful tone and I was seeking its value if any one can help.
Ivan.

emperador

Your guitar should have a model number located just inside the sound hole.. If you look deep inside at the base of the neck.. Use a light it will help.

Emperador 12 String guitar

I bought my 12 String guitar when I was stationed in Germany while in the Air Force. The model is F007N, SN # faded out. It is still in great condition. I need the ajustable bridge. The screws are stripped. Can anybody tell me where I can order the parts. Thanks in advance, Fred

Emparador, 12 string electric Accoustic Guitar

Received this beautiful Emparador 12 string electric accoustic guitar on my Birthday 45 years ago , mint shape , best sound ever.
Tried many others and none can match the sound.

It's a keeper , antique , any suggestions ?

R.J.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

Mine was handed down to me from my grandfather about 15yrs ago, I believe he purchased it in Winnipeg MB (no idea when) # on inside strut is 929. Out of my 8 or so guitars this is the one I still pick up everyday, its been battered and bruised and even has a crack the whole width of the back from being used as a weapon in a bar fight (not by me) but still sounds and plays great.

12 string Emperador Acoustic

I knew nothing about guitars when I bought it. I got it from a second hand store in Michigan and the guy told me that it was an "antique" made in the 70's.

The square Label inside shows a Model no. of 'F007N' and a Serial no. of 'I' (I think. the letter is kinda worn) made in Japan. I paid $350 for it in 2010. I'm pretty sure I was taken for a ride now that i know what I know about its typical 12-string condition issues but it still looks great, is stringed up as a 6 and sounds pretty good. It has a uniquely shaped, black pick guard with goldish designs. The designs are flowery with a butterfly and the silvery Emperador logo in the middle is slightly faded. The finish is amazingly shiny and in great condition.

I was hoping that it would be worth something some day but its hard to determine the worth when there is so little information on these things. Like I mentioned before it has a couple condition issues ( broken nut, bulging top, missing tuner, few scratches ) and I'm wondering if I should fix them up or just keep it as is..

Any suggestions?

Emperador 1256

I have an emperador 1256 in a beautiful original case, As it's one of too many guitars in my collection I'm thinking of putting it on ebay but have no idea of its value, any suggestions would be appreciated. rgds, Mike

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I am soon to be the owner of an 'Emperador guitar'... I saw it ages ago in a friends house and loved it straight away... I'm trading him a bass for it

Its a hollowbody i think, double cutaway 335 style, with massive sixties pickups, a bigsby style trem, and a mono/stereo switch,
with white/black decorative binding and it's in a natural wood finish. Love it. Does anyone know what this model is? x

x

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

I have a Korean made aaf-37 grand concert Emperador acoustic. There is something amazingly unique about this guitar. The tone is incredible and its overall sound is very even. Mine was made in the late 80's. I have been playing every day for 15 years. No joke this Emperador is one of the best acoustics I have ever heard. Perhaps it was a fluke accident, maybe the worker at the assembly line had a great day and was like hey I am going to make the best damn acoustic ever. Never played another Emperador before so I am not sure if this is there normal quality.

Emperador Acoustic

I still have my Emperador acoustic dad bought me around 1966? No serial number just "Hand Made" I'm not sure when or where he got it, but I do know I was playing it in my elementary talent show in 5th grade. A beautiful sunburst guitar with a fancy pick guard (my favorite feature) still has a great sound. A little nervous about parting with it for repair work yesterday. I always cherish this guitar, I've had a Martin a Kay and a Yamaha, but this one I'll keep and pass it down to one of my grandchildren one day!

Emperador Ukelele

I have an Emperador Ukelele. I bought it at an antique shop about 20 years ago. Would like to hear more about the history of these, as I only found Guitars, not Ukes, on the Web. Thanks. It also says "handmade" inside of it.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

i also have an emprador serial no 1262. great sounding guitar and also has agreat finish just a shame i can't play it .:).Iálso curious on the value.

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: I have an Emperador Mod No. 1256. I really don't know anything about it except that it is a lovely guitar, very everley brothers. If anyone knows anything about it let me know.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

i am in Australia and was gifted an Emperader 12 string acoustic in 99 it is old and has been neglected but i can tell this guitar will have a killer tone and i compare it also to a guild or hummingbird :),it's japanese made and has a serial number that has become worn

i was keen to know if anyone could recommend somewhere for good parts as i have decided to restore it to full glory,mainly after genuine parts is the prob...a long shot i know :(

i have used this guitar as a home jam option and was glad to find out some information in your post ty i believe its a 1268

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

Hi i own a FW 415 Emperador , every day use and i have it for years , Got it sec hand , and there is no year of making visible . i have it for 20 years now and its still like new , and sounds great.

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i have an Emperador accoustic that i purchased new in Sydney (Australia) sometime between 1960 & 1965....still sounds great...only ID I can see on it are the numbers 935 stamped on one of the internal struts...be interested to know anything more about these guitars

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

I also have an Emporador in the hummingbird style. The model number is 12801. I have owned several different guitars and although I bought each one for their unique tone, I always picked up the Emerador. It's like it just draws me to it. I love it, and I would never sell it.

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Hey i recently inharrited a Emperador acoustic/electric modle number #26855. It was bought for my grandpa by his kids in the late 70's. However due to health problems he could no longer play guitar. So he put itin the box and set it away. Now here i am not to long ago looking for an acoustic to play. I got tlaking to my grandpa and found out he used to play. He then took me into his basment and pulled out a box and said "here enjoy it , don't lend it out or give it away it is very old" so i opened it and there was the Emperador good as new. It still sounds great!!!

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

I have an Emperador classical that I bought new off the rack at Harmony Music in Winnipeg MB in 1970 for $98.00, give or take a buck or two. It's been everywhere with me, in fact I believe it's the only thing I own that has been with me since then. I've travelled cross Canada with bands as well as the States and my Emperador came with me everywhere. Even through the transient hippie years. I still have it and still play it daily. Here's a sample at this address, if you like:
http://members.shaw.ca/holmer-at-home/some_guitar_mono.wma
I did sand down the plastic bridge piece and the head nut to get a better action. The guitar has aged very well and has a very warm tone.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

i recently found a black emperador acoustic. It is black with blue hummingbirds and i believe it is antique. My email is Bertobashaw@hotmail.com let me know if you are interested.

1258

I just bought a emperador 1258 from an opportunity shop in sydney for $60 with a hard shell case. Timber bindings and made in Japan. Love to know more about it.
Seal number 071000.
Cheers rob

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I have an Emperador that I got in the mid 60's. I see only a 325 inside but don't know anything about this guitar except that I love it. Write back if you have anymore info.
Denise

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

Hi,
I purchased a Emparador series 12101 at least 12 years ago In Jersey City, NJ. I never realized how special this guitar was or actually how old it really must be . The store where I purchased was going out of business due to I think the owners that were in business had passed away and the family was at the time selling everything to close out the business . I think I paid $125.00 at the time. The action is a bit high but Its a great Guitar.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: : I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

I also have this model number 1258. I've had the axe for 20 years (I am now 35) and this is still the sweetest acoustic I have ever played. This guitar was given to me by a family member long since past and I still love the sound of it even if I don't pick it up for months. I don't where it was bough t or how long he had before me but I will never give it up. I don't realy care what it is worth......I'm in Australia...

I just picked up an Emperador tonight...love it :-)

Hi, I picked up a Emperador like you have, and it plays so well. My Bro-N-Law came to check it out with me and he said it plays better than his Martin and Taylor and the Emperador is at least 46 years old...doh. I can't wait until I can play it for I'm just learning. I like vintage things and this guitar rocks :-)

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

I have an Emperador copy of a 70's Dove with the blond top, cherry stained back and sides, Gibson style headstock, parallelogram inlays, adjustable saddle and dove pickguard. The truss rod cover is just like an Alvarez and says "Adjustable Neck". Great sound though it needs a neck reset and part of the bridge is coming up. I plan to repair it and replace the plastic inlays with MOP. Looks just a Gibson from a distance.

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I have an emperador the has a serial/model# W-16a could anyone tell me what it is wort?

Re: Emperador Guitars - just got one

I own one got it at a pawnshop for 70 bucks a little roughed up but nothing unrepairable just a little buzz.
looks like a gibson hummingbird.
Im wondering whats it worth nowadays.

ps: its serial number is 855

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: : I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

i have an emperador guitar for sale,electric with original soft case, just bought it recently and have to get rid of it ,please reply

Emperador 805

I have this guitar, bought in 1970! Still in pretty good shape! It resembles the Gibson Hummingbird!

Emperador 12-string

I acquired one of these lovely guitars at a thrift store for $22 ... damaged, with cracked headstock, 4 tuning keys missing, 7 bridge pegs present, some dings. Has double Dove pick guards. Have just finished repairing the headstock, preparing to apply finish. Seems to be in good condition otherwise, and even with the broken headstock, it still carried a tune. Can't wait to play it after repairs~!

Emperor 6 string

I bought mine used in 1970. It's a large body, looks like a Gibson Hummingbird. Lots of hitchhiking around Canada, still plays and sounds great. Even the pickup works. I would never sell it.

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I have a 1258 Emperador classic acoustic guitar,with hard case, it is in great condition considering it has been in storage for 20 years, we are having a garage sale next week, and i have no idea what it is worth, please advise me, Debbidee : : : I own a lovely Emperador acoustic guitar. circa late 1960's. Model No. 1258??. Made in Japan by Jack Westheimer. He also produced the Kingston, Teisco and Cortez brands. Later also the Cort guitars. The Emperadors and Cortez brands were produced by the Hiyashi Factory - later brought out by Pearl in the early 70's. My Emperador is very similar to the Gibson Hummingbird. Still in immaculate condition. Does anyone else have this guitar or similar Emperador? I'd love to get a list together of owners to see just what's still out there and to share any information. Also whether they are of any value now? Apparently the Everly brothers used the Emperador brand and loved them.

: i have an emperador guitar for sale,electric with original soft case, just bought it recently and have to get rid of it ,please reply

emperador lp and sg bass

Hey all,
I have 2 emperadors, 1 les paul model electric guitar and 1 bass gibson sg model. Both are natural coloured with black striping and inlays. Makes a nice couple, unfortunatly the bass has seen better days, frets are worn and it has significant damage to its body. The guitar is in better shape and plays surprisingly easy, though the electronics and metal hardware are not top notch.

Greets from the netherlands.

Emperador Guitar

I have a 12 string Emperador accoustic that I bought in 1963 and is in immaculate condition with original Hard case and would also be keen to get a value as I am considering selling on ebay as I havent played for years due to hand injury but have had since I was a teenager and worked after school to save up for it and paid about $66 but was pounds back then. It has only a few Plectrum scratches on acrylic plate otherwise as new condition.

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

i also own emperador steel string acoustic sn 1244
this one says made in korea any one know value
or any info would be appreciated

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

i have an emperador 12 string handmade accoustic guitar and i am looking for the value of it. It was bought in the late 60' i was wandering if u could help me thank you

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: i have an emperador 12 string handmade accoustic guitar and i am looking for the value of it. It was bought in the late 60' i was wandering if u could help me thank you

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

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: : i also own an Emperador 12 string handmade accoustic guitar. I have no idea how old it is, but wondering if u could help me thank you

Re: Emperador Guitars - a brief introduction.

: : Did you ever get an answer? I have the same and do not know its value either.
: : i have an emperador 12 string handmade accoustic guitar and i am looking for the value of it. It was bought in the late 60' i was wandering if u could help me thank you

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