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.