Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars

12th Apr 2011 | 10:58

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Royale Collection
L-R: Les Paul, Wildkat, Emperor Swingster, Riviera Custom P-93 and Dot Royale

Epiphone recently announced the Royale Collection, a limited edition run of five of the brand's best-selling models decked out in pearl white with gold sparkle binding and gold hardware.

There's no word on UK availability or pricing as yet, with the official release stating that the models will be available "only at selected retailers" in April and May 2011. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at each of the five models in the collection.

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Wildkat Royale

Epiphone says:

"The Wildkat Royale features all gold hardware, including gold historic metal Epiphone name 'badge' on the headstock, gold Epiphone P-90 Classic pickups, gold Grover machine heads, gold strap button, and a one-of-a-kind gold B70 licensed Bigsby vibrato."

Estimated US street price: $449

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Wildkat Royale
Detail: That B70 licensed Bigsby takes care of all of your wobble needs
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Wildkat Royale
Detail: P-90 Classic pickups provide a pleasing mix of growl and twang
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Wildkat Royale
Detail: The headstock badge harks back to the earliest days of the brand
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Dot Royale

Epiphone says:

"The Dot Royale is Epiphone's salute to the ES-335 with gold Alnico Classic humbucker pickups, gold Epiphone pickguard, gold Grover machine heads, gold strap button, gold LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and LockTone stopbar tailpiece."

Estimated US street price: $449

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Dot Royale
Detail: The combination of a LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece should ensure rock solid stability
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Dot Royale
Detail: Alnico Classic humbuckers provide a great base for everything from jazz to hard rock
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Dot Royale
Detail: Grover machine heads keep things solid at the peghead end
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Les Paul Royale

Epiphone says:

"The Les Paul Standard Royale has all the classic features of an Epiphone Les Paul but with a gold pickguard, gold covered Alnico Classic humbuckers, gold Grover machine heads, gold strap button, gold LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and gold LockTone stopbar tailpiece."

Estimated US street price: $479

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Les Paul Royale
Detail: LockTone hardware and Alnico Classic humbuckers again feature
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Les Paul Royale
Detail: Those kidney-shaped Grover machine heads are robust and reliable
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 Royale

Epiphone says:

"The Riviera Custom Royale P-93 is one our most beautiful Royale guitars, featuring three 'dog ear' style Epiphone P-90 classic pickups with gold pole pieces, gold pickguard, gold Grover machine heads, a one-of-a-kind gold B70 licensed Bigsby vibrato and a gold LockTone tune-o-matic bridge."

Estimated US street price: $549

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 Royale
The combination of gold and white cosmetics is always classy and this is probably our favourite of the five Royale models
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 Royale
Detail: Three P-90 pickups deliver a versatile palette of tones
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale

Epiphone says:

"The Emperor Swingster Royale is a dazzling version of our go-to rockabilly, jazz and rock hollowbody classic. It features gold Epiphone SwingBucker pickups with classic Alnico-V magnets, gold Grover machine heads, gold LockTone tune-o-matic bridge, gold strap button, and best of all, a gold licensed B30 Bigsby with original style 'wire' handle (as preferred by 'Certified Guitar Player' and legend, Chet Atkins)."

Estimated US street price: $749

Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale
Detail: That 'wire' vibrato arm just screams old-school country and rockabilly
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale
Detail: SwingBucker pickups give the Emporer Swingster a suitably retro voice
Epiphone unveils Royale Collection electric guitars
Epiphone Emperor Swingster Royale
Detail: An ornate headstock inlay completes a classy package

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