Epiphone was originally procured by Gibson for one simple reason, it was a threat to their empire. The Emperor is one of the classiest earlier offerings from Epiphone that you can find. This particular guitar has been refinished and has had its tailpiece replaced. Aside from this, a refret at some point was performed but it is ultimately a very, very luscious offer from a great period of guitar building.
Sound wise you can dial up bebop, a little cheeky offereing of jango and even some Robert Johnson-esque style blues. If this particular guitar and its inherent sound is what you are after then this will simply not fail to impress.